Wicked Abyss Audiobook by Kresley Cole (REVIEW)

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Review of: Wicked Abyss Audiobook
Kresley Cole

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On May 30, 2017
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Wicked Abyss Audiobook

By: Kresley Cole

Narrated by: Robert Petkoff

Published by: Simon & Schuster Audio 04/25/17

Wicked Abyss Audiobook by Kresley Cole

Rating: 3 hearts

Immortals After Dark #17

13 hrs and 3 mins

Paranormal Romance - genre

Wicked Abyss Audiobook Sample

Wicked Abyss Audiobook

3 Hearts

This is one of my favorite series. I’ve been a fan of Immortals After Dark ever since I read book two (I accidentally grabbed book two, A Hunger LIke No Other, instead of the novella, The Warlord Wants Forever, which is actually listed as book one. Luckily, this series does okay if you read some of the books out of order).

This book, however, might be my least favorite book in the series. I’m not sure exactly why I didn’t like it. I know the lack of the Valkyries was a big part of it. Nix has a part at the beginning and end, but the majority of the book is completely Valkyrie-free. We do see a few characters from past books. We see a little of Sabine & Lanthe, as they are hired to kidnap our heroine and deliver her to the hero. Rune is also present at times. Mostly though, the characters consists just of Calliope ‘Lila’ Barbot, a fey who has been living in the human realm working at Disneyworld. Abyssian ‘Sian’ Infernas, who is the ruler of Hell and is cursed to a demonic like body and face. There is also Uthyr, a dragon that’s friends with Sian.

So Sian is a member of the Møriør, as his dragon friend Uthyr. Sian is thousands of years old. He is a demon, which means he needs his mate for sex. However, several thousands of years ago, his mate ran off to marry some another and die in childbirth before she hit her immortality. He has waited a long time for his mate to return. He has her now and he isn’t in a forgiving mood.

One thing that bothered me with story is that Sian constantly treats Lila poorly. I get that she was cruel to him in a past life, but she was young then, as in early twenties, as she is now, at around the same age. Shouldn’t he be the grown up? Also, I have a hard time punishing someone for something they did in the past life, that they don’t remember. If I were to have a past life, I hope that no one ever do that to me.

I liked Lila. She made do with the best she had. She couldn’t seem to catch a break. She got crap from the fey. Then she was captured by Sian, who not only kept her locked up, he tormented her. For instance, once he sent spiders after her, because her past life hated them. She wasn’t too thrilled with them, at first, this time around either, but she makes the best of it.

I actually liked Uthyr, too. I think he was the highlight of this book. He pushes SIan to treat Lila better. He swims in the lava river.

Anyway, I wish this book took place on Earth instead of this other dimension. I really missed all the characters that I’ve grown to love. I hope that the next book will bring back those characters.

Wicked Abyss Audiobook Narration

5 Hearts

Robert Petkoff is the best ever. I just love his narration. He does an amazing job of both male and female (don’t ever tell me men can’t voice female characters. He nails them and a large cast of them, too). This book didn’t have the amazing accents some of the other books, but he still did an amazing job. I can’t imagine tackling this series without his narration. (I still haven’t tackled Shadow’s Seduction (Immortals After Dark, #17; The Dacians, #2) because it isn’t available on audio. I really hope it get added sometime soon).

Author Kresley Cole

Author Kresley Cole

Kresley Cole is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the electrifying Immortals After Dark paranormal series, the young adult Arcana Chronicles series, the erotic Gamemakers Series, and five award-winning historical romances.

A master’s grad and former athlete, she has traveled over much of the world and draws from those experiences to create her memorable characters and settings.


Robert Petkoff Narrator

Robert Petkoff

His work off-Broadway includes The New York Premiere of AVOW by Bill Davis, MRS. WARREN’S PROFESSION and MORE STATELY MANSIONS directed by Ivo Van Hove, the musical BLUE FLOWER at The Prospect Theatre Company and in 2009 he appeared in HAPPINESS at Lincoln Center, directed by Susan Stroman. Sir Peter Hall cast him in the starring role of Algernon in the national tour of THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST with Lynn Redgrave, which was produced with the Theatre Royal Bath .


I like to thanks Simon & Schuster Audio for providing me with a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

Reviewed by:

MLSimmons Reviewer

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Melanie Simmons
I’m Melanie and I live in Ohio. I have two horses and a dog. I’m an animal lover, avid book reader and audiobook listener. I like to live vicariously through fictional characters. I enjoy reading and listening to mostly fictional books in the paranormal genre, including Urban Fantasy, Paranormal Romance and Horror. My favorite paranormal creatures are shifters, doesn’t matter the flavor.


  1. Ahh… I hate when you get a not so great book in a favorite series. I have been eyeing this series for years but haven’t gotten to it. One of these days. Hope the next one is a win for you.

    • This is a really fun series. This book wasn’t all bad, it just has really high standards to live up to. They can’t all be 5 stars (as much as we would love them to be)

  2. Oh I’m gonna have to get this one. Sounds really good. I have some catching up to do.

  3. Awww I’m still excited for this one but not digging how he treats her from the sound of it. My library needs to hurry up 🙁

    • It isn’t all bad. He just has a grudge and doesn’t want to let it go. I’m sure you’ll enjoy it. *hurry up library* 🙂

  4. Yeah, the revenge against a gal who can’t remember a past life seems a bit over the top for me, too. I haven’t read either of these last two releases yet, but I plan to. So many books…

    I still haven’t listened to a Robert Petkoff narration. He’s on the list. LOL

    • You have to pick up the next books in audio. Petkoff is a top narrator for me. He does amazing work. I’ve picked up several books just because he was listed as the narrator.

  5. so many books in this series, I stopped at book5 if I’m not mistaken

    • There are a lot of books in this series. I don’t know how many books she has planned for it. I have heard her mention that Nix will probably get the last book in the series.

  6. I think I would have a hard time with the whole treating them badly for something they don’t remember thing too. Still, I’m glad you did like this and it was a good addition to the series even if it wasn’t a favorite.

    • It is a IAD story, so I enjoyed it. I don’t even think this was my least favorite. But when you hold it up against the series as a whole, this isn’t near the top of the list, but still a good story.

  7. I’m dying to get to this, but I’m afraid I’m going to be disappointed. The Valkries are a big draw for me because I absolutely love them, and I think I would prefer the world be on earth the same as the other books. It’s still a KC book so I can’t wait to get into it, but I know the above is probably going to affect my opinion.

    • Exactly, Kresley Cole books are fun, even if they aren’t your favorites. I hope you enjoy.

  8. Holy crap – 17 books now?! I started a read-along back when there were like 10 or so. I made it though 5 books maybe? One day I will listen to them.

    • This is a series that is a must list. Robert Petkoff is a favorite narrator of mine. I would put him even Luke Daniels and James Marsters.

  9. Nice review Melanie. You know when you’re #17 in a series there has to be a not so great one in there too!

    • Exactly. They can’t all be 5 stars. That just isn’t realistic to expect that. Still enjoyed and highly recommend the series.

  10. Sounds rather disappointing. I’m glad I didn’t rush to review this one I think. I struggled with the last one sadly.

    • I can’t remember what I thought of the last one. It’s hard without the Valkyries. They are the life of the party.

  11. As bad as I hate to say this I sort of given up on this series. It’s too many books and I don’t have a lot of faith in the possibility of enjoying (not loving) every book. My thoughts might change for this series in the future but I doubt it because there are so many books and so little time.

    • I really loved the early books, but the lack of the Valkyries in this book really hurt this story. Even Nix’s part was teeny-tiny. I know exactly what you mean about so many books. I’ve been quitting a lot series lately.

  12. I’m officially in love with Robert Petkoff! Totally agree with you, he does such a great job of both male and female voice!

    • I love Robert Petkoff. He is always on my favorite narrator list.

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