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As the son of a wealthy man, Enitan Javed has spent his life frivolously - drinking, fighting, and making love. But after his father dies, Enitan is unjustly accused of murdering him and is given the harshest sentence possible. Judged irredeemable, he is banished to the Downs. As even young children know, nothing lives in the Downs except demons who delight in torturing the condemned. Brutalized by the men who transport him to his fate, Enitan has nothing left but his thirst for vengeance.

His plummet to the Downs nearly kills him, and Enitan finds himself battered and helpless in a frightening, mysterious land. But many surprises await him there, including a strange man named Rig. And the realization that the demons he must face aren't at all the ones he expected.

©2015 Kim Fielding (P)2016 Kim Fielding

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Beautifully narrated by K.C. Kelly!

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Kim Fielding builds an amazing dystopian fantasy world full of deadly things, including the darkness that can eat at Enitan’s soul if he lets it, and she does it in a quiet unhurried pace that offers redemption, hope, revenge, and love.

Slow and steady. That describes both the pace of the story and Rig, the man who heals Enitan after he’s thrown to the Downs.

Wrongly judged for a crime he did not commit, Enitan is brutalized before being hurled into the Downs, a place where criminals and banished are thrown to die. When Enitan survives the fall, he is found by Rig, a gentle, but scarred, giant who helps heal Enitan’s body.

I loved that Rig has his own scars, both physical and spiritual, but Enitan helps to heal him as well.

Beautifully narrated by K.C. Kelly, I was drawn into the story immediately and never lost focus for a single moment until the end. I loved his choice of character voices, his pacing, and almost soothing tone. This was just an absolute treat to listen to.

“I choose you,” he whispered in Rig’s ear. “I will always choose you.”
And of course they kissed.

Recommended.

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A slow and steady yet beautifully sweet romance.

The magical combination of Kim Fielding’s lovely prose and K.C. Kelly’s superb narration never fails to entertain. I listened and followed the text at the same time because I just love Kim’s writing. This certainly is an outstanding story. Her imagination creates wonderful new worlds with flawed yet beautiful characters.

K.C. Kelly’s delivery perfectly suits this tale, its steady pace, and the gradual revelation of the fantasy world. He brings the story and characters to life, imparting the right emotions and tone throughout.

I particularly enjoyed this fantasy story and the excellent world building. It’s similar but on a smaller scale to Brute. There’s a clear contrast between Enitan’s luxurious life in the city and the basic and sometimes frighteningly dangerous life in The Downs, with its demons, caustic fog, and venomous creatures. For all its harshness, the people who inhabit the Downs appear to be unselfish and more accepting of others. They live in a world where same sex relations are the norm.

The two main characters come across as believable and real. They are both physically and emotionally imperfect, but together they slowly find love and healing in each other. It’s not instant and that’s what I love about Kim’s stories. She gives them time to get to know each other and build a friendship first.

Enitan is the proverbial rich kid who likes to fight and fuck. He is wronged by his sister and judged as unredeemable. He hankers after revenge.

Like Brute, Rig is big and lumbering and disfigured. Both Rig and Brute have a heart of gold and consider others before themselves. Rig’s backstory is heart-wrenchingly sad and when his future with Enitan is in doubt I could see him being broken all over again.

This is a story of love and hate, revenge and redemption, and of finding peace and happiness with your lot in life and with the person you love. A story of second chances and discovering what’s important in life.

"I don't want to die. But if I have a choice between a few minutes with you or an eternity without, well ... I choose you ... I will always choose you."

A slow and steady yet beautifully sweet romance set in an imaginary world. Highly recommended.

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Liked it the book okay

I liked the book pretty well. It was an interesting and unique fantasy novel. The characters were likable and felt relatable.

The narration was less than great. I wasn’t a fan of the narrator’s gravely, grandpa-ish voice considering the characters and subject matter. But his reading skill was also not pleasant. Emphasis was placed on the wrong words in sentences which made it sound choppy and very amateurish.

I might have liked the book better if I’d simply read it instead of listened.

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Rough, real, lovely

Entian is condemned for killing his father – which he didn’t do – but feels the judge was right when she decreed him “unredeemable” because he’s been selfish, lazy and not a good contributor to his family’s wealth.

Rig is a … okay – well he’s the guy who saves Entian and it’s part of the story so I won’t tell you much about him – only that he’s a healer and amazing!

This is an earth-like place? I’m not sure how you qualify this – but it feels earth like but not the earth we know.

Entian and Rig must navigate through both their insecurities and Entian’s desire for revenge before finding their very, very HEA.

It’s a dark story – similar in flavor and feel to Brute, also by Kim Fielding, but so rewarding! Neither character is perfect, in fact you might classify Entian as an anti-hero for most of the book – but his redemption is complete and perfect by the end.



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KC Kelly does a masterful job with this vaguely “old world” story – giving it just the right “other” sort of inflection and making us understand and appreciate the “otherness” of this world. He’s just so easy to listen to and so good with pacing and emotion. I truly love his narrations and this is no exception. I especially loved Rig ☺

Highly recommended.

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Light, touching, hope-inspiring HEA about kindness

Yes, I only gave 4 stars, but I save 5 for when I'm really bowled over.

I really wasn't expecting to like this book at all. To be honest, I was really only trying to chalk up one more book on my "Read" list.

It starts off all dystopian and dark and I'm like (somewhere between a yawn and a sigh), "This is going to be way too 'rough trade' for where my head's at, at the moment." Then, as the story keeps going in what I thought was this direction, my mind starts conjuring up some really dark (I mean REALLY dark) m/m "romance" (is that even the right word?) fiction that I have come across, and have even mildly enjoyed at other periods of my life, and such tales where definitely not what I'm looking to read right now. I figured if this gets too heavy, I'm just not going to be able to get through it.

And then it changed! Not completely, not right away, but it started growing on me the way I want a story to do. A little further in, and I start to doubt if I can guess where this is going or not. Not MASSIVE plot upheavals that make your stomach drop to the floor, just little "hmmm, what direction IS this going to take?" kind of twists.

And then, ultimately YES, a nice HEA.

I should also mention that yes it's explicit...but not overly so IMHO, and well done I'd say. Sometimes books in this genre make me wonder about some authors and whether they actually have experience with men's anatomy working like that. Mine certainly doesn't! But this one was good...realistic. Thumbs up!

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Perfection

So sweet and well rounded story. Love Kim Fielding!!! Gonna miss Audible Escape because it has some great gems like this one.

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Beautiful Dark Fantasy

I enjoyed listening to this story very much. The start was rough and dark and I liked that it took some time for Enitan to be able to see. Loved Rig, very interesting character. The story flow was smooth and captivating, I enjoyed every minute of it. Narrator did a great job and made this story into a perfect listening experience.

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Amazing!!!! Worth IT!!

Was not expecting such a good story. Not sappy as I thought it would be.

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Love Found at the 'End of the World'

Author Kim Fielding possesses a remarkable ability for thorough world-building in her novels regardless of their length, and that is certainly the case with "The Downs." Its unique mystical elements and intriguing characters - and the moving, slow burn relationship between Enitan and Rig at the heart of this hurt/comfort story - had me hooked from start to finish. And not to give anything away, but I was pleasantly surprised by the ending - the revenge undercurrent running through the book does not end in typical fashion but the payoff was just as satisfying and fitting.

Narrator K.C. Kelly has a rich, captivating voice, and he delivers another on-point performance here (to say nothing of his fabulous accent for Rig!). The author's words paired with the narrator's delivery elevated this audiobook from a highly entertaining listen to a truely engrossing experience. Highly recommended.

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Not what I was expecting at all.

This is one of those ones that I saw when it first came out and then I read the little summary in I was going to read it but I just didn't want to read another story about revenge hahaha. so then I just left it in my library and I happened to see it today and I thought oh wow I should give this one another shot and I'm so glad I did it was so much better because it wasn't really about revenge so much as healing and understanding what the consequences of our actions really are so this was surprisingly light and fluffy and deep at the same time.

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very poor even by Kim fielding standard

got this one as KC Kelly is wonderful. I could listen to him all day.
I've got other titles by Kim fielding and they are not too bad , but this one is very poor. it never really gets going. maybe it could be cut down to a 30 minute yarn.
Oh and it seems I'm not allowed to return it!!!!
so much for the Audible return promise.