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The Unseelie Prince

The Hawthorn Throne Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Liam Taylor
Length: 2 hrs and 13 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Unseelie Prince is the first novella in the Hawthorn Throne series.

The Folk have never shied away from taking what they want. Legends speak of faeries stealing people from their beds, swapping infants with changelings, and impregnating women they find beautiful. You should never trust them, though they cannot lie. Eat their food, and you may never see home again.

Noah Reid has spent his life seeking normalcy after a turbulent childhood with a superstitious mother who refused to answer questions about the father he never knew and instead attempted to impress upon him a real fear of faeries.

Despite his mother’s best efforts, Noah finds himself ripped from the life he knows and thrust into a palace of nightmares. Here, he must face the persistent attention of the regent and discover the shocking truth his mother took to her grave.

Fàilte air ais, a Naoise. Welcome home....

Content warning: Contains dark themes and subject matter that may be considered taboo. 

©2018 Kaitlyn Abdou (P)2018 Kaitlyn Abdou

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Original and enthralling

In a matter of a little over two hours, Kaitlyn Abdou's fantastical story and Liam Taylor's narration was able to do what quite a few other audiobooks haven't been able to: give me an original and enthralling tale and leave me wanting much more in the best way possible. The Unseelie Prince is the first in Abdou's Hawthorn Prince series, and it's the ideal sort of series starter, enticing the listener with a mesmerizing and intriguing story, ensuring that they'd be invested in the characters, needing to find out what happens next. This is Abdou's debut release and it's the first time I've listened to Taylor's narrating, both leaving me wholly impressed with their respective contributions to this wonderfully fascinating story of a man named Noah Reid who is taken by mystical creatures and finds out that the life he once led wasn't as mundane or normal as he was made to believe. I don't want to give too much away, but this does end on a cliffhanger, and I was a wee bit frustrated because I desperately wanted to know what awaited certain characters in the story. I'll definitely be keeping an eye out for book two! The Unseelie Prince gets five stars! ♥

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Interesting!

This is a little different than what I was expecting. I was quickly drawn into the story and wanted to know what was going to happen next. The characters are intriguing, complex, and left me wanting to know about them. This story is a bit dark, a little magical, and blends some Scottish folklore. The narrator does a great job of bringing the story to life. I look forward to the next part if the story, this left me wanting more.

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Good Taboo story...

The Unseelie Prince is a quick Taboo story by Kaitlyn Abdou. It is the first book of The Hawthorn Throne series. Filled with Dark but intriguing content, the book captures your attention and keeps it to find out what happens to Noah and the Regent. Definitely recommend for those who love The dark, the forbidden, the Taboo. Do not read if you are looking for a romance... this well written book is more about gothic seduction, magical deception and very Taboo subject matter.

Narration job done well by Liam Taylor. The voice is smooth and easy to listen to. It helps you get lost into the story and envision it all. Great job.

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This is not a romance

And by “not a romance”, I don’t mean that there is a romantic relationship but it’s in the background. I mean, don’t go into this expecting love at all. This also isn’t the story you want if you want to see the underdog win. What this story does have is a nice bit of world building, a deliciously wicked villain, and a narrator who does a great job. I think my main problem was that I didn’t like the ending. I think it was meant to have a dark erotic horror feel, but to me it just felt like a story where a shitty abuser won in the end. Maybe this wasn’t the best book to listen to after marathoning through The Cruel Prince and The Wicked King. I might buy a sequel if it looks like things might get better for the main character in it.

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Intense!!

First, I must note that Mr. Taylor could read the dictionary to me and I would like it. Now on to the story, so very intense and mind capturing! I love falling into other lands and this one was described perfectly!! Need more, please!

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Excellent

Really enjoyed this short by Kaitlyn Abdou! It was darker than I was expecting but very good! The narrator was new to me as well and he did an excellent job bringing these characters to life!

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Twisty End

This is the first book in The Hawthorn Throne Series. This is not a romance and not a book for everyone. There is a twist to the story that fits into taboo territory. The plot was entertaining and it was steady throughout the book. I found the story and characters intriguing. There isn’t exactly a cliffhanger, but you are left with questions. The narration was good the narrators voice wasn’t to my liking (I’m picky) but it was great for this story. It wasn’t monotone but I would’ve liked stronger highs and lows. He was expressive and although it was told in a narration style verses a voice acting, I think it was done very well. I voluntarily read/listened to an advance copy of this book for an honest review.

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Away with the Fair Folk

This is an interesting tale of a young man who has been carried away by fairy folk to the fairy realm where he is the son of the late King of the Fair Folk. Noah is confused at first, but grows to like his new reality. In our world he was an orphaned Nursing student with loans and lonely. In the realm of the Sidh (Fair Folk), he is a prince with servants to lay feasts for him and run baths, tending to his needs. He is courted by the Regent, brother of the late king, who seeks to beguile the young prince and heir in order to keep his power. He entices the young man with his sexiness and kisses him deeply, practically demanding the young man's hand in marriage. The are issues of dubious consent, so this is not for you if you are not fans of this sort of story. I wonder how things will progress in the realm in the wake of the wedding and the coronation.
The narrator is new to me, but I do like the distinct voices and accents that he gives to the characters.

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Wonderful Story, Liam Taylor is Excellent

At first I thought The Unseelie Prince was just a lush and very creative retelling of dozens of other fairy tales I’ve read before… it didn’t take long for me to see how wrong I was! There are so many clever twists and turns, and I had no idea which way the story would go. I got completely wrapped up in this amazing story.

Kaitlyn Abdou describes everything in stunning detail. From the faeries to horn wearing demons, and everything Noah experiences, this is a magical world and we’ve just seen the smallest bit. I’m looking forward to many more episodes in “The Hawthorne Throne”, and I definitely hope they’re all narrated by Liam Taylor.

Mr. Taylor’s rich and sultry voice adds an additional layer of mystery and romance to the story. His portrayal of Fearghas is seductive and devilishly wonderful, and his performance elevates the whole experience. I highly recommend enjoying The Unseelie Prince as an audiobook.

an audiobook copy of The Unseelie Prince was provided for the purpose of my review

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wow

this was good.. it was dark and interesting.. it was well narrated imo.. the narrator did a good job hitting the complexity of these characters.. their emotions.. and their personalities.. i felt like i was watching a movie.. it was well done.