Audiobook Review: Ares (Guardians of Hades, #1). ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️

Ares by Felicity Heaton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Prince of the Underworld and Lord of Fire, Ares was banished from his home by his father, Hades, two centuries ago and given a new duty and purpose—to keep our world and his from colliding in a calamity foreseen by the Moirai.

Together with his six brothers, he fights to defend the gates to the Underworld from daemons bent on breaching them and gaining entrance to that forbidden land, striving to protect his home from their dark influence. Caged by the manifestation of his power, held apart from those he loves by his own fire and starved of physical contact, Ares lives a cold existence driven by duty and the desire to return to his world.

Until his world collides with a daemon who steals his power and a mortal female who shatters the ice around his heart and awakens the true fire within him—a soul-stirring passion both dangerous and seductive.

Megan has wandered far from her home, driven from everyone she loves by the devastating realisation that she is different to them all. Unsure who to trust in the world, she keeps to herself, until a fateful stormy night brings a temptingly handsome warrior crashing into her life and into her heart—a warrior who seems to hold powers more frightening and marvellous than her own.

When the New York gate comes under threat, and Ares is put to the test, will he choose his duty and regain the power he needs in order to save his world or will he choose the desires of his heart and sacrifice his fire so he can be with the woman becoming his whole world?


Gods and Daemons!

The following ratings are out of 5:
Romance: 💚🖤💙❤️
Heat/Steam: 🔥🔥🔥🔥
Story/Plot: 📕📗📙📘
World building: 🌏🌍🌎🌏
Character development: 😠😚😁☺️
Narration: 🎙🎙🎙
Narration Type: Solo Narration

The Heroes: Ares – he had been banished from the underworld by his father Hades. He and his brothers protected the world from daemons. They went after any daemons that escaped from the gate to the underworld. Ares was located in New York and guarded the gate there. Though more daemons had been around lately and one even escaped from him, which was something that never happened before.

The heroine: Megan – she was on the way from the bus stop to her apartment in a violent storm after taking off early from her job at the packing warehouse. She got a sense that someone was watching her when suddenly she saw two men fighting in an alley. It looked like they were moving faster than humanly possible.

The Story: Ares thought the daemon that escaped him was the harbinger of an event that oracles had foreseen thousands of years ago. He knew the battle to keep his world and the mortal world from colliding was soon to begin. War was on the horizon and it was his duty to win. Ares had the power to manipulate his surroundings, the power to teleport, and the power of fire.

Megan watched the two men fight and realized that they both had some sort of supernatural powers, and the large dark haired man didn’t have any ill intent for her like the smaller man. When the smaller man was about to kill the larger man with a fireball, Megan couldn’t let that happen and she shot the smaller man twice. Megan had the power of healing and used it on the larger man. The daemon had stolen Ares power.

This was a different story than I expected. Ares at first wanted to get his power back, but before long we find that his power of fire, flowed very close to his skin and he couldn’t touch anyone without the fear of burning them with his power. So being without his power for the first time was something he had always wanted. It was a good dilemma, especially since he had an overwhelming attraction to Megan.

I liked the characters and the world building was great. There were also some good supporting characters, including all of Ares’ brothers, though I wish we would have gotten a bit more personality out of them. I liked the fact that Megan had her own power but always felt alone and finding others with powers like her, was something that she had always wanted.

This book was told in dual points of view via solo narration, and was narrated by Kevin Foley. Kevin is a good reader, but I wouldn’t call him a voice actor like some narrators. I like dual or duet narration a lot more than solo, and I like it when the narrator has a voice that matches the character. Kevin has a nice deep voice, but sounds older than I like for a Hero.


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