E.J. Stevens returns to the blog today with the fifth in the Ivy Granger urban fantasy series narrated by Melanie Mason and Anthony Bowling. Please read on for my review of
From the first, I’ve been in Ivy’s corner as one weird and otherworldly element has appeared in her world, and she’s adjusted. It’s not enough that around every corner there is something new for her to encounter, adjust to or overcome, but her own personal growth has brought her own history, affected her friends, and brought endless challenges into her life. Stevens has brought fey, witches, fairies, vampires, ghouls and more into this little town of Harborsmouth, and Ivy has always managed to find some sort of solution or accommodation to keep the town safe. But now, a hoarde of unseelie beasts are threatening the city and Ivy must find a way to remove the threat while keeping the Lord of the Hunt and his hounds at bay.
Ivy has SO much to deal with: her father is Will o’ the Wisp, her mother is Mab, the child she adopted is a demon and her significant other is the King of the Kelpies. If that wasn’t enough, one of her friends has been bitten by one of the hounds from the hunt, and is now gone rogue, in all the worst ways. While each book has me empathizing with Ivy, and hoping she’ll pull something out from her sleeve that settles a problem, this book had me on the edge of my seat from beginning to end. Much of Ivy’s path has been an ‘oops’ moment, where one of her actions unleashes something horrible, and then she scrambles to get back in control – this is nothing different, but you have to admire her determination and lateral thinking when she is trying out solutions. Her growth through this series has been exponential, and through it all – good and bad, she manages to hold onto a sense of humor and a belief that things will work out because the good should prevail.
Narration in this story is provided by Melanie Mason and Anthony Bowling and their dual narration brings the characters to light, adding appropriate emotion, tension and weight to the moments as they appear. Clear enunciation, pauses where required, never overstepping on each other’s performance and allowing the words and action to stand forward, even as music was added to bring an atmospheric influence. I’m not against music in stories, and there were some clever compositional choices that did add auditory interest. I love this combination of story and narration, and the series is a unique and interconnected series of events in one small town – a favorite of mine and a great treat for those looking for something different this Halloween season.
Stars: Overall 5 Narration 5 Story 5
Title: Hound's Bite
Author: E.J. Stevens
Series: Ivy Granger #5
Also in this series: Birthright
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Narrator: Anthony Bowling, Melanie Mason
Published by: Indie Houses, Sacred Oaks Press
Published on: 4 May, 2017
Source: AudioBook Jukebox
Audio Length: 7 Hours
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Ivy Granger thought she left the worst of Mab's creations behind when she escaped Faerie. She thought wrong.
In a cruel twist of fate, Ivy has unleashed a powerful horde of Unseelie beasts upon her city, turning her homecoming into a potential slaughter of innocents. Now Ivy must gather her allies to fight a reputedly unstoppable force—The Wild Hunt.
Will the training Ivy received in her father's court be enough to save her city, or will Harborsmouth be forced to kneel before the Lord of the Hunt? She is willing to risk her own life, but some sacrifices come at a cost worse than death. When an ally is bitten by one of The Wild Hunt's hounds, Ivy must face the possibility that winning this battle may mean killing the one person she has come to love most.
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A copy of this title was provided via AudioBook Jukebox for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.