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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.
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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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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.