Audiobook Review | The Prince’s Poisoned Vow by Hailey Turner

Releasing: May 2, 2022
Cover Design: James T. Egan,

The Prince’s Poisoned Vow audiobook is out now!

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 best-selling Soulbound series comes a queer steampunk-inspired epic fantasy.

How was it?

Again, the world-building is still amazing and insane! and it is brought to life by Gary Furlong – who also narrated the Turner‘s Soulbound series – in an interesting and captivating way. I knew that he could pull off a wide range of accents, so there was no surprise there, but I was taken aback by the accents some of the characters ended up having. The various accents make sense when it comes to where the characters are from in Maricol, and the clues as to what was the real-world inspiration for the different kingdoms within Maricol. I guess I was the one who didn’t think to give them accents when reading for my book review.
The good thing with the audiobook is that it’s easier to refer to the map when hearing about one place or another. I didn’t do that with the book so I only had a vague idea of where the different cities were despite the fact that it’s explained in the writing. The one thing I felt was harder though, was the passage of time. There are a few time jumps in this story and they are not as noticeable in audio as in print.

The story is just as complex, with the many names and places to remember, but Hailey Turner did a good job at breaking them down into manageable chunks and Furlong made them easier to learn, that or I’m more of an auditory learner. Despite the fact that I’m still not 100% on all the Star Gods names and their country of influence.

Listening to this book did make a big difference when it came to the characters, it cemented my love for some and my annoyance at others, namely a royal and a blade, to keep things spoiler free. The voices they are given by the narrator match the ones Turner gave them in her writing. The different POVs also work wonders here because Furlong can make them sound different and give them enough flavors that even without their accents they wouldn’t have sounded the same.

This book is well-crafted, entertaining, and captivating. The narration reflects that perfectly, and now I’m waiting for The Emperor’s Bone Palace (Infernal War Saga Book 2) to come out.

I thought about giving more details about the book since the printed version has been out a while but decided to talk about this book without spoiling anything or giving names in an effort not to make the experience as much of a discovery as possible. And besides, the book review is still up.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

I received an advanced copy of this book and this is my fair and unbiased review.

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Hailey Turner is big city girl who likes to spoil her cats rotten. She writes science fiction and fantasy with lots of action, epic plots, and romantic relationships that satisfy the heart. Hailey lives in sunny California when she isn’t adding stamps to her passport.

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