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Some secrets are best left in the dark; but sometimes they have a way of coming out with a vengeance. Riley O’Rourke, a crime beat reporter and Jaguar, was present when a bystander video-taped and released proof of supernatural creatures that roam the earth, mixing and mingling with humans. Exposing the preternatural world placed Riley into the lime light making her a spokesperson and specialist of the preternatural. However, not everyone was exposed and those creatures that remain hidden from the human world have an agenda – their agenda involves Riley, her boyfriend and Onyx (her vampire friend/ruler of the preternatural world of Arizona).
The fairy world, both the winter and summer courts, are feuding and draw Riley deep into the depths of their war. She must steal a valuable artifact from the winter court. Bargaining with a fairy is a complicated and dangerous maneuver but Riley does so to protect her and her family/friends. The question is not can she do it but will the fairy world leave her alone afterwards? That’s a chance Riley takes with the support of her friends.
Fiona Skye, author, has a well-developed story that brings into it many different aspects of the current myths and legends of vampires, fairies, werewolves, shape shifters and more. The characters grow at a solid pace. The use of myths/legends is well done also. Although it brings in the entire preternatural world, it quickly narrows it down to one section and focuses not on the human element but rather on the preternatural.
The narrator, P.J. Morgan provides an excellent performance. At first I was a bit thrown off because I did not expect Riley to have a Brooklyn like accent but it is explained in the story very well and subtly. Morgan plays all the parts well executing difficult accents and twangs. Very entertaining and a great fit for the book. The emotions were projected very well, drawing the audience in captivating them.
Not only is Skye a very talented words crafter and masterful story-teller, but Morgan is equally talented at narration. This is one book that should not be missed; it is by far an excellent book.
There were no issues with production. Everything was clear and well done.
Audiobook was provided for review by the author.
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7 of 9 people found this review helpful
This was a great urban fantasy. One of my favorite aspects was the author’s use of original terminology. Riley is a crime reporter but that’s far from all. She’s also a panther – critter --with a vampire mentor. From beginning to end the story is filled with actions, suspense and the revealing of secrets.
One day a strange preternatural beast walks into her office, turns out it’s a faerie which inevitably puts Riley in danger and she fears for David the hot human she’s only just began seeing in a more than friendly way. In the past Riley’s had poor relationships with men amongst other things and carries a lot of baggage. When things heat up between her and David she second guesses herself as she looks at David as a fragile human.
The narrator P.J. Morgan is really good. I don’t know if it’s natural or not but she does a Boston accent – where Riley is originally from – throughout the entire story. If it’s not natural extra kudos to her.
This story is bound to be a favorite among urban fantasy/paranormal fiction lovers.
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