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Nascent Shadow

Temporal Armistice, Book 1
Written by: Matthew S. Cox
Narrated by: Carrie Burgess
Length: 6 hrs and 49 mins

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Brooklyn Amari knew not to get in a car with a stranger. When a man tried to lure her - she killed him.

As if taking a life at the tender age of ten wasn’t bad enough, her childhood home burned to the ground two years later. She doesn’t remember how she survived, but she’s felt a pull toward the conflagration ever since. After a troubled patch in her teens, she’s become a respectable firefighter, rushing again and again into the inferno that almost killed her. A routine sweep-and-clear during a hotel blaze takes a deadly turn, but also explains how she escaped death 11 years ago: she’s probably a demon.

Brooklyn had always enjoyed having psychic abilities, but wings?

She’s still trying to come to terms with what she might be when she experiences a vision of an arsonist planting an enchanted bomb, but the Fire Marshal’s office is ill-equipped to handle magic. Since she’s the most paranormal thing they’ve got, they offer her a temporary promotion.

Unfortunately, she soon finds herself neck-deep in an investigation that goes straight over her head.

And oh yeah - she’s supposed to destroy the world.

©2018 Matthew S. Cox (P)2019 Matthew S. Cox

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  • Margaret
  • 2019-06-14

I like her nonchalant attitude

This is the second book I’ve read/listened to by this author and I would listen to another.
Brooklyn is strong-willed, blunt, telekinetic and stronger than your typical female. Magic and special capabilities and creatures are not unheard of in this world. But one day she grows wings, horns and armor and is clueless to why or how. Realizing she has an edge, the Fire Marshalls ask for her to help investigate some crimes. She begins to learn more about her new found capabilities and what she is. She’s not the only one with wings.

This is the first book I’ve listened to by this narrator ( Carrie Burgess ). She did well reading this book.
Each character is read with the same cadence, but this it does not distract from the book, and it is still an enjoyable listen. She does inject the flippant attitude of the main character and thus adds a degree of humor to the entire book.

There are no explicit sex scenes, or excessive violence. There is swearing.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and voluntarily left this unbiased review.
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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-05-30

Narrator made me feel like I was in the story!

I really enjoyed the way the author played on words, “accused of being an adult”. The narrator did an excellent job with using various tons for multiple characters including feminine and gangster variations.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-05-28

Absolutely thrilling!

The Narrator does an incredible job of taking the listener through the twists and turns of the plot that the author has developed. Her voice is engaging, and does a great job of speaking as the characters. The advancement of Brooklyn's character through the audiobook is extremely interesting! You will absolutely love listening to this audiobook!

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  • Katie
  • 2019-05-26

Fun and unique paranormal adventure...........

Nascent Shadow is action packed from start to finish with lots of intricate world building and some comedic relief from the main character, Brooklyn Amari. Brooklyn is a contradictory mix of personality traits: she seems like a typical young adult one minute - playing video games, eating junk food and thinking mostly of herself, but she is a firefighter dedicated to saving people the next. She had a typical childhood on one hand - average student of a single mom, but she killed a child molester at the age of 10 and had her house burn down around her two years later. Although her mom has minor magical powers, Brooklyn is telekinetic and suddenly discovers all kinds of dormant magical powers when she saves a fellow firefighter and herself from certain death. What follows is an interesting adventure of Brooklyn discovering more about her abilities and background, using her skills to find an evil mage setting magical firebombs, and meeting some new and potentially life changing coworkers, neighbors and friends. I look forward to watching Brooklyn figure out just what she really is in future books in what promises to be a great paranormal series.

Carrie Burgess does an excellent job with the narration. I had a little difficulty accepting her as Brooklyn's voice at first because Burgess narrates another series I enjoy, but her narration is so smooth and practiced that I quickly became lost in the story. Although she doesn't differentiate overly between characters, Brooklyn does the majority of the speaking, and I easily followed the story line. Hopefully, Burgess will be the narrator of any future books in this series.

I received a copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for this honest review.

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  • Nikki
  • 2019-05-15

Grabbed my attention immediately!!

I really enjoyed the storyline of this audiobook. This is a new genre for me, however, I was pleasantly surprised at how the author grabbed my attention in the first chapter. I found the narration to be very crisp and clear and it was delivered at a good measured pace. I find myself looking forward to the next book in his series.
I highly recommend this book ...

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  • Deborah
  • 2019-05-11

good start

This was an ok start to a series. It set the stage for future books. The narration was good but the accents seemed a bit forced. I enjoyed the book.
I was given this free audiobook copy at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • (Mimi) Johnson
  • 2019-05-12

Loved the story

This was an awesome story with great characters. I could not get past the narrator though so I ended up getting the Kindle version of this story.

I ended up getting so engrossed into the story and feel like if there could be a different narrator for this book, it would be an awesome audiobook since the actual writing was well done. I love it when the series has good world building. It lets you know that the author really took time with a story.

I will definitely read more from this author.

I received this book per request for my unbiased review.

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