All the Hidden Paths

Tantor Media. Dec. 2023. 19:27 hrs. ISBN 9798350878868. $29.99. FANTASY
Meadows’s opulent sequel to A Strange and Stubborn Endurance finds Velasin “Vel” Vin Aaro and Caethari “Cae” Aeduria unexpectedly married following a thwarted plot to end their lives. Vikas Adam returns to narrate the part of Vel, communicating the weight of his past trauma and his cautious attempts to settle into a relationship free from sexual stigma. James Fouhey gives voice to Cae, conveying a maturity and solidity that pairs well with Cae’s soldierly background. As the two embark on a journey to Tithena’s capital city, Qi-Xihan, they are imperiled by assassination attempts and nefarious characters intent on breaking up their marriage by whatever means necessary. Adam’s and Fouhey’s combined narration captures the emotional complexity of Vel and Cae’s relationship while also immersing listeners in the drama and action of this fantasy world. In addition to the fast-paced plot, listeners can also look forward to sex scenes that fairly sizzle.
VERDICT Recommended for listeners seeking a lush LGBTQIA+ fantasy and those who enjoy excellent worldbuilding with sumptuous descriptions of fashion and food. Political thriller enthusiasts may also enjoy the tricky byzantine plotting.
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