Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Audio Book Review: Hush


By:  James Maxey

Publish Date:  June 26, 2012, Audiobook Release January 26, 2018

Format:  Audiobook - 12 hrs
Narrated By:  Jake Urry

Genre:  Fantasy

Series:  2nd in The Dragon Apocalypse series; 1st Book ~ Greatshadow

Impression:  An adventure where legend becomes life.


The invulnerable, super-strong warrior Infidel has a secret: she’s lost her magical powers right at the moment when she needs them most. To keep a promise to a fallen friend, she must journey to the frozen wastelands of the north.

Her quest leads her through the abstract realms of the Sea of Wine, where she uncovers a conspiracy that threatens all life. Hush, the primal dragon of cold, has formed an alliance with the ghost of a vengeful witch to murder Glorious, the dragon of the sun, plunging the world into an unending winter night.

Without her magical strength, can Infidel possibly survive her battle with Hush? If she fails to save glorious, will the world see another morning?

First Sentence:
A princess, a shape-shifter, and a ghost walked into a bar.

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My Thoughts and Summary:
*I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Once again we see the story through Stagger's eyes. I enjoy the troubles of the Commonplace and what comes for Infidel. Even the adventures she goes on.

Jake is a pleasure to listen to. He voices each character differently, not only in personality but in tone too. Stagger is a great example of this. He's going to have two sounds to him (you have to listen to understand why). Jake makes sure to make a difference in Stagger's voice to fit the descriptions. Jake paces the story and feels like Stagger's relaxed personality. But we get a feel for urgency at times when Stagger feels it. I slip into the story with Jake narrating. I don't have to worry about slips, it's all clean and feels natural.

We meet a few new characters. I found the Romers very interesting. They are pirates. The mother is captain and the kids are crew. But what caught my attention is the magical abilities they have. So cool. Then there's Sorrow, who's a weaver (or witch). Sorrow is interesting, but when she started talking about how she sees through things, my mind drifted. However, the connection she has to the current events and situation Infidel finds herself in IS interesting. Sorrow can shed some light on a few things for us.

The world is expanding for us. We know the world is full of history and magic, and we are seeing more of it now. We seem to dive into the thinking of magics in the world and belief in it. This is a spiral of thinking Stagger falls into. And we start to get an inner view of magic.

Infidel is in a bit of a tough spot as her invulnerability has disappeared, along with her super strength. But she's found armor she can use to help protect herself. Stagger, also, finds himself in a bit of a pickle. He is a ghost, after all. But someone who knows about ghosts and has magic can use that.

Stagger feels to have become rather insightful and informative. He's more out spoken, or thinking, of his wants and desires, how he feels about Infidel and others. He also comes across intellectual about the ways of different people - wanderers, witches, and many more - in this world. With the traveling and exploring he's done, he's learned a lot over the years and it shows now. He's the one that gives us the back story on many things and ways of living in the world.

Infidel has her own missions. She's falling off the path that Black Swan had planned for her, the dragon apocalypse. We don't have a direct dragon mission (per say) in the beginning of this book. Which feels slow. But we do end up on a mission based on Hush with the Jagged Heart, Aurora's people, and Sorrow. Things are guided that way.

We get to see the history of the artifact - the Jagged Heart with Hush and her once love. We also get more in depth with magic and theories behind it. Also there is more to ghosts too, leaving thoughts and hopes for Stagger.

There is a lot of theoretical discussion of magic and the ways thing work. When the characters get into these discussions, I sort of phased out. I know some are important, but the theory didn't seem to get me to where we needed to be. Now, when we learned of history of the dragons, I listened.

I think the end is worth it. I like where everyone ends up here. It all feels fitting for what we've learned and the paths they've taken.

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  1. Glad the 2nd one worked out well for you! I always worry about book 2 of a series.

  2. Sounds like such an interesting series

  3. Thank you for a really detailed review and I am drawn to this series, which sounds really interesting.


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