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I found this prequel story interesting, but slow at times. I actually sped up the narrative to 1.5X, something that I never do.
Jax calls himself the crown’s dog after an accident that he will never forgive himself for. Prince Baldair begs for his life and he becomes a guard to the 2nd son of the Emperor Solaris. When Prince Baldair indulges in his favorite pastime of deflowering the ladies at court, Jax discovers a secret room with a map to a legendary and dangerous treasure. Baldair, Jax, and their childhood friend Erion take up the hunt in the imperial summer manor. They soon grow bored and pick up their normal pursuits of drinking and ladies when the entire town clams up about the pirate Adela. But one morning Jax finds a dead woman in his room. A dead woman with the pirate Adela’s trident carved into her hand. Baldair decides he and his two friends will find the murderer and the hunt is on again.
As a first in a series, this listen was rather fun. Jax is tormented, mischevious, and complicated because of his past actions. He does the best he can but it becomes clear that he is a much different person now than he was three years ago when he was conscripted into the prince’s service. Baldair is fun loving and doesn’t take much seriously and Erion is so duty bound and proper that he is the perfect opposite to his friends. I would have liked more questions answered before the book ended but I guess I will have to look for the other books in the series to answer those.
The narration was quite good from Zachary Johnson. I have listened to him before and enjoyed his accents. He was the reason I chose this audiobook. His accents are really well done and I always know who is speaking. I will look for more from him!
I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom! in exchange for an honest review.