Fade to Black : The Weir Chronicles

  • by Sue Duff
  • Narrated by Christopher J Mayer
  • Series: The Weir Chronicles
  • 9 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ian Black is an illusionist with a talent for keeping secrets. College student Rayne Bevan has a gift for uncovering them. She suspects that the popular performer's skills extend beyond the stage and that he's the area's mysterious and elusive defender of the innocent. In her efforts to uncover the truth, Rayne is swept into the hidden world of the Weir, a magical race who struggle to prevent Earth from self-destructing. Her inquiries expose Ian to those who would kill for his connection to the planet, and as he fights to keep Rayne safe, they discover a force behind the Weir's raging civil war - a traitor bent on launching Earth's armageddon.

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Epic concept! But confusing a first...

This book series has the potential to be epic. But like a jet fighter being launched from the catapult of an aircraft carrier, it thrusts the reader too quickly into the thick - a grand struggle that has been occurring for centuries between two races of super humans.

The beginning of the book led me to believe this was a new take on a super hero in a gritty city. But as the plot started to unfold, the scope of the book changed and expanded drastically. No longer was this story about an illusionist with real powers that used his abilities to fight crime, but there was a huge war going on in the background!

New characters were introduced so fast that I could not keep track initially who was who and what part they were playing in the story. Strange words were introduced. Duok? Pure? Saar? Were these titles or ranks? No translation was offered to what they meant. Was a Saar a general? A prince? A sergeant? We should have known up front, because every time they were used, a small part of my CPU spun off a processing thread trying to figure it out, slightly distracting me and taking me out of the story.

Once that bit of culture shock was overcome, it was easy to settle into the story. The war between races became clear and the book started to feel like a comfortable sweater. Chapters are bite-sized chunks that fit easily into my driving commute times.

Christoper Mayer did a great job narrating this story. His production is professional grade. His attention to detail is fantastic, with no flaws whatsoever. His voice is unique, and followers of his work should have no problem recognizing his voice in other titles.

This audio book was gifted to me by the narrator at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.
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- Eddie Mittelstedt

Pretty Good, But…

“Fade to Black: The Weir Chronicles, Book 1” is a pretty good start to a new series. To the world, Ian Black is a successful magician. An illusionist who is actually capable of real magic. He is also part of a secret organization that’s pledged to protect the earth from another organization that wants to subjugate it. As fate would have it, Ian rescues a college student named Rayne who is also studying for a journalism career. So of course, she latches on to the story of her mysterious rescuer, which then leads her dangerously close to Ian. There are some nice surprises in the course of the story unfolding and some things that I found too contrived. One example of this was Ian’s own inner circle arranging for Rayne to come to his home to get an interview. It may have served author Sue Duff’s storytelling, but given the circumstances of Ian’s secret life, I just couldn’t buy his own people bringing a reporter to his home without even running the idea buy him before hand.

Overall, Fade to Black is an enjoyable novel with an interesting hero type who is not exactly cut from a typical urban fantasy, cookie cutter mold. Also, Christopher J. Mayer does a solid job on the narration as well. It will be interesting to see what Ms. Duff does with book 2.

Finally, this audio book was provided by the narrator at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audio Book Boom.
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- Ashanti

Book Details

  • Release Date: 11-11-2016
  • Publisher: CrossWinds Publishing