• A Touch of Fever

  • Arcane Hearts, Book 1
  • By: Nazri Noor
  • Narrated by: Zachary Johnson
  • Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (166 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

What do you do when you can’t cast spells? You make your own magic.

Jackson Pryde was never great at wielding magic. Instead, he works as an artificer, crafting enchanted devices in the Black Market, a shadowy bazaar of wonders. But Xander Wright, the mouthy, pretentious mage next door, hates all the hammering in Jackson’s workshop. 

When a chance assignment forces them to team up, they discover a terrifying predicament. Something is driving members of the magical community into murderous rages. Jackson and Xander must combine might and magic to find the source of the Fever and stop it. Can they put aside their differences long enough to end the Fever, or will they succumb to its bloodthirsty curse?

A Touch of Fever is a 73,000-word M/M urban fantasy romance with a happy-for-now ending. Join a fast-talking artificer and a snarky sorcerer, best friends-turned-bitter enemies, as they navigate an adventure filled with strange flora, mythical fauna, and magical murders. If you like your urban fantasy with humor, horror, and a whole lot of heart, you’ve come to the right place. Experience A Touch of Fever today.

©2021 Nazri Noor (P)2021 Nazri Noor

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Fun paranormal listen

I absolutely loved this sweet opposites attract Paranormal romance.

Such an amazing listen with great character development and a well executed plot.


The storyline was interesting and compelling.

The narration was enjoyable and entertaining.

Definitely recommend

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I'll probably keep reading but....

I need there to be what, in my opinion, I feel is an honest review on this book. It had some fun parts, funny parts and parts where I was routing for someone to smack Jackson Pryde as hard as they possibly could. I felt like the romance was 0 to 100 and back to 0. I was getting whiplash and couldn't really get into the intense affection of it all. I felt like the romantic bond was flimsy at best and way too intense for something that lacked any real build up. I love a good enemies to lovers but this was... whoa. Jack needs counseling... probably. He is at the same time very proud of himself and very irrationally angry at feeling looked down upon. I love a good scrappy main but I couldn't relate to him at all. Even his more sincere emotions were knee jerk. His abilities or lack there of is foggy. I am hopeful that the future books continue to flesh things out but at the same time I wanted to slam my head into my desk at certain points so its a solid maybe as to if I will keep reading. The world building was interesting but the storyline wasn't great. I am also hoping that the plot arc of the first book is just a launch pad to a much more flushed out and complex narrative.

The police are a-holes. Society is predigested. I have not met Xander's parents but I am also routing for them to be slapped as hard a s someone could manage.

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I loved it!

This was such a fun reading! From the very beginning I knew I was going to enjoy this what with a four hundred pound's gryphon, the banter and the picnic :P

I loved being into Jackson Pryd's head, I loved his voice, his dry humour and his self-awareness. But, TBH, the whole thing is just great: the world-building is fantastic, the setting beautifully detailed, the characters interesting and three-dimensional and the plot comes to a wonderfully well-crafted ending.

Jack and Xander's relationship is another selling point. They were best friends as kids, but Xander's magic lead him from a different trail and the pain left by that separation is still raw:
“When did I ever say that you were less than?” Xander shouted. “When have I ever said that to you?”

“You said it when you left me behind,” I shouted back. I looked down at my hands, surprised at my own anger, surprised to see myself trembling. “You said it when you came home on holidays and never so much as said a word to me. You said it when we stopped being friends.”

But hey! they have Zephyr, the gryphon helping them, so nothing can go wrong, right? *laughs*

Seriously, though, I really liked they didn't fall into each other's arms by page 3, that they had to talk and fix what was broken between them.

What can I say? I loved it and I want the next book NOW! :D

Oh! And Zachary Johnson's narration was fabulous!

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Sweet, entertaining and unexpectedly hot

At first, I thought the reconciliation between Jackson and Xander came too easily. I thought, if they are this mature, how come they haven't worked it out sooner? But then the story gained more depth, and I was all in. I loved the side characters, both good and bad. I loved how Jackson is both shallow and deep, how he happily flexes his muscles in the mirror any hour of the day yet never hesitates to help when he's needed. I was really touched when he remembered stopping crying because it stopped helping. It made me remember such times in my own life. I would have liked to hear from Xander's perspective a few times, but all in all this was a great book and I highly recommend.

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A Brilliantly Fascinating Story & Narration🎧

I enjoyed this book immensely, it is my first written by Nazri Noor and he has an impressive writing style and a fabulously creative mind, he created a fascinating story with imaginative characters that are likable, easy to relate to and connect with. The character development and world building is phenomenal. His descriptive details bring you in to the story right alongside the characters, allowing you to see what they are seeing, feeling and thinking. This book drew me in with that exciting first scene, grabbing my attention and then holding it straight to the end. Jackson Pryde is an artificer living in a magical world, he is not a mage and does not have power at his fingertips as they do but he is an inventor and maker of magical artifacts and he is working on a gauntlet, a device that would amplify the tiny bits of magical fuel that is held in his body. Unfortunately, he is a long way off from any brilliant invention, but that does not stop him from trying, especially since it would restore much needed honor to the artificer’s guild. He makes ends meet by selling things like gryphon feathers and taking odd jobs, including the ones he gets to work with his once friend, now enemy Xander Wright but we learn quickly that there is great chemistry between these two and they still harbored feelings for each other. The two worked well together and continued to work together after that and their relationship starts to heat up. I loved how everything played out in this cleverly plotted and action packed story, the author masters several different genres and balances them well, the witty dialogue was amazing too. There is never a dull moment in this book, there is plenty of drama, a touch of angst, humor, some mystery, thrilling suspense, heartfelt and emotional moments and a sweet romance. There are some great secondary characters in this book, my favorite being Zephyr, the gryphon, loved what came out of his mouth, including son of Jack. Nazri Noor, thank you for this wonderfully entertaining story.

🎧📚🎧 And for the amazing narration, Nazri Noor could not have cast a better narrator to bring his story and characters to life. Zachary Johnson is a talented narrator and a versatile voice artist. His character voices are amazing, he has a complete understanding of each character he portrays, gives them a voice that fits that character’s persona to a tee, sounds believable in every role he plays and just as I pictured the character to sound. He sets the perfect tone for the story, handles the humor and witty back-and-forth dialogue with ease without missing a beat. He captures all the characters’ emotions and projects them into his performance. Zachary Johnson is an entertaining storyteller and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for another exceptional listen.

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Great story, exciting magic, and well hottt magic!

Great magic, sultry moments, and the right amount of action. Well written and narrated.

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Wow

Love this story so much, can't wait for more books.
Definitely a unique story line. Needless to say in hooked.

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What a surprise!

I love Nazri Noor’s books, and I was hesitant about this one. But I can’t describe how much this book caught me off guard in all the best ways. This felt so different than all the other series he’s written, while still existing in the same universe. This book expands the world building exponentially. And may I say… Nazri… sex scenes?? What?!?! That was one of the hottest scenes I’ve ever read! Who knew?! So much tension and so much passion! Just wow!

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So good

Ok I love this story. Yeah, there's romance but there's actual plot. You can tell there's more to the series so I'm really excited for that. And this is a unique modern fantasy world that you get to learn about slowly in stead of all at once in a boring glob of information. There's a Gryffin and magic and science and portals and good food. Sounds like the place to be.

The narration was also great. Each character had their own voice and attitude which was well portrayed with great inflections and cadence.

Honestly I wasn't expecting it to be as cute and exciting as it was. I just wanted the story to keep going and I can't wait for the next one.

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Very Sweet

Both the author and narrator are new to me so I was very hesitant, but turns out I love them both! The writing is nice and I really like the main characters. Especially Beatrice; she's such a badass and I love her.
The narrator put a lor of passion and power into his voice and it complemented the various moods of the book quite well. Definitely one of my top 4 narrators.

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  • Kashonna
  • 12-31-21

Interesting story

This was a fun story. I loved the world building. The characters were fun. Xander and Jackson were a great pair. They complimented each other well. The only downside I found was the ending of the story. It was a little anticlimactic.

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  • choccygrl
  • 01-17-22

Urban fantasy with a touch of romance

Over the last few years urban fantasy has become my drug of choice. More specifically M/M urban fantasy. This is my first book by Nazri Noor and first audiobook by Zachary Johnson. And I loved the whole package.
Best friend's who have drifted almost to the point of enemies, certainly to mutual animosity. A great bunch of friends. Tragic backstory. Excellent world-building. And a solid mystery.
Highly recommended.
Now the quandary. Do I read the next book or wait for the audio to come out?

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  • Meg
  • 12-31-21

Awesome new UF audiobook

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This multifaceted urban fantasy had my attention from the first chapter. Right off, Noor lets the reader know that we're not just going to be dealing with measly humans, or Mages and Artificers, to be more precise. We get mythological creatures, and other beings thrown in for good measure.

Jackson is an aspiring artificer, but it's a dying art, and when his parents passed, he lost his greatest teacher. He has created a gauntlet, but it's not ready and needs more practice. It uses the tiny spark of magic Jack has for its power source. For now, though, he has to eat and get supplies for his craft, and that takes coin. So, Jack hunts for objects or ingredients the magic users need in exchange for money. He has a small, group... Okay, two... Friends that he is close with, and as secondary characters, they have their own roles to play as the author weaves the many subplots together.

Xander is an accomplished mage and lives across the street from Jack. They were friends in their youth, but when Xander returned from the prestigious magic school, their friendship turned sour. Xander and Jackson are hired for the same job, and they must work together, along with some help, to reach the goal. Even as the two bicker and sass each other, the author is slowly bringing the friendship back and allowing a romance to build. But Xander has a devastating secret he's holding close to the vest.

The main plot of this book, the mystery and suspense of the fever, is settled in A Touch of Fever. However, the author has left plenty of questions for the last two books. Noor is a new-to-me author, and I am happily impressed. The world building is done in such a way that I could picture the scenes. The Black Market is ingenious, and much more than what it implies. Some things are quite obvious, while others might throw you for a loop. As for Jack and Xander, I'd say it's a HFN in the romance department.

Zachary Johnson is also a new-to-me narrator, and I really enjoyed his performance. The characters have their own voices and emotions, the pacing is done well, and his voice was a smooth and easy listen. Bravo!

* I received a free copy of this audiobook at my request from GRR and this review is my own personal opinion without any outside influence of any kind. *

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  • HelenMK69
  • 12-30-21

New to me author and narrator

First time reading/listening to a book from this author, and I wasn't sure what to expect, but I enjoyed this story and the characters.

Excellent world-building, and the characters were well-formed, Jacksons and Xanders relationship had a lot of angst, to begin with, but we get our HEA. I will definitely look for more books by this author.

Zachery Johnson, again a new to me narrator, was a pleasure to listen to, clean and concise. I did speed up this narration which is usual for me.

A Touch of Fever
Arcane Hearts, Book 1
By: Nazri Noor
Narrated by: Zachary Johnson
Series: Arcane Hearts, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 18 mins

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I received this audiobook for free from GRR at my request. My review is my opinion and an honest review - neither the author nor GRR influenced my opinion.

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  • alias11
  • 12-28-21

Intriguing, interesting, and fun

I really enjoyed this story. The distinction between mages and artificers was unique and interesting, as was the idea of a class of mages that surrenders basically themselves and their humanity to achieve the pinnacle of magic and power. Enticing, but tragic in a way, too. I loved the characters, especially the banter and play between Jackson and Xander. I loved Zephyr, too, and his sassy and diva-ish behavior. The story itself was engaging with magic, mystery, a little drama, and some sexy times. I can't wait for more in this series. My only complaint is I felt I didn't get enough background on Jackson's friends and how they met, etc.

The narrator was excellent with distinct and different voices for each character. He really kept me engaged in the story and the characters.

I received a free copy of this audiobook and am voluntarily leaving this honest review.

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  • Susie Umphers
  • 12-28-21

What is magic?

An interesting exploration of what magic really is. Is it an art or does it also reside in objects made by a master craftsman? Harks back to the debates about fine art versus craft from a magical perspective. What Jackson and Xander discover is that both have their uses and watching them learn to work together and see where their skills complement each other makes for interesting reading. The world building is excellent, and the fight against the fever hits a bit close to home these days. Zachary Johnson gives a great performance in this one. He captures the action as well as the philosophical debates.

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  • KBR
  • 12-27-21

A Touch of Fever

Both the author and narrator were new to me. I'm so glad I gave this a chance. The story was layered, and the characters, main and side, were beautifully nuanced with depth. I felt emotions as I was transported to this new world. I absolutely want more and would recommend it for both the writing and performance.

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  • Hey There Delilah!!
  • 12-27-21

A Touch of Fever

Story: I truly enjoyed this story - from the very beginning with how we are introduced to the story, to the very end. This book has great banter, some action and good chemistry between Jackson and Xander. I'm looking forward to what's next.

Narration: Zachary Johnson was great. Good voice distinctions between the characters and narrated with a pace that kept me engaged.

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  • L.D.
  • 12-27-21

A Great New Urban Fantasy Series

A Touch of Fever is the first book in the Arcane Hearts series—and what a fantastic start to a new series! Urban fantasies can be hit or miss, but A Touch of Fever was definitely a hit for me immediately. Jackson was a hilarious and likable main character who’s wit and sass had me rooting for him. I loved the romantic tension between him and Xander—there’s something so satisfying about a well written enemies-to-lovers trope. I instantly wanted the next book in the series once I finished listening to this one.

Zachary Johnson was the perfect choice of narrator to perform this book. I loved how he voiced the characters and kept the narration dynamic.

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  • ChaosKay (Audiobook Obsession Reviewer, The Flock VIP)
  • 12-22-21

Excellent start

This is my first book from Nazri Noor and I really enjoyed it . The narration was perfect and I can’t wait for more in this series.