Narrated by Samantha Desz, Biergarten of the Damned by Seana Kelly is the fifth urban fantasy audiobook in the Sam Quinn series. Kelly delivered a stellar, action-packed tale that kept me listening way past my bedtime.
by Seana Kelly
Series: Sam Quinn #5
Narrator: Samantha Desz
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Narration: 5 cups Speed: 1.35x
I’m Sam, the werewolf book nerd owner of The Slaughtered Lamb Bookstore & Bar. I’ve always thought of Dave, my red-skinned, shark-eyed, half-demon cook, as a kind of foul-mouthed uncle, one occasionally given to bouts of uncontrolled anger.
Something’s going on, though. He’s acting strangely, hiding things. When I asked what was wrong, he blew me off and told me to quit bugging him. That’s normal enough. What’s not is his missing work. Ever. Other demons are appearing in the bar, looking for him. I’m getting worried, and his banshee girlfriend Maggie isn’t answering my calls.
Demons terrify me. I do NOT want to go into any demon bars looking for Dave, but he’s my family, sort of. I need to try to help, whether he wants me to or not. When I finally learn the truth, though… I’m not sure I can ever look at him again, let alone have him work for me. Are there limits to forgiveness? I think there might be.
As with most urban fantasy, this series is best enjoyed in the order of its release. From overall story arcs to relationships and character growth, you’ll want to go back to the beginning. I adore quirky, nerdy bookstore & bar owning wolf, Sam Quinn. As the story has progressed, she has gained a swoon-worthy vampire husband and befriended everything from fae to dragons.
Something is up with her cook, Dave the demon, and she is determined to help him even as he pushes her away. Settling back into the newly restored bar & bookstore has her busy, but when Clive is attacked in his sleep, the suspense builds. Let me just say demons are scary, and you should never mess with Sam Quinn.
Each installment of this series gets better as Sam builds allies and we enjoy moments between her and Clive. The danger is ever present, but Sam can hold her own. The twists and reveals in this one hurt. I felt the conflict, or in this case, the act of forgiveness, resolved too quickly, but appreciated Sam’s insight.
I cannot wait for the next audiobook. Samantha Desz narrates and has become the voice of these characters. Her tone and pacing build the suspense, bring the heat and capture snark, anger and fear.
Fans of urban fantasy, supernatural tales and kickass bookstores with bars need to grab Biergarten of the Damned and the rest of the Sam Quinn novels on audio.
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