Black Dog Blues (Kai Gracen #1) by Rhys Ford ~ Audiobook Review by PizzyGirl

o-black-dog-bluesTitle: Black Dog Blues (Kai Gracen #1)

Author: Rhys Ford

Narrator: Greg Tremblay

Publisher: Dreamspinner Press

Story Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 5 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 05/18/2015

Length: 08 hours 50 minutes

Genre: Action/Adventure, Bisexual, Fiction, Urban Fantasy

Summary:

Ever since being part of the pot in a high-stakes poker game, elfin outcast Kai Gracen figures he used up his good karma when Dempsey, a human Stalker, won the hand and took him in. Following the violent merge of Earth and Underhill, the human and elfin races are left with a messy, monster-ridden world, and Stalkers are the only cavalry willing to ride to someone’s rescue when something shadowy appears.

It’s a hard life but one Kai likes—filled with bounty, a few friends, and most importantly, no other elfin around to remind him of his past. And killing monsters is easy. Especially since he’s one himself.

But when a sidhe lord named Ryder arrives in San Diego, Kai is conscripted to do a job for Ryder’s fledgling Dawn Court. It’s supposed to be a simple run up the coast during dragon-mating season to retrieve a pregnant human woman seeking sanctuary. Easy, quick, and best of all, profitable. But Kai ends up in the middle of a deadly bloodline feud he has no hope of escaping.

No one ever got rich being a Stalker. But then few of them got old either and it doesn’t look like Kai will be the exception.

Story Review:

This book lends itself to audio format. An Urban fantasy with a rich world that was full of action, gore, and a broken man yearning for love and acceptance. This was my first experience with anything by Rhys Ford and I was very impressed. The world, the character, the language, were all well thought out and well expressed.

This story was all about Kai. It was about his history, his personality, his flaws, his desires, his job. It was about how he interacted with others and what he did to make it through each day without focusing on all the bad that he has been through. I loved Kai. He was a great character and full of so much emotion, lust, and pain. The author did a really great job stringing me along by only giving small bit of him to me at a time. I kept listening because I needed to know more about him. About his past, about what made him the way he was, about what it would take to make his future a better one than his past. I connected to Kai and just like everyone else in the book, if Kai were real, I would want him in my life.

But I also liked that Ryder was a big part of this story. He was a major player in Kai’s life and Ryder was a great character in his own right. Outwardly he appeared to be just another Sidhe drone following along with the established code of conduct. But as the story moved forward, the author gave little tidbits that hinted at more. And there was definitely more. Ryder was rebelling against to old ways to ensure his species’s future and was caught in the middle of some pretty ugly politics. And Kai got caught up in this as well and bad things happened and more of Kai was revealed.

This was not a romance, at all, and there was no sex. And to be honest, none was needed. The action and tension of the story drove this tale forward on its own. But there was a lot of sexually charged content that leads me to believe we will be seeing more in this arena in the future. The plot and the continuous placement of Kai into life or death situation made for a wild ride. Each and every time I sat on the edge waiting to make sure Kai survived and wondered what would happen next! How much could one man/elf take. What else would the author put him through!

I look forward to more from Kai and Ryder. I want to get to a romance if one ever evolves (and I don’t care the gender of Kai partner and I think he would be good with anyone!), but mostly, I just want to know more about Kai and this world in general.

Narration Review:

Greg Tremblay did a fabulous job on this narration. Loved his accents and the way he portrayed the characters. He really captured the personalities, the tone, and the emotions of each character to the point that I felt like I was there, in the midst of the action. I love him as a narrator and would listen to him read the phonebook if I could get my hands on that recording!

Links

Black Dog Blues (Kai Gracen #1) on Goodreads
Dreamspinner Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
Audible

I would like to thank the publisher for providing me with the audiobook of this title in exchange for my honest opinion.

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