Author: Amy Lane
Narrator: Nick J. Russo
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: Anne Cain
Story Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 08/26/2015
Length: 11 hours 52 minutes
Genre: Alternate Universe/Alternate World, Fiction, Gay Fiction, M/M Romance, Science Fiction, Steampunk
Ten years after Dorjan trusted a boy’s word over his superior officer’s, he and his best friend, Areau, are still living the aftermath—and trying to stop the man responsible. Locked in a careful dance to bring down a corrupt government, Dorjan struggles to balance his grief with Areau’s anger. Just when Dorjan reaches the end of his rope, he sees a familiar face in the shadows, and the boy he trusted a decade before offers him unexpected kindness.
Taern remembers the soldier who found him under the rushes and listened to his pleas to save his family. When Dorjan reappears in his life, Taern is both captured by his commitment to justice and terrified by the risks he takes. All Taern wants to do is fix him, but the oncoming destruction has been ten years in the making, and Dorjan doesn’t want his help. Not if it puts Taern at risk.
Powers clash and a world’s fate dangles between Areau’s madness and Dorjan’s nobility. While Dorjan fights to save the world, Taern joins the battle simply to save Dorjan, knowing everything hinges on the heart of a man in armor and the strength of the man who loves him.
This is one of those stories where my review will not do it justice. This story need to be in a classroom setting with weeks for me to sit down and dissect all the layers and ways literary elements were represented. I need term page word counts to discuss the play on the Batman and Robin characters and their roles in American literature and in American history. I need more time to think about Areau and his flaws vs. his redemption. I just need more than a measly review to really put into perspective that Under the Rushes was more than just a m/m novel. That Under the Rushes is a work of literature.
But I can’t do that in a review. What I can do is talk about how much I loved listening to Dorjan and Taern’s story. That the world was fabulous and rich. That the characters were flawed and real and full of life. That the plot was relevant even in its scifi-steampunk mentality. That the development and growth of the book as a whole was fantastic. But mostly I can talk about how much it captured my mind and my heart. I loved these men, I hurt with and for these men, I hurt for the secondary characters who got caught in the crossfire. This was a great Batman/superhero story and I absolutely loved it.
I will be reading this one again to catch everything I know I missed.
Nick J. Russo did a great job with this narration. I felt the emotions, I felt the gritty reality painted in this story. I think this narration did this story justice.
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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