Midnight (Dance with the Devil #3) by Megan Derr ~ Audiobook Review by Brandilyn

midnightaudio400Title: Midnight (Dance with the Devil #3)

Author: Megan Derr

Narrator: Cameron Jake

Publisher: Less Than Three Press

Cover Artist: Unknown

Story Rating: 4.25 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4 of 5 Stars

Release Date: 05/08/2015

Length: 07 hours 20 minutes

Genre: Gay Fiction, Historical, Paranormal, Urban Fantasy

Summary:

Lord Devlin White, Duke of Winterbourne, is the last in a long line of powerful witches who assist the Demon Lord of London in keeping control of the Nightwalkers living amongst normal men. With all but one of his siblings gone to the new American colonies, his proud family line all but ended, Devlin is kept from gloom and despair only by his unusual ward, Midnight.

Neither alive nor dead, sustained by magic and a bond to Devlin and confined to the night, Midnight is happy to spend his life by Devlin’s side—though he longs for the day that Devlin sees him as more than a ward. But the powerful magic that raised him from the dead is desperately sought by someone who will stop at nothing to obtain the secret of Midnight that Devlin would die to protect…

Story Review:

I don’t read historical fiction. I just don’t. It takes a very special book and author to get me to read a historical. When it is fantasy, that does help, but I still am reluctant to pick up a novel set in the days gone by.   However, by the time I got to Midnight, book 2 of Megan Derr’s Dance with the Devil series, I was completely hooked. I knew I had to read every title in the series.

With Midnight, I had a bit of an advantage, however. After I finished the audiobook of Dance with the Devil, I had told my husband he need to listen to it. However, being the guy that he is, he didn’t look past the first novel in our audible library with “Dance with the Devil” in the title. So he started with Midnight. He then started talking to me about it and the dragons and … and … and … so of course I had to chatch up.

Timeline-wise, Midnight takes place before Dance with the Devil and Dance in the Dark. However, I don’t know that I would have gotten hooked on the series if I had started with this audiobook. It is a fairly run of the mill dragon and magic story with a twist, of course. You have Lord Devlin White, a noble and a witch. He cast spells of all types using runes. He also is the owner for a rather unique being who should not even been living, Midnight.

As he fights evil, with his shape-shifting elf and midnight by his side, we are introduced to the mythos of Dragons and clans. While Dragons have been mentioned in passing before this, Midnight is the first time we learn how they fit into the greater abnormal world.   They were my biggest takeaway from this installment.

As it takes place centuries before the rest of the Dance with the Devil series, it can be read stand alone. However, if you are aiming to understand the DwtD series, I would not skip it.

Narration Review:

I adored the first two books in the series on audio. Paul Morey did a fantastic job. Midnight, however, is set in a different time and place. As such it needed a different voice. I appreciate that Derr recognized this when selecting the narrator for this installment.

Cameron Jake did an okay job. I appreciated that he had an appropriate accent for this story, set in England. I appreciate that hey attempted to differentiate characters along the way. However, my overwhelming impression was more monotone reading than performance. Yes, historically, audiobooks were just meant to be a reading of the book. However, ask any three year old, books are better performed through voice than simply read. While I will likely listen to this installment again when I re-read the series, I want more from an audiobook than the flat delivery I can get from a text to speech app with a British voice.

Links

Midnight (Dance with the Devil #3) on Goodreads
Less Than Three Press
Amazon US
Amazon UK
Amazon CA
All Romance eBooks
Audible

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

Farewell Giveaway
I have a number of paperbacks, most of which are signed, to giveaway. Over the between now (11 Mar 2017) and 31 Mar 2017, every comment on the blog (this post and all other new posts), will be entered to win 1 of these paperbacks. There are also some misc swag items, so there will be a few packs of these to give away as well.

Thank you so much for your support over the last 4 years. Prism will be closing its doors on 1 April 2017. All content will remain available, but no new content will appear after 31 Mar 2017. As such all request forms have been turned off. Again Thank you,

Brandilyn
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