Hello, fellow bookworms. Today, I’d like to share my thoughts about Daemon Grudge by Stacey Brutger and narrated by Eva Wilhelm. The first audiobook in Stacey’s urban fantasy series, Clash of the Demigods. My thanks to the publisher, Tantor Media, for the audiobook in exchange for a candid review.
What’s Daemon Grudge about?
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Title: Daemon Grudge by Stacey Brutger
Series: Clash Of The Demigods #1
Published by Tantor Audio on 9th March 2021
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Narrator: Eva Wilhelm
Length: 10 hours 1 minute
No. of Pages: 302
When the gods vanished, daemons took over protecting humans from the things that go bump in the night...until daemons decide they deserve more.
Orphaned young and raised by the military, Octavia only knows the world of duty and honor. When she discovers they're sacrificing people to create the ultimate super soldier, men engineered specifically to rid the world of what they consider the supernatural plague, she rebels and vows to do everything in her power to stop them.
The last thing Octavia expects to find is daemons willing to help her survive. Or that she may be one of them. To make things worse, an ancient power has awakened inside her.
Sworn to protect her, the daemons decide to teach her how to use her new abilities. They never expected to fall in love with their infuriatingly vexing charge, who maddeningly risks everything to get justice for past wrongs. If they can't find a way to remove the magic before the demigods discover the truth, Octavia will die when they rip it out of her, and the world will crumble into chaos.
©2020 Stacey Brutger (P)2021 Tantor
I received this ARC for free in exchange for an honest review. This doesn't affect my opinion of the book or influence the content of my review.Review Format: Audiobook, eBook
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Listened To: 21st – 27th March 2021
What did I think about it?
An Unexpected Find – Can’t Wait To Learn More
Stacey Brutger is a new-to-me author and I enjoyed this urban fantasy more than I thought I would.
I really liked the characters Stacey created.
Our protagonist, Octavia exhibited all the personality traits that I love. She’s intelligent, resilient, self-reliant and has oodles of gumption. The supporting cast are a diverse group, showcasing lots of different characteristics. I loved reading about Octavia’s fight for survival and seeing how she dealt with the challenges that sprung to confront her.
Eva Wilhelm is a new-to-me narrator.
I really enjoyed the pace at which Eva read this story. The emotions and inflections she used for the different scenes felt natural and brought them to life. Eva created different voices for the characters, seeming to match their personalities to a tee. This also helped during the dialogue, meaning that I never felt lost when during multiple character conversations.
Taking me out of my comfort zone.
If Tantor Media hadn’t have sent me this audiobook, I never would have bought it myself. The world we’re introduced to in Daemon Grudge has a dystopian feel. Dystopian settings depress me and rub my sensibilities up the wrong way; I don’t like stories about brutality, survival of the fittest, injustices or prejudices. I also tend to stay clear of reverse harem and polyamorous tales, multiple partners (loves) at the same time are not my thing. However, Stacey dealt with both themes in a way that I could accept and actually ended up enjoying. 😉
Daemon Grudge is a good audiobook, and I really enjoyed the story.
It’s a great example of a character-led urban fantasy story. Plus, there’s no life-or-death perilous cliffhanger at the end! WoopWoop! I’ll be waiting with bated breath for the next audiobook. I need to find out how Octavia and her group of Elite daemons deal with their new life.
Has my review of Daemon Grudge encouraged you to find out more? I do hope so. Click on any of my links to check it out yourself. Keep reading to find out more about the author.
And because this is a review about an audiobook, here’s the narrator’s bio.
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