The Crown's Dog

  • by Elise Kova
  • Narrated by Zachary Johnson
  • 5 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Book one in an Air Awakens prequel trilogy.
A coastal summer is turned upside down by a violent murder, and a quest for lost pirate treasure turns into a hunt for the killer.
Jax Wendyll is the crown's dog. As punishment for the unspeakable crimes that torment him to this day, his life has been conscripted to the Empire Solaris. However, in an empire afflicted by peace, his duties are relegated to unquestioningly aiding the antics of the youngest prince, Baldair.
Erion Le'Dan, a nobleman's son, expects a quiet summer visit to the Imperial Palace, his only agenda to visit with his unlikely friends. But Jax's discovery of the legendary pirate Adela Lagmir's old workroom inspires a hunt for her long lost treasure.
The pursuit of Adela's truth takes the three men to the imperial summer manor, built along the old pirate mainstays. When Adela's trident is branded into a murdered servant, Prince Baldair's summer amusement of treasure-hunting becomes a hunt to find the killer. But, as mysteries compound, the ghosts of Jax's past may not be the only things haunting them.

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Let it Burn

What did you love best about The Crown's Dog?

The world structure. I like how we were given background about the world before things got interesting.


What other book might you compare The Crown's Dog to and why?

None really. I was on the shorter end of that I listen to.


What does Zachary Johnson bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I honestly can't answer that. I would need to listen to more of his stuff.


If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The Eternal Ember


Any additional comments?

I was given a copy of this book free of charge by the narrator in exchange for an honest review through Audiobook boom.

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- Al Edmond

Murder mystery in a magic world

This is enjoyable, quick mystery fantasy novella. It's actually much more of a mystery/police proedural type book than I expected, and it is all the better for it.

The story follows Jax, a foreigner and a sorcerer, as he works for the prince. He is haunted by his past actions, those that branded him as a criminal. A strange murder, and and old prejudices against strangers and magic, puts Jax and his regal friend / boss into the middle of a mystery that could mean great gain for them, or could mean Jax's life.

The key mystery (mysteries) of the book are engaging and keep you on your toes. The characters are well thought out and feel like real people. The world building is good, with an entire world and history outside of the story regularly referenced and hinted at. The world feels 'real' rather than just a canvas for the story to take place.

The narration by Zachary Johnson is a mixed bag. Generally he is great. He does accents and voices, and imparts emotion into the characters. He added a huge amount to making the characters and the action engaging. However, the pacing is all over the place. There are random pauses mid sentence all over the place. There are long pauses at the end of sentences that are just too long and break the flow.

Someone just needs to go in and cut a lot of the dead space in the audio and it would have been great, but as it is it is really distracting and, at times, a little painful to listen to.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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- Kingsley

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-09-2016
  • Publisher: Silver Wing Press