Published by Audible Studios, Indie/Self Published
Released on December 22, 2015
Length: 13 hrs and 49 mins
Format: Audiobook, eBook
Drantos had a lot of potential, but unfortunately fell flat with story telling. It lacked engaging me through the plot, while the narrator was top notch. The redeeming value I guess was they fell in love, but even that I question.
Dusti and Bat are sisters traveling to Alaska on their dying grandfather’s wish. Well I should say he only wished for Bat (Batina) to visit and for a very sinister reason. Dusti doesn’t want her sister to go alone, so she accompanies her. Suddenly the plane is going down and two larger than life men wrap their bodies around them to save them from the crash. These two, Drantos and his brother Kraven, were sent to eliminate the women before they can reach their destination. Only both men find out the women are their mates, don’t have much in the way of heritage of their Lycan/Vampire mother and don’t know anything about the world they just crashed into.
Dusti isn’t very likable, and neither is Drantos. Each are mistrustful of the other as well as hiding secrets. This is all understandable, but Dusti comes across as a weak woman playing at being strong. While on the other side Drantos is strong, but also not very smart.
The plot timing felt off as things were revealed at odd times. The author tried for mysterious, but really it came across as creepy when we start seeing the bad guys. In fact there is one scene where Dusti is strapped to a Lycan by another person. The lycan takes off running and later she escapes the contraption she is strapped to the lycan with. So she worries in her mind if he recaptures her he will strap her back in….and I am wondering how he is going to do that in lycan form to his own back and with an unwilling victim? See, it just wasn’t believable the things that happened.
So the grandpa is the big bad, offering his grandaughter to the Vampire/Gargoyle who is hooked on the family blood, but will never mate with. It just all wrapped into a story that had a lot of potential, but fell flat on the execution. He wants to incite a war where he comes out as the evil, vicious leader.
The narrator Savannah Richards, does a great job, but I would have loved a complimentary male voice to help bridge the different voices. This was a audio book/ebook listen/read attempt.
At times I really wished I had stopped reading when it got bad. Even though I have the second audio book, Kraven, I just can’t drum up enough interest to go back into the VLG world.
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