Fredrik Gustavsson never considered the possibility of love, or that anyone could ever understand or accept his dark and bloody lifestyle - until he met Seraphina, a woman as vicious and blood-thirsty as Fredrik himself. They spent two short but unforgettable years together, full of lust and killing and the darkest kind of love that two people can share. And then Seraphina was gone. It's been six years since Fredrik's lover and sadistic partner in crime turned his world upside-down. Seraphina went into hiding and has eluded him ever since. Now, he's getting closer to finding her, and an innocent woman named Cassia is the key to drawing Seraphina from the shadows. But Cassia - after sustaining injuries from a fire that Seraphina ignited - suffers from amnesia and can't give Fredrik the information he desperately seeks. Having no other choice, Fredrik has been keeping Cassia locked in his basement as he not only tries to get her to recall her past - because she and Seraphina share it - but also to protect her from Seraphina, who clearly wants her dead. But Cassia is a light in the darkness that Fredrik never believed existed. After a year subjected to her kindness and compassion, he finds himself struggling with his love for Seraphina, and his growing feelings for Cassia - because he knows that to love one, the other must die. Will light win out over darkness, or will something more powerful than either further destroy an already tortured soul?
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This story is so full of dramas and graphic descriptions of torture. It's definitely not for the faint hearted. I thought the first two books of the series were dark and twisted but they were nothing compared to this one. Also unlike the previous 2 books this one offers minimal humour and absolutely no redemption whatsoever. What a very depressing story.
I'm not complaining about author J.A. Redmerski's writing though. I think she's a great story teller. I just found it hard to enjoy a story so dark and hopeless like this particular one. But that's just me.
Narration wise, both Kate Reinders and AndI Arndt are fantastic voice actresses who interpreted Cassia and Izabel very convincingly. Luke Daniels on the other hand sounds a bit ridiculous with a woman's voice but otherwise he is reasonable as Fredrik. I still think however with a story so full of angst and emotions I'd have enjoyed it more if I had read the eBook instead of listening to Luke Daniel's narration.
I live in the outback Australia and so love to listen to a good raunchy kickass story where the female is tall strong and in total control.
This story was just OK, to much in your head type story, it's dark and twisted, story that plays out more in the Jackal's head then in life itself. When I listen to a story l like to feel like I'm in the story, feeling the emotions that roll along something like a ride of life. This didn't quiet do it.
"Great dark series"
The Swan and the Jackal in novel #3 in the 6 novel "In the Company of Killers" series (novel #6 is nor yet available in audiobook format). These novels are superb dark suspense thrillers that are exceptionally well narrated. The author JA Redmerski is romance novel writer, but this series is not romance although it does have graphic sexual content. I've just finished listening to the wonderful 2 novel dark suspense thriller "In Light" series by Aleatha Romig who writes mostly romance novels. The two series are about very different subjects but the writing style is very similar as is the use of one male and 2 female narrators.
"Redmerski chewed me up and spit me out as their ta"
The Swan & the Jackal was brilliantly paced with twists and turns that shocked me, ripped my heart out and made my jaw drop. The last 40% of my listening experience took place into the wee hours of the morning because there was no way I was stopping. Fredrick’s story is far from over and maybe I am sick, but I cannot wait for more.
Fans of dark, gritty, complicated romances wrapped in the world of assassins for hire will find The Swan & the Jackal to be a brilliant addition to the In the Company of Killers series. Redmerski has this incredible gift for bringing these dark, damaged characters to life and weaving them around your heart.
"WILL FREDRIK CHOOSE CASSIA OR SERAPHINA?"
Not a lot I can say without giving anything away.
It doesn't have as much action, suspense and thrills as the first two books but this book focuses on the relationships between Fredrik, Cassia and Seraphina; and Fredrik and Izabel. There are several twist, turns, surprises and why didn't I see that coming.
I enjoyed this book because I'm intrigued with Fredrik and wanted to know more about his past, his demons, what makes him tick.
The pace moved well without a lot of internal dialogue which also kept me interested.
The performers were just a perfect as books 1 and 2. Luke Daniels is Fredrik, Andi Arndt (in my top 5 female performers) is Cassia and Kate Reinders is Seraphina.
I will Absolutely recommend this book as an essential building block to the series which also makes it worth the credit.
"Excellent book, amazing readers"
Absolutely.I have become addicted to this series and Luke Daniels does one of the most amazing jobs as a reader that I have experienced.
I can't, I've never read a book like this before and I love it.
What don't they bring is the question. I became a big fan of Andi Arndt with another series she narrates so I was really excited to see her as one for this book. I became a fan of Katie Reinders is with books 1 and 2. And Luke Daniels, I can't even express properly what an amazing job he did. He had a different voice for each character and his voice alone was enough to hook me.
I definitely chuckled a few times. My heart broke for Frederick and there was a couple moments where my mouth fell open. Both times were moments I was not expecting or thought would happen.
I highly recommend this series. I can't get enough.
"Bad narrator in addition to a disturbing read"
This one was the darkest yet and I had to put it down periodically. I knew Frederik would be a tough character to get to know but his book made me uncomfortable.
This book featured Frederik hunting his wife Seraphina and he kidnapped a girl named Cassia to force her to give him information that would led him to his wife. After torturing her and getting no good information, Frederik found that torturing others in front of her yielded better results. So he forced her to watch.
This is when I decided that I will part ways with the series after this book. I will finish it out since I dont like DNFs but these sort of dark romances/stockholm syndrome books don't agree with me.
I will say the 2nd half of the book was much better as Frederic got good info and was able to get the answers he needed. The writing was good but I am just too much of a flower and candy romance reader to get down with this.
BTW, the new narrator was AWFUL. He was another issue that added to my discomfort but the subject matter didn't make me feel warm in my snuggie.
I felt that the author away so far from the 1st 2 books. And at times the story line seemed to be rambling. There seemed to be a lot of meaningless names that I couldn't tie into the 1st 2 books. I was disappointed that Fredericks accent came and went, as did Nicholas was missing entirely. The sense of humor that was bestowed on Frederick didn't match the persona he was originally given. I
"DAMN this was good"
I loved not knowing what was going to happen next. I loved that this a little different from what I expected.
I'd say Fredrik and all of his dark ways was my favorite. There was more to him than what he let people see.
I'd say my favorite scenes were Fredrik and Izabel. You could see the friendship that developed over time when they were together.
While getting the very dark Fredrik we also got the loving Fredrik which honestly broke my heart at times. I was sad for him and his way of thinking but understood where he was coming from. I found myself rooting hard for him especially towards the end. I liked the friendship that he and Izabel have formed as well.
As for everything with Cassia I have no words. Being held captive for a year and getting into her heard I started falling for her just like Fredrik.
Overall this has been a very good series. I would love more of future Fredrik but I'll take his past if that's all I can get.
"Fredrik is soooooo interesting!"
This series just gets better and better! This is the third in the company of killers and it is great! The story of Fredrik and if you have read #1 and #2 you know he is a torturer. It is a mindf#&k from the beginning. I loved it and highly recommend. #4 is coming in October and sounds great! The narrators were good too!
"I liked it but wow!"
Wow, just wow. This is a good read but hard to get through because it's not about nice people doing nice things.
I didn't see any of that coming. That was like a brutal slap in the face. I mean, seriously? Did that really just happen? Wtf was that?! PURE FUCKING GENIUS! I'm slightly annoyed to be honest but if a book can twist me up and have me feeling all kinds of emotions, then I consider it a job well done by the author. Well played J.A Redmerski. I applaud you because you my dear are BRILLIANT!!!!!
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