Trystan is an unchosen angel - shunned by society, bullied, and without a future. In a hidden well, Trystan discovers a carving of a dragon, who were once the commanders of demons and now believed extinct. But Trystan learns the carving doesn't depict an ordinary dragon. Stories tell that millennia ago, the great dragon Asagoroth and his demon army nearly conquered the three realms but was killed by the five elders. The powerful angels combined their life forces to cast a spell, sacrificing their lives. But history is full of falsehoods. The five elders only managed to imprison the dragon, and Asagoroth had cast his own spell - one of releasement. It only needs the blood of an angel to liberate him from his cage.... Asagoroth, enemy of angels, conqueror of realms, is free. But even as the angels prepare for war, the great dragon surprises them with an ultimatum: hand over the angel who awakened him or face annihilation.
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Always been a fan of angels and demons so was pritty much sold from the start. its well written and I only wish it was longer :) First time with this narrator and he blew my mind, loved his voice. To bad I cant find any more m/m books with him :P hope for the future he will so more!
This was a story unlike any I’ve read/heard before.
First, it’s kind of a creation story in that we get the angels and demons and then… the creation of what will later become humans. So – it’s like the time before time existed.
Second, the angels aren’t like any angels I’ve seen before, nor the demons. They are best classified as the definition of “opposites” and neither is all good nor all bad.
Third, the romance was definitely unique and I don’t want to give any spoilers – but it’s not exactly what I was expecting.
I thought the world building was interesting and I thought the new spin on the origin of humanity was compelling.
I wasn’t crazy about the love story itself, however. Asagoroth – as a name – is a mouthful and I was listening to this so the poor narrator had to keep saying it over and over and over. Thankfully, about 60% in or so, Trystan finally dubs him Asa, and we get a little break now and then. Besides his bulky name, we don’t really get to know much about “Asa”. He’s not very approachable, and beyond his love of his “beloved” we don’t get to see him do much.
He and Trystan really only interact physically and that, in and of itself, sometimes felt a bit weird, too. The language is sort of formal – matching the angel/demon time period, but then suddenly the author will throw in “f***” or “C***” or “a**” and… it just didn’t seem to fit.
I almost wish more “stately” euphemisms had been used, it would have melded in better with the rest of the story.
There just wasn’t a particular “hero” to root for here. Neither Trystan nor Asa is that compelling and though, at first, I was loving the “underdog” feel Trystan had – bullied, unchosen, ignored, isolated – but beyond that he didn’t have much of a personality – that we got to see.
Asa, like I said before, is a black box as well. What we do see is really gruff and bossy and not very likable. He loves Trystan but I was never sure why. (I think Trystan would have loved anyone who paid attention to him so his motivation was pretty clear.)
In any case, while I was definitely interested in the story, I didn’t love it.
The narrator, Pavi Proczko, is new to me, and he did a fine job. It’s an “Epic” type story with grand themes and strange words and he managed all those very well. (Kudos for the name Asagaroth alone!) He doesn’t do a lot to change the voices, though it was always easy to tell who was speaking. When he gets to the smexy times it always jerked me out of the story a bit – maybe because of his method of narrating – maybe because of the story itself. It just felt kind of jarring.
I’m certain that fans of “fantasy” may find this story more appealing than I, and I don’t consider myself a “fan” – but I’m not sure the juxtaposition of the almost fairy tale like creation story with erotic fiction worked very well here.
So… if angels and demons and that sort of fantasy story is your thing – you might want to check it out. If you like the angels as found in “Supernatural” or shifter stories – you might want to skip this.
For the story and the narration I’d give it 3.5 of 5 stars.