Warning: This book includes mature content such as: sexual content, and/or drug and/or alcohol use, and/or violence.
Narrator: Noelle Bridges, John Masterson
Series: Men of the North #1
Published by Tantor Media on March 6, 2018
Genres: Adult, Dystopian, Romance, Science Fiction
Length: 9 hours, 1 minute
400 years in the future, men are few and women rule the world.
Except for the area formerly known as Canada and Alaska, which is inhabited by the Men of the Northlands, a group of strong men, who refuse to be ruled by women.
Christina Sanders, an archeologist and professor in history, is fascinated with the past. As a modern woman of year 2437 she knows that women are better off without men, but longing for an adventure, she makes a spontaneous decision and volunteers for a job no one else wants. Now she’s going to lead an archeological excavation in the Northlands, the most secluded place on earth where the mythical males live who are rumored to be as brutal and dangerous as the men Christina has read about in her history books.
What will happen when Christina crosses into the men’s territory? Will they allow her to do her job and is there any way they’ll let her leave again – unharmed?
The synopsis for The Protector essentially reeled me in. I mean, a world ruled by women? You can understand my curiosity, right? And EPeer didn’t disappoint me.
EPeer did an excellent job of creating this futuristic world where women rule, crime is virtually non-existent, men are docile, and peace abounds. She illustrated how the world came to be as it is with an inventive history and present. With the exception of the Northlands, the world lives by a “we” mentality rather than “us versus them.” When Christina goes to the Northlands, both she and Bolder learn a lot about each other’s cultures, their misconceptions and that not everything about the other’s world is bad.
Christina and Bolder are the main characters and I really enjoyed them both. There was a lot of room for character growth – an element I adore in my reads – seeing as they had to evolve their thinking where it came to each other and their respective cultures and societies. Christina is smart, adventurous, and more open-minded than your average woman of the Motherlands. I think her being an archeologist and being fascinated by history helped her in being more open to new experiences. Bolder – being a Northman, was intelligent, brutally strong, and loyal. I enjoyed the way he teased Christina at first, trying to shock her. But he grew fond of her quickly, being her protector, which made his loyalty “button” engage. And it was entertaining to watch as his feelings for her grew. I also liked that EPeer conveyed Bolder’s vulnerabilities where Christina was concerned.
Besides Christina and Bolder, EPeer created a wonderful secondary cast. From Khan, the ruler of the Northlands, to Pearl, a member of the ruling council in the Motherlands, and everyone in between, the secondary characters added depth to the story. And they also gave me more reason to continue the series.
- World Building
I know I mentioned world building in the section under plot, but I wanted to expand upon it a little. The way that the Motherlands and Northlands are ruled, how that all came about, and the perceptions and misconceptions they have about each other play a big role in the story. In fact, I see this playing a pivotal role in the over-arching plot of the series. I’m speculating, of course, since I’ve only completed the first book but this particular element fascinates me!
This is a romance to be sure. There are many plot threads but the romance was a good one. Witnessing Christina and Bolder get acquainted, seeing their prejudices disintegrate as their misconceptions are rectified made for a slow-burn turned inferno of a romance. One I quite enjoyed.
Noelle Bridges and John Masterson did a fine job of narrating this story. They kept the pacing even, conveyed all the emotions of the scenes, and kept the voices distinct.
Overall, I was more than satisfied with my introduction to Elin Peer, The Protector, and the Men of the North. I’ll be continuing the series is audio soon!
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