Narrators: Hagan Verret and Simone Fomhar
Run Time: 3hrs and 58 minutes
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Nikolai Wroth, once a ruthless human warlord in the 1700s and now a general in the rebel vampire army, needs to find his Bride, the one woman who can render him truly alive. As a turned human, he doesn’t enjoy a heartbeat or breaths and is consequently weaker than fully blooded vampires. He wants his Bride for the power she will bring him and can hardly believe it when his heart beats for Myst the Coveted, a mad, fey, mythological creature.
Myst is known throughout the world as the most beautiful Valkyrie, part chillingly fierce warrior, part beguiling seductress who can “make you want her even as she’s killing you.” She has devoted her life to protecting an ancient, powerful jewel and to fighting the vampires, and she now sees a way to torment one—for with Wroth’s heartbeat comes consuming sexual desire that can only be slaked by her.
She eludes him for five years, but he has finally chased her to ground and stolen the jewel which commands her, giving him absolute power over her. While he possesses it, he can make her do anything, and he plans to in order for her to experience first hand the agonizing, unending lust she’d purposely subjected him to for half a decade. Yet when Wroth realizes he wants more from her and frees her, will she come back to him?
So in all honesty, I needed to start another series like a hole in the head…I mean, seriously – 20+ series in progress right now, and I decide to start one that has 12 books currently and more to come…yeah…anyways, I want to say that maybe I read this book a while ago when it was part of an anthology. I know that I have the anthology on the shelf somewhere…but I was blanking on the story itself…enter the audiobooks that are slowly being released. Being as the audiobook was just under 4 hours long – it was perfect to finish out a weeks listening because I started another chunky read.
Anyways…meandering back on to the book…I liked the world that the author developed – there wasn’t a whole bunch of fact dropping, but rather just little tidbits of information bit by bit. And I still had some questions left at the end of the book, which I’m hoping are answered in later ones in the series. When it comes to mythology, I am always glad to see new beings making appearances – there are only so many times that the major gods/goddesses’ can be written about – so the use of the Harpies was unique – off the top of my head, I can’t think of any other books featuring them as primary characters (if you have any ideas, please let me know)…
As for the narration, ummm, yeah, I will be on the look-out for both Hagan Verret and Simone Fomhar in the future. I haven’t listened to anything narrated by them before, but I was impressed. I had read a few reviews where the listening didn’t really enjoy Hagan’s narration – but I enjoyed it. Although, I do have to say, after listening to the next book in the series – Robert Petkoff is as good, if not better. I really liked the range of voices that both of the narrators were able to put into the characters and found them all easily distinguishable. I’m looking forward to reading/listening to the other books in the series.