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Blessing and Light: An Order Universe Holiday Short

Narrated by: Michael Fox
Length: 32 mins
Categories: Fiction, Gay & Lesbian
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Summary

It’s the Night of Winter Lights.

Heedless of the holiday, the Commander of the H’Aren fortress, Captain Torýn Torhdhar, seems to find his satisfaction in work.

Such occurrence hardly surprises his Orderly, Sæbastyn Hyago, even though the young Lieutenant has spent a silent, aching decade wishing his superior officer would pursue pleasure elsewhere - specifically in his arms. But as the evening continues, nothing about it meets Sæbastyn’s expectations. Will the Lieutenant see his secret desires realised, or his heart shattered?

©2017 Kasia Bacon (P)2019 Kasia Bacon

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Quality not quantity matters

I  love this author, I really do. Not many could write a super short story and drag me right back into the world she created quite like she does. I'm not a novella fan, I usually feel short-changed when reading them yet this one is the shortest I've read and really enjoyed it.

It's quality, not quantity that matters and Ms Bacon has that magical quality .... in spades.

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A lovely winter story!


Even though it's the shortest of The Order Universe stories, it feels complete. Actually, it can serve as the first glimpse into this fascinating world. There a lot of showing and the emotions are palpable.
Michael Fox's narration is yet again tantalising and it brings the book alive.

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Packed full of emotions!

Well done! A short story but deeply moving. You can really feel the emotion, the cold air, the festive spirit. I loved the cat (nice touch).
The narration was excellent: fluid, unhurried--it suited the mood. The voices for the main characters were distinctive and fitting. A very pleasant experience on the whole. Recommended.

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Short and sweet

This Christmas short was my first taste of Kasia Bacon’s elven fantasy world and because it was so short, it was hard to judge. It describes a brief romantic moment between Captain Torhdhar and his loyal orderly, Sæbastyn. I found the glossary at the end helpful because it gave me a tantalising glimpse of the wider world Bacon has created. I liked the narration but felt it could have flowed a little better. I’d certainly explore more works by this author based on this taster.

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as good as the ebook

The story is always full stars, because if I wouldn't like the story as ebook, I wouldn't listen to the audiobook. I can't listen to an audiobook without knowing the book, that's not possible for me.

The performance from the narrator is also very important for me. I can't listen to a lot, because my English as a non-native-speaker isn't so perfect to follow a whole story over hours, when the narrator speaks too fast or too sloppy. Normally I have to SEE the person, who is talking to me in English. It took me a little bit, to come into the narrator, but at the end, it worked. I only have to take a few breaks between. I'm just not yet finish with the book, but I listen enough to give a review.

PLEASE READ MY RATING SYSTEM!!!

To my ratings:

5* - very very good
it's like an A+

4* - very good and will be often re-listening
it's like an A

3* - it's more then a one-time-listening.
it's like a B

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Very Sweet and Short Love Story

Have to say I really enjoyed this auibal at first I thought was about two Roman's but as the story goes on found I was wrong. Found it very interesting holiday they celebrate like out Christmas and the narrator brought it to life and you could feel the thoughts and feeling of each character.
Will have to see into what else she writes.

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Lovely short

This is an adorable short story. Taking place over an evening of celebration two men finally confess long hidden feelings between them.
A great narrator added feelings to a half hour tale.

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A quick peek

When an author embarks upon world building, it’s always a challenge. There are usually elements recognizable (aside from some SFF books although even the most elaborate have something we can relate to.) In Ms. Bacon’s books, there are characters whose emotions we can recognize. Sæbastyn is observing the preparations going on around him, both for the Night of Winter Lights and the upcoming invasion. He’s an Orderly who has seen a snippet of battle and that didn’t end well for him. He’s a favorite for Captain Torhdhar who, in the guise of protecting him, tries to send him away.

Sæbastyn wants none of that and is willing to stand by the captain. To support his commanding officer. To express that which he holds dearly in his heart. Turns out the Night of Winter Lights has more surprises instore.

I enjoy short stories and this one worked well. The world building is clear, the conflict concise, and the outcome satisfying. Overall it was a nice quick read. Michael Fox narrated the story and I think he’s great. I hope to hear him doing more stories by Ms. Bacon.

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nice listen for eating dinner to

Short and sweet and typical of Kasia Bacon's Order Universe stories. Liked the narrator and will look for other books narrated by him.

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  • Virginia Books
  • 28-12-19

Lovely. Amazing. Evocative. Romantic

Lovely. Amazing. Evocative. Romantic.

I don’t do audiobooks, this is my second, but if Kasia Bacon and this narrator are working together again: I’m in.
The pace is perfect. Just perfect. That beginning where Sæbadtyn is walking around the fortress, describing what he says, what he lives... I really loved the tempo, the British accent, the voice... us powerful.
I already knew the story, I’m pretty addicted to The Order Series and I’ve read Blessing and Light more than 10 times. Love the characters and the universe Kasia has created and I think the narrator did a perfect job giving them voice, giving them feelings.

Highly recommend!

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  • JKS
  • 31-01-20

a sweet short

This is a sweet, make you feel good, holiday short.
Narrator Michael Fox does a fabulous job.

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  • Dee Slate
  • 28-01-20

Sweet, short and lovely

New to me author and narrator. Both did a great job with such a short story.
I got such a vivid impression of the camp, the soldiers and the 2 MCs from the narration that I was honestly surprised that it wasn't longer!
I absolutely will look for more from both Kasia Bacon and Michael Fox.

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  • Lizzie
  • 23-01-20

Interesting Setting

This was an interesting short - only two chapters. We meet Capt. Toryn Torhdhar, Commander of the H'Aren Fortress, and his Orderly, Lt. Saebastyn Hyago, during the time of the Elven Wars and battles with the Barbarians. The men have served together for over a decade, each having romantic feelings for the other, but keeping those feelings to themselves, at least until the day Toryn decides to send Saebastyn to another fortress to keep him safe from upcoming battles. It is then that their feelings become known, and the book abruptly ends with the writer alluding that the two became involved with each other. I wish the book had been longer, as I was only just starting to enjoy it when it ended. Still, Kasia's back story on the characters and the unusual setting were intriguing, and Michael Fox's narration was perfect.

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  • alias11
  • 12-01-20

Beautiful Short Story

I really enjoyed this short vignette into the life and thoughts of Sæbastyn and his commanding officer. Sæbastyn is about to be given accolades and a promotion to his own leadership position, but will he find the courage to tell his captain what he really wants, and then what? I loved the quiet, lyrical nature of the story, enhanced by the lovely narration by Michael Fox. There is a sweet tension of denied desire...and anticipation. It's a lovely tale for a winter's night.

I received a complimentary copy of this audiobook from the author and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

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  • CLS-LRS
  • 07-01-20

Decent short, holiday listen

This was a pleasant story with a lot of information packed into a few pages. Thanks to descriptions and the Glossary, it didn’t take much time to understand what was being conveyed. I must admit that I am amazed by the narrator and the different voices he uses for the characters. It adds depth and a fun touch.

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  • cheryl_cajun
  • 06-01-20

Blessing & Light

Thank you for the ARC Audio, I voluntarily give this book an honest review. A sweet little holiday listen of a wish coming true for Sæbastyn. For years the young man thought he was only allowed to dream, but would this year he get his wish or sent packing? Michael Fox did a wonderful job with these book.

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  • zoe pappa
  • 02-01-20

lovely!!

A wonderful short story. Sweet and beautifully written.I enjoyed it very much. And the narrator was great!

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  • Zara
  • 02-01-20

Short.

A holiday short, it was short ok... a bit too short there was no story or background or character. It was just a scene in a day.
Might need other books to make it make sense.

Nicely narrated.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 31-12-19

Lovely heartwarming story

This is a look into the lives of Captain Toryn Torhdhar and his Orderly Saebastyn Hyago. They have been together for years but not in the way that Saebastyn dreams of, that he aches for so desperately. Will tonight, the Night of Winter Lights bring to light all the secrets locked away in the hearts of both these men.

I loved this book and the two mcs. I am constantly amazed at how much emotion and detail this author can pack into her stories. They make you yearn to know more about them and this wonderful world she has created. Highly recommended.

I also would be remiss if I didn't say what an amazing job Michael Fox did with the narration of this audiobook.

I received a copy of this audiobook but this is my honest review.