Family of Lies: Sebastian by Sam Argent ~ Audiobook Review by Teresa

FamilyOfLiesSebastianAUDLGTitle: Family of Lies: Sebastian

Author: Sam Argent

Narrator: Cornell Collins

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: 02/23/2016

Length: 10 hours 04 minutes

Genre: Action/Adventure, Fantasy, Gay Romance


Sebastian Orwell did the only thing a smart wizard could do when he stumbled upon the wounded Crown Prince: he healed him and dumped him in a tavern where he could continue not being Sebastian’s problem. Unfortunately, the prince isn’t content with being alive, and he hunts Sebastian down to thank him personally. Not only is Sebastian stuck with the prince’s unwanted affections, he’s also confronted by growing evidence linking the assassination attempt to someone from his father’s past.

Lord Orwell is a lot of things: thief, liar, drunk, and all around horrible father, but Sebastian knows he’s no murderer. In order to prove it, Sebastian has to keep the prince alive long enough to discover the truth—a task made considerably harder because the idiot prince prefers wooing Sebastian over securing his own survival. On top of everything, Sebastian needs to save the day without revealing his magical powers and the real reason he hides his appearance.

Sebastian had no intention of playing the hero, but whoever is stirring up shit in his country will pay for destroying his quiet life.

Story Review:

Brandilyn recommended I read this. I am so glad she did!! Although I have never seen a more dysfunctional family, their loyalty to each other was something to behold. There are so many characters to keep straight, but once you figure out who is who, the intrigue and banter keeps the book moving forward.

Although Sebastian is “Mr. Grumpy Pants”, I loved him. His strength and heart shone through his prickly façade. Prince Turren is referred to as a puppy by Sebastian, and although I did see him as such a good portion of the time, this puppy has very sharp teeth, and as with a puppy, you can’t help but love him too. Together they are adorable and sexy in bed.

This book was hilarious! The back and forth sniping between the Orwell family was outrageous and all the characters had a humorous edge to them. I finished the book with a huge smile on my face. The magic of the world was well integrated and although we don’t get as much background as in other fantasy novels I have read, there is enough framework for the plot to exist within. It kept the book light and entertaining and worked for me in this instance.

I would love to see more from this family. Perhaps one of Sebastian’s many other brothers finding their true love, or even another adventure from Sebastian and Turren. I would love to just read more from this author!

This novel is definitely on my favourites shelf!!

Narration Review:

As a bad narrator will take away from a good story, a good narrator will push a good story to excellent. Cornell Collins was amazing! His voice immersed me in the story from the beginning and I couldn’t stop listening. I liken his performance to Jim Dale’s in the Harry Potter series (although this story is for much more mature audiences!). The characters and book came to life! Unfortunately, this seems to be the only book he has narrated. I hope he does more in the future!


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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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