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Rivers of Hell by Marina Finlayson
Narrator: Hollie Jackson
Series: Shadows of the Immortals #3
Published by Tantor Audio on July 25, 2017
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Length: 7 hours
Rescuing a god? Check. Escaping to the underworld? Also check.
But despite her successes, things aren’t going so well for Lexi and her friends—which is why they’re hiding out in the underworld. The god they rescued has been magically collared, unable to access his power. Worse still, Lexi’s best friend is similarly shackled, blocking her shape-shifting abilities.
Since they have precisely zero collar-opening keys, they need to make one—except the only person who can help them, the god of metalshaping, is dead. The good news? Lexi’s already in the underworld, so she can try to find him. The bad news? The underworld isn’t exactly a meadow full of butterflies, and venturing even deeper into it may be the quickest way to join the ranks of the dead herself.
But for her best friend, Lexi would journey through hell and back. Just as well, because that’s exactly what she must do to save her friend and their allies.
I discovered the Shadows of the Immortals series as it came out this year on audio. It was a pleasant surprise containing many elements I enjoy. There is magic, many types of paranormal beings in this fascinating world. After three books, I don’t know if I understand very much about how the world works.
Hollie Jackson continues to do a fine job with the narration. She is Lexi to me. There were many new and interesting characters in the underworld for her to give voices. She made it all come to life and allowed me to focus on the story.
Lexi, providing our view of everything, doesn’t know much about her family or how she got her skills, which are not typical. Many of her long held beliefs, as far as who the good guys are and who the bad guys are, have been challenged. In Rivers of Hell, she finally seems to have decided and is actively trying to help her friends. Unfortunately, she makes some decisions which border on TSTL and doesn’t handle some things well. Her relationship with Jake did not have much sexual tension or romance but they are beginning to trust and support each other.
It’s frustrating to take a step forward and then a step back. This is a transition without enough learning or character development for me. It ended on quite the cliffhanger and the next book isn’t out yet! There is a blog post from February indicating a plan for two more books which might be out this year. I look forward to moving forward and learning more about these characters and filling in details about this world.
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Reading this book contributed to these challenges:
- Anne: 2017 Audiobook Challenge
- Anne: 2017 New Release Challenge