The Prince’s Poisoned Vow (Infernal War Saga Book 1) by Hailey Turner #LGBT #AudioBook #Review #MMRomance #Steampunk #Fantasy

Erryn and Dana review ‘The Prince’s Poisoned Vow (Infernal War Saga Book #1)’ by Hailey Turner. The audiobook, narrated by Gary Furlong was released June 15, 2022, and is 17 hrs and 16 mins. The ebook was published May 2, 2022, and is 646 pages.  A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review.

Why Erryn read this: Hailey Turner?  Gary Furlong?  Steampunk Fantasy?  Count me in.

Why Dana read this: I loved the Soulbound series by Hailey Turner.

Every country is built on revolution.

The warden. Soren is a nameless, stateless man, tasked with keeping watch over Maricol’s borders. He isn’t meant for politics, only dealing with the dead. His past was buried in the poison fields, but after a fateful encounter with a prince, Soren comes to realize he can’t keep what magic burns inside him hidden forever.

The prince. Vanya Sa’Liandel was the spare who survived the Houses’ murderous games to become the Imperial crown prince of Solaria. He has a duty to his country, but he’ll owe his life to the wardens. Payment of any kind is costly, especially when he’s at risk of losing his heart to the man who saved his life.

The cog. Caris Dhemlan hears the siren song of clarion crystals better than anyone in Ashion. That skill for inventing has enriched her bloodline, but it’s who she can become that will ultimately entangle her with the Clockwork Brigade.

The princess. Eimarille Rourke should have been raised to be queen of one country; instead, she is prisoner of another. Guided by a star god, Eimarille bides her time in a gilded cage, spinning a political web to gain a throne and start a war the world isn’t ready for.

From the author who brought you the Soulbound series comes a queer steampunk-inspired epic fantasy romance.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.

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Erryn’s review:

I’m a huge Hailey Turner fan.  Her Metahuman series was amazing, but I really enjoyed her Soulbound series.  Patrick and Jono were totally badass.  That all being said, I tackled Turner’s new massive sprawling story with both excitement and trepidation.  Excitement because I love steampunk and trepidation that at eighteen hours, this is a humungous story.

Normally, I try to give a brief summary of a book and intersperse what I like, what I didn’t like, and what readers might want to watch out for.  Here’s my advice – keep that PDF handy.  The glossary comes at the end of the audio.  Most of it I had figured out by the context of the words within the story, but a few things made more sense with the definitions. And I love immersing myself in a world where magic accompanies carriages and flying ships.  Steampunk at its best.

I’ll warn you that becoming attached to any one character is dangerous, the cliffhanger is memorable, and you’ll want the next book right away.

The gay romances are interspersed with many of the other relationships. I liked that they were just there – as if perfectly normal.  A world I’d love to live in.

I can’t end this charmingly short review without mentioning Gary Furlong.  He helmed the Soulbound series and I’m so glad he’s at the wheel for this one as well.  Furlong and Turner make a great team and I can’t wait for the next book.

Erryn’s rating:

9/10 Pots of Gold (90% Recommended) – Compares to 4.5/5 Stars

Dana’s review: 

The Prince’s Poisoned Vow is an epic and expansive piece of storytelling. The large amount of characters doing different things in different places that have an impact on the rest of the characters is kind of mind-blowing. The previous series I have read from this author, had a large supporting group of characters but there felt like there were two main characters that really drove the plot. This book is not like that. There were so many points of view and some were from the four characters mentioned in the blurb, while some were from equally important characters not mentioned. Even the villains got a chance to tell their stories.

This is one seriously long book and audio with so much detail. I am used to being able to listen while doing other things, but found myself lost if I didn’t focus for a few minutes. I definitely had to apply more thought as I listened. And that’s not a bad thing, just something to be careful if you let your mind wander, like I do sometimes.

The beginning of this book begins with a bang, or an inferno, to be more accurate. This story is about the destruction of one ruling family in the land of Ashion, a country of Maricol.  A few members find an escape but have to start over with new identities. A princess in the country of Daijal who is hungry for power and a bit of revenge who doesn’t care about who she hurts in her goals. A underground resistance called the Clockwork Brigade that attempts to fight against the collection of debt slaves. Outside the different country borders, are lands guarded by wardens, that are home to revenants, the walking dead brought to life by spores.

All these different groups of people create a dangerous and varied landscape. They are constantly trying to maneuver each other in political games, but they are being moved like chessboard pieces by the another power. Star Gods seem to be aligned with the different royal families and they don’t often don’t see eye to eye with each other

The story is intense and thought provoking. Yes, it required more focus because there is a lot going on, but it is so intriguing. I loved a few of the characters and am a fan of the LGBT representation and relationships. There are definitely some minor cliffhangers that make me eager for the next book. Last but not least, I have to say how well Gary Furlong narrates a book. His ability to morph his voice in a multitude of accents allows us to fully experience the variety of characters and their different countries sound.

Dana’s rating:

9/10 Pots of Gold (90% Recommended) – Compares to 4.5/5 Stars

Hailey Turner is big city girl who spoils her cats rotten and has a demanding day job that she loves, but not as much as she loves writing. She’s been writing since she was a young child and enjoys reading almost as much as creating a new story. Hailey loves stories with lots of action, gritty relationships, and an eventual HEA that satisfies the heart.

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