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A Hero’s Curse by P.S. Broaddus is the first novel in a series called The Unseen Chronicles. This story follows a young blind girl, Essie, who is accidentally set on an adventure with her talking cat companion, Tig, at her side. When Essie’s parents are taken away, Essie soon finds herself alone and away from home. With her heightened senses and the help of Tig, she traverses the land moving from one hazardous environment to another, meeting new creatures, and following, accidentally, in the footsteps of the missing King Mactogonii. She must overcome her own physical constraints that those imposed by her surroundings to try to find and save King Mactogonii and maybe even warn and save not only her parents, but also the people of her land, from an unearthly threat.
I felt that this novel was great for its genre. While I enjoyed the storyline, the story is really for younger young adults or even older children. Essie is a 12 year old girl who is faces a variety of physical and mental challenges throughout the novel. As the story progresses and Essie faces and overcomes a variety of challenges compounded by her blindness, she begins to come to terms with the reality of the world around her and her own blindness. Essie’s growth is really apparent as the novel progresses. The storyline is filled with a lot of action and interesting supporting characters as well, most importantly Tig. The end of the novel leaves the story open for the next challenges in Essie’s life, but provides a satisfying conclusion. However, while charming and exciting, it may not be a good fit for an adult reader not accustomed to reading children’s novels. As it is a novel for young adults, the writing is not overly complex and there are portions of the storyline that can be read as simplistic.
The narration by Elizabeth Phillips was good. I felt that the characters were distinct and the story came alive through her voicing. The production quality was good as well. I would recommend this novel to young adults or older children who like fantasy adventure stories.
Audiobook was provided for review by the author.
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I love being surprised by a good story. A Hero's Curse was one such surprise.
In the vein of CS Lewis, this children's story is full of adventure, imagination, meaningful moments, and original application of classic ideas.
The book's blind heroine paints complex world by describing her surroundings by sound, smell, and touch. While she thinks of the world as a dark place because that is all she sees, the reader begins to see that she is a central piece in a stunning world of color.
Each new character she meets marks the story with meaning, heart, and fun.
In the audiobook, the main narrator was excellent (the few side voices, didn't impress me, but they were not bad.
I greatly enjoyed this book.
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