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The Servant

Narrated by: Greg Tremblay
Length: 5 hrs and 8 mins
Categories: LGBT, LGBT Studies
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After saving his younger brother's child, Daemon Shar is cursed by a witch and runs far from home, a stray who will seemingly never be anything more. But destiny is hard to outrun, even for a man who is now more cat than man beneath his robes and cowl.

A chance battlefield meeting between him and Ehron, a foreign lord, gives him purpose amid the darkness of his accursed life. Soon Daemon finds that his true nature cannot be corrupted no matter the form he inhabits. As Ehron's consul, Daemon plots and plans to shape his new lord's future so that he may leave it blessed when he runs away yet again. But he never counted on his soul hungering for Ehron's brother, Gareth, or for his past to catch him by the tail at last.

©2011 Mary Calmes (P)2016 Dreamspinner Press

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-04-2016

Puss In Boots has a hot new plot!

What did you love best about The Servant?

As I recall reading this book from 2011, it was part of a collection of stories where authors rewrote a classic fairytale and made the MC’s both men. A fun collection to read for sure! The Servant seemed loosely based upon The Master Cataa, or Puss in Boots.
Daemon hides his secret away after being cursed by a witch, sacrificing family and brotherhood to live out his life in the shadows, serving the best causes he can find. So he makes it his life goal to do whatever needs be done to promote the wellness and advancement of Ehron. Much like the prince who was shoved in the river with no clothes to gather the attention of passing nobility in Puss In Boots, Daemon does many fantastical things to ensure Ehron gets noticed by important people too.
There is plenty of adventure, fantasy, and action in this book, and the plot diverges enough from the old fairytale to become an original. I enjoyed the romance, the humor and the nail-biting tension in this story. I also enjoyed the steamy connection between Gareth and Daemon, that would have changed this childhood favorite for sure!
The only downside, which did slow things down for me, was the extensive list of proper nouns. The plot could have been much smoother if some locations, country names, unnecessary character names, could have been generalized. There were too many to keep track of. I think a quarter of this book was spent introducing names, ranks, and country names of characters and places that really did not hold a significant role in the plot. But that is my only complaint, so if you can speed read/listen past those stagnant introductions and just pay attention to the main characters, you’re going to love this. True fantasy romance! Swash buckling, superhuman feats, and bonds of love that stand the test of time and turmoil! What more can I ask for?
Oh yes, I can ask for an amazing narrator! Did I mention Greg Tremblay is a rock star? He gives wonderful variations to each character and breathes much passion into the dialogue. I’ll listen to any project he works on!

* I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review through http://mmgoodbookreviews.wordpress.com *

What did you like best about this story?

Daemon's unveiling.

What about Greg Tremblay’s performance did you like?

His unique voice for each character.

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  • Belen
  • 02-04-2016

It was hard for me to follow along...

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I was lost, confused, and befuddled for most of the story.

There are a lot of characters, and they all have difficult names, and the places are all fantasy-named and it was all really confusing for me.

Listening to this was my first time with the story and I just found it difficult to follow along with everything that was happening.

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  • Kelly
  • 18-09-2019

So. Good.

Mary Calmes writes her characters in a way that makes your heart hurt. In a good way.

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  • B. Martinez
  • 10-08-2019

Excellent story

Mary Calmes really is a master storyteller within this genre. For this story, she crafted an intricate tale within fanciful locations and with diverse characters. The love story is sweet and holds a bit of suspense, as within the world of the story the love between the two main characters is not guaranteed. An excellent story by a sophisticated writer.

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  • Bobo
  • 26-03-2016

Mind Blowing

this was a surprising jewel, and a must read for anyone who loves books with an exotic feel to them.

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  • AllAboutThoseBooks
  • 03-09-2020

Excellent

I love this story. I don't always love this narrator, (I don't dislike his work, but sometimes a story is not a match for his style) but he's absolutely perfect here. I've listened and relistened to the story, This is a fairy tale. A prince who is cursed, lives out his days doing good for others anonymously, finds love, and is restored. The ending is majestic. I loved it.

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  • neichan
  • 01-07-2020

Oh, narration!

So first, I really adore this narrator. His voicing of the characters is superb, truly adding to the experience. The story is confusing to begin, but only for a short while, names, sounding too similar. Soon it resolves into a wonderful tale. Enjoyable. Is there more? There should be. Wonderful universe built here. It should go on.

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  • BrattyOz
  • 12-04-2020

Fascinating

After having read reviews prior to getting this audio I expected I would have trouble following the story. However that was not the case. I found the story to be delightful and interesting and I look forward to listening to it again soon.

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  • Arianna Nyte
  • 17-03-2020

Cursed to be fluffy? Is that really a curse?

Ending 💖Happily Ever After Comedy Level 😄Minimal Comedy Romance 💜Unrealistic romantic buildup Sex 🔥Short Sex Scenes Misc 👨‍👨‍👧‍👦Too Many Characters (Hard to follow along) 🌑Alternate World 👑Royal/Famous 🏰Fantasy Narrator 💩No Distinct Voice for Each Character 🎭Voice acting on point and matching emotion of story Biased Review: WAY too many characters! And the way the Point of View changes so often pulls me out of the story. If you like this book, then I recommend: "Lord Mouse" by Mason Thomas "Family of Lies: Sebastian" by Cornell Collins "Consorting with Dragons" by Sera Trevor "Tournament of Losers" by Megan Derr "The High King's Golden Tongue" by Megan Derr "The Pirate of Fathoms Deep" by Megan Derr "Ever After" by Christina Lee, Riley Hart "Forever Moore" by Christina Lee, Riley Hart "The Solstice Prince" by SJ Himes

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  • Janet Gibson
  • 03-11-2019

great book

Greg Tremblay is a fav of mine . Love his work Always! Love Mary too!