Ruby Shadows: Born to Darkness Series #3 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Nothing is for free when it comes to demons. Gwendolyn LaRoux finds this out the hard way when she summons Laish, a minor demon from the Shadow Lands, to help her cook up a little black magic. Unfortunately black magic has a way of growing, and soon Gwendolyn finds herself drowning in darkness. But when a creature from the Abyss enters our world and threatens her beloved grandmother, Gwendolyn has to admit she needs help - which means summoning the infuriating Laish.
Answering Gwendolyn's incantations in a moment of boredom was a mistake for a demon who keeps what little heart he has left under lock and key. Laish immediately fell for the Creole beauty with jade green eyes and creamy, café au lait skin and now he's determined to have her. And thanks to Gwendolyn's dilemma, the price just went up. When it turns out that the intrepid witch must travel through the Shadow Lands and close the door she left open to the Pit, she knows at once she can't make the journey on her own. Of course Laish is more than willing to act as her escort and bodyguard...for a not-so-small fee.
Gwendolyn doesn't want to use her body as a bargaining chip, but the demon will accept no other form of currency. Because her grandmother's life is at stake, she has no choice. As Gwendolyn and Laish travel into the interior of hell, will he be able to keep her safe? And will she be able to keep her innocence? Or with they lose themselves and each other among the Ruby Shadows?
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|Listening Length||16 hours and 36 minutes|
|Narrator||Mackenzie Cartwright, Jeremy York|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||September 16, 2015|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #84,054 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
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Whenever I'm reading a trilogy of books, I always like pick out my favorite one. I must say that Ruby Shadows was mine by a long shot. I loved Laish and Gwendolyn. She was spunky and hardheaded at the same time. Laish to be from Hell, was so patient and caring. I also fell in love with Kurex and Eryn. I would be remiss if I did not mention little: Bobbin. I became so tickled with the episode of him and the carpet and the kiss that Gwendolyn gave him...I laughed so hard, that tears were streaming down my face. I did have my moments while reading this book that I cried tears of sadness.
The author really took the time to make the reader get a visual depiction of Hell. I felt as though I was trudging through Hell with Gwendolyn and Laish the entire time. Bravo to the author. I definitely recommend all three books for reading. I also read: Claimed. I intend to read the second book as well in that series.
And lastly, I DEFINITELY plan to read: Cardinal Sins, when it is available. I can already tell...It's going to be a hoot! It's Eryn and Jake's (a.k.a. Shadowlock) stories. Jake has a real sense of humor and it should be a fun and interesting read.
The sin tax that had to be paid to cross from one realm to the next was never properly explained. Since when is a single woman making out with a single man a sin? And touching yourself isn't a sin, but getting felt up is? Or was it that what Gwen was doing in and of itself wasn't a sin but the fact that she was doing it knowingly with a demon. I also didn't get why Gwen kept being referred to as pure and innocent. Prior to this book she already displayed wrath by seeking a spell to ruin her sister's pimp. Also prior to this book she used black magic to cavort with demons, that's how she met Laish. Add in her paying the sin taxes to cross into deeper realms and her soul should have been tainted.
I also found it weird how Laish was so entralled with how Gwen looked. The man counts his lifespan in eons, but he acted like he'd never seen a light skinned girl with green eyes. The man can travel anywhere, has lived for centuries, and is a lust demon but I'm supposed to believe he never encountered a light skinned cutie with a big ole booty. Yeah right.
The circles made no sense. I found it comical that Laish said Dante got it wrong, when its clear Anderson had no idea what she was doing either.
I will be reading the next book in the series. Hopefully this was just a mistake and we will get back to smart and kick ass heroines.
The first circle was people that didn't accomplish goals. How vague is that. So was it people who never accomplished any goal at all ever. Or could getting everything on a grocery list or could having a netflix marathon save you from the bowels? I mean basically it was people who didn't get to fulfill their dreams for whatever reason will go to spend eternity in torment. That hardly seems fair, and also that realm must be seriously over populated. Then the second realm jumps from that to child molesters/murderers. You want to talk about a crazy leap. And while the third and fourth realms were all filled with evil doers the fifth realm wasn't. While narcissists can be annoying it doesn't actually harm anyone. And atheists can do amazingly kind and wonderful things, so ending up there doesn't make any sense. Laish even admitted that neither "sin" meant the inhabitants were bad people. So basically according to this book the 1st and 5th realms are filled with decent and probably even good souls. And why was the sixth circle a dinosaur aquarium?
Top reviews from other countries
This book follows the story of Gwendolyn LaRoux, a witch introduced as a secondary character in the first two books. At the end of the second book (spoiler) she had to enter hell to save the life of her friend, but accidentally left a door open, allowing a hellbeast to escape and track her down. So in Ruby Shadows, she must enter hell and travel through the 7 levels to close the door. Accompanying her is demon Laish, who she initially believed to be an almost powerless minor demon, but who is soon revealed to be much more.
Although Laish doesn't have a soul and Gwendolyn cannot have "relations" without a soul bond for fear of losing her power, they become emotionally attached to each other. Although I never doubted the HEA, I was beginning to wonder how it would all work out as I approached the end of the book. Of course, they do get their HEA (not really a spoiler there) but you'll have to read it to find out how.
I loved the back story to both of the main characters. The different levels of hell are approached in a slightly different way to anything else I've read, which I really enjoyed. I would love to visit the Sunless Sea! Some of the demons are a bit caricatured - horns and hooves abound, but it is hell, so what do you expect? The most unexpected aspect for me though, was the fact that this is not the last in the series. Evangeline very cleverly introduces a new character, whose story will be the next in the series. It promises to be entertaining, so let's just hope that the muse sticks around this time, as the teaser chapter at the end of Ruby Shadows definitely left me wanting to know more!
All in all, a very enjoyable book. A few typos and editing mistakes (endless dessert does not sound quite as hellish as endless desert!) so a good beta reader would be a good idea to iron these out (I'm available, Evangeline!), but all in all, a fantastic edition to the series. Well worth the wait, and definitely well worth a read.
Ills her to saftey. He explains that when she opened the door in gone abyss her never shut it fully, allowing this creature to come through, which will not rest until it devours all those she loves and then Gwen herself. Laish tells her she has to travel through the seven levels of hell to get to the abyss, and that he will help her through each one. I really loved this book , and you also get to find out all about Laish who is an absolute, georgous, beautiful (can you guess that I love him to bits). Looking forward to the next in the series, hopefully it will not be as long a wait.
Ruby Shadows follows witch Gwendolyn LaRoux (who we first met in Scarlet Heat) and Laish, a demon she summoned from hell to help her out. Without giving away too many spoilers Ruby Shadows was the perfect combination of romance, action and just downright naughtiness. Loved the build up of tension and almost slow burn between them, as she Gwen learns to trust Laish throughout their journey into hell.
Laish is my new book boyfriend- he’s funny, brave, slightly domineering and has a dirty mouth to die for! Gwen is loyal, endearing and just a little bit kick ass too. I loved the dynamics between them and have to admit I am a sucker for a damsel in (occasional) distress plots, seeing a demon become a white Knight is quite the revelation.
I devoured this book in one night and so am looking forward to going back into it to savour it in a way I’m sure Laish would approve of !
If you’re a fan of The Kindred, you’ll love all the Born to Darkness series as Anderson’s strong narrative voice carries through in a way that is reminiscent of The Kindred but still totally unique . She even left the door open for the next installment and I can’t wait to see what she comes up with next.
Give Ruby Shadows and Laish a chance and I promise you won’t be disappointed.
I enjoy all the books i read and usually choose one that has already got a 4* plus average review
I cannot wait for book 4.