The Alliance of Isian : Isian

  • by Serena Clarke
  • Narrated by Carolyn Kashner
  • Series: Isian
  • 7 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

War is coming and all the kingdoms must choose a side. Isian decides to make an alliance with their long-time enemies in order to defeat a common enemy. So Isian sends a proposal, offering their daughter to the prince, in order to ensure an alliance. Princess Gabrielle and her new husband, Prince Alec must learn to work together and trust each other in order to triumph in the approaching war. With a mysterious beast attacking the kingdom, their lives in danger, and overcoming their vast cultural differences, will love grow despite their trials?

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Solid Fantasy Sequel

This is the second book in the Isian series, and it continues the story of the struggles of the kingdoms to unite before an inevitable war. Young Isian princess Gabrielle has been groomed all her life to marry a noble to consolidate power. She never expected that man to be Prince Alec of Tandori, one of Isian's mortal enemies. After meeting Alec six years ago, she formed an impression of him as a vulgar drunken womanizer. Alec has never even seen her face behind the veil young Isian women wear. Neither of them know the other, but in order to provide an example to their people to unite, they need to learn to work together. Complicating matters, someone seems to want Gabrielle dead.

I enjoyed this book, it's written at a slower pace that takes more time with the characters and we learn more about the Isian people. I found the glimpses of them in the first book intriguing, and wanted to learn more about their magic and customs. As Alec and Gabrielle clash over their opposing viewpoints, they discuss their cultural differences in detail. We learn their countries' viewpoints on everything from prisoner treatment to government assistance.

While the couple suffered from the usual misunderstandings that come from not communicating properly, there were plenty of sweet moments between the two. I loved Gabrielle's interaction with children, and Alec's thoughtful gifts. This is a clean romance, but you can still feel the mutual love and respect that grow between them.

The narrator did a great job with the accents. She has a young voice that fit Gabrielle well. She didn't overact and kept a good pace throughout. Overall great narration.

I received a copy of the audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
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- HeatherY

Just loved it!

This is the second in the Isain series and I liked it even better than the first one. Such a challenging premise that a prince and princess from, formerly, waring countries should marry and try to get along to help mend the breach and form an alliance against a mutual enemy.

Gabrielle and Alec are both strong personalities but also hold unswerving loyalty to their countries and their duty. This loyalty they slowly also give to each other as they discover misconceptions each have held about the other's people. But they don't have a nice quiet time to get to know each other, Gabrielle is attacked several times by those who don't want to form an alliance and Alec is kept busy fighting a magical monster that is attacking outlying villages.

As Gabrielle and Alec learn to trust each other and care about each other their own people slowly start to do that same. Day by day a true alliance is formed. So very captivating and satisfying to read!

The narrator, Carolyn Kashner, did a tremendous job with all the voices and especially Gabrielle's accent. So enjoyable to listen to.

I received this audio book from the author but the opinions are my own.
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- Amanda R

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-30-2016
  • Publisher: Red Mountain Shadows Publishing