I listened to The Atlas Six and was curious about Olivie Blake’s newest release, Masters of Death. I went into this blind only knowing it was a story about vampires, ghosts, and death itself. Narrated by Steve West at its core, it’s a story about love and mortality. I laughed, cried, and lost myself in the story.
by Olivie Blake
Narrator: Steve West
Length: 15 hours and 2 minutes
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From Olivie Blake, the New York Times bestselling author of The Atlas Six comes Masters of Death, a story about vampires, ghosts, and death itself!
Viola Marek is a struggling real estate agent, and a vampire. But her biggest problem currently is that the house she needs to sell is haunted. The ghost haunting the house has been murdered, and until he can solve the mystery of how he died, he refuses to move on.
Fox D’Mora is a medium, and though is also most-definitely a shameless fraud, he isn’t entirely without his uses—seeing as he’s actually the godson of Death.
When Viola seeks out Fox to help her with her ghost-infested mansion, he becomes inextricably involved in a quest that neither he nor Vi expects (or wants). But with the help of an unruly poltergeist, a demonic personal trainer, a sharp-voiced angel, a love-stricken reaper, and a few high-functioning creatures, Vi and Fox soon discover the difference between a mysterious lost love and an annoying dead body isn’t nearly as distinct as they thought.
Masters of Death is a journey where characters are picked up along the way and learn something about themselves through testing..
I enjoyed this odd little listen. Steve West did a wonderful job giving voice to this cast of characters. His tone and pacing was pleasant to listen to. I have listened to more books by his pseudonym, and he presented a wide range of voices that impressed me..
Blake presents us with fascinating and flawed paranormal creatures. We first meet Viola Marek, a vampire and real estate agent who has a house problem. A ghosts haunt the house that Viola needs to sell.. Until someone figures out how he was murdered, he will remain in the same place..
Viola reaches out to human Fox D’Mora. He claims to be a medium, and just so is the godson of Death. The two find themselves reluctantly taking part in a game. They’ll have help from a poltergeist, a demonic personal trainer, a sharp-voiced angel, and a love-stricken reaper. Let the games begin.
It’s a complex story, with short stories and nonlinear movement as it explores everyone’s story, their emotions and flaws. The characters are fleshed out, and the prose is lovely. The conversations felt genuine and for readers who love to highlight quotes and passages, you’ll want to get those highlighters ready. I laughed, got teary-eyed and lost myself in their stories.
My only regret is that while I loved listening, I think I would have appreciated having the book to read along with the audio. I struggled a few times and had to rewind a bit. At its heart, it’s a book about love and one worth reading/listening to.Masters of Death by Olivie Blake was an interesting tale about vampires, ghosts, and death itself. Narrated by Steven West, you'll want to snag this one for yourself. #audiobook #NewRelease #audiobookreview Click To Tweet
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