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Wow what a story has everything and than some. Heaven hell demons love death and God. I have listened to book 1&4 now need the in between. I highly recommend this series.
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Savior is the first novella in a series called Keepers of Hell by Danielle James. Ash is a slave to a demon and he has been from when he was an elementary school. When his parents were murdered by this demon and the demon turned on Ash’ sister, Ash stepped forward to protect her. The demon then offered Ash a job. He gave Ash the opportunity to work for him and in return the demon would not murdered Ash’ sister. Not knowing what he was signing up for, Ash accepts. Now, Ash is beholden to this demon and must do what he is told. Enter Elisabeth, a trauma surgeon. Never expecting to have any personal life, Ash is taken aback by his attraction for his doctor. Now, he must figure out how to balance his bargain with the demon with his unquenchable attraction to Elisabeth.
Unfortunately, I didn’t enjoy this novella for many reasons. There was definitely a lot of potential, but I think the story needed further development. The broad strokes of the plot are interesting and even have the potential to be unique. The relationship between Ash, demons, and God is a twist on a common topic. But, I would've liked more details, which could've perhaps been introduced with more characters. However, I was really looking for a stronger plot in both the romance and urban fantasy aspect of the novel. I especially didn’t like the romance because to me it felt forced. It seemed abrupt and before the reader gets to know the characters they are lusting after one another. There was a lot of physical attraction with little mental connection between the two characters. The urban fantasy aspect was interesting, but there wasn’t really much detail given to the reader and so when Ash enters the demon world, it didn’t feel vivid. Ultimately, I felt that the world building was not as strong as it could’ve been. Further, the end of the novella is a twist and a cliffhanger, which can be frustrating. Overall, I think the short length was a detriment to the story. With a longer novel, the world building and character development could have been stronger.
The narration by Miles Taylor was okay. However, I didn’t think his voicing of the different characters was dynamic enough, which could’ve helped characterize them a little more. The production quality was good. I would recommend this novella to someone who likes quick fixes for heavy anticipation and romance in an urban fantasy world.
Audiobook was provided for review by the narrator.
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This was an interesting novella, I do think I would have preferred it to be longer, but I got through it at one sitting in work, which is always a bonus.
Ash has had a pretty crappy life up to now, in saving his sister he promised his soul to the demon now aiding Ash's troubled life in killing off other demons so he can rule over hell.
Ash sister gets engaged and in tracking her new partner down Ash discovers a beautiful Doctor whom he starts to fall in love with.
Elizabeth is such a fab character, I really enjoyed her side of things, and Miles does a great job of portraying both male and female characters.
The deeper into love Ash gets and it does happen pretty quick the more he starts to hate his life and wants to protect his sister all the more and of course, the demon asks him to kill the new love in his life. Ash can't do it, I think I'd have liked some more inner turmoil here, especially over his sister and her life and soul. Going out walking the night was the perfect opportunity to do that, but the writer doesn't quite go as deep as I'd have liked.
I'm glad Elizabeth wants to get to know him more, the bad as well. And they make a fab couple.
The ending I was a bit unsure of, the battle with Shax the demon is good but then God, coming in, and asking him to lead hell was unexpected, giving him wings also unexpected. What did get me more upset was that after all he's been through and done for Elizabeth he just goes and gives her up. It is noble to want to protect the one you love, but uggh not like that. :(
I wonder if novella's like this as part of a series, really should just be the one book..
Nice job though and both writer and narrator do work well together, I think I might follow this series, not sure yet.