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I???m so glad I got a chance to re-visit one of my favorite books in the series, and the one that clinched my fondness for IAD.
Have I mentioned how much I love a perfectly timed romance? Yes, I love, love that, because that means we get sexual tension.. And I luuuuve sexual tension, and with the scorching hot chemistry between Sebastian and Kaderin we get plenty of it.
Kaderin the Cold Hearted Valkyrie, finds herself in a vast dilemma; unable to feel any emotions for the past thousand years, now has to contend with her attraction to the very vampire she???s intending to kill, plus the fact that she can???t forget that a dead leach like
Sebastian Roth was responsible for the horrible death of her two sisters.
On the other hand, Sebastian is tired of being something that he never chose to be, and when Kaderin comes to his castle to deliver the death blow, he welcomes it with open arms, but in that moment, he discovers that Kaderin is his bride and his fate....And that changes everything.
And so... The adventure begins with mind blowing action, and suspense that won't let you pause for a minute.
Kaderin and Sebastian enter the world competition for supernatural creatures, a brilliant setting for all the action and suspense. They both enter for very different reasons but equally important to them.
For Kaderin, the final prize is a key that can give her the possibility to go back to the past and save her sisters.
For Sebastian is the chance to help her fated bride achieved the victory, and in the process win her heart.
As the competition heats up, so does their romance; and we get one hell of a hot, steamy and perfectly developed romance.
I know a lot fans of the genre have already enjoyed this series, but if you are one of the few that has not, don???t miss out on the opportunity to discover why Kresley Cole is so highly regarded. This is the book where Ms. Cole???s talent begins to shine, with perfectly balanced heroes, heroines that don???t take crap from nobody, and are some of the strongest, funniest and entertaining little biaches in the paranormal realm.
Once again Robert Pefkoff takes the novel to a higher level.
I love the way he reads these books, I know that his female voices could be better, actually, I wish they would have two different narrators, and frankly, I always have a hard time with male narrators and their female voices, but the way Robert brings the story to life with the perfect pace, ambiance and the right amount of drama, in my opinion, makes up for the not so perfect but tolerable female voices.
I???m more likely to forgive and overlook a flawed female voice from a male narrator, than bad male voice from a female narrator, and no, I???m not being sexist, it???s just the nature of the genre, these guys are often described as having the best male attributes (in every sense of the word) and their voices are a big part of the fantasy. It???s as simple as that.
Genre: Paranormal Romance/Urban Fantasy
Sensuality: Scorching HOT
27 of 27 people found this review helpful
I read and listen to all kinds of books but Kresley Cole and Robert Petkoff make a winning team. This was a joy to listen to it was action packed, funny, well written as well as well read. The mood of the series is wonderfully captured in this audio version. The characters, setting and the ambiance are world class. I recommend any and everthing by this author. It is a very good romance and a great story.
10 of 10 people found this review helpful
This book has to be my favourite of the series. I absolutely loved Sebastian and Kaderin's story. The narrator is fantastic. So much better than in the first books. I've always loved his story telling voice and male character voices, but hated how he narrated the women's voices. In this book they were all exemplary. Can't wait to hear more of the series.
What did you like best about this story?
The development of the relationship between Bowen and Meriketa. The growth from dislike to love and then abandonment is very well written.
What does Robert Petkoff bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?
The narrator does an excellent job. The difference between male and female voices works very well. He maintains the accents and has enough emotional range to enhance the story.
Any additional comments?
I did read book 2 in this series and this is book 3, sadly the first hour of this book is a rehash of the end of the story in book 2, I very nearly gave it up as a bad job but after the first part the rest of the book is very good and a good listen.
0 of 2 people found this review helpful
Is there anything you would change about this book?
After 1000 years without feeling anything Kaderin finally loses her cold heartedness when she becomes Sebastian's bride. She awakens his heart & he awakens her feelings. After so long without feelings I wish the sudden return had had more of an effect on her. Theres a small glimpse at the start when she remembers the pain of losing her sisters but not much else. Yes she talks about remembering what it was like to laugh, be happy, turned on & angry but I wish those moments had been more fleshed out to show just how cold hearted she was to how kind hearted she now is. Also wished the character of Sebastian was more fleshed out. In previous books the males have more substance to make you root for them to get the girl, but didn't feel it with Sebastian. He was still a likeable character but could have been more.
If you’ve listened to books by Kresley Cole before, how does this one compare?
Not one of my favourites in the series, but still enjoyable.
Any additional comments?
I have already read the IAD series & am happy now listen to the audio versions. Robert Petkoff's does a great job.