AudioBook Review~Lilith Enraptured: Divinity Warriors #1 by Michelle M. Pillow
In this most definitely for readers 18+ start to the Divinity Warriors series, the story is instantly engaging and the unique qualities of characters and the world is revealed in little bites, with a nice mix of character personality, information and action. Lilith awakes suddenly in what appears to be a prison cell, in a world that she cannot define.
And here is a good time to explain the world: this world exists in several dimensions/planes, with various levels of technology and aggression. Varying from familiar in an earthy-modern way, to almost medieval, or even primitive, Michelle M. Pillow has integrated all of this information so smoothly that listeners/readers can find familiar in each new world described. And Lilith is utterly unprepared for her new circumstance. Her training tells her to discover what she can: despite being scared, without her communication tools or even an understanding of her assignment. But, she is not on assignment from her work: as what can best be described as a cultural anthropologist,(yes – the blurb says data analyst – but when you see how she processes information and applies it in context she feels very Margaret Mead to me) her function with the Divinity is to study the different worlds that she is sent to, bringing them new technologies and returning with information and technology to her own home planet.
I really enjoyed Lilith: not the most aggressive person, her determination and processing of the information that she was gathering, and her reactions to Sorin were priceless. Rebecca Cook is narrating this story, and her inflections and integration of that mix of curiosity, hesitancy and determination to her soft-spoken delivery was spot on. As Lilith discovers the world she is now occupying, and learns more of the other areas unknown to her, her integration of that information allows the reader/listener to form a visual picture, and the telling never feels heavy-handed.
But, Lilith was brought to this new place for a reason: the Divinity Warriors are lacking in women, their numbers are dwindling. Lilith (and briefly the other 3 ladies from the series) are brought to solve this problem. And Sorin, a Royal Starian warrior, sees her and claims her for himself.
What to say about Sorin? Gorgeous, tall and built, even Lilith has to acknowledge his desirable packaging. If it were only his package though: the Ultimate Mr. Crankypants, he doesn’t want a wife, doesn’t want to want a wife, and doesn’t like that he wants Lilith. Beyond all of his other issues, he just seems to exist, at first, to be terse, abrupt and self-involved. Overly concerned with his birth and role, Sorin just needs to learn that some things are more important than who he is, and the next battle. When he claims the reluctant Lilith, and she obviously is completely afraid of him and his intentions, we see a touch of the softer side that he hides behind the gruffness. Again, Cook’s narration was spot on, with a levelled deepening of her tone, her delivery managed to emote the frustration, terseness and plain-speaking manner that embodies Sorin.
The two working to a relationship, with him softening and her experiencing all that he has to offer have moments of laugh out loud conversations: are studded with erotic scenes ranging from voyeuristically steamy to scorching. This is, again, not a title for those under 18, or those over 18 who have no interest in erotic interplay with their romantic leads. With the introduction, albeit brief, of the other ladies who have found their Divinity Warriors, I cannot wait for the next in the series.
Stars: Overall 5 Narration 5 Story 5
Title: Lillith Enraptured
Author: Michelle M. Pillow
Genre: Science Fiction
Narrator: Rebecca Cook
Source: Audio Producer
Audio Length: 6 Hours: 47 minutes
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About the Book:
A Divinity Warrior book set in the Divinity Universe.
Sorin of Firewall lives in a land forever at war. In fact, the Starian men are so busy fighting, their marriage ceremony has been reduced to a "will of the gods" event where they simply pick a woman out of a lineup and claim her as a wife. With women becoming scarce, it's necessary to trade the offworld Divinity Corporation for brides. Duty-bound to attend the ceremony, Sorin has no intention of picking a bride, let alone one from another dimension. That is, until he sees Lilith, the bewitching woman sent by the gods to reward—or punish?—him.
Lilith, a data analyst for Divinity, is betrayed by the Corporation and wakes up in a primitive, uncharted dimension filled with warriors who know only war and duty. Her fear of becoming a sex slave to a big, beefy knight becomes all too real when a warrior of god-like proportions claims she's his new woman. As Lilith discovers, there are worse fates than being the focus of Sorin's skillful and earthy seduction.
A copy of this title was provided via Audio Producer for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.