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The Poison Within (An Order Universe Short Story)

Inspector Skaer, Book 1
Narrated by: Michael Fox
Length: 1 hr and 39 mins
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Summary

Black clouds of xenophobia gather over Radvadur, the western province of the Empire. 

The political climate is strained and fragile. A surge of Nymph refugees has stirred widespread hostility towards non-humans. When the investigation of a gruesome triple murder linked to the refugee camp ensues, it takes Inspector Käyru Skaer and his lover, Count Ellydhar Finn-Jánn, along an unusual path, at the end of which a precious gift awaits. 

Käyru and Elly are worlds apart in social standing, but they have found common ground in the bedroom - up against the wall and the stable doors, too. The arrangement between them ought to have been temporary and of no consequence. As their circumstances change, will they find the courage to risk their hearts? 

Warning: Contains mentions of off-page sexual assault

©2018 Kasia Bacon (P)2020 Kasia Bacon

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Amazing world building

What would you do for someone you love?

That’s a question I think more and more of us are asking in these challenging days. If a loved one is sick and even dying, what would you do? It’s the exact circumstance Käyru Skaer finds himself in. His lover, Count Ellydhar Finn-Jánn, is ill. Too stubborn to admit it, of course (aren’t most men?), but the illness is taking a firm hold and it’s only a matter of time. Doesn’t stop them from doing it at every opportunity, of course. (They are men, after all.)

When the Inspector is called to a grisly triple murder (graphic description, to be sure), things get complicated. What happens when all is not as it seems? When it’s hard to say who is on the side of the angels?

This was a quick listen and I enjoyed it. The world building is always phenomenal and adds to the enjoyment. Michael Fox is narrating this series and he does a great job. I will definitely keep an eye out for more novellas from this duo.

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The Poison Within (An Order Universe Short story Inspector Skaer Book 1) by Kasia Bacon. This was a good quick listen. This story was well written with good character development. I can't wait to listen to the next book in the series.
The Narrator Michael Fox did a fantastic job bringing these characters and story to life.

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Exceptional

Kasia Bacon has honed her craft of writing short stories to absolute perfection, she truly excels at it. Within a few paragraphs I'm so immersed in the book the outside world ceases to exist. Am I gushing? Uh yeah, because it's so deserved. Simples.

Although this is a short read nothing is skimped on, ALL the feels, the strong characterisation, great story telling and more are squeezed in to her little gems and this book is no exception. Add to that fabulous narration and this is another total winner.

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amazing !!!

I thoroughly enjoyed this clever little novela.

It’s a sexy and romantic fantasy story with elements of suspence and mystery. From the start, the characters are likable and you find yourself rooting for their happy end.

Even though the setting is fantastical, the book subtely touches on the modern topic of discrimination and social injustice.

Michael Fox is a gifted British narrator with am amazing voice, who performs rather than reads. Highly recommended!

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Story is short narration is wonderful

Complimentary audio provided in exchange for an honest review.

This has been on my tbr for a while. I've read a few things by this author and enjoyed them so I am not surprised I liked this one too.

Narration, LOVED the voice. VERY well done in all ways. He even groaned for the character as he stretched! Love this type of full bodied narration. 5 stars for narration.

The story is short, not a secret, haha. I felt like I was missing the preceding book to show the two MCs getting together. Though I didn't exactly feel lost. This claims to be book 1 so I just went with it. I do love established couples and somehow I felt their love and connection in this short love story. Maybe it was the narration. 😉

I would LOVE to read more about these two and their world. It's magical and it does sound archaic and scary, I think I could enjoy a full blown book. This story centers around a series of murders, which prove to be revenge killing because they raped a woman, I think a fairy or other magical being. This ends satisfactorily and the MCs formalize their relationship. Overall sweet and interesting. 3.5 stars.

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  • Sandy
  • 23-03-20

Short and sweet

I loved it! I couldn't stop listening to this short.
It has romance, fantasy, and mystery. There's also a bonus story.

The narrator is new to me. I enjoyed listening to his voice. I can't wait to check out more of the narrator and author's works.

I definitely recommend this story.

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  • 22-03-20

Allies

Kayru and Elly grew up in two very different worlds. Kayru clawing for every scrape and Elly the future Count of Radvadur. Kayru is now an inspector but that doesn't put him on the same level as Elly. How can these two men ever hope to be more than occasional lovers.

Kayru and Elly had so much going against them. Social standing, the fear they both had of voicing their feelings and Elly's health and it all works to keep these men from making their relationship something permanent. Maybe Kayru's next case will help him in ways he never even knew he needed.

I really enjoyed listening to this book. Kayru showed his love so clearly in his actions and Elly was such a gentle soul who welcomed Kayru every time they came together. I couldn't help rooting for them and hoping their story had a happy ending. The side characters played important roles in how this story played out and I was invested in their story as well. This was a wonderful book that drew me in and I highly recommend it.

I also loved Michael Fox's narration of this audiobook. His voices helped bring these characters to life.

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

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  • Wonderland
  • 20-03-20

Was over way too soon! I want more

I want more! I was completely engrossed in the story and time flew. I knew it was a quick listen but I want more. I loved the dynamics between the characters. I want to know what's next for each of the couple's cause I know this isn't the end or at least I hope not. Michael Fix did a wonderful job narrating.

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  • MeloBrown
  • 19-03-20

Amazing Story

Michael Fox is a wonderful narrator.

I was blown away by this story. There was so much world building. I didn’t feel like the story was rushed, considering it’s length.

I WANT MORE!!!

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  • B.McGrath
  • 26-03-20

entertaining

A short story filled with emotions and heart that captivating me completely. The love between the inspector and the elitist was a sweet heart tugger that pulled me on and kept me there . The tease at the end sounds intriguing. The narrator did a great job. I voluntarily listened to a free copy of this story and am giving an honest.

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  • Clau
  • 25-03-20

An amazing story

Oh, this is an enticing bit of story that left me wanting for more. It's really hard to say something without spoiling the whole thing, but I can say this: I'm utterly besotted with this Universe and I want more :P

Michael Fox is excellent narrating the story :)

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  • JKS
  • 24-03-20

Very Enjoyable!

This is beautifully written story about tragedy and what one will do to save their love's life. I love the world building, even though this is a short story there is so much going on. I also love the added bonus story. I look forward to more stories in this wold.
Narrator Michael Fox does an amazing job.

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  • Syren
  • 24-03-20

Liked the narrative

I liked the narrative. I admit that I got a bit lost sometimes, but that was 'cause I wasn't used to the fantasy setting yet. I also have to confess that I paid more attention to the drama between the main characters than the crime and mystery solving.

I liked the pairing, I liked the feelings expressed and I wonder is one day the truth of how the lord came to overcome his illness will be discovered.

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  • Sue C
  • 23-03-20

entertaining

Would I listen to it again: yes
Did the story keep me engaged: yes
Was I invested in the characters: yes
What did I like about the story? Despite being short, this is a fantasy (plus a bonus story) full of interesting characters and has piqued my interest enough to look further into the series.

I enjoyed Michael Fox's narration and think he's done a great job narrating The Poison Within. I had no problem distinguishing characters and the rhythm, inflections and intonations all worked to bring the two stories to life.

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  • CLS-LRS
  • 23-03-20

Enjoyed this story

Right from the start, I knew I was going to enjoy this Kasia Bacon story. When any MM author gives me a story that has large physical and societal differences between the characters, while showing me the love between them? Bring it on! Käyru, while having a respectable job as an Inspector, is still the son of a blacksmith with little education. Large, broad, blonde-haired, and blue-eyed he has a big heart. Ellydhar (or Elly as Käyru refers to him) is a Count, a cultured man smaller and finer-boned than Käyru. Even though Ellydhar was raised with privilege, he also has a good heart.

The narrator, Michael Fox, does a wonderful job of distinctly separating the different voices between the characters. His way of expressing the words the author has written make it easy to differentiate between them all. The complexity of the world the author creates, in what is a short story, works in concert with the smooth transitions the narrator gives between what is actual narration and the conversations between characters.

I believe I would have been somewhat confused had I read the story on my own, rather than listening to a talented narrator relate it to me. There is a great deal of information, imparted by the author, that is necessary to our understanding of the world in which the book takes place. The result is a story about choices; when you love someone enough to make a decision for their well-being that might break your own heart. But don’t worry, the author gives us a HEA/HFN. My only wish would have been for a bit of an Epilogue, but I can see where that would have been rather challenging in a short story. (I’d like the author to take this as a sign of me being greedy for more.)

You’ll want to listen to the Bonus Read at the end of the book. It wraps up a side storyline from The Poison Within. The description of a hunting expedition, the taste of the “prey”, and mercy shown, being a satisfying conclusion.