The Blood Lure

  • by Peter Meredith
  • Narrated by Fred Wolinsky
  • 10 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Ella's life could not have been duller. She works, she breathes, and she follows the rules. But once she's swept off her feet by the mysterious and alluring Eireden, Ella's life takes a thrilling and terrifying turn as she becomes enmeshed in a deadly, magical game where lives and hidden kingdoms hang in the balance and where no one asks who she is. Instead they wonder what she is.
To be precise, she is bait.
Beautifully written, deeply romantic and extraordinarily suspenseful, The Feylands captures the struggle of a girl who is forced by fate into the hardest of choices: love or honor.

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Peter Meredith is one of my favorite authors.

Peter Meredith is one of my favorite authors. His books are filled with exciting plots, well built characters, and fraught with tension that you can cut with a knife! I am in love with his zombie stories, although most of them give me nightmares, so when I saw this, although it is fantasy, I still jumped at the chance. Sadly, I think my hopes were a little too high.

First of all, Peter’s great writing is peppered throughout this story. There are passages where I can really tell he wrote this, but then there are others that make me wonder if this was a first book maybe, or if someone wrote it with him. This could be it, or my dislike could be due to four other reasons:

1. My hopes were way too high! After reading the apocalypse series and falling in love with other characters, it is hard not to WANT to fall completely head over heels for another book that an author writes. I think I went into this hoping for something that it just could not deliver as a fantasy.
2. It is fantasy. I do not normally do well with fantasy unless there is an element (a huge portion) of the book that is horror.
3. My own current reading habits. Although, I think it has less to do with this because I have read a few books over the last three months that have really pulled me in. Sadly, this was not one of them.
4. The narration from Fred Wolinsky. The plot does lend to a sort of over dramatic feeling but I thought the narrator went overboard way too many times. There are pauses when I would not expect them and the starts and stops are very staccato. I felt like I was in a car ride where the driver continues to press on the brake without warning. I was jolted many times and found that I could not get into the story. I have not listened to Fred Wolinsky before so I am not sure if this is just his style.

The plot was interesting at first. Again, my reading habits (due to stress in real life) have been atrocious so something really has to grab me for me to be able to stick with it. Sadly, this fell short. Ella finds out she is adopted and freaks out. I’m talking seriously flips and runs away. This did not resonate with me at all. Right from the beginning I started to dislike her and her strange actions. I never fully understood her or the things she was doing.

With the narrating issues, I never felt like I could fully understand any of the characters. I could not get into this one at all. I do recommend Peter Meredith and I may decide to read this instead of listening, but as an audio, it was not my favorite fantasy.

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The Beginning of an Epic Fantasy

Where does The Feylands rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

The beginning of an epic fantasy, in The Feylands we meet Ella, Gada, and Aric. Ella is a human (or is she) from modern day America. She is thrown into the into the world of the hidden lands after a series of events that bring her into the presence of the Gada (a Den) and Aric (a Fey), both of which find themselves inexplicitly drawn to Ella. They are constantly being dogged by danger as they travel, and the excitement just doesn't stop. Along the way, we even get to meet fairies and the always playful Whip-Whip; plus the loveably awkward dwarf, Furen. This is just the first book in the series and ends in a cliffhanger. You better bet I'll be ready book #2, ASAP!

Fred Wolinsky's narration was spot on. I'll admit that at first I was not sure about his style, but after the first fifteen minutes I couldn't imagine any other narrator. I hope they release book #2 on audiobook soon, with Wolinsky as the narrator of course!

So for all my fantasy loving friends out there, go get a copy of this one. It's definitely one you will want to add to your library.

I received this audiobook for free in return for my honest review.


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Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-04-2015
  • Publisher: Peter Meredith