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His Consort

Lu par : Scott Smith
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A new life in New Orleans is all Jason Thorpe had hoped: His quaint little store attracts a devoted staff, and his warm, loving heart grants him a loyal circle of friends. He's perfectly content, having left behind the chill of a confusing and danger-filled night in Washington, until he discovers something unbelievable lurking in the steamy darkness of the shadowy streets of the Vieux Carré, something that turns out to be terrifying...and utterly mesmerizing.

The prince of the vampires, Varic Maedoc, is visiting New Orleans when he finds out the man who once helped his counselor is there in the Quarter. He thinks to simply meet and thank Jason - until he lays eyes on him. Varic’s devoted himself to protect the honor of his race, and he's never wanted a mate before...but he immediately knows he must have this man, and no one else will do.

Varic may want to bring Jason safely into his world, but someone who doesn’t like the human's soothing influence on vampires has deadly plans that would disrupt Varic's dreams. Now, unable to tell friend from foe, Jason finds himself wondering how to hold on to the prince’s heart when he’s fighting for his life.

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  • Robert Jackson
  • 23/12/2018

Wow!

I have both read and listened to a number of this author's books and enjoyed every one. I must say, however, in my opinion this is one of the best. I was so enthralled with the story (and narrator) that I listened to the entire performance in one sitting (which includes bathroom breaks and taking out the dog). The protagonist, Jason Thorpe, is someone most of us have met in our lifetime...just a good guy with a good heart. I very much enjoyed the fresh and unique perspective on vampires (vampyr).

The narrator of an audiobook makes or breaks the book. Although sometimes whether one enjoys the narrator or not is a subjective experience I can not think of anyone who would not enjoy listening to Scott Smith. He adds so much to any story he narrates. His repertoire of unique voices for the characters in the story is amazing and he brings each character to life.

Although not a cliffhanger, the ending of the novel suggests a second book will be forthcoming. There are a number of potential stories involving the relationships between other characters and I hope in time Ms. Calmes will bring them to life.

Regardless, kudos to both author and narrator for job well done!

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • Blue kitty
  • 25/12/2018

Too heartfelt. Too sweet. Too much talking.

I have read all of Mary Calmes books and I usually love them. But this one was just not good. A Jory like character that everyone loved that always gets in trouble but manages to extricate himself or the Prince saves him. And talk talk talk. All so sweet and tender I think I got cavities from reading it. I hope for better in the future.

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  • Erin S.
  • 31/01/2019

His Trope

I have listened to 'Control' and the 'L'Ange' series. In general I find Calmes to fall into the category of "fine+" which, to be fair, tends to be on the higher end of quality when it comes to shifter and vampire related m/m content.

I am sorry to say that this book falls far below the bar I had set for my expectations of this writer. Overall, I think Ode was the best character. And as a female side character, as important as she is, that probably isn't good for the men involved. The narrator does a lot to save this book though, and I did complete it so I still consider it readable. Just nothing I would recommend to anyone.

Issues, spoilers:
1. Too Much Exposition, pointlessly so. I have listened to dozens upon dozens of audiobooks and not until now have I, repeatedly, had to just ask _why_ something was mentioned. Especially with this narration taking place from the perspective of Jason. Just, no one would mention some of the things he does and so many of them are completely pointless to the story or already easily understood. Even at the very, very beginning he initially states that he's at the property of the Rothchilds. Then, not long after, narrates/thinks to himself "the lady of the house, Mrs. Rothchild". We KNOW who the lady of the house is. You just mentioned them. It's not a natural thinking pattern and it's not new or useful information. The whole thing is peppered with pointless throw away lines that seriously made me wonder if she was getting paid by the word. I don't know if this is just Calmes first foray into a vampiric world, and thus felt a need to add more detail, but so much of it is just pointless. Like... get off Google maps, no one is going to check, pointless.

2. Clueless to Understanding (with a snap of the fingers, if only). Jason is infuriating when it comes to his dismissal of about 30 offhanded/outright to his face remarks about his scent, his kind, their kind, not being human, how he is human, an outright statement of _vampyr_. Anyone his age, which is my age, growing up with Underworld, Van Helsing, Twililght, and the whole Vampire-revival, would have at least made an offhanded joke about vampires. It got to the point that I thought Calmes was going for a "Walking Dead" theme where vampires were never part of the global culture and thus there was literally no concept or name for them. Nope! Just a 14 year ex-military (aren't they always) millennial who thinks cult describes their behaviour. Hell, I live in the real world and I would still guess vampire over cult. Or at least people who think they are vampires and thus would still respond to being called vampires. But it got really annoying. And that only lasted a few chapters.

Then all of a sudden, he just gets it. All the things he's seen and heard that he brushed away and didn't think about all suddenly just click and he accepts it, all of it, and turns into hungry puppy with a thirst for knowledge. I had hoped that some vampyr mojo was worked on him but considering he wasn't influenced by a much stronger vampyr and no vampyr powers seem to work on him due to reasons, I very much doubt it. So, we'll just have to accept "plot needed to move forward".

3. Strong Willed Tough Guy Turns to Putty. Jason and Varic meet. Cue "fated mate" behaviour on steroids. Jason has some strong opinions on things, and describes some of them in detail. One would have hoped his backbone would have held and perhaps he would play some major roll in bringing about a new age. Nope. What he wants happens, but just because Varic's daddy doesn't want his indulgent ass son to get in trouble. Jason does nothing. He is about as important as a Viagra. None of his good sense comes into play. He just falls into forever with nothing more than a couple hour break apart, not initiated by him. He just accepts it. Goes from 'would never let a vampyr drink from him' to 'lemme be your juice box, baby' faster than you can ring a dinner bell. He is painful. Would have been better to drop the whole prologue and make him a 20 year old, bright eyed idealist with no concept of the real world. Would have fit what he turned into better.

4. Vampyr, and the Y it Had to go Norse. It's... odd. And I can't say if this is a niche historical thing in actual lore somewhere or just Calmes trying to make vampire history that's a bit different and "her own" but I thoroughly disliked the outcome. It's clear from some brief research that title choices for the different roles comes from or is heavily influenced by Old Norse, with things like rekkr meaning warrior. Although apparently "Draugr" also means "buddy" in Lithuanian, so I'm not sure if it really worked. Half the time you just have to translate the titles in your head when they are used, and the other half of the time they are using the English terms. I think rekkr is the one that really holds its own and that's also the one that really hits the Old Norse root. "The Prince" definitely settles much more into the English side of it.

The timeline also makes very little sense when you actually think about it. Even though Varic adds a helpful "before vikings", berserkers really aren't an ancient thing. Especially with the Old Norse focus, we're really looking at within the last two millennia. The idea of anything evolving from human to a near immortal being in such a short time is laughable. Varic is apparently over 1000. And at some point his father was the Prince, so there was a vampyr King before that. So... in 2000 years not only have humans evolved into vampyrs but those same first vampyrs instantly gained the ability to both live for thousands of years (if of royal blood....) and also sired enough children that there are apparently vampyrs all over the world? Which, okay, if you lived for even 500 years and just went "lusty" it's doable, but if the first vampyrs are royal lined, and breeding with humans creates lesser vampires, the royalty and nobility would be inbred as hell.

And why is the court of the Old Norse vampyrs in Malta? I mean, it's a nice place but if the court hadn't really changed in all the years then wouldn't it have stayed a bit further North? Also, "blood drinkers" have a place in the mythos of pretty much every nation, spanning far, far further back in time than this lore would suggest. And when Jason brings up nearly every modern trope, I find it exceptionally hard to believe that the book isn't set smack dab in the present day, with all the lore and history we ourselves have at our disposal. The timeline just doesn't add up at all with how much emphasis is put on Berserkers. If you want to go the evolution route, far better to add a couple more zeros and set it back around the time of the first homo sapiens. Use the same reason for the evolutionary track and have it actually make some sense. If you want to use science, use it right. Otherwise stick to "magic" or "it's been so long even we don't know", like every other supernatural theme uses.

5. Blood is Thicker than Water, or in this case Syrup. Or better yet, sap, because this whole thing is just sappy. This "love story" puts insta-love fated mate stories to shame. I mean the type where they see each other across a 20 km canyon with binoculars and their scents carry on the wind and they are off to la la land type of sap. It's just painful. Varic is ridiculously possessive instantly, because of course he is. And Jason goes from competent (I use the word loosely) to gooey kneed teenager with the sense of a gnat in about a literally second. And of course we also have the "I'm really plain" sort who doesn't think he's good enough for anyone when everyone, their sister, and the stray dog next door is falling over themselves due to the actual hotness. Oh, sorry Bella, I didn't know we needed a 30+ year old, male version of you. Painfully contrived misunderstandings lead to that favored trope of sad-baby main character. And picking and choosing when to use the most simple of Varic's powers allow the trite scenes to play out. But I suppose we needed some way to put the 14 year veteran in mortal danger for the umpteenth time.

Let's also not forget that according to in book lore, only the royalty get fated mates. And yet so far, one is already established, one is made with the main characters, and just because it couldn't be left well enough alone, another cross-species fated mate pair, not royal, is shoved down our throats. Find is very questionable that 2/3 sets of fated makes aren't to a royal and yet it's never happened in the whole time vampyrs have been around. My eyes cannot roll hard enough.

Summary: The romance is awful. Unless you want the sappiest of fated mate stories with the super possessive dom and a should be decent but it just a pile of worthless goo sub. Most of the conflict in the book doesn't actually get discussed in any sort of meaningful way. It's just something that has happened for so long. Which continues to make me bash my head against things when you take "proposed origin" divided by "average life span". And while it seems to have been happening for ages, it doesn't seem like the King, Queen, or Prince have done anything about it. And since the damn advisor to the Prince comments on it, clearly it was somewhere on the agenda. It's just full of tropes, exposition, and sex.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars
  • Amazon Customer
  • 08/01/2019

I wanted to like it , I really did

Jason annoyed me, I kept hoping he would wise up. who goes walking the streets at night when someone is trying to kill you. the world in the story was exciting a very different take on vampires that I like. the ending was a bit abrupt .

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    4 out of 5 stars
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  • reeree
  • 31/12/2018

good but I can't stand Jayson

great story but Jayson is THE WORST, most of the issues are his communication. the conflict all seems to be his inability to communicate well and his inability to listen to anyone else other than himself

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    3 out of 5 stars
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    2 out of 5 stars
  • Andrea
  • 31/12/2018

Not what I hoped for.....

I had high hopes for this book but was sadly disappointed, especially after her Timing series. So much talking and unnecessary filler. You are almost half way through the book before the main characters even meet. Some portions of the book are just to ridiculous to enjoy. I can only hope there was so much info and back story because Mary Calmes is planning a second book. Otherwise the book was only okay and not worth the 8 hours I invested in listening to it.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • James
  • 25/12/2018

A Refreshing New Redefinition

His Consort is a refreshing new redefinition of the tried and true Vampire genre, in the model of Dracula, to one of co-evolution with humans of a different species called Vampyrs. Gown is the sleeping in coffins, bursting into flames in sunlight, garlic aversion, wood stakes, and the mindless blood lust to dink only human blood. Blood drinking remains but only as a civilized consensual act. Humans are genially off the menu by order of the Vampyr monarchy centered in Malta. The other tip of the hat to traditional vampire lore is the need for humans to give consent for a Vampyr to enter their home. Finally silver has been modified so it no longer burns Vampyr flesh but will weaken their powers so they may be bound.

With the above flexibility Mary Calmes has fashioned an action packed story that forms the background to a romance between the Prince of the Vampyrs and a human, ex-special forces military, with a recessive gene, bridging the gap between the human race and the Vampyr race; making them ideal mates. All this occurs in the middle of factions, conspiracies, and betrayals by Vampyrs motivated by greed and lust for power. This action makes a good read and a great listen.

This story is narrated well by Scott Smith. Mr. Smith provides multiple voices and accents for the different characters all with a pleasant tambour to the ear.

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  • Global
    5 out of 5 stars
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  • Blackwindstar
  • 20/12/2018

love it, great narrator

I love it, Mary Calmes first vampire story it was awesome!!!😍😘 I highly recommend it, you won't be disappointed. I hope he makes it into a series it will be awesome.

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  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Jovan
  • 12/03/2019

Great narration, formulaic Calmes story

While working on a carpentry project in a remote home in Washington, Jason Thorpe suddenly finds himself witness to a grotesque and violent act against what looks to be a young boy. After rescuing him, Jason takes the events as a sign and moves to New Orleans. A year later, Jason is reminded of the strangeness of the events and people in Washington when he assists an injured man in front of his shop, and everything he thought he knew is turned on its head when he learns that vampires, or rather vampyrs, are real. Soon, Jason becomes entrenched in the vamypr politics of the Quarter, and when their prince, Varic, summons him to a meeting, Jason feels obliged to meet him. While Jason tries to understand the instant and overwhelming connection he feels for Varic, the two men must also deal with violent attacks and an unexpected threat to their lives.

Reviewing a Mary Calmes book can be very difficult, particularly her paranormals, and His Consort is no exception. For fans, Calmes’s trademark quirky and disjointed (sometimes nonsensical) dialogue, paired with an amazingly attractive, yet oblivious, MC with a huge heart, generous spirit, and a sassy/snarky female best friend (who believes yelling at people when they scare you is the best way to show love) really hit the mark. Additionally, Calmes world building is always unique and special. It is clear that Calmes enjoys taking common mythos and reinventing and adding to them in some way, but there does seem to be a formula for all of her books. A reader’s appreciation of Calmes’s particular writing style and way of storytelling and their familiarity with her work and how much in-depth world building may override any shortcomings will influence much of their overall enjoyment of the story on its own. However, Scott R. Smith’s narration brings this book to life enough that in audio form I found any shortcomings could be more easily overlooked.

I really enjoyed Calmes’s take on vampires. Their politics, social structure, and existence are interesting and not quite filled with the layers upon layers of draconian laws and rules as some of her other paranormals. How Jason fits into the world is intriguing too, and it all connects well to the motivations behind the expectedly over-the-top confrontation in the last act. That being said, the rest of the story is just a bit boring. The problem with having such a tried and true formula is that the creativity Calmes shows in her world building doesn’t always extend much to her characters. For example, Jason’s best friend is the usual gorgeous, interfering, and loud female who is there mainly for innuendo and yelling. Additionally, while I enjoyed Jason having a military background, for all the emphasis on Jason’s logical mind, abilities, training, etc, this is undercut by the fact that after he meets Varic, he becomes an emotional, irritating basket case that makes assumptions left, right, and sideways and can’t seem to catch a clue.

Usually, the formulaic nature of the characters and their interactions are offset by something charming or quirky in the story or having secondary characters that are fun and unique in some way. Unfortunately, for me, no one in the story was able to pull this off, so I was left in the odd position of finding the world and its politics much more engaging than the two MCs. To be fair, Varic and Jason are likeable, and there is enough backstory about Varic and his family given in the many info dumps that the reader is able to get a good sense of who he is other than, of course, beautiful, demanding, and arrogant. I just couldn’t find anything uniquely compelling about the two or their relationship for it to stand out.

To be honest, reading this would have been a bit of a trial for me if it weren’t for Scott R. Smith’s narration. As many of Calmes’ paranormals novels have both MCs knowledgeable about the world, this is the first time I’ve had to deal with characters having two very different conversations, and without Smith’s attention to detail and his believable, spot-on portrayal of Jason’s emotional state, I would have had a harder time. Additionally, Smith is able to imbue all of Jason’s wonder and curiosity into his performance so that the info dumps, impatient attitudes of the information givers, and sometimes tedious back and forth of the dialogue are more bearable. Smith does an excellent job with the material—he is engaging, his pacing is well done and matches the action of the narrative, and he gives the many characters distinctive voices. Listening to Varic give history lessons in his calm tone, which is colored by his obvious joy and affection for Jason and his curiosity, makes it all worth it.

Calmes always delivers on compelling, distinctive world building, and His Consort and its take on vampires is no exception. As for the romance, it’s Calmes’ standard paranormal instalove fare; however, Smith’s handling of the material is wonderful and makes the great parts of the book shine while smoothing the more ragged edges.

  • Global
    3 out of 5 stars
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  • tzinnamon
  • 26/02/2019

Not a vampire fan

I’m not a fan of vampire novels or fated love so this was not to my taste. I much prefer the Marshals or Jory style story. I did enjoy the parts that involved the store and some of the repartee but not the vampire prince sections. Only recommended for vampire lovers.