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Really great book. The characters are of all ages - the heroes young and dynamic and really tough. They have the kind of conscience that makes you wish the whole world had this kind of attitude. The story has a lot of levels and these kids are dealing with a lot of issues. IN the word of Thol there are all kinds of beings in conflict both physical and philosophical. What kind of world do we want to live in? What is right and what is wrong? Yet there is plenty of humor and plenty of inventiveness in the creation of this 'other world' that keep the story very balanced and a pleasure to listen to. This is a new venture for this author - science fiction/fantasy. I have listened to her cozies which have the same creativity and comedy. Bravo Dawn Ireland. I'll listen to more.
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What would you do if you suddenly found yourself in a completely different world and met creatures you had vividly seen in your nightmares before? And how would you react if you found out there was only the tiniest of tiny possibilities that you'd ever go home again? These are the questions that D'laine Jackson has to answer. She also has to decide whethere she's ready to accept the situation and adjust to the new world or fall a victim to the first "monster" she faces. But there is even more in store for her during her adventures in Thol - she'll meet friends and foes, she'll change foes into friends, she'll acquire some magical powers and she will fulfill an ancient prophecy, saving the world... Not bad for a 17-year-old girl, right?
Prophecy of Thol is one of those books which you read or listen to with pleasure even though you have the general idea of what will finally happen right from the start - you obviously don't expect the main character who is "the one from the prophecy" to suddenly die and not fulfill the prophecy, right?:) So we know it will end well. But we don't know what will happen on the way and that's the interesting part. That part is very well executed in the story of D'laine Jackson.
Dawn Ireland created the world of Thol that is so different from ours and yet also in a way so similar that like D'laine we are in awe of it and yet miss our home. Thol is populated by numerous races of creatures, some living in peace, some constantly at war with others. D'laine has to come to terms with all this and quickly learn how to live there and how to use her newly discovered powers. I like the fact that as her knowledge and awareness of the world around her grow, she also becomes more and more mature, and while at the beginning of the story she simply reacts and makes hasty decisions, like a typical teenager, at the end her decisions are thought out and concern the good of everyone, not only herself.
There are also other very interesting, well developed characters, many of them, in fact. Some of them will even surprise you a few times:)
The plot itself is fast-paced, "hopping" from Thol to Earth now and then, which adds a lot of dynamics to the story as we have the insight into both D'laine's thoughts and feelings and the emotions of those she has left here, at home... The ending may seem a little bit rushed and give you a feeling of being a little out of the blue, but when you think about it, there are hints as to what can happen throughout the whole book, so I can excuse it... Well, to be honest, I really liked it:)
As for the interpretation by Ms Hazen, it's very good. She's great at giving characters very distinctive voices. It's not that I always love all the voices, some of them kind of irritate my ears, but I do appreciate the fact that I always recognize who is speaking just because there are no two characters that have exactly the same manner of speaking. Also, Ms Hazen is great at conveying emotions and equally good in narrative parts.
So, all in all, it's a great interpretation of a very engaging and entertaining book. I can't wait to read/listen to the next part.
DISCLAIMER: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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Would you consider the audio edition of Prophecy of Thol to be better than the print version?
What was one of the most memorable moments of Prophecy of Thol?
The most memorable moment is when D’laine was taken by the cloud of fog
Which character – as performed by Kelley Hazen – was your favourite?
If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?
An adventure like no other.
Any additional comments?
Very well written it's like I'm watching an UltraHD movie. The places and characters were described vividly.