Narrator: Amy Landon
Series: Villains' Code #2
Published by Tantor Audio on March 30, 2021
Length: 35 hours, 48 minutes
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After her apprenticeship was done and a place in the guild of villains secured, Tori's life was supposed to get simpler. Unfortunately, a poorly timed errand sees Tori caught in the debut of a new team of capes, one wearing an all-too-familiar name. Thrust into the spotlight, Tori will have to navigate her unwanted fame as well as the suspiciously superheroic new neighbors down the hall, all while keeping up with her own villainous enterprises. With the guild no longer a secret, Hephaestus needs to grow as strong as possible to face her mounting threats. Ambitious gangs, battling against mechanized traps, and brawling with capes are only the beginning. Behind the scenes, a hidden enemy works to settle an old score, one that has burned for decades. This secret scheme will not only endanger Tori, her friends, and the guild, but the very world itself.
I loved Forging Hephaestus, the first book in the Villains’ Code series. I was introduced to a world where I followed villains going through training to join the Villains’ Guild. I was also able to watch as others went through superhero training. It was a long story at 27 hours, but I was lost into the world and amazing characters. So when Bones of the Past became available, I couldn’t wait to see where the story went this time.
In Bones of the Past, we now get to see the people who made it through training and now they’re rookies out in the world. We mostly follow Tori, who’s villain name is Hephaestus. She is considered a “meta”, a person with powers. But she’s also big on tech. She likes to build meta suits.
Tori ends up getting rescued by another group of rookie superheroes and then they move into her apartment building to keep an eye on her, not knowing that she and her roommates are also metas (one roommate is a villain too, the other is trying to stay out of the spotlight of both the villains and heroes). A villain befriending superheroes is easier said than done.
The part I loved most about this story was getting to know more about Ivan (Tori’s mentor who has gone by both Pseudonym now but is also the more notorious Fornax who has only been beaten once before). He is a father of two and his kids don’t know about him, but his ex-wife does.
Then there is Lodestar. She is unbeatable. She’s the only one who has been able to defeat Fornax. She’s also a mother. She’s the ultimate superhero. She does have a friendship with Ivan, which is interesting. The strongest villain and strongest superhero are close friends. They know how lonely it can be to be strongest and a bit on the outside.
Anyway, in this story, someone attacks a Starscout cluster camping trip that Tori, Ivan and Helen (Lodestar’s real name) with Helen and Ivan’s young daughters. Needless to say, they messed with the wrong group of people. And this was just a test for Fornax and he doesn’t take kindly to someone putting his daughters in harm’s way.
I don’t want to go into more of the story because of spoilers. I will say that the length of the first book or this one is a non-issue. Once you start the story, you fall into the world and characters and you want to keep listening even once you arrive at the end of the story. The world is very well developed and very unique. Then there are the characters. I really love both the heroes and the villains. I love that we got to spend more time with the characters in their everyday lives, not just as the villains and heroes that they are.I just had an overall fun time with this story.
Amy Landon does a great job with the narration of this series. There’s a large cast of characters, both men and women, not to mention the characters that aren’t human. She nails all the voices. It’s a long story and she keeps my attention throughout the entire story. She really brings me into the world while listening. I’ve listened to her in other series and I always love her performance. If you haven’t listened to Ms Landon, you’re really missing out.
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