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Forged in Shadow

Dark Planet Warriors Series, Book 5
Narrated by: Jillian Macie
Series: Dark Planet Warriors, Book 5
Length: 7 hrs and 51 mins
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Great series maybe getting a bit tired now

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Really enjoyed the first few in this series. I did still enjoy this but it’s all getting a bit repetitive as each storyline seems very similar to the last. That said, the characters were engaging and I did care about the outcome.

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  • Many Hat Momma
  • 07-09-19

So good!

Forged in Shadow is a great book from one of my favorite series. Rykal is a Kordolian first division warrior. Think sexy, flirty, super scary badass elf warrior with fangs and brilliant amber eyes. Erin is a peacekeeper- military born and bred, spine of steel, with her career on a spiral from bad to worse due to the Kordolian/Zargek fiasco. Did I mention the six foot tall alien cockroach like creatures that only Kordolians can kill? The world that Anna Carven creates with this Dark Planet Warrior series is amazingly detailed, enticingly attractive, and intense in the struggles and challenges. This book brings togethertwo amazingly crafted souls- Rykal, who can joke in the midst of sheer agony, and Erin, who stays true to herself and her beliefs. These two have quite the journey, and I loved every minute of it! I highly recommend this book. The audiobook is very good too, although I prefer to say Rykal with a long i sound, (r-eye-kal) and the audiobook pronounces it R-ih-kal (with a short i) and I don’t like that as much.

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  • IreneMBBT
  • 05-06-19

I want better writing for characters

This story involves Rykal and Sgt Arin Varga, also characters from book 1, Dark Planet Warriors.
I really liked both Arin and Rykel as characters, but was totally frustrated with parts of the story that were just too ridiculous- which pushed this down to my least favorite book in the series:(
I’m sorry, but Arin and Rykal having a serious moment in the cargo hold when they needed to rush back to the docking bay for evacuation and when the Xargek are on the loose!?! I was shouting at them internally and it ruined any closeness for me. (I also had to speed through the grand love scene in the escape capsule.)
Macie’s basic narration was just ok on this one - I still think that Rykal should be pronounced as Rye-kul NOT Rick-ul, with Ry (Rye) for a nickname.
I’ve read the series multiple times and can still recommend it.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 26-05-19

I love this series . But I do have a complaint,

in the other books they pronounce the Male mc name Rye-Kill in this version it is pronounced Rickle . I know it's a small thing but it annoyed me. Listened to the first books with my romance package but I enjoyed so much I purchased the next ones.

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  • Teresa
  • 03-08-18

Arin & Rykal.

This book follows right after Out of Darkness but before Terek and Abby come back from the dark planet. It is kinda of weird how these are out of order in the overall series. Although I am glad the other soldier Kordolians have their stories. This book was full of action and romance. In a way it is a very romantic version of Aliens (which I love too) only milder without the horror. I look forward to reading the rest of the series. Narrator is good, but I am also confused why they teased us with the male reader for only Terek and Abby’s stories. I would have liked to have them both for the whole series.

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  • Jonella A. Moore
  • 14-03-18

Another great sci-fi romance!

This fourth audiobook in this series was very entertaining. The heroine Erin was a Peacekeeper on Fortuna Tau. The hero is a Cordolian who becomes attracted to her. He has no memories of his younger years and is prone to odd flashbacks that make him uncomfortable. While escaping, they encounter obstacles like unhappy human crew members who try to ambush him and a hitchhiking Zarjek Red Stripe, the deadliest of all. Can they ever make it safely to Earth? Narration was good, but I’m still missing a male voice to bring the hero’s character in focus.

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  • Avid Reader
  • 16-12-19

Great story but its not Rickle its RY-kal!!!!

Her mispronouncing his name the entire book drove me crazy! I would have given it 5 stars but that's a huge faux pas. I downloaded this book as part of the audible escape for free and did not use a credit or purchase it. The story would be worth a credit IF I didn't have to hear the narrator butcher Rykals name over 100 times while listening. Rykal is a bad ass elite warrior and Rickle sounds like pickle and that's sooo not hardcore or badass. After hearing the general call Rykal's name in such a reverent and commanding way, hearing him called a name sounding like pickle made the entire story like nails on a chalkboard. If I were the author I would demand it be re narrated with the correct pronouncing of the name, if she did I would give it a 5 star and actually purchase it, The story is credit worthy but the narration is a deal breaker,

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  • Chryi
  • 03-12-19

My fav

This book was my favorite so far! His playful, but dangerous nature and her take no $h!t military background. They were so cute together!

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  • Phx17
  • 04-10-19

Loved This Book, except for the Ickle

The action, Aliens, romance themes were great, even if some strained credulity. I liked that this female lead was a kickass warrior, who could still be feminine and vulnerable with her lead male. Would have given 5 stars all the way, except one thing: the horrific pronunciation of Rykel.
Don Rickles, Butter Brickle, likes to tickle.
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Rye-KEL ( like it was pronounced in the first book with male narrator) is a name I can take seriously. Also makes the Rye nickname more plausible than Ree.

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  • Carolyn Okhiria
  • 15-09-19

Narrator⁉️

I was enjoying the series so much until, this book. Don’t get me wrong I liked the book overall. However, every time the narrator would say RYCAL’S name it pissed me off. I’m like did she read the other books for the right way of saying his name. Anyway, I pressed on, not feeling this one as much as the others. Wondering should I continue? Yes I will and hope the next one doesn’t disappoint.

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  • Robin
  • 11-09-18

My favorite!!!

A Strong military female. A Wryly Warrior, who loves her strength. Monsters. Betrayal and Epic True Love. Who could ask for more?
I CAN, I want more stories of these two and the rest. Ms. Carven you are a rock star.