Donna Grant returns to the blog with the second in The Kindred series, historic medieval romance with a touch of magic, narrated by Louisa Jane Underwood.
My first introduction to this series and world, Grant managed to present a story reminiscent of King Arthur with plenty of magical elements, destined love and plenty of dangers to overcome in this book. Raven is a witch-hunter, raised to seek out the danger from witches, and determined to exact her revenge against those who took everything, including her family, from her. As a character, Raven was strong willed and fierce, and her impulsivity is both something that fuels her in battle while keeping her closed off and afraid when she’s not focused on her hunt. And she’s frequently distracted from the hunt by Carac, a seasoned warrior who tends to step in and derail her hunt, all in the service of protecting her from her more impulsive and perhaps not well thought out choices. He’s also intrigued by her and the juxtapositions that make her retreat from relationships and emotions unless they are connected to her quest.
There’s a bit of insta-love here, and their coming together has a sort of convenience in the presentation, but the two play off beautifully together, Carac manages to encourage the missing pieces of Raven’s personality, providing a safe space for her to grow and accept hose things she fears most. While not reading the first book didn’t impede my enjoyment of the story as Grant provided bits of backstory that aided in understanding the context in which Raven and Carac exist, as well as providing intrigue and interest in the first book. Clever dialogue, a growth in a relationship that felt more fated than forced as the story progresses, and the mix of adventure, romance and the increasing threats from the witches and the unknown, the story is engaging and feels very ‘Grant” in the build to climax and opportunity for more.
Narration for this story is provided by Louisa Jane Underwood, and while her performance managed to capture the characters with clear enunciation and tone, it was occasionally difficult to distinguish male and female, or different characters until the ‘who is speaking’ became clear. White she managed to present the story without unusual pauses, or gaps that would foreshadow or confuse, there were points where moments ran together far more closely than I would have hoped for. For a first introduction to this narrator, I have to say the performance was good, just not as amazing as I was hoping for.
Stars: Overall: 4 Narration: 3 Story: 4
Author: Donna Grant
Series: The Kindred #2
Genre: Historical Romance, Medieval Era, Paranormal, Witches
Narrator: Louisa Jane Underwood
Published by: Recorded Books, Self-Published
Published on: 23 April, 2018
Source: Recorded Books
Audio Length: 9 Hours: 54 minutes
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To live in the light, they hunt in the dark…
Strong-willed and cunning, Ravyn was taken in as a child by witch Hunters and raised her to be the best of the best. When she receives word that the witch who murdered her family and ripped apart her world is nearby, Ravyn begins her hunt. In her quest to locate the witch, she finds her pursuit impeded again and again by a gorgeous and powerful man. But she won’t be denied and intends to do whatever is necessary to complete her mission. But the Coven is more dangerous than ever, and Ravyn may not be enough to thwart their latest endeavor.
Carac has spent years building his army and winning wars to become known as one of the greatest knights of his time. But he holds a big secret. Everything he’s worked for comes into question when he's faced with a threat he hadn’t known existed. He suddenly finds his mission changed after he’s approached by the most spirited and beautiful woman he’s ever seen. It’s soon apparent that priceless antiquities are only the beginning of what they’re fighting for—and what they stand to lose.
A copy of this title was provided via Recorded Books for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.