Author: Mary Calmes
Narrator: Greg Tremblay
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Cover Artist: DWS Photography
Story Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 5 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 4.5 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 03/18/2016
Length: 05 hours 08 minutes
Genre: Fantasy, Gay Romance
After saving his younger brother’s child, Daemon Shar is cursed by a witch and runs far from home, a stray who will seemingly never be anything more. But destiny is hard to outrun, even for a man who is now more cat than man beneath his robes and cowl. A chance battlefield meeting between he and Ehron, a foreign lord, gives him purpose amidst the darkness of his accursed life. Soon Daemon finds that his true nature cannot be corrupted no matter the form he inhabits.
As Ehron’s consul, Daemon plots and plans to shape his new lord’s future so that he may leave it blessed when he runs away yet again. But he never counted on his soul hungering for Ehron’s brother Gareth or for his past to catch him by the tail at last.
Typically when I review and audiobook for which I also did the eBook review, I will simply reprint my review of the eBook here for your convenience. However, I don’t feel that is the right approach for this book.
I will do that, of course, but please don’t forget to also read the narration review.
I adore everything Mary Calmes writes. She has a beautiful imagination and a unique voice that I just love. One-half of that formula was missing from The Servant.
From a plot perspective, I was enthralled by The Servant. The story of Daemon was wonderful. You knew from the start he was a character you were going to love. It took a re-read of the prologue for me to understand fully what was going on, but once I got my head wrapped around the back story, I was in Fantasy heaven. We had enemies, lovers, magic, nobility, and various antics. I kept turning page after page.
I appreciated the moral that love can conquer all. I loved that Daemon and Gareth took what they wanted despite the stigma associated with their coupling. I just loved Gareth and Daemon together.
What I didn’t love in this story was the voice. First of all, it was written in the third person. Some authors do third person well. However, Calmes’ individual voice is strangled in the third person. I could never fall into the story. It didn’t feel like Calmes. Also, the head hopping was a bit much for me. I don’t mind a little bit here and there, but there was just too much in this story.
If you are a Calmes fan and a fan of High Fantasy, you The Servant is certainly worth a read. However, it is far from Calmes best.
For my review of this audiobook, proceed down to the narration review.
You know how I often say that the right narrator can elevate a book from okay to fabulous. You need only to look (or listen as the case may be) to Greg Tremblay’s narration of The Servant by Mary Calmes. This story was just okay for me when I read it in eBook format a few months back. It was one of Calmes’ earliest published works, and it shows. She hadn’t found her stride, and the head hopping pulled me out of the story to the point that I couldn’t concentrate on the story Calmes was trying to tell.
However, with Tremblay reading me this story, it blossomed. I got sucked into the story. Daemon is beautifully written, and the world in which he exists is rich and glorious. Emotions are high, and fear is palpable. This story is a treasure. One I will re-listen to time and again.
The narration brought The Servant to life. It turned a satisfactory book into a jem.
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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