Desert Isle Keeper
Narrated by Xe Sands
Damien, Prince of the Vampires, enters the interspecies marrying loop in Jacquelyn Frank’s fourth Nightwalker entry. Damien is my favorite in this series for two reasons. First, it keeps moving, whether by dialogue or action and without the verboseness that irked me previously. Second, it could slide onto a bookshelf at Goodreads entitled “avid seduction of a hesitant heroine”. Damien truly is a prince when it comes to his pursuit of Syreena. That he made her pay some dues was excellent – I loved him.
Damien is the acknowledged leader of the Vampires, but it’s a role that keeps him looking over his shoulder. Syreena, the Lycanthrope princess, has always longed for a husband and family, but Fate’s choice throws her. Damien readily accepts the bond between them and Syreena is captivated but she wants definitive proof that the bond is possible between their races. That proof may be found in the recently discovered Nightwalker library but working to unite the Nightwalkers against their expanding enemy comes first.
Xe Sands excels with this series. Each character, and there are many, has a unique voice which is the accent from the country of their origin. Can I guarantee accent authenticity? No, but I’d listen to this series just to hear Sands voicing them. Plus she brings the couple, their feelings and the circumstances, to life in a way that is beyond my abilities. And that’s hard to do, I read in Technicolor.
Breakdown of Grade – Narration A, Book Content A
Unabridged. Length – 11 hours 4 minutes. This review was written for the 9/23/11 Speaking of Audiobooks column.