Title: Mad Lizard Mambo (Kai Gracen #2)
Author: Rhys Ford and Greg Tremblay (Narrator)
Publisher: DSP Publications
Release Date: October 25th 2016
Length: 8 hrs and 49 mins
Reviewed by: Belen
Heat Level: 1 flames out of 5
Rating: 4 stars out of 5
Kai Gracen has no intention of being anyone’s pawn. A pity Fate and SoCalGov have a different opinion on the matter.
Licensed Stalkers make their living hunting down monsters and dangerous criminals… and their lives are usually brief, brutal, and thankless. Despite being elfin and cursed with a nearly immortal lifespan, Kai didn’t expect to be any different. Then Ryder, the High Lord of the Southern Rise Court, arrived in San Diego, Kai’s not-so-mundane life went from mild mayhem to full-throttle chaos.
Now an official liaison between the growing Sidhe Court and the human populace, Kai is at Ryder’s beck and call for anything a High Lord might need a Stalker to do. Unfortunately for Kai, this means chasing down a flimsy rumor about an ancient lost Court somewhere in the Nevada desert—a court with powerful magics that might save Ryder—and Kai’s—people from becoming a bloody memory in their Merged world’s violent history.
The race for the elfin people’s salvation opens unwelcome windows into Kai’s murky past, and it could also slam the door on any future he might have with his own kind and Ryder.
Seriously, Rhys Ford does some really excellent and damn interesting world building with this series. But it’s Greg Tremblay that elevates this to auditory art.
This story was like listening to a graphic novel come to life. Greg Tremblay perfectly captures the action and excitement of the story and brings it to life. The story and the narration is an experience.
This isn’t a romance. While it has hints of possible romance to happen in the series, it’s first and foremost a fantasy story.
In this installment elfin outcast and Stalker Kai Gracen is once again importuned to help Ryder, the High Lord of the Southern Rise Court.
The action in this start heavy and doesn’t stop until the very end. It’s a roller coaster ride that all I can say is hold on to your seat, ’cause it gets bumpy on this ride!
I had such a great time listening to this and that has everything to do with Greg Tremblay’s wonderful narration. His accents, pacing and timing are all absolutely perfect for this story (and series). Kai is one of my favorite Rhys Ford characters, the prickly bastard, and I can hardly wait for more from his world.
For fans of fantasy and audio this is definitely recommended!