Genre: Urban Fantasy

Audio: Rivers of Hell by Marina Finlayson

Posted August 5, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | , | 0 Comments

I received this book for free from Publisher in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.

Audio: Rivers of Hell by Marina FinlaysonRivers of Hell by Marina Finlayson
Series: Shadows of the Immortals #3
Narrator: Hollie Jackson
Published by Tantor Audio on July 25, 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Format: Audiobook
Length: 7 hours
Source: Publisher
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three-half-stars
half-flame

Rescuing a god? Check. Escaping to the underworld? Also check.

But despite her successes, things aren’t going so well for Lexi and her friends—which is why they’re hiding out in the underworld. The god they rescued has been magically collared, unable to access his power. Worse still, Lexi’s best friend is similarly shackled, blocking her shape-shifting abilities.

Since they have precisely zero collar-opening keys, they need to make one—except the only person who can help them, the god of metalshaping, is dead. The good news? Lexi’s already in the underworld, so she can try to find him. The bad news? The underworld isn’t exactly a meadow full of butterflies, and venturing even deeper into it may be the quickest way to join the ranks of the dead herself.

But for her best friend, Lexi would journey through hell and back. Just as well, because that’s exactly what she must do to save her friend and their allies.

 

               

I discovered the Shadows of the Immortals series as it came out this year on audio. It was a pleasant surprise containing many elements I enjoy. There is magic, many types of paranormal beings in this fascinating world. After three books, I don’t know if I understand very much about how the world works.

Hollie Jackson continues to do a fine job with the narration. She is Lexi to me. There were many new and interesting characters in the underworld for her to give voices. She made it all come to life and allowed me to focus on the story.

Lexi, providing our view of everything, doesn’t know much about her family or how she got her skills, which are not typical. Many of her long held beliefs, as far as who the good guys are and who the bad guys are, have been challenged. In Rivers of Hell, she finally seems to have decided and is actively trying to help her friends. Unfortunately, she makes some decisions which border on TSTL and doesn’t handle some things well. Her relationship with Jake did not have much sexual tension or romance but they are beginning to trust and support each other.

It’s frustrating to take a step forward and then a step back. This is a transition without enough learning or character development for me.  It ended on quite the cliffhanger and the next book isn’t out yet! There is a blog post from February indicating a plan for two more books which might be out this year.  I look forward to moving forward and learning more about these characters and filling in details about this world.

 

Listen to a clip here.

 

Review Breakdown
Story (Plot)
three-stars
Narration (Audio)
four-stars
Overall: three-half-stars

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Posted July 25, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 6 Comments

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Posted July 15, 2017 by Jennifer in Book Review | 3 Comments

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Posted July 14, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 1 Comment

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Posted June 24, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 0 Comments

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Posted June 3, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 3 Comments

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Posted May 30, 2017 by Anne in Book Review | 5 Comments

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Posted May 19, 2017 by Jennifer in Book Review, Giveaway | 2 Comments

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