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I wasn’t sure what to expect of the story when I began the book. I was immediately pulled in by Warin and his brother and his love, Thea. The machinations and jealousy surprised me. I don’t listen to many vampire books, so I wasn’t familiar with ancients or the concept of them. I thought the story moved along well, but it is a novella, so it’s only part. I was impressed by David Brenin with his awesome performance of the characters with their distinctive voices. Nora Ash is a very talented author. I would love to binge listen to all of the books in this series at once to get the full effect of all the characters and what happens over the span of time. I requested this review copy audiobook and have voluntarily written this review. Kudos to Nora for the twist at the end.
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I loved this story when I read it on my Kindle, and it’s just as good on Audible. The story itself is fantastic—sexy, full of action and surprising emotion. To be honest, even though it’s a prologue, it’s my favorite book in this series so far. I love how rough-edged Warin and Aleric are.
Listening to it like this really highlights Warin’s struggle to understand Thea and her humanity and his determination to be someone she’d want to be with. David Brenin’s narration fits the story and gives each character a different feel. Even Thea’s female voice is believable. He nails Aleric’s dry wit and perfectly captures his long-suffering patience in trying to civilize Warin. I love the relationship between Aleric and Warin, especially their easy humor and loyalty.
One of my favorite parts is when Aleric is trying to break through to Warin’s ruthless predatory side, telling him that if he wants Thea to want to stay, he has to stop being so scary. Aleric has these droll lines as he tries to explain to Warin that if he wants to calm Thea down, he might want to start by cleaning off the blood and gore that he acquired while raiding her village.
The book is good and so is David Brenin's narration.
I read the book first and absolutely loved it. Nora Ash has the ability to create new and exciting worlds where the selfishness of one impacts the destiny of another or does it? The story itself for me was very well constructed and detailed. I loved the characters, even though I want to strangle one of them (I will leave it up to you to guess which one).
As for the naration, David Brenton has a very nice voice which I loved listening to. At times though where the scene is supposed to be quite intence, it fell a little flat. Nevertheless, his performance felt well done with the feel of the book and I look forward to listening more of his work.
Overall, the book is a good read (or listen) and I highly recommend it.