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This is quite the little gem. I loved everything about this book, the story, the performance, everything. It is hard to review this without giving spoilers. The description blurb really doesn’t do justice to the story. Yes, Cal and Lorkin (sp?) are an established couple and Lorkin is kidnapped by a group of religious zealots. But that is just a part of the bigger conflict to come. The story takes place in an AU that is contemporary (they have cars and cell phones) but also fantasy with villages and people with “super powers;” it is really awesome. Discovering the “oh sh*t” and “no he didn’t” moments are half the appeal of this story. It includes a number of POVs, including a really delicious Scottish brogue from the captain of the guard. I also love that this is not your traditional royal family, as the Queen is also a bad ass when called for; think crown with a machine gun. The final battle scene reminds me of an X-men or Avengers movie.
I wouldn’t classify this as a “romance” story, but an action adventure story with a romantic thread running throughout. Also, there is no sex in this story. I hope we get Cal and Lorkin’s back story at some point. I REALLY hope the Chronicles continue, preferably in audio with this narrator, but I would buy the e books as well. Also be warned, although this story is mostly resolved by the end and we get a HEA for the couple, Book 2 is previewed as a cliff hanger at the end. I can’t wait to read it and find out what is happening with the couple.
The narrator puts in a fantastic performance. I have listened to a few books by him and have never been disappointed with his performance. If this was designed to peak a reader’s interest and demand more, mission accomplished!
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