The Prayers We Pray | Podium Audio

The Path of Temptation

The Prayers We Pray

Book 5

By: Auryn Hadley

Performed by: Aaron Shedlock, Kasi Hollowell

Released: February 21, 2023

Language: English

Format: Multi-cast

Duration: 20 hr, 25 min

Be careful what you pray for…because even gods can be tempted.
The Temple of Temptation is broken. The system is failing the priests who serve faithfully, but Zeal isn’t missing. He’s simply powerless—or was.
As more priests believe in our god, the balance of power has been shifting. Temptation is thriving. Miracles are happening. The High Priest is struggling. In his attempts to control me, he’s making it almost impossible to help the other gods.
Something has to give, and I’m worried it might be me.
With the last semester of my initiate training underway, things are supposed to be looking up. I finally have instructors who are grading me fairly. I no longer feel like a failure. However, my ties to the nobility of our barony have drawn just a little too much attention. The wrong kind.
The High Priest wants to get rid of me. My enemies want to destroy me out of jealousy. The nobility wants to put me in my place. My lovers want to protect me at all costs because things are starting to get dangerous.
None of that will stop me because gods aren’t the only ones to answer prayers.
I am the voice of Zeal. I walk with the Blade, the Shield, the Temptation, and the Shadow. We are the devoted—five priests determined to serve our gods in any way they demand—but the divine holds no power over men who don’t believe. Faith offers little to those who think they are the ones who should be worshipped.
Gods want love. Men want power. Everyone knows temptation.
To save Zeal, I’m tempted to destroy everything…even our traditions.
The Path of Temptation series features a strong woman and the men who love her. Graphic language, adult situations, and potentially triggering violence that are suitable for a mature audience are included.
This is a love story, and while difficult topics are included, they are handled as respectfully as possible, because sometimes finding love isn’t easy. Possible triggers include discussions of rape and assault, domestic violence, bullying, suicide, harassment, consensual pain and battery, shaming, sexual sadism, minor violence, and more adult themes.



Auryn Hadley



Aaron Shedlock

Adventurous, quirky, and typically lost in his own imaginative worlds, Aaron learned the art of storytelling from his globe trotting grandfather, well known for recanting his travels to exotic locales and living among other cultures while sipping a glass of his favorite beer. A student of Meisner method acting and obsessed with books, film, music, and art, Aaron came to the world of audiobooks not only as a gifted actor, but as an avid fan, chasing after his favorite narrators’ latest work with voracious enthusiasm. In addition to narrating over 300 audiobooks under various names, Aaron can be been heard in podcasts, radio dramas, animations, video games, commercials, and infomercials all around the world. Known for his deep voice, dynamic versatility, extensive use of dialects and accents, and submersing himself fully into his characters and stories, he brings a wonderfully unique, emotional, and engaging experience to his listeners. He’s a fan favorite across multiple genres and can often be found interacting and enjoying their company as a prominent streamer in the Twitch community, playing music, sipping great coffee, or just rolling around on the floor with his pups.



Kasi Hollowell

Kasi got her start on the stage at a young age but began her voice over career while getting her BFA in Musical Theatre doing English dubs with Sentai Filmworks. In addition to the nearly 75+ audiobooks she’s narrated, she can be heard in shows like _The Greatest Demon Lord is Reborn as a Typical Nobody _(Olivia), _Maid Sama _(Erika)_, Trapped in a Dating Sim _(Jenna), _Gosick _(Julie Guile)_, Kantai Collection _(Kisaragi)_, Afterlost _(Rena)_, _and many others_. _Being a trained vocalist, audiobook narration seemed the perfect marriage of voiceover work and her love of singing by exploring the tones and colors of her voice as a way to differentiate, ground, and connect with each character she voices.