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City of the Sleeping Gods

Written by: Olivia Ash
Narrated by: Tess Irondale, Soren Gray
Length: 8 hrs and 37 mins
Categories: Romance, Fantasy

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Nighthelm is a city of lies, and Sophia is the greatest lie of them all. Though she has saved the city hundreds of times, the people of Nighthelm don’t even know she exists.

Found wandering the Witch Woods as a child, everything about Sophia is a mystery. With no memories and no family, she’s raised in secret by the professors of Nighthelm Academy…all of whom know far more about her than they’re letting on. 

But Sophia does know one thing: she’s a contritum, a magical being with a broken soul. Her very existence is illegal, and until she finds the other piece of her soul, her uncontrollable magic will only grow more deadly and untamed. 

As Sophia races the clock to find her other half, her magic growing more wild by the minute, she discovers three men who hold a mysterious sway over not just her soul, but also her heart. 

The problem? She must lie. No matter what happens, she can’t tell them who…or what…she is. 

Strong and dangerous, powerful and commanding, each of these men make her body react in traitorous ways. Bit by bit, she feels herself becoming whole around them. But for the life of her, she can’t figure out which of them has the missing piece to her soul…or how he got it in the first place. 

To make matters worse, it becomes clear someone broke her soul on purpose…and she’s on a warpath to figure out why. 

In a world rife with heartbreaking betrayal and intricate spells, the magical creatures of the Witch Woods are closing in on Nighthelm. They all want one thing…Sophia. 

The monsters of the Witch Woods have discovered what she is, and they want to slit her throat. They’ll kill anyone who stands in their way…especially her men. 

To save her men and finally heal her broken life, Sophia has only one choice - she will fight. And damn it all, she will win.

City of the Sleeping Gods is an alternative relationship dynamic that supports our badass heroine's right to choose more than one man. Get ready for a breathtaking story, soulmate romance, lip-biting love scenes, mind-blowing magic, one kickass heroine, three gorgeous men, lots of toned muscles, fights to the death, and edge-of-your-seat action. 

Warning: The Nighthelm Guardian Series is an adult fantasy series with explicit scenes and is meant for adult listeners who enjoy steamy scenes and lip-biting action.

©2018 Olivia Ash (P)2019 Podium Publishing
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  • J. Graybill
  • 25-10-19

Came for Tess

I picked this up when checking if Tess Irondale had narrated anything recently. She's a favorite and I'm glad I gave this a shot. I'm interested to see where this goes, it has compelling characters.

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  • Demetra Toula Iliopoulos
  • 31-01-20

Let’s the gods safe you with this listen

First in a series
The heroine is Sophia. Hero’s are 3 men. The men are , were best friends in their younger yrs . All are different walks of life. A Shade , a Mag an officer in the Army .
Sophia knows something is wrong , she feels like someone broke her soul !! No matter what she can’t remember how that happens . All she knows is she trains out in the woods with a sword , no women clothes for her . Sophia has a plan pretend she’s a duke daughter. Everything goes as planned , she dresses up and goes to the ball and that’s here Sophia meets her men . Lots go on in their life’s . Sophia and her men safe each other
Both narrators Tess Irondale, Soren Gray were great . The performance was strong very strong and smooth. All the characters were said perfect

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  • M. Knight
  • 02-11-19

Great storytelling.

Well written novel with really great narration. The start was a bit slow for me but no less entertaining.

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  • Lorn
  • 31-12-19

A Struggle

I liked the initial premise, but the story lost momentum and became predictable. I struggled to make it to the end and I won't be continuing the series. The biggest issue for me was character development. All of the characters were bland and the somewhat monotone narration didn't help.

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  • Paul Lloyd
  • 14-12-19

An interesting story, let down somewhat

I found this story had an interesting plot, even though it is based on most of the tried-and-true fantasy elements. The switching from one character's viewpoint to another added an interesting element. It's a story meant for young adults, but even though I am well beyond that I would still recommend it, but with provisos. Firstly, there seems to be a good number of replicated explanations in the initial hour or so, but these diminish as the plot develops. Secondly, the male reader/performer had a tendency of ignoring plot pauses - almost as if he was running one paragraph into the following one. Thirdly, there is, in my opinion, an over stress on graphically described sex. This could have been handled more intelligently as the graphical descriptions add nothing to the story.