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Dark City

The Order of Shadows, Book 1
Narrated by: Shawn Compton
Series: The Order of Shadows, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 53 mins
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Unleashed magic. Secret pasts. Hidden worlds. Welcome to the Dark City.

My name's Morgan Rook, supernatural detective, undercover agent, odd jobs man. Call it whatever you like.

I take out the nightmares, demons, and werewolves. The things that lurk in the shadows around you. Guys like us call them Nightkind.

And here I was, set to quit this dark life and retire to sunnier climes, except for one final job. There's always one. This time a call to eliminate a cruel, rogue vampire, named Mr. Tudor. Simple, right?

Sure. Until the bodies started piling up in a new wave of vicious occult killings leading scarily close to my own front door, sparking a series of deadly events that would make my years of fighting the Nightkind look like a cakewalk.

Add high-octane chases across the city, a game of shadows, and undead assassins all topped off by a trip into the terrifying world between worlds - the last place you'd ever want to find yourself.

And the clues...they're all adding up to something...something big...and they're right in the palm of my hand.

The missing piece of the puzzle? How in the hell I fit into all of this....

©2016 Kit Hallows (P)2018 Kit Hallows
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Come for the Memorable characters.

I enjoyed Dark City, between the solid world-building and characters I never felt like I "left" the story and in fact listened to the whole book straight through because of that.

My only criticism was that, it was a lot, there was a lot of effort to thrust the main character against or alongside just about every Supernatural you can shake a stick at while too quickly uncovering enough backstory to make the reader feel like the main character is powerful-special.

That diluted the mix a bit for me but as the first book in the series I understand that is an important reason to stand out and get a reader reading the second book, personally though my reason is actually the character Dopple who as he was introduced I couldn't get an image of anyone but Peter Lorre out of my head. Such a strange and wonderful side character who I hope to learn more about as I work my way though the series.

Also the fantastic narrator, this was my 4th(?) Shawn Compton narration and I enjoyed the total tone change immensely, quite bespoke for the PI genre.

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Urban fantasy with a supernatural PI

At times it almost seems like there's practically a template for some urban fantasy characters and this book checks off a lot of items on such a list, you have the somewhat downtrodden, snarky main hero with supernatural powers, nominally in the role of a private detective, add in the mysterious or unknown past and the author could end up with a very familiar book if they didn't handle these elements well enough.

Luckily, the author takes these familiar themes and adds more than enough to the main character and a varied supporting cast to comfortably move beyond the familiar, producing a strong and entertaining story with interesting world-building for any subsequent instalments in this series.

On the whole the narrator does a good job with this book, but could have perhaps injected a bit more life into their delivery to further enhance the characters.

Overall, a strong first book in this series and I will be interested to see how it progresses.

[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

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Fabulous

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Morgan Rook is a jack of all supernatural trades , he kills demons , monsters and other dark things that lurk in the shadows.
I really enjoyed book 1 and have added the rest of the series to my wish list.

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A great story.

I was given a free copy of this book and I'm leaving an honest and voluntary review.

I gotta say I really enjoyed this book, the main character is very likeable. As a supernatural detective serise makes this quite unique, I'll not say anything about it as I'd not want to give anything away.

The narration is brilliant, reminds me of an old fashioned, black and white PI serise, where the PI has his thought narrated aloud. Brilliant!.

So all in all a decent book is I'd happily recommend this to anyone.

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 18-03-18

Rook shows Dresden how to magic

I used to be an Urban Fantasy snob. I had only read a few other UF books, basically all of the Dresden Files, and a few other books. Then I fell into a host of other books and found interesting characters like Nate Temple, Roy Morgan, Sandman Slim, and Montague and Strong. Now, I can add Morgan Rook to that list!! He pretty much out Dresdens Dresden. An exteremely intreresting guy, I could read about him all day long.

The book is a an absolute whirlwind. There is a mystery, but the action really takes center stage, and we get to see punches, swords, guns, and magic all being employed to bring down whomever Mr. Rook is combating. The story sucks you in immediately, and you won't want to put it down. In fact, you won't even realize how far in you are until you are almost done. This is a character driven story, as much of the plot consists of go there and kill that (not saying that's bad, but it is the character of Rook that will keep you reading).

Compton is excellent as Rook, too. He enlivens the character, and I think in few books he will BE Morgan Rook in the same way that James Marsters is Harry Dresden. The man can undoubtedly tell a story, and his tension adds to the pell-mell pace. Just amazing work all around. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

I can see this being a long lived series that has a fan base that just grows and grows. It is fun, exciting, has a killer main character, and is packed full of so much action the words almost burn off the page.

If you love urban fantasy, great fight scenes, a magic weilding mofo of a detective, and superb villains then this is the book, and therefore, series for you. Get it now.


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  • cosmitron
  • 14-03-18

Original story

Would you listen to Dark City again? Why?

No but the author has some talent for this genre.

What did you like best about this story?

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What does Shawn Compton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

A better feeling for the various characters.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

Sci-fi on steroids.

Any additional comments?

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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  • Dee
  • 31-03-18

MIxed feelings

I want to say I liked, or even disliked, this book. The truth is, I don't know. I Iistened from start to finish but I did so because I loooooooved the narrator.

Shawn Compton is the audio equivalent of Brad Pitt. Everything about him just made me want to keep listening. So I did. It really didn't matter what he said.

Was this a good book? Probably. It dealt with, something. The organization? Vampires? I forget. But man, oh man, was the narration excellent.

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  • Montzalee W
  • 15-03-18

Magic, Magical Detective, Vamps and More!

Dark City
The Order of Shadows, Book 1
By: Kit Hallows
Narrated by: Shawn Compton
This is an audible book I requested and the review is voluntary.
I thought this book was great. I loved the magic, the creatures, the action, suspense, characters, plot, and twists. It was never dull and I kept me interested. It kept me guessing and eager to figure things out. I definitely want to read or listen to the next book.
The narrator's voice was clear and kept the book flowing well. The emotions and moods were performed perfectly. Great job!

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  • Ashanti
  • 28-08-18

A Nice Surprise

It seems like if you are an author of urban fantasy that features a wizard, there must be snarky humor, magical creatures and of course, magic battles. With that said, sometimes things can get a bit run-of-the-mill with all the choices out there. “Dark City” has its issues, but it is definitely a cut above run-of-the-mill.

The plot of "Dark City" is pretty simple. Morgan Rook is a supernatural detective who works for a mysterious organization that uses him like a mob enforcer. His basic job is to put down other supernatural beings who have crossed the line. Morgan's friend is killed and he is determined to find the one responsible.

Author, Kit Hallows, made Morgan Rook wildly powerful, but Morgan somehow, didn't get that memo. He takes a few beatings, here and there, but ultimately, he never seems to lose because he is just that powerful. This makes for a lack of drama and suspense sometimes. As the reader/listener, we pretty much know what the outcome of a conflict will be before it gets started. It will be interesting to see how the author deals with this in future novels. That aside, "Dark City" is not a perfect book by any means, but it's still a pretty good story and worth your time if you like the genre. I will definitely give book 2 a try. Also, the narrator, Shawn Compton did an excellent job. His male character interpretations are on point. His female voices, while not quite as strong, are more than adequate. I would have no objections to listening to Mr. Compton's voice over multiple novels.

Finally, this free, review copy audiobook was given to me at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Heather North @AudiobookObsession
  • 24-04-18

Loved this!

Fantastic listen! Loved the story and the narrator was excellent. I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Nomi
  • 19-04-18

❤️

An original, fun urban fantasy. Definitely gunna follow this one. Excellent narration, really brought the story to life.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • borntheroman
  • 17-04-18

Morgan Rook is the MAN !

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The main character, Morgan Rook, is a real bad a$$... a la Harry Dresden. The book starts out fast with big fight scenes and the action continues throughout the book. A really fun read. I think Morgan could have been developed a little earlier in the book... he is pulling out these awesome powers in fights but we don't have any reference for them so I felt a little lost early on. The author does develop him as the book goes on and after finishing I realized some of that delay was probably by design. The author wordsmiths very well. I really enjoyed the writing style.The narrator was pretty good. Not awesome, but not bad either.Overall I recommend the book if you like this type of urban fantasy genre.I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • Ms. Christian C.
  • 09-04-18

Lots of action, weapons and supernatural creatures

The only improvement I recommend for Dark City is that it be longer! Morgan Rook, our supernatural detective, is himself still uncovering details of his parentage and early life in this first book, so I'm looking to future installments to provide more insight into Rook's character, taking us readers on a journey of discovery alongside his character. Lots of action, weaponry, and paranormal creatures kept me interested and curious about what strange thing would happen next. I'm sure the series will be great judging by how good this first book was!

Shawn Compton gives a fantastic narrative performance with plenty of energy and enthusiasm in each character he portrayed. Looking forward to the next book in the series!

I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge. My review is unbiased and the opinions expressed herein are 100% my own.

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  • Troublemer(tammy hovey)
  • 09-04-18

I will get the killer.

This was a great urban fantasy. I love Morgan he was determined to get to the bottom of the murder of his friend, Tom and other like him. He has to battle evil and use dark magic himself to battle some of his foes. I look forward to the next book and to learning more about Morgan and where he came from. I received this book as a gift in exchange for an honest review.

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