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By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 12-29-17
This second edition of The Isian Series sees the focus on Princess Gabrielle of Isian and Prince Alec of Tandori, The Tandori and Isian Kingdoms have been sworn enemies for decades but have decided to make an alliance by marrying Gabrielle and Alec. Gabrielle comes from a different culture and doesn't like Alec because of his wonanising ways. She has no choice but to marry him and does so with trepidation.
This second edition in the series was a little better than the first, in that the characters were more likable. Despite Alecs womanising ways, I found him to be incredibly charming. I loved how he was with his lessers and how he always did the best for his subjects. He despises magic because he has seen what it can do on a battlefield, but he is willing to listen to Gabrielle about magic because he respects her. Gabrielle was also a lot stronger character than Elani. I liked that it took a while for her to trust Alec.
The plot was a little more fast paced than book 1 too, though still not at adventurous as I hoped. War is brewing and I felt like there needed to be more tension and action than there was. But other than that, this was a great second book.
In all, this was a sweet story. Seeing Gabrielle and Alec learn to trust and respect each other was heartwarming. If you enjoy a sweet romance, then this is the story for you.
I'm going to stick with what I said about the narrator in book 1.. Carolyn Kashner was clear and read this well. Her tones and vices were adequate and she did put effort into the narration, but I felt like her male voices were all the same and she needed to put a little more emphasis to her inflections to really capture the mood. I'm hoping she might pick up a bit over time!!
I was voluntarily provided this audiobook for free from the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.
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By HeatherY on 06-07-17
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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