Dark Moon Defender : Twelve Houses

  • by Sharon Shinn
  • Narrated by Joe Barrett
  • Series: Twelve Houses
  • 19 hrs and 48 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The Rider Justin is sent to the small town of Neft, so he can spy on the nearby Lumanen Convent, where the Daughters of the Pale Mother reside. He quickly learns that Coralinda Gisseltess, the leader of the Daughters, is indeed persecuting mystics and the people who shelter them.Even more quickly, he falls in love with Ellynor, one of the convent novices. But the courtship is perilous in the extreme. Not only does Coralinda hate the king and the king's Riders, but Ellynor is from the Lirrenlands, where women are not allowed to take lovers outside of the close-knit clans. If her brothers find out about Justin, they will insist upon a duel to the death...and if Coralinda finds out that Ellynor is a mystic, Ellynor's own life will be instantly at risk.BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction by author Sharon Shinn.

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What the Critics Say

"Shinn....paints their journey with a lyrical grace and deep appreciation of camaraderie reminiscent of Diane Duane at her best." (Publishers Weekly)

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Customer Reviews

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Disappointing change in narrator.

Cammon now has a cockney accent and Donnal has 'a bit o' the Irish brogue in him'.

It's unfortunate when narrators are changed mid-series. I understand why the change is made in this series so far. The first 2 books are primarily from the point of view of a woman (the 2nd especially). This book, although it doesn't always come from Justin's viewpoint, it is apparent that he's the main character.

I'm new to the audiobook world. I find that I can read a book about 3 times as fast as I can listen to it. Many times that is because I skip tedious parts, like expositions on how the fire burned through one's veins and there was an explosion that changed the world in that one kiss. The first time a couple kisses, ok - but every time? I also find detailed descriptions of sword fighting tedious, but so far there's none of that in this series.

I'm 'reading' volume 3 now and will buy the next two volumes because I am interested in the characters and where the series will ultimately go. I have found that the books don't really reach a huge crescendo and a resolution. Instead, there are minor ones. You might learn some valuable bit of information and the culmination is a report to the King. Each book so far has been a bit formulaic in that there's always two people who are madly in love and for whatever reason, can't be together. After hours of listening to them torture themselves, they will finally resolve the issue - though not always as the reader would like (which is refreshing).

All in all, it's a good series. Well defined characters, strong plot line, danger, intrigue, magic, sword fighting - all the usual things that make a good fantasy series. I wish that in series like these, the author would clearly define to the narrator(s) how the characters sound. If I had heard Cammon with a cockney accent from the beginning, I wouldn't be having difficulty with him now.

In the end, I recommend this series because of it's strong points!
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- shirley

great series

I've listened to all 5 books in this series and really enjoyed all of them (okay, I was a little put off in book 2 by the lack of morals by the main character, but since she did what she could to rectify the situation I forgave her).
I do wish that they would have the readers listen to previous books so they'd have an idea of the accents used.
I also hate that it made Kirra sound like a simpering idiot.
But I do like all the story lines and have listened to all 5 books at least 3 times. Nice light romances (which I didn't think I'd like but have now started looking for similar books).
If you can ignore the change in accents, all the books in this series are well worth listening to.
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- Rachel

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-04-2008
  • Publisher: Audible Studios