• The League of Doorways (A Book of Vampires, Werewolves & Black Magic) (The Doorways Saga 2)

  • By: Tim O'Rourke
  • Narrated by: Fred Wolinsky
  • Series: The Doorways Trilogy, Book 2
  • Length: 6 hrs and 1 min
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 08-22-14
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Ravenwoodgreys
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars 4.6 (13 ratings)

Regular price: $19.95

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Publisher's Summary

With a werewolf and a vampire for company, Zach Black makes his way across a vast apocalyptic wasteland in search of the box which contains the Heart of Endra. In the desert, they stumble across a mechanical man who tells Zach and his friends that if they want to reach the box, they will have to cross a desolate land inhabited by terrifying creatures, which have been smuggled from the other side of the doorways.
But with a traitor amongst his midst, Zach's every step is being planned and manipulated by the evil sorcerer, Throat. As Zach makes his journey, little does he know he is being led into a trap which could ultimately lead to his death and the destruction of the world he has promised to save.
©2012 Tim O'Rourke (P)2014 Tim O'Rourke
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Critic Reviews

"I really did love this tale. It reminded me of Lemoney Snicket and The Spiderwick Chronicles with the detail of a Neil Gaimen novel. It has all the aspects to become the next great classic." (Greta, Paranormal Wastelands Book Reviews)
"This novel has a little something for everyone, and I feel like this adventure story and the writing style are similar to that of Tolkien and Lemony Snicket." ( A Book Vacation Book Reviews)
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4 out of 5 stars
By DabOfDarkness on 11-05-14

Creative beasties, betrayal, friendship!

What made the experience of listening to The League of Doorways the most enjoyable?

I really enjoyed the modified beasties and the mechanical men. The narrator went the extra mile with the voice for Dr. Faraday.

What did you like best about this story?

We had multiple viewpoints, and plot lines, making the story more interesting. We even got to knock around in the decrepit heads of the bad guys for a bit.

What about Fred Wolinsky’s performance did you like?

I love his werewolf voices, and the voice for the mechanical man Dr. Farday was great. He went the extra mile with that one.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

We know from the beginning that there is a spie/traitor among the good guys. At the end, there was a twist and that twist was a particularly poignant moment in the story.

Any additional comments?

Zach Black and his motley crew pick up just where Book 1 ended. Much of their time is spent trying to cross a desiccated and abandoned war zone. William Weaver the werewolf and Neanna the vampire keep him company as they continue their quest to find the Heart of Endra. Meanwhile, Anna Black is still in the hands of the ghoulish pirates along with uncle Thandel. Throat and his evil sister, Delf, continue to make plans to take out Zach and his companions.

I enjoyed this book more than I did Doorways (book 1 of the series). We have a new character, Dr. Faraday, that Zach & crew meet in the desert. He’s a mechanical man and has plenty of talents along with mysteries about him and how he came to dropped in the middle of a desert, turned off. We also have Anna playing a more pivotal role, along with Willow Weaver (William’s mother) and Delf playing bigger roles (in Book 1 we were just introduced to them). In this book, we get to follow a few plotlines, instead of just one, as these secondary characters have tasks and challenges of their own.

And then there is this pretty cool thing: The mechanical men made a mistake some time back. Fascinated with the animal life of Earth, they brought several species through before they realized that Endra didn’t act as an exact mirror. They were changed when they came through, creating strange, wondrous, and often terrifying modified beasties, such as the semi-mechanical tiger motorcycles. I quite enjoyed this part of the tale because it was beautiful, sad, and creepy all at once.

Then we have the bad guys. Searching for eternal life and beauty, they have fallen into crustiness and flatulence. While Throat has become a shadow of the mage he once was, his sister Delf has open, maggot-riddled sores, horrid breath, and gas. They are both uniquely twisted and disgusting in obvious and subtle ways. Though I have to say that Delf does seem to care for her mount, a large dog, who she feeds maggots to.

While all this is going on, Willow went on a quest to find the League of Doorways and ask their assistance in saving Endra. She finds Wally, an old family friend. I don’t want to spoil how her quest turns out, but let me say that it wasn’t simple and the answer wasn’t what she expected.

Up front, we know there is a concern that a traitor exists in Zach’s little group. He’s vigilant, keeping his eyes on a possibility. The ending wasn’t what I expected and I look forward to having Book 3 on audio to continue the tale.

The Narration: I enjoyed Fred Wolinsky’s performance more in Book 2. I think his polish of his character voices increases with each book he does. Once again, he had a variety of voices, both male and female, both human and nonhuman, and each was distinct. He did a great mechanical voice for Dr. Faraday and I really appreciate the extra effort that must have gone in to that. Zach still sounded more like a 12 year old boy instead of one for a boy on the cusp of manhood but I don’t think this should deter folks from enjoying this series.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Anne on 10-31-14

The adventure continues!

Would you consider the audio edition of The League of Doorways to be better than the print version?

I have not read the print version, but there were things in the audio that really brought it to life for me, so I would imagine the audio has even more to offer than the print.

Have you listened to any of Fred Wolinsky’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

I have heard a few of Fred Wolinsky's books, and they are all good, but this series is the best that I have heard from him. His narration in this book is just as good as Book 1 of the series. He has a clear voice, distinguishes each character with personality as well as voice quality. His narration is full of drama and emotion.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

There were some funny as well as touching moments, but mostly this book was exciting and fast moving.

Any additional comments?

This continues the adventure from Book 1. It follows many twists and turns, with some real surprises. It leaves us on a cliff-hanger, and I can't wait for Book 3.

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