Dive into the secret, ancient, powerful world of two New Orleans families, the Deschanels and the Sullivans....
The Illusions of Eventide is volume 1 in the House of Crimson and Clover series and the recommended starting point for new listeners.
Nicolas Deschanel was betrayed by the only two people who mattered to him. Their disloyalty stung, and an overwhelming sense of loss lingers. Nicolas has lived the high life, professing to not have a care in the world, and now this illusion is calling his bluff.
Determined to take control of an existence now devoid of purpose, he sojourns to his family's holiday home on the Gulf of Mexico. Resolved more than depressed, he plans to privately say good-bye to a world that no longer needs him. Of questionable fortune, he finds a woman, Mercy, sitting alone on the shore at eventide. Nicolas is conflicted between an obligation to help and annoyance at her intrusion.
Mercy has many layers of secrets. Deepest of all, she cannot tell this Child of Man she is thousands of years old and very powerful. In her presence, Nicolas' own dormant powers begin to surface, triggering a sequence of events that cause both of their lives to spiral further out of control. When old friends from both sides come to help, together they all learn a painful truth: New life can begin only once you've set free what means the most.
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I was unable to finish this story. I'm not sure what the problem was because I love anything paranormal, characters with special powers, etc. I can say that it didn't feel like this was the first book in the series. I swear it was like picking up a book, randomly opening to the middle page, and reading from there. I was lost and because of that, the story just didn't call to me.
Again, back to the narrator issues. Please, for the love of someone, make it mandatory that there to be at least two narrators. A female for the female characters and, obviously, a male for the male characters. Strangely, I’ve come to realize that the male narrators do a better job when it comes to speaking for both male and female characters. The female narrators, when they’re doing a male character voice, simply sounds like a female trying to do a male voice. It’s very unbelievable. The narrator really annunciation the curse words which was really annoying.
A perfect example of my issues is the following:
When Nicolas tells the lady that he’s going to call the cops, the narrator reads this line: “Nicolas, please don’t!” Now, based on the narrator spoke it, it sounded like she was upset and/or scared. But the narrator goes on to say how Nicolas thought she spoke the above line in a monotone, as though she had no personality or soul. So how the narrator says the line and what the writer wants the reader/listener to hear don’t match up.
- Melissa and Josh "I love reading! I also love looking for mistakes in what I'm reading."
This is a good but confusing series
I really enjoy this series. It is not chronologically posted so it does get a little confusing keeping up with what's current and what's happened. I do recommend this series to readers that enjoy fantasy style stories of magical beings. I was provided this audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.
- Lisa Harris "I am addicted to books. Nothing makes me happier than crawling inside a good book."