Damian by D.B. Reynolds
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
“I am a veritable god of war”
The following ratings are out of 5:
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌏
Character development: ☹️🙃🥰😀
Narration Type: Solo Narration
The heroine: Cassandra “Casey” Lewis – She was a hunter (working for a special FBI task force that found and destroyed magical objects), being chased by Hell Hounds, carrying a talisman that could be used for mass destruction. Her job was to keep magical artifacts like that out of the hands people that would use them for evil, like the sorcerer Sotiris.
The Hero: Damian Stephanos – He had been a warrior that was cursed and turned to stone ages ago. He was the greatest fighter of his time, then imprisoned in stone for centuries, though he knew the baying of Hell Hounds.
The Story: When Casey touched the stone statue of the Warrior Damien, her blood started soaking into the stone and her whispered plea as she jumped out the window and into a dumpster, burned into him and broke the curse. He was shocked as the stone melted away and his flesh woke up as Casey was surrounded by the Hell Hounds. He leapt off the roof after the woman who broke the curse.
This book was told in dual points of view via solo narration. I usually only buy audiobooks that use dual narration, but this one was on sale and I happen to like the narrator, Tor Thom. He has a very deep voice, which I love and he speaks in a great cadence which is sonorous and pleasing. His voice is almost unearthly, which is perfect for this story.
This story has all the markings of a great adventure. Magic, curses, talismans, a secret division of the FBI, a blonde giant warrior, blood debts, psychics, and more. I liked the mystery and intrigue and the fact that this was a pretty original story. At first when I read the blurb, I wasn’t sure if Damian was a gargoyle or what, but when I found out there were sorcerers and he was cursed, I liked the fact that this was different than most of the stories I have read before.
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