Audiobook Review: Master of Plagues by E.L. Tettensor

September 1, 2015 Audio Book, Book Review 4 ★★★½

Audiobook Review: Master of Plagues by E.L. TettensorMaster of Plagues by E.L. Tettensor
Series: Nicolas Lenoir #2
Published by Recorded Books, Roc on February 3, 2015
Genres: Adult SFF, Mystery
Pages: 368
Length: 12 hours, 39 minutes
Narrator: John Curless
Format: Audiobook
Source: Publisher
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My Reviews in this series: Darkwalker

*This book was provided by the Publisher for review. No compensation was provided and all opinions are strictly my own.

"A dark fantasy detective story that takes readers on a dark, sometimes disturbing journey. E.L. Tettensor crafts a tale that makes you think even while you shudder—a delightful combination.”—Fresh Fiction on Darkwalker

Unraveling a deadly mystery takes time—and his is running out…

Having barely escaped the clutches of the Darkwalker, Inspector Nicolas Lenoir throws himself into his work with a determination he hasn’t known in years. But his legendary skills are about to be put to the test. A horrific disease is ravaging the city—and all signs point to it having been deliberately unleashed.

With a mass murderer on the loose, a rising body count, and every hound in the city on quarantine duty, the streets of Kennian are descending into mayhem, while Lenoir and his partner, Sergeant Bran Kody, are running out of time to catch a killer and find a cure.

Only one ray of hope exists: the nomadic Adali, famed for their arcane healing skills, claim to have a cure. But dark magic comes at a price, one even the dying may be unwilling to pay. All that’s left to Lenoir is a desperate gamble. And when the ashes settle, the city of Kennian will be changed forever...

Master of Plagues was just as enjoyable as the first book Darkwalker and luckily I seriously believe either book would work well as a stand alone novel. Where as Darkwalker had a much more paranormal flavor to it, Master of Plagues did not. There was a touch of “other” to it but ultimately it read like a police procedural. I don’t normally like those unless they have more fantasy mixed in but I like the style in which Tettensor writes.

Nicolas Lenoir is now dedicated to his job and is working himself ragged trying to find the culprit behind a nasty disease that is sweeping the city. He again has the help of Sgt Kody and the young orphan Zack (whom he often uses to gather information for him). I like that the POV switches between these three characters because I really adore Zack’s personality. Sgt Kody also helps bring a different flavor to things that would otherwise be a bit more dry if it were just Inspector Lenoir.

It did take awhile for things to move along in the story and I felt there was more time spent gumshoeing then was absolutely necessary but ultimately it was another good read especially for those who don’t mind that its really like on the fantasy elements.

Thoughts on the narration

Excellent! I normally get a bit peeved if there is a heavy accent to any of the characters because I often feel like they sound forced or fake. But John Curless did such a great job with the multiple accents that they felt just right. (Though I’m not an expert on accents by any means.) The narration pace was great and didn’t make me feel like things were going too slow. You other audiobook listeners out there will know what I’m talking about I’m sure. I’ll definitely be checking out more by this author as well as the narrator.

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