The first book I performed for Abbie Hilton was "Hunters Unlucky," a sprawling Epic Fantasy novel about the warring species of sentient animals on an island and their history.
I was happy to hear she had written a follow-up, "Awake," for her Patreon followers (did I mention I have a Patreon account now? Oh . . . well, I will). It takes place a year after "Hunters" ends and picks up with several of the characters' lives.
I must admit that I found it quite a challenge to a) remember the voices I gave to each of these characters and b) keep them straight in my narration, especially when they were speaking to one another.* There were two new characters, so those voices were easy.
What's kind of remarkable about this story--actually, there's two things. The first is, that the main character of "Hunters Unlucky" doesn't appear in "Awake." He's referenced, but it focuses on other characters. The remarkable thing I wanted to mention, though, is that it deals, in bold terms, with lifelong enemies somehow not only becoming allies . . . but friends. The characters I initially took to be The Bad Guys when I first read "Hunters Unlucky" all have their own morality, their own positive qualities . . . their own heroic qualities, and this is on clear display here, where the main character of "Awake" is one of those beings I found most unknowable and alien in the larger book.
Hilton manages all this--as well as giving little updates as to what's going on with the other characters from the book--in very few words, and what seems to me to be effortlessness.
If that is a word.
Anyway, check it out, if ye like, at this link.
Or you can pick it up here on Audible . . . but it does cost a little more. Or nothing, if you've got one of those subscription things.
Plus, here's my Patreon link.
Rish "I Dunno, I'm Just The Narrator" Outfield
*Abbie must have anticipated this, because along with the manuscript, she sent along portions of the audiobook where I voiced those characters, so I wouldn't have to guess what they sounded like (or worse, try and find my original notes somewhere on my hellishly cluttered desk).