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Publisher's Summary

Ilona is a doctor and is ruled by logic. When she starts to develop unusual powers, her beliefs change and she's thrown into a world of mysteries, traditions, and secrets. She doesn't know much about her heritage, besides legends and rituals, when she begins to remember her mother's instructions concealed as rhymes. The discovery of her healing power and ability to freeze time is exciting and frightening. A sinister man appears and Ilona connects his presence with the series of mysterious deaths around her. She has been in love with her unsuspecting best friend, when she meets a stranger. She is drawn to him and confused by the sudden magnetic feeling.
The Ancestors' Secret series is an epic fantasy, heroic romance series with magical powers, ancient legends, a love triangle, and time travel that is a great listen for fantasy lovers and also suitable for young adults.
©2014 Erika M. Szabo (P)2015 Erika M. Szabo
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5 out of 5 stars
By Will Jelbert, Author of The Happiness Animal on 10-28-15

A book of hidden secrets and an epic quest

In the flower language of my ancestors, this is a book of hidden secrets.
‘Write your journal everyday…. Make sure you don’t ignore our customs’. Throw some time travel, superpowers, a love triangle and some epic romance into the mix and you have one hell of a story.
Add vivid instances where one sentence creates an entire vivid scene, the mastery of storytelling. The author is clearly an artist and architect in forming a structure with strong plot points, subplots, theme, character, foreshadowing, pinch points and building tension until the climax. I listened to it in two sittings.
This book delivers. Listen to it.
Review by Will Jelbert, Author of The Happiness Animal

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5 out of 5 stars
By A. E. Drury on 10-03-15

Excellent Audio book

I Read the original version of this book which I purchased as an eBook. Since then the book got a major reworking. New title, cover, professional editing, and finally this audio book edition which I received as a review copy.
I enjoyed the original story very much, but the extra professionalism brought to the current edition is much appreciated. Jannie Meisberger's narration is top notch. Her voice pleasant, the clear but definitely British accent is easy to understand, and she provides just the right amount of emphasis to the story without over reaching.
The story about a Hun woman with special inherited powers is compelling and believably told. It has several exotic layers as this young woman learns more about her family, her heritage, and herself. Well done!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Mrs. J.R. Rolfe on 01-14-16

Magical sci-fi

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I think this is ideal reading for teenagers and young adults. I would have loved it when I was that age BUT I did enjoy it since this sort of book is right up my street. Yes, I would recommend it to friends interested in this type of book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ilona is a fascinating character and interesting that the author has written her as a doctor - a healer.

What about Jannie Meisberger’s performance did you like?

I like Jannie Meisberger's voice which brought the story to life and weaved the tale with consummate actorly art!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No - I was too busy waiting for the next chapter!

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1 out of 5 stars
By Sheryl Mason on 09-29-15

Oh dear

What disappointed you about Protected by the Falcon?

I found the whole book disappointing. The plot is disjointed and the characters not well developed. Some of those who seem important at the beginning vanish from the writer's storyline part way through and you don't see them again. Leaving a book with a "hanging ending" is also not a good plot device to those who want an ending and not just a fast way to sell the next book.

Would you ever listen to anything by Erika M. Szabo again?

No, for the reasons stated above. I'm not sure why the book got published at all.

Who might you have cast as narrator instead of Jannie Meisberger?

Just about anyone. I'm sorry but I don't like to listen to American narrators, especially those who can't narrate well. There is little or no attempt at accents or voices for the various characters and when there is it is only occasional. Her attempts to pronounce Elsa came across as Elsa, Ailsa or Alsa. I still don't know what the character is called.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment. I read a review on Amazon that praised the book and, looking for something a little different, decided to try it. Sadly, it was a trying experience.

Any additional comments?

I will be returning this book without delay.

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