- Audible Audiobook
- Listening Length: 12 hours and 57 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 19 July 2019
- Language: English, English
- ASIN: B07SPHLC2P
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank:
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The End of the Line Audiobook – Unabridged
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I read the unique synopsis of this and then the very damning early reviews and couldn't quite align the two together in my mind. So obviously I had to discover for myself how a small group of human criminals came to be travelling across Russia with a Demon.
As I began this I struggled to actually like any of the characters. Amanda is the main protagonist but she's a hard woman capable of anything and very stubborn and manipulative. Her closest friend and fellow conman is Caleb and I wanted to like him as in many ways he's a gentle giant but it's difficult to reconcile that side of him with his easy use of violence. Skeebs is the third member of their not so merry troop and he is a troubled teen who sadly is caught up in atrocities beyond his comprehension. The final character featuring here is Steph a young , ambitious Witch sadly out of her depth and the weight she carries could crush her. Now obviously there's the Demon riding with them but alas I think to state more than the fact that he's conniving and evil would ruin the surprises.
This definitely gathered pace and became much darker as I read it. It's a difficult story to categorise but I think it's fair to say it delves into the various characters motivation and fleshed out their reasons for why they all ended up on the train. It's told in real time but as the characters face various challenges we get their flashback to events that set everything in motion. I actually enjoyed this breadcrumbs effect as it drew me in and kept me guessing. There are shocks and twists I hadn't seen coming and the setting just felt so claustrophobic and very unsettling. A book that if I'm brutal wasn't always as smooth as I would have liked but I truly didn't want to put it down and I think that is exactly what the author hoped for.
This voluntary take is of a copy I requested from Netgalley and my thoughts and comments are honest and I believe fair
This is a thrilling and intense book, most of the time the reader is trapped along with Amanda, her crew and the demon , in a sealed container heading to Siberia by rail. This generates a real feeling of claustrophobia and certainly contributes to the constantly rising tension, The background of how the demon was raised, how he broke free and why the stakes are so high for all of Amanda's crew is revealed in a series of flashbacks from multiple perspectives , including , most interestingly , some from that of the demon itself. While this could be a good idea, unfortunately it wasn't always the clearest way of telling the story.
The idea of a world where magic is dealt illicitly,and controlled by gangs and cartels was an interesting one, and I liked how the author developed the idea in the book.
I read and reviewed an ARC courtesy of NetGalley and the publisher, all opinions are my own.
Abras, as they are known, can harness these illegal powers, but for con-artist Amanda Coleman – whose father was a powerful and abusive practitioner – magic is anathema.
When her criminal crew decide to hire an Abra to help with their heists, they don’t expect to raise a demon, or to quickly lose control of it. Now Coleman and her crew must travel across Siberia to a remote stone circle in order to kill this murderous creature, who has destroyed everything they hold dear.
But as the demon’s power grows, a battle of wills commences. Coleman must fight to survive, facing demons both in chains and within herself.
This was a great little thriller to me.
I really enjoyed the concept and execution of the writing.
Enjoyd the world building in this one as well. Fast paced with twists and turns.
The suspense keeps you gripped to the end.
Characters are intersting and written well.
Great story and plot line.
Recommend giving this one a go.
Thanks to Netgalley and Canelo for the ARC. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.