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The Devil Lancer

Narrated by: Michael Fox
Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
4.5 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)

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Captain Elliott Parrish of Her Majesty’s 17th Lancers cavalry division finds most details about his assignment in the Crimean Peninsula insufferable. Rampant cholera, missing supplies, and inept planning start the British war effort against the Russian Czar’s expansion into Turkish territory on poor footing. 

What should have been a swift and decisive summer victory soon drags into a harrowing winter campaign, and Elliott must rally disheartened men through sickness, battle, and starvation. But when he is assigned the additional task of spying on a fellow officer, the inscrutable Cornet Ilyas Kovakin, he finds himself disconcerted and fascinated by both the work and the man. 

Rumors surround Ilyas Kovakin, the half-Russian officer who reports to none in his division. People say they’ve seen snakes slithering into his tent at night, that he has another face visible only in certain light, and a penchant for violent acts carried out in darkness, alone. But the truth that Elliot soon discovers is much more dangerous than mere superstition. 

For Ilyas, his return to Crimea is colored with the horrors of his past. Once a mercenary, he has made a terrible mistake and inherited horrifying powers that he can barely control. He feels his hold over his humanity slipping away daily, and fears that salvation may already lay beyond him when the cheerful Captain Parrish catches his attention. Among men who hate him and superiors who covet his brutal power, Ilyas finds the young captain's charming company almost irresistible. 

But Ilyas knows that the closer he is drawn to Elliott the more he will endanger them both.

©2014 Blind Eye Books (P)2019 Astrid Amara

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Pertaining to the performance of the reader.

I was genuinely excited to cozy up and listen to this book to start off my day, but that became, very quickly, impossible as the reader reads so fast, mumbles, and combines words until I'm struggling to figure out what he is saying. There are no pauses between sentences, and if there are, they're rare! What a shame.

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Excellent!

Words cannot describe how much this audiobook blew me away! Don't go into this one thinking this is your every day sweet mm romance with a bit of war thrown in. This is a phenomenal story full of rich, diverse characters and a complex, fascinating plot! This was a new to me author and I must say that I am very impressed with their work! This narrator was also new to me and I thought he did a fantastic job giving voice tho these characters! It can't be easy with such a twisty plot and bold characters but he did a lovely job! Cannot wait to read this author and this narrator again!

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  • 09-21-19

A lot of potential

There was so much potential for an amazing book here, but it got a bit bogged down in historical war information and the pace dragged at times. The narrator wasn’t the best but with some work on his pacing he could be good - but it was distracting from the story in this case. Still plenty of good elements too, but it balanced out as an ok listen.