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After surviving countless perils and dangers, including an examination by the Blood Council, Fred is preparing to take on his most important adventure to date: marrying Krystal. That is, if he can get everything handled in time. Visiting Boarback, hiring new staff, clearing out his schedule for a honeymoon; there’s no shortage of tasks to check off before the big day arrives.  

But not everyone views the occasion in such a happy light. With new dangers looming, old debts raised, and grudges rekindled, it’ll take everything Fred has to finally make it down the aisle.  

Performed by Christopher Walker, Carolyn Kashner, Nora Achrati, Bradley Smith, Eva Wilhelm, Jessica Lauren Ball, Karen Novack, Yasmin Tuazon, Christopher Graybill, Shanta Parasuraman, Nanette Savard, Nazia Chaudhry, Danny Gavigan, Zeke Alton, Ken Jackson, Alejandro Ruiz, Eric Messner, Marni Penning, Tia Shearer, Chris Stinson, Elizabeth Jernigan, Richard Rohan, Scott McCormick, Terence Aselford, David Zitney, and Colleen Delany.

©2019 Andrew Hayes (P)2021 Graphic Audio LLC

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  • Makayla Williams
  • 08-07-21

Hit a bit too close to home

Spoilers warning, though I'm not going to go too much into detail:

I've fallen in love with this series simply because of how much I relate to the main character, Fred. This installment of Fred's memoirs hit a sore spot with me though in a way that actually made me cry a little. Despite us all wanting a happy ending where Fred and Krystal get the wedding they plan and deserve, it's no surprise that it gets interrupted and chaos ensues. Ultimately, they're told at the very last minute that they can't have their wedding, and so of course they scramble to do it anyways because their marriage to one another is more important than the actual event.

I'm not sure if it was at all intentional, but this plotline draws a very strong parallel to what many couples with weddings planned for 2020 and early 2021 faced due to the pandemic, including my own. Thanks to the powers that be, including that of mother nature and the government, we were forced to cancel our wedding just weeks in advance of the event after months of planning, preparation, and excitement. Like Fred and Krystal, we decided that being married was the most important part, so we scrambled to meet our parents and officiant in a local park to complete the ceremony without our friends, extended families, and other loved ones able to witness or celebrate with us.

Unlike our book's heroes, we had weeks instead of hours to accept the cancellation of our wedding. We also didn't have any powerful entities trying to literally stand in our way to the elopement. But Fred's comparison of what should have been to what is - where the aisle should have started, the dirt road in place of a dance floor, the place where their friends and family should have been seated - emphasized the loneliness of what should have been a beautiful, once-in-a-lifetime event that they'd out so much effort into putting on. It also emphasized how much more important the marriage itself was and the non-materialistic nature of the true love and support between Fred and Krystal.

I doubt that the parallel here was at all intentional, but the point I'm getting at is that it's written perfectly. It's spot-on and captures the joy, sadness, excitement, anxiety, loneliness, and love that comes with being told you can't have your wedding and then fighting to make it happen anyways. Thousands of couples faced similar predicaments within the least year and a half and it become an unfortunately common experience because of the pandemic. Despite this being a fantasy book about a vampire accountant and badass devil fighting against ancient vampires, powerful government agencies, and literal forces of magic, I found it to be comfortingly familiar and accurate for what they faced. I hope others who have faced similar situations stumble upon this series and find the same comfort in the heartachingly familiar feelings that I did.

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  • Fam
  • 08-07-21

Love this whole series!

Agh! This series, in the Graphic Audio dramatization, took me only week to listen to. I can't wait for the next book to be released later this year.

Women written as badasses, men with non-toxic flaws, relationships that are strong and held together with mutual admiration and respect. Drama and adventure, with well-rounded characters and a constantly developing plot.