Author: Asa Tait
Narrator: Christopher Harbour
Length: 7 hours and 49 minutes
Publisher: The Parliament House
Released: Jul. 13, 2020
Genre: Science Fiction
“In his pursuit of the occult, the Third Reich opened the Gate to a realm of magic and brought the world to ruin. The Gate was eventually closed, but they were already in our world, and they were hungry.” (The Lost History, Library of Avergard) Azure “Azzy” Brimvine lives in a world decimated by magic, where humans have retreated underground from the overwhelming dangers of the surface. But Below is no safer than Above. Magic-borne plagues continue to eat away at the remaining human cities – a sickness that doesn’t merely kill, but creates aberrations from the stricken. People twisted by magic into something dark, dangerous, and powerful. It is an existence of fear and constant dread. When Azzy’s brother Armin is infected and cast out into the Above, she sets out after him, determined to be there for him, no matter what he becomes. The world Above is full of monsters, both wild and cunning, some more human than Azzy was led to believe. Armin is captured and bound for the auction block of Avergard – a ruthless city of inhuman lords and twisted creatures. To reach him, Azzy must brave the perils of the Above and the chaotic life forms created by the Gate. To reach him, she must find allies and forge new bonds in this broken world. And Azzy must reach him, before Armin’s new power is used to open the Gate once more.
Chris Harbour has been an avid reader his entire life, so it was natural to enter into the world of audiobooks. While in the military Chris would travel to visit his wife and family in his free time and listen to audiobooks on the long drives home. It wasn’t until Chris was in his final year of obtaining his Bachelors of Science in Psychology, in 2017, that his wife suggested that he take a chance and start narrating audiobooks. Chris loves that his work can bring books to life and bring them to a new platform for others to enjoy. In Chris’s spare time he enjoys scuba diving, home improvement and spending time with his beautiful wife. I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Asa Tait. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
Author Asa Tait’s Top 10 Literary Inspirations
- Hyperion by Dan Simmons, for effortlessly combining pulp genres into something new and fascinating
- The Craft Sequence by Max Gladstone, for digging deep into characters as a way to fully build out the world they inhabit.
- Red Harvest by Dashiell Hammett, which I consider the pinnacle of noir fiction and the beleaguered detective in over his head. This is easily the book I’ve read the most times in my life.
- One for the Money by Janet Evanovich, another detective WAY in over her head, which has a much lighter touch when it wants to.
- The Futurological Congress by Stanislaw Lem, which is the underpinning of the future society that is inhospitable to humans as we understand them.
- 100% by Paul Pope, a graphic novel that lives and breathes with the people just scraping by on the mean streets of a grimy future.
- Money Shot by Christa Faust, which is crackerjack noir that finds a moral center that not all noir strives for.
- Sleeper by Ed Burbbaker and Sean Phillips, a superpowered espionage tale that literalizes emotional pain in the most brutal and beautiful ways.
- Blackfish City by Sam J. Miller, for the fantastic worldbuilding.
- Concrete Island by J.G. Ballard, which isn’t sci-fi really, but is about the inherent isolation of people from their physical environment and each other by modern society – a conversation we’ve clearly been having for 50+ years.
An Interview with Dale CeyedQ: Tell me about yourself. A: I live with my Gram on the outer spin of Niklas, where there’s a lot less motion. I think I prefer that, a little quieter there. I’ve worked in central processing in the Machine for almost 10 years. My Dad worked there too, before the big collapse. Q: I’m sorry, we lots a lot of good people here, too. A: Yes. Q: And do you like your position? A: I can’t say that I do. It’s better than a lot of things, but it isn’t helping anyone. Q: You mean your specific role isn’t crucial? A: That’s not what I- Well, it’s true they cut my hours way back. It isn’t enough for me and Gram anymore. Q: And that’s why you’re applying for this position? A: Yes. Q: And what appeals to you about this job? A: It will pay money. I could do it quite well. Q: But why will you like it? Or what do you like about over overall ethos here? A: The money. You are offering money, right? Q: Yes, well, we do a lot of good in the world as well, we like to think of ourselves as a real family here. A: Tell me about the good you do. Q: Pardon? A: Tell me what you do that improves this world quite so much. Who are you feeding? Who are you housing? Will you pay for Gram’s cancer treatment if I get the job here? Q: I’ll be honest, I don’t think you’re a fit. A: I really can do the work. Better than most anyone. But if the main qualification is a willingness to pretend that this is more than a way to get hold of food and medicine, I guess I don’t qualify. Q: I really like it here. A: I’ll bet. [End recording]
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