My heart wasn't part of the deal when I bargained for my life, But assassins so rarely keep their word. Exiled Charmer Leena Edenfrell is running out of time. Empty pockets forced her to sell her beloved magical beasts-an offense punishable by death-and now there's a price on her head. With the realm's most talented murderer-for-hire nipping at her heels, Leena makes Noc an offer he can't refuse: powerful mythical creatures in exchange for her life. Plagued by a curse that kills everyone he loves, Noc agrees to Leena's terms in hopes of finding a cure. Never mind that the dark magic binding the assassin's oath will eventually force him to choose between Leena's continued survival...and his own. In a game of trust and half-lies, only one thing can be certain: traps capture more than beasts and ensnared hearts are impossible to untangle.
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by P.C. Hodgell
by Taylor Stevens
by Hannah Orenstein
by Micah Dean Hicks
by Nic Joseph
"Brian Pallino and Jennifer O'Donnell narrate a fantasy romance that features Pocket Monster-like characters, similar to those in anime. Leena is an exiled Charmer, and Noc is the assassin hired to kill her. Instead of following the script they have been given, Leena and Noc attempt to defy their fates. Through her portrayal, O'Donnell shows Leena's strength in having survived exile as well as her sadness and desire for human connection. Similarly, Noc must keep the rest of his assassin brotherhood at arm's length due to a curse. Pallino handily depicts the emotional distress that Noc suffers as he is continually forced to be cruel and distant to those he cares about. Secondary characters, distinctly voiced by both Pallino and O'Donnell, add appeal. K.M.P. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"
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