Death’s Mantle 2 by Harmon Cooper – Audiobook Review

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This is a review of the second book in a trilogy.  Read the review of Death’s Mantle Book 1

Title: Death’s Mantle 2

Author: Harmon Cooper

Narrator: Andrea Parsneau

Length: 9 hours 54 minutes

Publisher: Podium Audio

Genre: Dark Fantasy, Game Lit

Series: Death’s Mantle Trilogy, Book 2

Release Date: April 7, 2020

Synopsis: There isn’t much time left for Lucian North to save his brother.

Discovering a new way to grow exponentially stronger, Lucian forms an unsteady alliance with the angel Danira, one that he hopes could grow into something more.

Matters are complicated once Lucian is given a deadline by the Council of Death: produce his predecessor, who has mysteriously disappeared, or be tortured until he relinquishes his mantle.

Hunted by parasites, injuresouls, fallen angels, and now his own kind, Lucian must level up in a way he’s never fathomed before, crafting everything from mechas to bone armor designed to withstand even the strongest attack. He must forge new alliances, realize the impermanence of the alliances he already has made, and even become a Death Hunter if he hopes to save his brother from certain doom.

But that’s not all that’s at stake. 

As Lucian grows closer to his goal, he’s blindsided by an attack that he never saw coming. He’s also asked to do something that will reignite a war between the Progeny of Light and the Progeny of Darkness.

The decision Lucian makes will have grave consequences for his future, and that’s before his final discovery, one that threatens the very existence of his family.

It’s going to be an uphill battle from start to finish. And while Lucian is always up to the challenge, he may not be ready for the consequences.

Death’s Mantle is a dark fantasy GameLit series that LitRPG, metaphysical fantasy, occult sci-fi, and thriller listeners will love. Death’s Mantle is written by Harmon Cooper, best-selling GameLit author of Way of the ImmortalsHouse of DollsCherry Blossom GirlsThe Feedback Loop, and Monster Hunt NYC. It was inspired by the anime Parasyte, the comic book series Sandman and Spawn, the books On a Pale Horse and the Tibetan Book of the Dead.

Read on to see my review.

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The Review

Rating: 4 out of 5.

4 out of 5 Stars

After listening to the first book in the Death’s Mantle Trilogy with my son, he requested (insistently) that we get the second book in the series as soon as possible for him to listen to also.  Since I listened through that book also, I figured I might as well write a review of it. I haven’t posted a review in a while and it is about time I did so.

Andrea Parsneau is a terribly talented audiobook narrator.  As I mention in the review of Death’s Mantle Book 1, Andrea’s skill as a narrator lured my son from his gaming in his bedroom to come hang out in the living room to listen to the first book with me.  The audio quality of both books is excellent.  And the characters are distinctively and incredibly voiced.  Accents are impressively well done.

While I like video games, I’m not a “gamer” per se.  I would not have read this book myself but I enjoyed it greatly in audio book form.

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Book 2 continues the story line almost immediately after where Book 1 ends.  This made me very happy because I hate when lots of time passes between books.  However, some of the book felt a little bit wasted.  Although Lucien is on a time limit to save his brother from the addiction demon making him addicted to the drugs that are killing him, the story plot feels slower paced than the previous book.  Don’t get me wrong, it is still a great book, but the plot feels like it meanders a little bit because there are so many new things going on that side-track him from his goal.  Despite this, the story is still action-packed with the conflict between heaven and Death becoming even more heated.

If you like dark fiction, Game Lit, Gamer Fiction, or stories about Heave, the Grim Reaper, or what comes after death; you will probably enjoy this series.

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