If Asher Hearst had a superpower, it would have to be his ability to take a punch, laugh it off, and keep on swinging. So yeah, immortality comes with a few perks.
As a college student slash small-time fixer, he's about to take a job that's best left to the pros. A proposition by a dryad to save witches from the Inquisition is a first, but he isn't one to balk when the odds are stacked against him. Especially not while he's drinking on someone else's dime.
The powers that be in the supernatural world aren't anything to sniff at, so it should come as no surprise that Asher gains his fair share of enemies. At the very least, you'd think traveling across space and time would put him on a path towards a promising future - maybe even give him a shot at romance? Yeah, right.
Immortal: Curse of the Deathless is an action-packed, dark and gritty comedy with a dash of horror. Over its three parts, the book spans a contemporary, urban setting, as well as Tír na nÓg, the demesne best known for being home to the Fae (Sídthe) from classic Celtic Mythology.
©2016 Derek James Edgington (P)2016 Derek Edgington
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"Action packed and kept me listening"
Immortals, witches, weres, fey, and other things populate this book. The main character is a young man who is immortal. I think there was a prequel I missed when he realizes this because there were several references to past events.
I did enjoy this but there were several things that prevent me from giving it 5 stars across the board. There were a few errors in either pronunciation or grammar that I noticed and distracted me. In addition to the regular blood and guts fight scenes (which I could handle), there was a torture scene which was too much for my tastes. Also, the ultimate bad guy that they ended up fighting was almost cartoonish - I liked the earlier, more believable bad guys. The book ends in an obvious "there is a sequel" coming way with some loose ends still out there. So, with those caveats in mind, I do recommend it.
"Good story but narration did not compliment story."
I was freely given this book for an unbiased opinion. Maybe if I had not heard some of the great narrators from Audible I could recommend this book. The monotone of the narrator and lack of inflection at times made this book drone on and on.
I can't really point out any memorable moments only that the consistently level tone of narration made it hard for me to remember any memorable moments.
Better character voices and accents. There were times when two people were speaking to each other, I couldn't tell the difference from one to the other.
Not at this listening.
"Worth a listen!"
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.
I really, really enjoyed the story, it was a bit long, and maybe should have been more than one book, but it was enjoyable all the same. There were a few grammatical errors that jarred me back into the real world, but some of them I couldn't tell if they were made by the author or the narrator since I didn't have a hard copy to refer to. They weren't bad enough to keep me from finishing the book, however, I really hope Mr. Edgington will get a good editor/proofreader in the future. I'd hate for his talent to be diminished by silly errors, and I do think he has talent. His world was well-done, his characters likable when they were supposed to be and nasty when appropriate. Good job to author and narrator both.
I received this book free of charge for an honest review. I liked it, maybe because I have the same smart ass mentality as the character but regardless it was a good listen.
"Urban Fantasy Comedy with a twist"
This is a solid formal debut from an independent author. Urban Fantasy is my favorite genre, and this edition does not disappoint. The protagonist, Asher Hearst, is multifaceted in all the ways you want your main character to be.
The book is jam-packed with plot. Thinking back on it, I'm amazed everything was fit into a single release. There are wizards and witches with some intriguing magic, faeries (fae) of many varieties, a fair amount of action, not too much family drama, warm romance, noble acts, interesting side characters, and a straightforward plot with plenty of twists and turns. The book doesn't rely on too many stale urban fantasy tropes. The supernatural infrastructure isn't a focal point, but it feels fresh.
Unless your sense of humor is way off-base, you will find yourself chuckling at and with the protagonist. The humor isn't shoehorned in, and Asher's attitude is as much of a superpower as his immortality. Though the immortality aspect is, of course, an important element, there is still a question of just how much Asher can really take. Considering he's going up against literal gods and inter-dimensional beings, his survival really isn't guaranteed. Indeed, I am not going to give away whether or not he does survive. It wouldn't be the first time an author sacrificed their main character.
I can see how the narrator might not be everyone's cup of tea, but I felt he was good fit for Asher. He did a fine job portraying the secondary characters, as well. He hammed it up a bit with some, as you will find, but the ham seems appropriate in retrospect.
I do hope Mr. Edgington is able to produce more works of a similar caliber. I will be one of the first to purchase them.
"Good story, narrator killed it for me"
Couldn't finish. Writing was okay and there were original story points and good humor. The narrator is why I "put it down". Example: First half had a sex scene that could have melted steel ... if the narrator hadn't read it like stereo instructions. Acme 1990s stereo instructions, the kind with no remote, one tape cassette player and "Made in WHERE?!istan."
"Asher is in it deep"
Action Humor Interesting
Asher is one interesting guy with alot of friends and some serious enemies
Too many, I really enjoyed this story line which is alittle different from the norm.
Both, This book covers all the emotions
Please keep up the storyline and I look forward to the next one
"good book overal"
for the size of the book there is a lot going on here. really worth a listen
decent narration but storyline wandered and seemed to loose direction at times going off on tangents.
this was a very entertaining book. A lot happens in this book, it's a lot of action. but the humor of the main character Asher is the most enjoyable! I would recommend this book to those who like paranormal books.
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