Gray Seas by Hailey Edwards

April 18th, 2024 Kimberly Review 9 Comments

18th Apr

I thoroughly enjoyed being back in the world of the Black Hat Bureau with the eighth audiobook, Grey Seas by Hailey Edwards. In this humorous installment, our motley crew encounters all sorts of trouble while searching for Rue’s grandmother.

Gray Seas by Hailey Edwards
Gray Seas
by Hailey Edwards
Series: Black Hat Bureau #8
Narrator: Stephanie Richardson
Length: 8 hours and 17 minutes
Genres: Urban Fantasy
Source: Publisher
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After the challenge for the throne of Hael went sideways, Rue expected Stavros to place a bounty on Asa’s head, but she didn’t expect him to pin an even bigger target on her back. Then again, it was her fault he was forced to turn tail and run from the fight during a live broadcast to the entire kingdom. That had to sting his pride. Life would have been so much simpler if only he had been incinerated by her magic along with the rest of the arena.

But simple is one thing Rue’s life has never been. And things keep getting more complicated when a stalker turns to murder, carving messages into the bodies of his victims. With a killer on her trail, she ought to be focused on staying alive, but a hot tip on another case leads her into the bowels of the Black Hat compound, where Rue discovers a world of secrets and lies that just might bring the Bureau crashing to its knees.

Family Humor magical urban

After the events of the previous audiobook, there is a price on Rue’s head, and Asa isn’t healing from his injuries. Rue seeks Marita’s help and soon her husband is tagging along as well. Of course Clay and Colby are there too as the group heads out to evade danger, hunt down Rue’s grandmother, all while dealing with her grandfather, parents, Rue’s father, relationships and more.

With plenty of food talk, and Clay and Marita competing for the best friend award, there was never a dull moment. As we travel, we learn more and end up back at headquarters, where discoveries are made. Rue and Asa have some decisions to make. In the meantime, we get updates on Aedan and Calixta. I feel for Aedan, I really do.

Gray Seas ends on a bit of a cliffy and I am eager to listen to Gray Days, the next audiobook in the series. If you like fast-paced tales with friends, romance, loads of humor and plenty of shenanigans with an overall mystery/case arc, you’ll want to dive into this fantasy series.

Stephanie Richardson narrates and does a stellar job bringing these characters and all the personalities to life. She enhances my overall enjoyment of the series and I highly recommend listening.

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About Hailey Edwards

Hailey Edwards

Hailey Edwards writes about questionable applications of otherwise perfectly good magic, the transformative power of love, the family you choose for yourself, and blowing stuff up. Not necessarily all at once. That could get messy. She lives in Alabama with her husband, their daughter, and a herd of dachshunds.

About Stephanie Richardson

Stephanie Richardson

Stephanie Richardson records audiobooks from her professional home studio near the mountains in Utah. She places a special emphasis on bringing positive and wholesome content in the world and records work in a variety of nonfiction and fiction genres, including self-development, memoir, children's and young adult, and cozy mystery. She has trained with award-winning narrators PJ Ochlan and Sean Pratt and was awarded the ABR award for best mystery in 2020. While not enjoying a book, she can be found playing zoo-keeper to her four rambunctious children, playing nerdy board games, or talking to her plants.

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9 Responses to “Gray Seas by Hailey Edwards”

  1. Jen Twimom

    There was SO MUCH food talk in this one. At one point, it seemed like that had several big meals in a row without doing anything else but eat!

  2. Angela (Angel's Book Nook)

    I need to get back to listening/reading. I very much enjoy this series, but I am behind. I will get caught up; because it’s a fun series. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on book 8. Edwards is a great author to read or listen to. She has some fun series.