Monday, May 16, 2022

✱✱Audio Book Review✱✱ Midnight Labyrinth by Elizabeth Hunter

 

Midnight Labyrinth: An Elemental Legacy Novel
By: Elizabeth Hunter
Narrated by: Sean William Doyle
Series: Elemental Legacy, Book 1

He's one human caught in a tangled maze of theft, politics, magic, and blood. In other words, it's just another night.

Benjamin Vecchio escaped a chaotic childhood and grew to adulthood under the protection and training of one of the Elemental world's most feared vampire assassins. He's traveled the world and battled immortal enemies.

But everyone has to go home sometime.

New York means new opportunities and allies for Ben and his vampire partner, Tenzin. It also means new politics and new threats. Their antiquities business is taking off, and their client list is growing. When Ben is challenged to find a painting lost since the second world war, he jumps at the chance. This job will keep him closer to home, but it might just land him in hot water with the insular clan of earth vampires who run Manhattan.

Tenzin knew the painting would be trouble before she laid eyes on it, but she can't deny the challenge intrigues her. Human laws mean little to a vampire with a few millennia behind her, and Tenzin misses the rush of taking what isn't hers.

But nothing is more dangerous than a human with half the story, and Ben and Tenzin might end up risking their reputations and their lives before they escape the Midnight Labyrinth.

Midnight Labyrinth is the first book in an all new contemporary fantasy series by Elizabeth Hunter, author of the Elemental Mysteries and the Irin Chronicles.

Momma Says: 4 stars⭐⭐⭐⭐

I don't know how I've missed Elizabeth Hunter up to this point, but after listening to Midnight Labyrinth, she's firmly on my radar. I like urban fantasy, but I'm kind of picky about it. A good pace and lack of info dumps are musts for me, and I don't care to admit that when I saw how long this book is, I was a little worried. I mean, this book is almost 400 pages or around 10 hours listening time. That's a pretty big investment by today's standards, especially with people being in such a hurry for everything, but Tenzin and Ben kept my interest all the way through. This is a great choice for settling in and getting lost in Hunter's world. Whether it's broken up into several evenings or listened to long into the night like I did, it's a totally engaging read. Sean William Doyle gives voice to these characters, and he captures the excitement, the danger, the relationships between characters... Well, suffice it to say I enjoyed Doyle's narration as much as I enjoyed the storyline. This may have been my first experience with this author and the book's narrator, but I'll definitely be looking for more of both. 


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