Not long ago I found Lisa Shearin through her SPI Files series books, The Grendel Affair and The Dragon Conspiracy. I enjoyed those books greatly, so nosed around to see if I thought I would like any of her other books as well. It made sense – if you like one series, you will in all likelihood enjoy the author’s other work as well. Looking at Lisa’s page on Goodreads, I noted that the first novella of the Raine Benares series, Wild Card (Raine Benares .05) was available, and was the perfect way to begin, especially as the audio is only $5.95. Besides, I like Eileen Stevens, the narrator, so I downloaded it from Audible to give the series a try.
I wasn’t disappointed. I like Raine. She is strong, though not overpoweringly so. While she is a magical elf, her magic isn’t of the “Blow them all up” type. Rather, she is a Seeker – she finds missing items, missing people, that sort of thing. Now, she has been asked to find the stolen jewels belonging to Lady Kaharit (listening on Audible means you can’t always know how things are spelled!) a high standing Goblin lady. Of course, who she is to steal them from is scary in its own right – and it leads to even scarier things very quickly.
Magic Lost, Trouble Found (Raine Benares 1) is playing on my tablet now! Oh, and the third in the SPI Series, The Brimstone Deception, is due out January 26, 2016 (Soooo Long!! :-() but I already have it on my “must have” list.
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After reading and liking her SPI Files series, I thought I’d give Lisa Shearin’s Raine Benares series a try. I started with the audio of "Wild Card", a prequel story to the series.
"Wild Card" is a quick adventure story about Raine, her criminal cousin Phaelan, and a seductively handsome goblin mage, Tamnais Nathrach, saving the souls of children being used as chips in a high-stakes poker game. This story gives me a little background about Raine and her family as well as the world she inhabits.
The narrator, Eileen Stevens, does a pretty good job with the voices. I haven’t listened to Stevens before, but her voice is good. I might look into speeding up the narrative just a bit, though.
I both read and listened to this story. Reading it didn’t do much for me (but admittedly, I was sick at the time and possibly not focusing well), but the audio did much more. I like not having to worry about how to pronounce the names when I listen to the audio – a benefit I hadn’t thought of before.
Overall, I think I will listen to the Raine Benares series rather than reading it, and I’m looking forward it.
Rating: ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥