Length: 7 hrs and 31 mins
Taren Laxley has never known anything but life as a slave. When a lusty pirate kidnaps him and holds him prisoner on his ship, Taren embraces the chance to realize his dream of a seagoing life. Not only does the pirate captain offer him freedom in exchange for three years of labor and sexual servitude, but the pleasures Taren finds when he joins the captain and first mate in bed far surpass his greatest fantasies.
Then, during a storm, Taren dives overboard to save another sailor and is lost at sea. He’s rescued by Ian Dunaidh, the enigmatic and seemingly ageless captain of a rival ship, the Phantom, and Taren feels an overwhelming attraction to Ian that Ian appears to share. Soon Taren learns a secret that will change his life forever: Ian and his people are Ea, shape-shifting merfolk… and Taren is one of them too. Bound to each other by a fierce passion neither can explain or deny, Taren and Ian are soon embroiled in a war and forced to fight for a future—not only for themselves but for all their kind.
I read the book over a year ago and had forgotten most of it. So listening to the audio refreshed my memory. I found Stealing the Wind to be a unique mixture of depressing as h*ll and fascinating. Every time Taran’s life looked up? Something came to tear it down. That, obviously, was the depressing part. However, Anthony’s look at mermen and Taran’s journey back to who he really was, was fascinating.
The narrator’s voice lent itself to the depressing side of the story, but overall I think he brought the characters to life. He wasn’t good with lots of multiple voices, but I think those kinds of voice-over artists are few and far between.
Overall, the story about Taran and Ian was good, but not great. Same with the narration. Solid 3 stars.
However, if you like lots of drama in your story and a more war-like feel, you might love it. Men, sex, shape-shifting mermen, and war… might be right up your ally.
Story Rating: 3 stars
Narration Rating: 3 stars
Overall Rating: 3 stars