Listen Up! #Audiobook Review: Gray Seas by Hailey Edwards

Posted April 15, 2024 by Jen in Listen Up!, Rating B, Urban Fantasy Tags: , , , , ,

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Audiobook cover of Gray Seas by Hailey EdwardsAudiobook review: Gray Seas by Hailey Edwards

Gray Seas picks up Rue and Asa’s story roughly four days after the conclusion of the previous book. The team is trying to draw out Luca so they can give her to the Director, getting Rue back in his good graces and on track to make changes at Black Hat. Rue also worries for Aiden, who agreed to serve as Calixta’s heir.

Overall, I really enjoyed Gray Seas and like the direction the series is heading. The action is intense right from the get go, when a bomb nearly kills Rue and her friends. It appears that there are multiple assassins after Rue, Asa, or both. While this is going on, they are chasing down leads to find Luca, the Black Hat traitor. The plotlines have direction and focus, moving the story right along. I also appreciate that Rue is uncovering more and more with each outing. 

But it’s not just the action that makes this a fun one. I love that Asa and Rue are settled and work together as a team. Their mutual affection and trust builds with each adventure. I also love how close this found family has become. The addition of Marita and Derry add fun and humor. My only negative is that there is a bit too much repetitive reflection on Rue’s part… sad for the life she once had, worry for her friends, etc.

Narration: The story is shared via first person POV of Rue. Richardson uses a strong, confident feminine voice for Rue/the narrator, which suits the character and storytelling. The narrator alters dialogue, giving characters a unique voice, suited to the age, gender, species, etc. Some voices are immediately identifiable, like that for Clay, whose voice is deeper, slower, and large, just like him. I also enjoy Colby, whose young voice sounds a bit cartoonish, which is perfect for the mythological friend. The narrator successfully portrays emotions and has created unique identities for the main characters. There were a few times when I got confused during dialogue. I think part of it is the narration. While the narrator effectively uses multiple voices in distinguishing each character, there are no dialogue tags. So at times the dialogue goes quickly, and I got lost not so much who is speaking, but what they’re talking about.

Gray Seas ends with some big revelations and changes, and I am so excited for the next audiobook (Gray Days, May 2024). 

My Ratings
Story: B+
Narration: B+

About the Book:

After the challenge for the throne of Hael went sideways, Rue expected Stavros to place a bounty on Asa’s head, but she didn’t expect him to pin an even bigger target on her back. Then again, it was her fault he was forced to turn tail and run from the fight during a live broadcast to the entire kingdom. That had to sting his pride. Life would have been so much simpler if only he had been incinerated by her magic along with the rest of the arena.

But simple is one thing Rue’s life has never been. And things keep getting more complicated when a stalker turns to murder, carving messages into the bodies of his victims. With a killer on her trail, she ought to be focused on staying alive, but a hot tip on another case leads her into the bowels of the Black Hat compound, where Rue discovers a world of secrets and lies that just might bring the Bureau crashing to its knees.

Author: Hailey Edwards
Narrator: Stephanie Richardson
Black Hat Bureau #8
Genre: Urban Fantasy, mystery, romantic elements
Audiobook Release Date: April 16, 2024
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Length: 8 hrs; 17 mins
Source: Tantor Audio
Audio Speed: 1.35x

Purchase info:
Audible/Amazon (affilate link)

Reviews in the Series:
Black Hat, White Witch by Hailey Edwards (Black Hat Bureau #1) – Audiobook Review
Black Arts, White Craft by Hailey Edwards (Black Hat Bureau #2) – Audiobook Review
Black Truth, White Lies by Hailey Edwards (Black Hat Bureau #3) – Audiobook Review
Black Wings, Gray Skies by Hailey Edwards (Black Hat Bureau #4) – Audiobook Review
Gray Witch by Hailey Edwards (Black Hat Bureau #5) – Audiobook Review
Gray Tidings by Hailey Edwards (Black Hat Bureau #6) – Audiobook Review
Gray Court by Hailey Edwards (Black Hat Bureau #7) – Audiobook Review