Reviewed by Nikyta
Title: Family of Lies: Sebastian
Author: Sam Argent
Narrator: Cornell Collins
Heroes: Sebastian & Turren
Genre: M/M Fantasy
Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Release Date: February 23, 2016
Available at: Dreamspinner Press, Amazon & Audible
Add it to your shelf: Goodreads
Blurb: Sebastian Orwell did the only thing a smart wizard could do when he stumbled upon the wounded Crown Prince: He healed him and dumped him in a tavern where he could continue not being Sebastian’s problem. Unfortunately, the prince isn’t content with being alive, and he hunts Sebastian down to thank him personally. Not only is Sebastian stuck with the prince’s unwanted affections, but he’s also confronted by growing evidence linking the assassination attempt to someone from his father’s past.
Lord Orwell is a lot of things: thief, liar, drunk, and all-around horrible father, but Sebastian knows he’s no murderer. In order to prove it, Sebastian has to keep the prince alive long enough to discover the truth – a task made considerably harder because the idiot prince prefers wooing Sebastian over securing his own survival. On top of everything, Sebastian needs to save the day without revealing his magical powers and the real reason he hides his appearance.
Sebastian had no intention of playing the hero, but whoever is stirring up shit in his country will pay for destroying his quiet life.
I absolutely ADORED this book the first time I read it so when I saw the audio was coming out, I was very excited to listen to it. I’m not going to go into much detail about the book itself because I reviewed it last year so if you want a quick recap, check out my review. But I will say that this book was just as fun listening to it as it was reading it!
Sebastian is such a character and constantly made me laugh with his sarcasm and the way he treated Turren. It was so amusing seeing how he dealt with Turren and the slow development of his feelings. As for Turren, I loved that even though he never saw Sebastian’s face, he still fell in love with him anyway and how he wouldn’t give up on Sebastian even though Sebastian made it clear numerous times that Turren needed to give up on his courtship. And I just adored the fact that Turren still wanted Sebastian even though he thought Sebastian wore his cloak because he was ugly.
When I read this one, I had a few issues such as the excessive mention of things that seemed like the reader was already supposed to know about or how Sebastian’s thoughts seemed to run off into weird directions BUT in the audio, I didn’t have those problems. I found the narrator’s voice to be very soothing and engaging. I loved listening to him so I didn’t even notice any of my previous hang ups. Add to that, he had voices that were definitely distinct so following along and figuring out who was saying what, wasn’t hard at all.
Overall, this was a fabulous audiobook. It was one of my favorite books of last year and this narrator did a great job of bringing not just the story to life but Sebastian as well. I loved this audio and I’ll definitely be listening to it again AND finding more stories narrated by Cornell Collins. Definitely give this a go if you enjoy fantasies and looking for a good audiobook!
Overall Impression: It was amazing!
*I received a copy of this book from the publisher in return for a fair and honest review.*