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Devil's Dominion

Narrated by: Brad Wills
Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
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From number-one best-selling and Amazon All-Star Author Kathryn Le Veque comes a dark Medieval romance of hatred, revenge, and, ultimately, redemption. Enter the Devil's Dominion....

AD 1205 - it's years after The Dark Lord Jax de Velt tore through the Welsh marches and captured several castles. Still he holds lands that do not belong to him. Out of the ashes from this dark and lawless time rises the son of one of the men Jax de Velt put to the stake. Bent on revenge against The Dark Lord, Bretton de Llion has grown up in obscurity, hidden from de Velt's rage, and has learned to hate the very world around him. His sense of vengeance against de Velt has been his guiding force for years. Gathering a powerful mercenary army, Bretton rages through Wales, emulating de Velt's reign of terror, killing and destroying, moving toward a target he has long planned for - abducting one of Jax de Velt's children in order to lure Jax into his trap. Discovering that Jax's eldest daughter is a novice nun at Alberbury Priory, he burns down the priory in his quest to abduct Lady Allaston de Velt. Successful in his endeavor, he sends word to de Velt: Come to me, or your daughter will suffer. His perfect revenge is planned.

But it is not so perfect when this warrior, who has never known love or kindness, discovers feelings for the daughter of the man he has hated his entire life. Join Bretton and Allaston in a very complex journey of terror, sadness, and the ultimate conquest - love. Old friends such as Christopher de Lohr and Keller de Poyer join Jax de Velt as integral parts of this riveting Medieval tale.

Can Allaston prevent Bretton from killing her father? Or do old hatreds burn too deep? Enter the Devil's Dominion at your own risk.

©2014 Kathryn Le Veque (P)2015 Kathryn Le Veque

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  • Ms. Mac
  • 03-02-18

There’s a whole lot of no sex going on

I like my dark romances with some story mixed in with the sex - or some sex mixed in with the story. All this has so far, in chapter 20 of 26 is one gross almost rape, and a lot of torture of civilians. And the female characters are kind of nonentities.

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  • MM
  • 28-04-15

I LOVE KATHRYN LE VEQUE'S STORIES....

I normally love Kathryn LeVeque's stories, however, this story was a little graphic and dark for a romance. I found it to be very repetitive and slow at times. Brad Wills is wonderful as the narrator, as usual. The voices he comes up with are truly amazing. He doesn't just narrate a story...he "acts" a story...and there is a huge difference in that. I will still continue to listen to KL's stories, but, this one...I couldn't give it the five stars I usually do.

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  • Virginia
  • 27-04-15

Wonderful!!

This story and the narration of Brad Wills caused me to think my heart was torn out of my chest. The love scene brought tears to my eyes. Such talent of Kathryn and Brad would make a grown man's hair stand on end with the drama and passion in this story! Bravo!!

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  • Donna
  • 16-05-20

Brutal but Beautiful

Admittedly, Devil's Dominion is a hard pill to swallow in many ways. If you're sensitive to scenes and descriptions of excruciating brutality, you may want to pass on this one. However, if you're able to struggle through, you will be rewarded with one of the most beautiful and moving happy endings. For me it was worth it. The narrator, Brad Wills, is typically brilliant. He doesn't read; he performs. He has become my absolute favorite male narrator on Audible. He never disappoints.

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  • Snowy-71
  • 12-12-19

Heavenly Delight

But you need to walk through Hells Half Acre first. Vivid descriptions of the turmoil and terror. Well described emotions. When the good stuff happens it is a delight. Brad Wills gives an amazing voice to all of this. Enjoy.

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  • Bronwynn Victoria
  • 31-08-19

Could Not Put It Down!!!!!!!

I absolutely loved this book. All of her books are good and entertaining but this one really stood out to me.

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  • Medieval Quilter
  • 05-11-18

Redemption from Darkness

This is a great story and a little dark but I loved it, very emotional. Brad Wills did a great job of narrating.

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  • BOOKTALK WITH EILEEN
  • 26-04-17

Totally riveting and excruciatingly emotive

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If you’ve followed my reviews and blog, you’ll know how much I love what and how Kathryn Le Veque writes. As I read her books, I find no matter what series I’m reading I re-acquaint myself with characters from previous books. It’s like reading one huge series which never ends and I hope it never does! Yes, I’m in love with this author.

Her books are full of suspense, danger and passion. This one is no different. Coupled with the darling of narrators, Brad Wills, I weep with pure delight in the listen. Narrator Wills’s various voices for the young, old, whether woman, man or child’s, he will take you into the most wonderful world of all – the Le Veque novels. A narrator, seriously, can make or break even a good read. He’ll take a wonderful story and power it up ten-fold. Did I say how much I enjoy this narrator?

We all know the power of these huge knights of old. Bretton de Llion has the right to be embittered, seeking revenge. What Jax De Velt did all those years ago haunts many a knight’s mind. I read Dark Lord whose main character is a man who reigns with a vicious fist. Then love happened and Jax changed. We all know love changes people. He no longer picks up his sword and for 25 years he’s lived quietly and private with his family.

Even though Jax De Velt is good at killing everyone when he takes a castle, apparently, he misses a few and this particular case, a five-year-old boy who loses his parents. In consequence, he led a disgustingly ugly life and blames all that happened in his youth on Jax De Velt. He has layed his plans well. He will make Jax De Velt wish he were never born. He seeks revenge with a vengeance.
Bretton de Llion grows into a mighty warrior, systematically taking back all the castles which De Velt took all those years ago. What is worse, he uses the same methods – running a stake through their bodies, men, women alike, leaving them staked just outside the castle to die an agonizingly painful death. Can we learn to forgive this man? Can Bretton forgive Jax De Velt?

Bretton finds his path to revenge. He captures Allaston, Jax’s daughter, from a nunnery. He puts her into a dank, dark dungeon for close to three weeks. Her health is failing but he needs her alive so he pulls her out. Allaston is a strong woman, not one mean bone in her body. She’s also very wise. Perhaps, destiny chose this woman to heal a lost soul. For surely, Bretton is lost.
Can she reach Bretton’s heart before he kills her father? Does he even have a heart? Can he undo the man he has become?

Emotive, heart-breaking, poignant scenes, reduce me to tears. However, Le Veque never leaves the reader without a happy ever after. I hope you love this story as much as I do. Remember, if you purchase the Kindle book, you have access to the audio for practically free. Take the audio because you cannot miss this story as Narrator Wills tells it. Marvelous! I applaud them both.

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  • Gayle
  • 25-05-15

An Emotional butt kicking

What did you love best about Devil's Dominion?

I loved Everything about this book, LeVeque words is like a razor blade, you don't know your cut until the blood starts to flow, and once you look at your wound, thats when the pain hit you.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Of course The Dark Lord Bretton de Llion was my favorite character, because he took me on the emotional roller coaster ride of pain, vengeance, doubt and then redemption.

Which character – as performed by Brad Wills – was your favorite?

I loved Brad Wills performance of Allaston. His voice added stability and a pinch of earthiness that grounded the character and made the story believable.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No, you need some down time to absorb the impact of emotional complexities of your encounter with the Devil Dominion.

Any additional comments?

experience the world according to LeVeque, and bring your hankie.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-03-20

a feast for violence gluttons

I could not get beyond the first third of this book. The author dwells repeatedly on revolting scenes of torturous killings performed by the male protagonist whom we are supposed to cheer on since he is developing tender feelings for the heroine, who forgives the atrocities he is commiting because he had been abused as a boy and she is clearly meant to reform him. The depiction of violence is not presented as a gritty reality of life in Europe in the middle ages -- nothing of the sort. In the few chapters I read, the author described the act of impaling in excruciating detail at least three times. These scenes do nothing to move the story forward; they seem to be there just to incite the morbid fascination with blood and gore. Set against the storyline of the budding romance, it is just disturbing. I u

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