Audiobook Review: Betrothed by Therese Woodson, Narrated by Matthew Lloyd Davies

Faery royalty have always married for duty rather than love. Prince Chrysanths should be no different—except with a human for a father, the prince known as Puck already is different. When he is betrothed against his will to Prince Sky, Puck flees to his father in the human world, only to have Sky follow.

Prince Sky Song of the Clouds isn’t thrilled with the prospect of marriage either, but is bound by duty to follow through. If he can’t win Puck over, the faery realm might very well dissolve into utter chaos. Too busy arguing, Puck and Sky are unaware there are others with a vested interest in seeing the betrothal fail. In a bid for Puck’s crown, they’ll seek to keep them apart, even as Puck and Sky realize that duty and love don’t always have to be mutually exclusive.

I do love me a good faery tale and when a narrator with a voice like Matthew Lloyd Davies can read to me a magical tale like this one, I’m a really happy Peach. Anything I’ve read by Therese Woodson I have loved. Side Note: If you love a quality Merry Jizzmas story, definitely read The Trouble With Elves, definitely listen to the audiobook too, it’s freakin’ adorable.

Back to the land of the Fae; the author gave a really unique take on the land of the Fae in Betrothed. There are four lands based on the elements and two princes have been promised to one another as royalty is want to do. Prince Chrysanths, or Puck to his pals is none too happy to be betrothed to Prince Sky so he hightails it to the human realm and hides out at his father’s place. Puck is ½ human BTW. It’s nothing personal against Prince Sky, he’s never met the man, but Puck is not one to do as he’s told, he can be a smidge contrary when he gets wound up.

Prince Sky, on the other hand, is a good princely boy and recognizes the importance of tradition. He’s also a bit naïve with his limited experiences especially in comparison to Puck and his more wild ways. Sky is a man of honor though and he is going to do right by his family and he follows Puck to the human realm. What follows is an amusing test of wills as Puck throws a lot of human experiences and nonsense at Sky in an attempt to drive him off, but Puck underestimates Sky’s tenacity and the push and pull the two go through was fun to listen to. The animosity evolves into a friendship and slowly into something more. Of course, along the way there were misunderstandings and miscommunications but nothing overly angsty and it gave the story just enough bite to keep it from being too easy. The two end up connecting so well and I appreciated the growing up that Puck did, it made me believe in a future for them.

I absolutely loved the distinctive voices the narrator used for Puck and Sky. He really paid attention to the descriptions of the characters and it was always easy to follow conversations between the MC’s and his depiction of Sky made me swoony. I need to listen to every book this man has narrated. I listen to A LOT of audiobooks while I commute and Matthew Lloyd Davies is top notch, he can read me a tech manual and I would be completely enamored.

I would love to have more of the author’s writing in this world. While nothing was left hanging, the villain did bail out pretty easily and the bulk of the setting was in the human realm. I’d love to read/hear a smackdown set in the Fae world and just get more of their universe in general. All the little things that happened with the Fae’s made the story so colorful (the mating marks for example, how amazing was all that?) I just plain and simple would love more. Then Matthew Lloyd Davies could read it to me and all would be right in all the worlds.

For more information on Betrothed, head over to Dreamspinner Press.

**a copy of this audiobook was provided for an honest review**

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