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Are monsters born, or do bad actors take shattered people and shape them like putty, molding them into unrecognizable shapes?

The Otherworld. Made up of Dayside and Nightside and separated by the Twilit Boundary, the Otherworld is a plane of existence lost from time, bursting with magic and vibrant life. 

Kal floats on the verge of life and death, struggling to find a reason to keep on living. In an odd turn of events, Kal's sylph familiar, Bell, may care more about keeping him alive than he does. Bell makes a deal with the merfolk on Kal's behalf to save him from a fatal wound, but in doing so the wily fishes curse him to do their bidding. 

To avoid his being killed outright by either the faery king Oberon, or Bell's possessive father, Lord Eurius, Bell urges Kal to create his own legitimacy by leveraging faery politics for his own ends. At the pagan festival of Samhain, the last harvest, Bell pushes Kal to declare himself a champion. 

More than a hundred champions galavant across the Otherworld in search of a kingly title shrouded in mystery and dark deceit, the mantle of the Seven Year King. 

Kal will undergo his own crucible along his path of thorns. Tests, trials, and tribulations will force him to wrestle with his nature and face himself fully, warts and all. If he survives, Kal will emerge clothed in legitimacy and empowered to pursue his own ends. 

©2020 Derek Edgington Productions LLC (P)2021 Derek Edgington Productions LLC

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continues on...

The great story has me hooked and even at the end octhis I want more. It has me giggling at times. Belle is a master of sarcasm. can't wait to hear the next part of Cals journey.
The narrator continues his wonderful job and must be commended for excellent work.

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Brilliant Simply brilliant

Really loved this Brilliant story, following on from book 1 this book is set totally in the fairy realm, it follows Kal and Bells adventures as they enter a contest to become the Seven year King and have to complete various quests in both the Dark and Wild woods, encountering many creatures of myth and legend. This is a wonderful story full of magic and danger, struggle and friendship, treachery and intrigue and told with great style and joy. I continue to love the characters especially Bell who continues to have the best lines. Greg Patmore is a superb narrator who gives each character and unique personality and voice. If I could give this book more than 5 stars I would. I received a complimentary copy from Storyorigin and am leaving an honest voluntary review

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Unique and complicated story

I wasn't a fan of the first book in this series. I thought it lacked continuity, explanations, and world-building. (When I read it, the first book failed to indicate it was the first in a series and that there would be a continuation, so I was also frustrated by being left with a ton of questions that I didn't think would be answered.) Still, I grabbed this 2nd book, because my interest was captured by Kal, Sammie, and Bell, even if I didn't understand everything that was going on in Book I, and I really wanted to see how things concluded and if my questions would be answered.

The second book is better than the first IMO. I was still confused sometimes, but at least now I know there is more to come, so I'm not so frustrated. One thing I will say is that the scenic imagery is spectacular; it made me feel like I could see places in my mind. I always appreciate that. Kal continues to struggle with himself and who he is, and he faces numerous trials and challenges. Bell continues to get Kal into trouble, but she helps get him back out as well, and she seemed nicer and less selfish in this book. They seem to be on the same team more than in Book I. There are dark times in this read, but enough snark and humor to keep it from being too heavy. Overall, this is a unique and complicated world, and I really encourage reading both the first and second books together so you have a better picture.

The narration for the audiobook is fantastic! So many great voices. Excellent pacing and delivery. Great expression of emotion.

I received a free copy of this audiobook and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

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Non-stop action from start to finish!

The world building is fantastic in this series! The description of the beings and the Otherworld is, indeed, very detailed. The lead character finds himself in precarious situations at every turn and wonders why. As he learns the startling truth, it explains so very many of the why's. A fascinating read as well as an inspiration to keep moving forward no matter how grim things appear to be - a lesson the entire world seems to be learning in real life right now.
Fantastic narration! The narrator has mad skills!

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Really great story with amazing characters!

I love all the little quirks that the characters have, there’s such a massive variation to keep things interesting and put a smile on your face and it’s filled to the brim with action and magic.
I remember really enjoying the first book but I don’t remember much from it (I have memory issues!) and I think I would have benefitted from having my memory jogged a little more, although it’s still an amazing listen in its own right!
Greg tells this story really well. He has great pacing, character voices (Bell’s is my favourite as it really brings out her character!) and manages to portray the atmosphere and peril of situations really well!
Definitely worth a listen and I really hope there’s another soon!
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  • Audrey E Adamson
  • 01-06-21

So Much Fun!

I received an audio version of this book to review. All opinions are my own.
This second book in the Gaslamp Faeries is entertaining as the first. The beginning got off to a rough start (I imagine the written version might be smoother with the repetition). But then I was drawn into the story. You know things are going to go down when Oberon the Faery King appears. During Samhain, Kal must stake his place as a champion and participate in a variety of trials for the title of the Seven Year King.
Ren Ryder has created an empathetic character and the narration is engaging. I look forward to the third book.

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  • bownz
  • 29-05-21

Sweet

The story is sweet. The narrator does a good job,at least for this story, not sure how she would do on something else.

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  • Deedra
  • 21-05-21

The monstr's in the details

Excellent fantasy tale where if they think you are dead,silphs will eat you.Luckily it was just a nip.There are SO many fae in this book,it was hard to keep track! So this half fae,who thinks he is a human is on a quest and I really lost track as to what he was looking for,something about being king for 7 years.I believe he finds 'his destiny'.Maybe not,that could be in the next book! Greg Patmore was an excellent narrator.I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.'

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  • Mrs.McDonald
  • 21-05-21

Enjoyable listen

I wasn't exactly sure what I was listening to when I started this book. This book was great. You will not regret listening to this book. I received a copy for an honest review.

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  • CuteAsADaisy
  • 20-05-21

Gripping Dark Fae Adventure

Parents- in terms of movie ratings, I would place it somewhere between PG13 - R and really is probably a +15 read. Honestly, just the graphic violence itself almost pushes this one to an R rating (with descriptions protruding bones, sinue, lots of blood and eyes dangling - this is not for the squeamish reader). There is some bad language although happily no f-bombs, and the overall tone is pretty dark especially with Kal struggling with how the first book ended he's dealing with suicidal thoughts and feelings.

Warnings aside, it was a fantastic read with a quick pace that made it a challenge to put down. The fun mix of faerie, magical mafia, and monsters continues as Kal is ever thrown deeper into the faerie realm. He is growing fonder of and finding himself depending more on his familiar, Bell (a sylph, dark faerie) that craves his blood and looks forward to someday feasting on his body, but is in a contract to help and protect him until that happens. Their twisted and somehow sweet friendship gives the book the needed comic relief and the little sylph grows on the reader. Like the first book this one too finishes pretty abruptly on a cliffhanger and definitely leaves you wanting the next book.

The narrator is incredible and so fun to listen to! He did a fantastic job on all the voices, accents, narration, and his overall acting was top notch.

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

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 16-05-21

Enjoyable listen

Very enjoyable book. The story was well paced, with enough action to keep the narrative moving smoothly. I particularly enjoyed the development of the magic/mana use system that built on what was established in book one. The narrator did an excellent job, giving the characters distinct voices so that dialog was easy to follow.
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  • trufriends
  • 15-05-21

better

better than the first book, and I am looking forward to see what is instore next. I would recommend to listen and/or read this series.

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  • Catrina P
  • 12-05-21

The challenges in the Otherworld

What a fantastic story! Kal is in the Otherworld and competes as a champion to prove himself. He finds out so much about himself along the way, but will he survive?

Ren Ryder really put together a thrilling tale. The descriptions are so vivid and I love the characters.

Greg Patmore took this story to the next level with his narration. His portrayal of the characters, especially Bell, were spot on. I loved it!

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  • Lisa
  • 12-05-21

Wow!

Ren Ryder paints a coloful picture of the other world and it's characters. Loved the development of the main character and his relationships. Truly held me all the way through.
Greg Patmore does a top notch job as always narraratong the great work of fiction and makes the characters real. and snares you right on.
Definitely worth the purchase! Cannot wait for book 3!

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  • kixfan
  • 11-05-21

Excellent story

Very excellent story by one of my favorite authors. Well written and narrated story. Highly recommend it.