Today I have the ongoing review set for Rebecca Zanetti’s Dark Protectors series, newly released in Audio! Karen White has narrated the entire series in this form, and I am loving the whole trajectory. I’m new to the series, but it’s engaging and entertaining me, and for fans of the series, the audio has that little extra oomph that will engender all of those ‘for the first time’ memories.
I’m so totally in love with this series, I really don’t know how I missed it before. Each book brings characters to the forefront, telling their story but never losing those moments of ‘check in’ to see how the other characters and relationships have progressed. And when you combine the hugely engaging characters and relationship trajectories with a ‘fight for the world’ with battles, biochemical warfare and psychic controls the story combines all the ‘epic fantasy’ elements without finding yourself exclaiming ‘find the damn ring already!’.
That is not a knock on those epic fantasies: I’m a fan of some and find the secondary stories often outstrip the prominent conflict that brings the characters together. No such problem here as ALL of Zanetti’s characters are consumed with the outcome of the war between the Realm and the Kurjans, and all are wanting to find that Achilles’ heel that will bring the other side down.
In the last installment, Katie, a cat shifter who was infected with the virus and unable to shift had made some dramatic moves that could potentially kill her or cure her. In the 10 years since Hunted, she has served the Realm as part of a freelance eradication team: doing away with shifters infected with the virus and turned into mindless werewolves. But Jordan, King of the shifters has never been happy with Katie out in the world, and now with him coming close to the 3rd full moon since he was infected, he must get her to safety within the Realm compound, make arrangements for a successor to rule the shifters and secure a promise from Conn to kill him before he does something horrible after his shift.
Another decade has only increased the determination to prevail on both sides of the conflict as alliances and targets continue to shift in this war. The years have not slowed growth or determination of the characters, and despite the ever-present threats, life moves forward. Janey is growing up (to Talen’s great discomfort), her powers are increasing and Kara is more concerned with her obsession with Zane, as it seems to have strengthened. Most importantly in this installment is Katie and Jordan. She’s always KNOWN Jordan is the one for her, and each of the now dead men she has dated in their time apart is a small testament to that fact. But Jordan is so freaking honorable and clueless – AND in denial. She’ll have to make drastic moves. Oh the moves!
Karen White has again surpassed expectation in narrating this story: characters are instantly recognizable, connecting voice to person before their identity is presented. New characters (there are a few) come forward with their own presentation and emotional connotations that instantly place them as good or bad, and Janey, who has aged 10 years still has those qualities that keep her newer more mature voice familiar and known to readers. I can honestly say that this series has firmly planted her in the “grab anything she has narrated’ pile for me, and the combination of story and performance are in perfect harmony. Unsure about audiobooks but are a fan of epic vampire / shifter stories ?– this series in audio should be on your list to buy.
An epilogue that jumps forward another 2 years gives a taste of what is to come while presenting a glimpse at what has happened in the meantime, with one HUGE step forward for the side of the Realm, this was a wonderful story and my favorite so far.
Stars: Overall 5 Narration 5 Story 5
Author: Rebecca Zanetti
Series: Dark Protectors #4
Also in this series: Fated, Claimed, Tempted, Hunted, Provoked, Shadowed
Genre: Paranormal Romance with Erotic Elements
Narrator: Karen White
Published by: Kensington, Audible Studios
Published on: 20 May, 2015
Source: Audible Communications Team
Audio Length: 21 Hours: 18 minutes
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SOMETIMES YOU MATE FOR LIFE
Katie Smith is the best of her class, part of an elite hunting force trained to eliminate werewolves from the hills of Western Virginia. She's good at it because she has the kind of focus and drive that won't back down no matter how steep the odds. Call it southern sass. Whatever it is, there's no denying her willingness to risk everything for the only man she's ever cared about—a man on the verge of losing his very humanity. . .
SOMETIMES YOU MATE TO STAY ALIVE
For the past ten years Jordan Pride has dedicated his life to protecting his people from a deadly shifter virus. But in a rare moment of distraction, Jordan's guard drops just long enough for his fate to take an irreversible twist. Unless the woman he loves surrenders everything to him, again and again, under a full moon rising. . .
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A copy of this title was provided via Audible Communications Team for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.