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Fostering Faust: Book 2

Narrated by: Stephanie Savannah
Series: Fostering Faust, Book 2
Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
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Alex has taken firm control over his county as the Count of Brit. By and large, everything has settled into a fairly normal pattern for him, his numbered, and his wife. 

The problem, of course, is there's still an ongoing war between two duchies, and Regina Tannulf, Alex's liege and lord, has plans for him.

Plans that he wants no part of. Except that he doesn't really have a choice in the matter.

Everything begins to spin back out of control as a messenger from the Wild Lands arrives with a plea for help.

It’s time for Alex to get back to work. Leah still owns his soul, and if he wants to keep it safe, he needs to make deals in his favor, in her name.

Warning: This novel explores dark subjects, and what people will give up of themselves, and each other, to get what they want. The main character is written as a real person in a tough situation and will not make choices that line up with societal and cultural norms.

It contains adult themes and moral ambiguities.

As with my previous work, explicit scenes are found within. It has violence and a harem relationship.

©2019 Randi Darren (P)2019 Randi Darren

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Fostering Faust book 2

Randi Darren is one of the most talented and skilled author's . I gave this book 5 stars when I read it on kindle the world of Faust is fantastic and the characters are in depth. And with the voice acting of Stephenie Savannah who narration of the world and characters makes the story come alive. it's a great book to own and can't wait to buy the next book ..

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Repetitive.

The contract thing is too easy yo use and abuse adding on to the fact that you dumb down the other characters intellegence to personality traits and the fact that the enemy commander asks war advice from the guy who very nearly killed his father.... the mc feels stupid by association eve his plans are repetitive and boring, set fire = profit.....

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  • Ray Johnson
  • 19-08-2019

Faust fans the flames of desire and death!

Yep, here’s another Randi Darren book. Can I help it if he cranks out masterpieces faster than Don Rickles could insults? So, suck it up pretty babies we is goin on a wild ride.

So Fostering Faust Book 1 was a polarizing novel. I don’t think that people were prepared for the very nature of the story and the fearlessness with which Darren went forward to create this story. He was bold and uncompromising in his vision, and I really respected the hell out of that. Well, things haven’t changed. Book two is just as entrenched in the things that you either loved or hated about book one.

This book is very graphic in nature and I do not say that lightly. This is most likely the hardest edged book on the show. It is not for people who are prudish or squeamish, as there is both hardcore sex and hardcore deaths here. Darren does some significant world building, as our hero becomes embroiled in some politics that he is better off avoiding, but fails to do so and so has to scheme and plot his way out of another fine mess. Alex is exactly the kind of character that I love, he’s a schemer and a manipulator. I far prefer string pullers to sword drawers any day of the week. There is simply something I find fascinating about character who outwits their opponents. Alex lives for moments like that.

The characters, most importantly Alex, all do some serious growing and I must say that his first wife is quickly becoming one of my most cherished of his characters. Not only is she supportive of her husband in every single way, but she is enthusiastic about it and takes great pride in scoring souls for his bargain. She is a diamond among cubic zirconia. We do see a surprising twist with Alex and Leah and their contract, but for me the best part of the book came when Alex is kidnapped. His machinations make Machiavelli look like Mortimer Snerd. (inset pic here) Look him up people it’s more fun that way! I also cherished the way that Alex earned the title of Count Inferno and kept the legend growing whenever he got the opportunity. The ladies are all seductive and servile, but not to a point it is disturbing. Their eagerness to please comes from a place of genuine emotions.

The narration by Stephanie Savannah stuns. She never hesitates and tackles serious material with vigor and enthusiasm. She makes you feel everything that Alex does to his numbered and non-numbered alike. She certainly has the feel for filling the action and emotion in the right spots and keeps each character clearly defined. As juggling acts go she’s flipping live chainsaws and making them look like rubber balls.


Final score? This book pushes boundaries, buttons, boobies, and still tells a clear and entertaining story. Believe me, this book has the potential to become super dark but maintains a balanced perspective with great characters, a cool setting, and nubile narration. 8.5 stars.

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  • Jeffrey Jay Lunsford Jr.
  • 08-05-2019

Real fun and thought provoking

I read book one not knowing what to expect then loved, this book was even better, lots of strategic planning and conspiracies that kept me on my toes.

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  • chuckagain
  • 28-03-2019

such fun

I love the numbers if you don't understand than you need to get the earlier books which is so worth it if you like this kind of story

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-10-2019

need more books like this

Puts the fantasy back into the fantasy genre. I've been one the hunt for more books like this.

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  • SomeGuyNamedRick
  • 31-07-2019

Best “harem” style book series for adults

The story is a unique take on the portal fantasy, where the protagonist makes a contract to save his soul and is transported to a (low fantasy) world where he has to make “highly favourable contracts” to satisfy his dark patron goddess. The harem occurs as he focuses on “adult-themed” contracts with uniquely talented women.

The story could have been just another trite harem fantasy, but Randi Darren hits a home run on his execution. There is no needless narration, details are provided when they are relevant, and dialogue is spot on. The protagonist is not a good guy, but has strong internal consistency and manages to be someone the readers can identify with as he makes the best of a potentially awful situation. Harem women have unique personalities and add depth to the story rather than being just another conquest.

Stephanie Savanna does an excellent job with the narration, especially the pacing and adding personality to the characters. She manages to carry both the male and female parts equally well. ; I’ve re-listened to the audible book many times just to hear a well-read story.

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  • David
  • 17-07-2019

Very Pleasantly Surprised

I really wasn't sure I would like this series, but I have to say it has been amazing. If you enjoy this genre then you really should try these books!

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  • William j smith
  • 13-06-2019

more please.

Randi Darren never ceases to deliver quality content it seems. I seem to purchase and devour any book he puts up. I've listened to his body of work three times now and can not wait for more.

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  • SOHara
  • 19-05-2019

Better and Better

If possible the second book is better than the first. It expanded on the numbers without going crazy and getting the reader lost. I was a bit worried when Alex was put in not the greatest situation but Randi managed it without being terribly jarring to what we'd like to go on with his numbers in private. Though I must say the more we hear about Anna, the more I love her. Between her and 3 it's a wonder he's not a Duke yet. Well done story indeed!

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  • Avid reader
  • 12-05-2019

best work Randi Darren has done yet

please please please I need a third instalment of this story. I don't leave reviews often but had to beg on this one!

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  • James
  • 10-05-2019

Fun, slightly less that Vanilla story

This was a great listen, and plays with certain fantasies that aren't quite as vanilla as most other stories like this. It's nice to see an author explore those topics and explore the fantasy while not making it...forced for lack of a better term. All in all though, great read and I look forward to the next one in the series.

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  • colum
  • 02-04-2019

loved it!

I've been eagerly awaiting this audiobook ever since finishing the first book, I was not disappointed. if you enjoyed the first, neither will you!

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  • Adam Turner
  • 19-06-2019

No2

Follows on from the first book nicely and one can tell the author is improving his craft with each new title. Lots of sexual encounters and tension combined with intriguing plotlines and good character progressions.
I think the author manages to tread a fine line between misogyny and respect for women quite well as this type of 'harem' book come in for quite a lot of criticism. Personally I think he does a terrific job 👍

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  • "sharky18"
  • 11-06-2019

boring.

in short, to much politics and not enough smut. Let's be realistic. that's the only reason we listen to these books...for the sex. and this book is seriously short on the sex.

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  • Gus Truth
  • 05-05-2019

A great and excellently narrated sequel.

I really enjoyed listening to this story. I liked the power games and scheming that unfolded as the story progeessed. The multiple relationships developed in this story are meaningful despite it being a Harem story which is impressive.

With that out of the way I must say that the narrator, Stephanie Savannah, sold it so well. To the point that I went looking for other fantasy books of this type that she has narrated and was disappointed when they weren't that many. I look forward to her getting more roles like this in the future, this story would not have been as enjoyable without the life and personality her voice and tones brought to each character.

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  • Chris Hounslow
  • 02-05-2019

Another good one as always.

Love all RD and WA books though this is my new favourites. Looking forward to number 3