The Beast of Talesend

  • by Kyle Robert Shultz
  • Narrated by Richard Ready
  • 4 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Private eye Nick Beasley lives in a world where fairy tales ended a long time ago - where zeppelins now soar the skies instead of dragons, and where the first automobiles have taken the place of flying carpets. He's made a name for himself across the Afterlands by debunking fake magicians and exposing fraudulent monsters. This is the modern age, after all. Magic and monsters are long gone.
At least, that's what Nick believes. Until he gets magically transformed into a monster, that is.
The only person who may be able to help Nick is Lady Cordelia Beaumont, one of the last enchantresses in the Afterlands. But in order for her to cure him, they'll have to retrieve a powerful artifact from a ruthless crime lord - who is also Cordelia's father.
The fate of the Afterlands lies in the hands of a runaway enchantress and a monstrous ex-detective. What could possibly go wrong?
Perfect for fans of Doctor Who, Once Upon a Time, Indiana Jones, or The Dresden Files, the Beaumont and Beasley series features high adventure in a world where fairy tales are history.

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5/5 Definitely Worth Hearing

Summary: Nick Beasley’s a magical sceptic until he’s struck with something that turns him into a beast. What follows is the misadventure of Nick and Lady Cordelia Beaumont trying to set all these wrongs to right.

Additional Comments:
- The story hits all the right ridiculous notes. It’s a lighthearted, save-the-world story that pulls off a rather simple plot with style through dashes of wit and fun characters.
- Nick and Lady Cordelia (sorry if I spelled her name wrong, I heard the audio …) are an interesting pair. There’s potential for them to become a couple in future books, but this one focuses on them being crazy partners of a sort.
- Crispin’s a decent side kick, or at least I think that’ll be his role in any future works. I like that there’s a good sense of closure but enough of an opening that a sequel would feel natural.
- The bad guy’s plan doesn’t seem very plausible but he fits the bill for power-hungry storybook villain.
- The world-building is okay. There’s a section where Lady Cordelia basically explains magic for Nick’s sake but given that he’s spent much of his life actively disbelieving in magic, that sort of makes sense.
- Nick’s surprisingly cool with being magically morphed into a monster.
- The narrator’s British accent isn’t exactly Hollywood’s version but it fits the character and the story well. His performance adds a nice layer.

Conclusion: If you’re in the mood for fun fantasy, this book would do.

*I received a copy of the audio free. I chose to review it.*
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- Julie

Book Details

  • Release Date: 07-20-2017
  • Publisher: Kyle Robert Shultz