Audiobook Tour Review: A Fallen Hero by Sara A. Noë

BOOK STATS

Rating: ☆☆☆☆
Title: A Fallen Hero
Author: Sara A. Noë
Series: Chronicles of Avilésor: War of the Realms #1
Genre: Paranormal Fantasy
Audience: Young Adult
Format: Audiobook
Narrators: A.J. Shuck, Mia Hutchinson-Shaw
Length: 18 hours 50 minutes (466 pages)
Producer: Audiobook Empire
Publisher: On the Cobblestone Road LLC Audio | 2022
Audio Release Date: June 24, 2022
Text Release Date: August 7, 2018
Source: Audiobookworm Promotions
Recommended for fans of: The Darkest Minds, The Hunger Games
Content Warnings: child abuse, torture, kidnapping, medical content, violence

SYNOPSIS

Cato is the only true half-human, half-ghost hybrid in existence. He’s powerful and unique with two divine powers instead of one. 

The United States government believes he is the key to developing a devastating weapon that will give humankind an advantage when war inevitably erupts between the Human Realm and Avilésor, the Ghost Realm. 

After being an unwilling test subject in Project Alpha for two years, Cato and the rest of his “lab-family” survive a transport accident to find themselves stranded and powerless in the middle of the wilderness. Hunted every step of the way by ghostly Shadow Guards with supernatural abilities and human Agents desperate to recapture their prisoners, the eight young fugitives are drawn to Cato’s hometown where the Rip between Realms connects the worlds. 

Cato wants nothing to do with his past, but as his enemies close in, he realizes he’s willing to do anything to protect his lab-family . . .

. . . even kidnap the daughter of a ghost hunter and make a dangerous deal to become a mercenary.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Sara A. Noë is an award-winning author, artist, and photographer. She has had poetry, short fiction, and memoir works featured in various anthologies and journals since 2005, and her poetry is now available in the Indiana Poetry Archives. Notable art achievements include her photograph “Aftermath” published on the cover of Voices Literary Journal in 2018, photograph “Spiraling” awarded Best Still Life in a 2019 juried gallery exhibit, and charcoal artwork “The Raven” displayed in the Uptown Arts District of Michigan City, Indiana. A Fallen Hero, the first novel in the Chronicles of Avilésor: War of the Realms series, was published in 2018 and has been critically acclaimed by NAM Editorial, The Prairies Book Review, Literary Titan, and Chronicle Focus Editorial, among others. The novel made book reviewer Lauren Gantt’s list of Top 10 Favorite Books of 2019 and won the Literary Titan Gold Book Award in 2020. The series sequel, Phantom’s Mask, was released in July 2020 and won the Literary Titan Gold Book Award less than two months after its release. As an artist, Sara creates her own covers and graphics. She lives in a little cottage with her calico cat, Calypso, who has a fondness for chewing pens and being as loud and sassy as possible.

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ABOUT THE NARRATOR

A.J. Shuck is an Audiobook Narrator and Producer with 3 years of experience in Audiobooks and more than a decade of experience in stage acting and musical theatre. He fell in love with performing at the age of 13 when he premiered as Nerd #3 in a local production of High School Musical. He has a passion for books and reading especially YA Fiction and Mysteries. He believes strongly that the right words at the right time can change the world, certainly, they’ve changed his world. He is a proud member of the APA (Audio Publishers Association). He currently lives in Oklahoma City with the love of his life and their 3 beautiful daughters who have him wrapped around their little fingers.

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ABOUT THE NARRATOR

Mia Hutchinson-Shaw is an actor and narrator based in NYC. Mia creates soulful, saucy, and lovable characters with her arsenal of accents and flare for the fun. Mia comes to narration with her background in classical and period-drama theater Off Broadway and Regional Stages. She trained in the UK at the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, BA Acting with Honors (UK Equivalent to BFA) and was raised between Massachusetts and Montana. When not working as an actor, Mia is thrifting for her next outrageous, colorful clothing item, getting on her soap box about low-waste living, or hunting handmade jewelers for a new item for her collection of giant earrings. Her favorite is a pair of hot pink Galahs (a bird from Australia).

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ABOUT THE PRODUCER

At Audiobook Empire, audio reigns supreme, narrators are hailed as heroes, and headphones are worn with pride. Marrying pomp and circumstance with quality you can count on, Audiobook Empire is a full-service production house that produces and promotes audiobooks with gusto. Give your audiobook the imperial treatment by producing it with Audiobook Empire.

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AUDIO EXCERPT

MY THOUGHTS

A Fallen Hero follows a group of runaway “ghosts” who escape from a top-secret government project, where they were abused, experimented on, and made into weapons for a supernatural war. This paranormal fantasy has strong dystopian and survival vibes, making it perfect for fans of The Darkest Minds.

The world building is very unique. In this series, ghost is actually a misnomer for living paranormal beings who possess ghostlike powers, such as intangibility and ectoplasm, as well as unique, individual abilities.

The story focuses on Cato, a half-human, half-ghost hybrid and member of the Project Alpha fugitives. When their fight to survive brings them back to Cato’s hometown, he struggles to turn his back on his past in favor of his new found family. The broader conflict includes a lot of major players: the runaways, the government, human colonies, ghost hunters, and leaders from the Ghost Realm. Sometimes the story felt a bit too sprawling, and the finer details could have been more fleshed out.

While the story is an action-packed tale of and supernatural conflict, it was surprisingly emotional. The members of Project Alpha went through unspeakable horrors when they were treated as lab rats, and they all struggle with emotional scars as they learn to survive in a new environment, preserving their newfound freedom by whatever means necessary.

The story ends on a bit of a cliffhanger, and there are so many threads I’m excited to see come together in book 2. The audiobook production was great, and I recommend that format!

I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Audiobook Empire. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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Author: Caroline | Carolibrary

Hello! I’m Caroline! I am a teacher, a book lover, and a nerd. My passions include reading, writing, bookstagram, barre & yoga, baking, binging TV shows, and Star Wars. I love stories in all formats because they can transport you to a different world while helping you understand the world around you. I have always found books to be a particularly magical source of imagination.

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