• Darkkin Queen

  • The Demon Accords, Book 16
  • By: John Conroe
  • Narrated by: James Patrick Cronin
  • Length: 9 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (1,601 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Book 16 of the Demon Accords. 

Tatiana Demidova - natural born vampire, Coven royalty, fighter, CEO, mate of the God Hammer, Fallen Angel... mother. She wears many hats, balances diverse duties, multitasks like any other woman, except most of those don't face demons from Hell, monsters from Fairie, alien invaders, or pissy world leaders. Follow Tanya through a week of her busy life as she works to save the her children, her mate, her friends, stockholders, and the very world, in that order. 

©2020 John Conroe (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

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Weakest link in 16 book chain. Bad not fatally so.



James Cronin's narration gets a lot of hate in other reviews here, and thats partly deserved. In trying to give these characters life they all have their own voices, and some are better than others. The worst and most grating of all is his accent for Tanya, who is the POV character this outing not just in her dialog but in the narration is in that mindbogglingly bad voice. Its just painful. Seriously Tanya (and Arkady) need to die heroicly or they need a new narrator,

Conroe own the second half of the train wreck. The trope he uses over and over and over again is the childsih stupidity of every single person in the world who isn't one of his heroes, Nobody, not a single character... anywhere... once shows a single hint of intelligence. Its like they're saving the world of Idiocracy, and that just requires more suspension of disbelief than even a book full of vampire angels and werewolf-bears justifies.

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Narration really suffered

I don’t know what happened or why but the narration on this book was the worst in the series by far. Distracting to the point where I almost stopped listening. Please fix!

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one of the best

all his books are amazing, but this one moved fast and hit all the best points with the best people in the storyline. there could never be a storytelling duo better then these guys.

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JPC ruined it for me

James Patrick Cronin did a horrid on this book between losing the accent on some characters to not knowing how to pronounce some words. One does NOT pronounce the second "h" in hemorrhagic, and "loa" is pronounced with an"L" sound. Now, I will admit John Cronin was partly responsible for the second problem by not capitalizing "Loa" like he should have, but James should be professional enough to make sure he knows how to pronounce words properly.

The story itself was badly disjointed. It would have been better served to be a compendium and dropping the overall story arc for another time.

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Great

Great series my only problem is my addiction to audible and this series has me going through this and other series to fast and is forcing me to wait for the next book which sends me to look for another series between books.

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boring

Very uneventful and bland compared to all the other books in the series. I was excited for another book in the Demon Accord series but was left feeling unsatisfied.

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Solid book, but some flaws.

I love these stories, despite the constant flood of "You don't know..." or "Surely you can't be that powerful"s.

I have to agree with the complaints on the narration as well. My big one in this series is him randomly calling Okwari with an "R" sound all of a sudden, rather than the proper "L" sound that has been used in every other instance it was read throughout the series. He even has Toni sound it out at one point for crying out loud...

That all being said, I cannot wait for the next installment of the series.

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Worst of the series

Useless. Doesn’t contrite the series, although some foreshadowing. I’ll have go back and make sure this is an x.5 or a filler book.

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Welllll

The neat factor is beginning to slip with these books. Too many people with too many super duper powers. Too many people that are the dummies in power. And a plot line that is starting to plot along, not really going anywhere. Hope it changes.

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shorter than expected

it felt shorter than expected... could use a few more books asap! I honestly loved the Declan point if view and can't wait for the vorsook, attack...

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  • Mr J R D Lash
  • 01-05-21

a great interlude but felt there could be more

as ever a fun installment, good action and the ever present weaving of the meta plot. however, it felt like there could have been more done with Tanya as the main voice.

we got some great insight into vampires and a great bit of pathos and loss.

but the threat felt... disconnected and not that tied into things. and the book did feel like a setup to the NEXT step with a lot of loose ends.

as ever we have the humans being obtuse and oblivious... and omega seems to be edging towards well intentioned extremist.

i cant wait to see the next book as this feels a little less stabdalone than the others and very much a contributor to the broader canon.

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  • Antony
  • 08-29-20

made me want more

these book just are not long enough from the start to the cliffhanger end i just want more.

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  • Andrei
  • 08-16-20

One of the best in the series!

This is how it all starts, the war with the other dimensions. I think this book gave us a preview of what's going to happen next, and it will be tragic, with lives lost. At the same time, it will be epic!

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  • Dan Wright
  • 08-12-20

always enjoy this series.

really liked this. it was a slightly novel view of the demon accords universe. Worth a read.

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  • Phillip
  • 08-10-20

Off the charts amazing!!!!!

John Conroe is a ledgend, all his books are off the charts, amazing and flawless, the best SciFi Fantasy writer ever!!! James Patrick Cronin is super talented and one of he best narrators I have ever listened to, it's like watching a movie everytime !!!

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  • Tom
  • 08-09-20

a rare slump for Mr Cronin and Mr Conroe

I don't know what really has happened. normally I rare james patrick cronin as one of the best narrators I've heard but in this instance he seemed all over the place.

I think he needs to re-listen to his own work to remember the voices for the characters he's portraying, the inconsistency was mind boggling, also spell check and pronunciation of certain names (like okwali, not okwari as it was read, he even went through the pronunciation in one of the earliest books).

with the story, there were interesting ideas and plot points but the story didn't seem to flow or to engage you like it's predecessors could do so well.

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  • Lee Vickery
  • 08-08-20

Love this series.

Nearly all of this series is utterly fantastic, apart from C.A.E.C.O best to avoid if you like the series.
Not many like this have held my attention for 16 books, a publishers pack might be nice though.
I could say a lot more but for potential listeners I could spoil it.
Just have faith that this book is as good as the others.
Highly recommended.

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  • AMM
  • 04-15-22

Love this series.

Love both reading and listening to these. The latter greatly helped by the truly superb narrator. I usually confine myself to dramatised 'books' but JPC is almost a cast in himself. Very enjoyable.

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  • Kaz Whymark
  • 01-28-22

KAZ🇬🇧😃Umm 🤔 not for me 😯

I just cannot get into this audiobook I've tried again & again but it's just so boring that after an hour or so I literally can't listen to it anymore I had no clue what the story was about really coz there's vampire's a fallen angel that are married and have twin's!!in every other story vampire's can't have kid's yep I'm being picky There's alien's 👾👽 & WTH?? Nope lost interest again if I could give a minus then I would the narrator was ok storyline crap gutted I bought this rubbish👎 Definitely not gonna recommend this to anyone 👎👎👎

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  • John P. Allum
  • 10-06-21

Not so good

I’ve enjoyed this series but the last couple of stories have been a bit of a let down. This one - completely lost the plot, seemed all over the place and as for the accents, why did all their voices keep changing from previous stories and even within this story. Hoping it’s just a mid season blip.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-27-20

Excellant addition to the saga

Interesting perspective of the adventures that gods hammer and the warlock of the century get into. I was a bit disappointed that it didn't focus more on Tanya given it was from her viewpoint but overall enjoyable.