Author: J. Scott Coatsworth
Narrator: Vance Bastian
Publisher: Mischief Corner Books
Cover Artist: Unknown
Story Rating: 3 of 5 Stars
Narration Rating: 4 of 5 Stars
Overall Rating: 3.5 of 5 Stars
Release Date: 07/12/2016
Length: 03 hours 13 minutes
Genre: Alternate Universe/Alternate World, Fantasy, Gay Romance
Jerrith is running. Kissed by an elf, he can’t remain in his hometown of Althos anymore. Not that he wanted to stay.
Caspian still hasn’t figured out why he kissed Jerrith, but he’s running too. Since he was exiled from the Autumn Lands, his past has been hazy, and his future uncertain. But when a stray memory brings things into focus, the two decide to run toward something together. What they uncover will change how they see the world, and themselves, forever.
Right off the bat I want to say fantasy is not my preferred genre but I picked this audio book to try and broaden my horizons. Plus, Coatsworth is a new to me author so I thought I’d give him a try. I like it when genres I don’t normally like surprise me because that encourages me to try other books in that genre. However, that didn’t happen here. I’m afraid this story didn’t entertain me.
I do want to say that the author did a marvelous job at world building. The surroundings were described just right. It didn’t intrude on the story, like some fantasy tales, and added to the story perfectly. I just wish the author could’ve done as well with the plot as he did with the world.
Jerrith and Caspian are interesting enough characters but I never really bought into their love. I didn’t feel the connection or the emotions between the two men. The plot seemed rather cliché as well and it seemed like I’d seen this story hundreds of times before in TV and movies. That’s what ultimately ruined it for me—that the tale wasn’t different or unique.
Vance Bastion did a decent job with the story but he didn’t especially impress me. There wasn’t much difference in the voices for Caspian and Jerrith and I sometimes struggled to figure out whose POV I was in. The transitions between chapters and sections also caused some confusion as well.
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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