Dog with a Bone: Black Dog Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Black Dog, book one
Half-bloods with Thierry's skill set are given two options. They can join the conclave's marshal program, or they can pack their bags. Turn down the job offer, and you've just shredded your residency pass for the mortal realm and booked yourself a one-way ticket to Faerie.
Texas is the only home Thierry has ever known, and she's not going anywhere - even if it means following in her notorious father's footsteps as a peacekeeper. But pinning on the badge opens her eyes to the fact sometimes fae need protection, too, and that sometimes humans are the real monsters.
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|Listening Length||3 hours and 35 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||October 27, 2015|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #63,743 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#1,021 in Urban Fantasy
#2,467 in Horror Fiction
#2,556 in Epic Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
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The beginning of the story seemed to bumble along and then the reader finds himself (or herself) on a rather lackluster plot where you never even encounter the villains until the very end and there's an encounter that really had no sense of gravity to it at all. It didn't help that none of the characters in the book had anything resembling a personality. They were, A) Generic attractive woman with strange powers, B) Generic and incredibly predictable love interest with a tortured soul, and C) Generic best friend. Even the villains, once we finally meet them, are bland, and villains are where the author generally has the most creative license. And while I've already mentioned the predictability of the love interest, I think it is worth mentioning that the author makes no effort to actually develop chemistry between the two primary characters. It breaks down to both characters are attractive and in proximity, therefor they must long for one another. The insidious plan of the generic villains (the plan itself had a lot of potential for drama that was never really realized) seemed secondary to the tedious meanderings of Thierry and her incubus paramour.
Thierry’s voice as the MC was on par with this genre however, it did come to my attention that she is only eighteen, and for the most part that wasn’t a turn-off as her character didn’t display any of the usual New Adult tendencies. The only niggle was when it came to her relationship with Shaw—her instructor turned partner. The age gap left me feeling a little uneasy about their romance, especially considering that he’s an authority figure AND an incubus. I couldn’t help but question whether the basis of their love was genuine or coerced.
Nicole Phillips’ girlish tone was an appropriate fit for Edwards’ heroine, albeit without a second installment to back-up her performance, it’s difficult to say whether I would have enjoyed listening to her long-term. Otherwise, I liked her interpretation of the action sequences, and even though there wasn’t a whole lot of world-building in this book, the protagonist didn’t similarly suffer. Thierry has a lot to prove with an absentee father, avoidist mother, and unpredictable powers. I look forward to her showing us what she’s got in HEIR OF THE DOG.
DOG WITH A BONE was an all right listen for the price. ~ 3.5 Stars
The concept of this story as well as the action is pretty good. But we’re missing a great deal of world and character building. I couldn’t even get a handle on what the characters look like. The flow of the story is confusing at times with some thoughts or actions appearing to come out of left field. I had to reread some scenes a few times to get a better handle on it.
The initial scene grabbed me, as did a number of the other action scenes, but the story didn’t hold my attention and it was easy to set it down a number of times. Told from Theirry’s point of view, I never did feel a connection with her or her feelings.
Book 1 of the Black Dog series. Urban fantasy novella. New adult (heroine is 18), older hero.
Thierry is a half blood and has no options in a career other than as a Marshall. Her first week on the job has her fighting for her life along with her partner Shaw against a surprising foe.
The reader is thrown immediately into the action of her training and then her first couple of cases. There isn’t much world building but we get brief glimpses of a friendship and trauma of her past. The attraction of Thierry and Shaw preexists the start of this novella. I didn’t really feel the attraction but some of the innuendos are amusing.
“I thought a rogue bear broke the camp’s perimeter. I returned the favor.“
“Do you often run out of tents naked to confront danger?”
He didn’t blink. “Commando is more comfortable for me.”
“What about the rest of us? Nine other campers saw your twig and berries.”
Excerpt from Dog With a Bone by Hailey Edwards
3.5. I will read the next book to get more of the world building.
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But the biggest problem was that the main characters just behaved like idiots. For "highly trained" agents (cough, couple of month course, cough) they behaved less intelligently than anyone who has watched a season or two of TV procedurals would. Sure, it made things more dramatic to put themselves in danger, but when it isn't really smart you're just left thinking "idiots". And why oh why don't they have guns? Right - that would take a modicum of common sense.
Finally, there is also the issue that the main character's main magic is pretty over-powered.
Overall, if you just want a simple well told story, its fine. If you want good plotting, character interaction, to actually see relationships develop, or for the character's power to grow from normal levels first, avoid this book.
This book was both a surprise and a let down. I didn't have very high expectations of a free book and was pleasantly surprised to find the writing style quite good and some interesting concepts in the beginning. However as I read on into the story it all felt a bit rushed. Thierry's relationship with Shaw felt too easy and the plot was too simplistic.
Then I realised that this is not a full length novel, which explains a lot, and obviously the intention is to lure readers in with the characters and fantasy world so that we will buy the next, full length title in the series. I get it, but that doesn't make this book any less unsatisfying.
What bothered me the most was the main power of Thierry, the protagonist. It seems far too broad and well developed for an eighteen year old who just started on the job, and I cant help feeling its a bit convenient that she can just suck the life out of any foe that comes along. I'm sure she will encounter problems in the later books but in this installment it just felt a bit too easy. I also wanted to know more about her background and her father but this was left frustratingly vague.
On the whole I did enjoy reading this book. It was a light, quick read with some nice dialogue and interesting ideas and quite fresh monsters thrown into a familiar formula. It has a lot of potential and I will be checking out the next book to see if it improves, but so far I'm not blown away.
Also a note to readers: The main character is eighteen and as such this should be more like New Adult than strictly adult fiction. To me, she felt a little bit too young and her behaviour with Shaw the love interest jarred slightly considering her relative lack of experience. She already has well developed powers and gets thrown headlong into a serious investigation, so it didn't even seem like she was the newbie she was supposed to be. I kind of wished the author had shown her graduating then cut ahead a few years to show her on the job with Shaw, but that's just my opinion.