• Lord of the White Hell: Book One

  • The Cadeleonian Series, Book 1
  • By: Ginn Hale
  • Narrated by: Jakobi Diem
  • Length: 12 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (52 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Kiram Kir-Zaki may be considered a mechanist prodigy among his own people, but when he becomes the first Haldiim ever admitted to the prestigious Sagrada Academy, he is thrown into a world where power, superstition and swordplay outweigh even the most scholarly of achievements.

But when the intimidation from his Cadeleonian classmates turns bloody, Kiram unexpectedly finds himself befriended by Javier Tornesal, the leader of a group of cardsharps, duelists and lotharios who call themselves Hellions.

However Javier is a dangerous friend to have. Wielder of the White Hell and sole heir of a dukedom, he is surrounded by rumors of forbidden seductions, murder and damnation. His enemies are many and any one of his secrets could not only end his life but Kiram's as well. 

Contains mature themes.

©2010 Ginn Hale (P)2019 Tantor

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Not for advanced readers.

This should be marketed for teens. The writing is drab.

And the narrator is...well, interesting. His impressions are wonderful, but his "narrator's voice" is plain to the point that he sounds completely disinterested.

Lastly, I have no idea what's supposed to be happening in this story. Not a clue.

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Love this series!

I was so excited when I saw this on Audible. I have the book on Kindle but it had been years since I'd read it. Ginn Hale recently released a new Cadeleonian book and I was meaning to re-read the earlier books to refresh my memory. It worked out great that the audiobook came out now. Ms Hale is an incredible author, one of my favorites. The world-building is intricate and fascinating, the plot draws you in, and the characters are all complex, all with their own flaws and their own motivations. Though it takes place in a fantasy setting, there are many relevant real-world themes, such as the racism Kiram faces, and the homophobia of Cadeleonian society, that elevate this series from "just" a fantasy novel or "just" M/M romance to something more poignant that will stick in your mind.

As for the narrator, I found him largely unobjectionable. Not the best, but far from the worst. I don't think he brought anything particularly special to the story, but neither did he distract from the story with things like overdone character voices or a totally wooden narration.

Overall, I highly recommend this book, and this author in general. I hope to see more of her books coming to audible. Just a note, this book is part of a duology, but to me they read more like a single long book, and Part 2 continues directly where Part 1 ends, and completes the tale.

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#NarratorMotivated

First of all, let me say that I came across this book because I am motivated to listen to ANYTHING Jakobi Diem! And when I read these reviews about his performance, I was even more curious. I'm not sure what others was expecting, but he did an amazing job capturing the innocence of Kiram and Nestor and the arrogance, hurt and confusion of Javier!
I loved the story and the characters. It was very well written! I can't wait to listen to book 2!

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Really enjoyed it!

I loved this story a lot! I wasn't entirely sure how I felt about the narrator to begin with, but his voice grew on me! Overall I really enjoyed the story and got totally immersed!!

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Great Story in Spite of Mediocre Narrator

Narrator could use training, sounds like it's his turn to read to the class. Hopefully part 2 shows improvement.
Still well worth it because of the Inspired writing. The world building could not be better.

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Great Book

Pissed as hell about the ending. Thank gods there’s a second book. I need to know more!

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SUCH a good book, and a favorite series

I don't often write reviews, but I want to encourage folks to give this charming, complex, and beautifully detailed story a chance, both in book form, and audio form. While the narrator takes a little getting used to, and doesn't always nail the subtle tongue in cheek of the dialogue, you soon get into the rhythm of his soothing voice and overall his voices are well done. Ginn Hale excels at characterization and world-building, as well as spinning up the perfect amount of suspense. While the characters are younger in this book, I would definitely not rate it a "teen book" as one reviewer suggested, though I certainly would have enjoyed reading it at that age as well. There are several more books in this series, and everyone only gets more mature from here, and the stakes only get more complex, fast-paced, and excellent from here. I hope you discover a new favorite!

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Horrible ending

There are no words to describe how absolutely horrible and out of nowhere this story unraveled. To say I was very upset with the ending would be an understatement. I will give book #2 a start in the hopes that the author reconciles this aberrant character arc.

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  • Naama
  • 01-16-21

disappointed

I had high hopes for this book and the world building was cool but the story slowly miandered and all arcs were unresolved at the "end" also they was a lot of mysogeny and homophobia. Maybe adressed in the next book but not sure I care enough to find out

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  • Mrs. E. J. Curtis
  • 04-07-20

Interesting start

Really enjoyable well written story with likeable characters. Was dubious about the narrator to start but turned out good.

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  • Danielle Allan
  • 11-18-19

Loved it

When the narrator first started I was really put of but after the first few minutes I really likes his voice for the characters. I wish I'd waited for book two to come out before listening though because this ends on a cliffhanger

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  • Jensen
  • 10-30-19

Great world building

I don’t think this narrator works for me, I found him...odd...to listen to, like he stressed the wrong words and such.
I am in love with the world building here, wouldn’t want to live there, but I found it intriguing, however, I hated the two main characters.
I would recommend getting the ebook, and I definitely recommend the book, no matter my feelings towards the two boys.