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I was offered this book almost immediately following my review of the first one (Imperium) and I said yes as soon as I could. I really enjoyed the first Cualborn book and dove in immediately. There may be some minor spoilers from book one in this review.
The story picks up shortly after the events of book one and focuses heavily on the promise made by Vincent therein. After speaking with his friend, who is a dragon and dragon's are awesome, Vinny discovers the existence of a group called The Keepers. Keepers have a seemingly endless well of knowledge and capability. Since the Caulborn have never heard of them, Vincent decides to check them out. After an extensive tide of questions he decides they may be able to help him with his problem with Orcus, the god of oaths and the one who is holding Vincent to his promise that Megan will be "fine" forever, literally. After completing his part of the deal with the Keepers Vinny thinks everything is going to work out. That is until Megan goes missing. Adding to that Vincent has other worries at home; Petra's mother is coming to town. Not only is his girlfriend's mother visiting, she just so happens to be Aphrodite and she makes life unpleasant for Petra.
This was a solid follow up to Imperium. While it wasn't quite as good as book one in my opinion, it definitely kept me interested the whole time. Nicholas Olivo brought in some new and entertaining characters and built upon the old ones. I love what he is doing with the mythological deities in this series. As I said in my review of book one, I am a huge fan of mythology and I can't help but be sucked in when someone is doing something interesting and new with the gods. I'm intrigued by how the gods would act in another's eyes, this series has so far done very well with that.
Ian McEuen again brings his narration to table and he did a terrific job of bringing the story to life. He has a really great delivery and give every character their own voice, adding more depth the already likeable protagonist and his extremely entertaining supporting cast. One of the big draws of the voice acting by McEuen is the pace, it's almost perfect, there's not robotic pauses or sentences hard to understand because the narrator is reading too fast, it's right where it needs to be. In addition to the great performance, there is not background noices, static, or any annoying mouth noises or heavy breathing.
Fans of mythology or any kind of urban fantasy needs to give this book a read. Fans of Nick Podehl should also check this out. McEuen has a very similar style to Podehl and he fits the story very well. Without a doubt this series is worth it.
Audiobook was provided for review by the narrator.
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I can't wait for the next book in this series. The characters really draw you in and I find myself completely entranced.
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