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Cara has been a prisoner all her life, shackled by a broken soul and fear of her father's temper. When a mercenary captain is taken prisoner, he sparks something in her she doesn't recognize - rebellion. Determined to save the captain's life, she flees with him intent on leaving her past behind. It isn't love that drives her father's zealous pursuit, but a hidden magical birthright she never knew about. Now she must solve the puzzle of her past before her father kills everyone she loves in his bid to reclaim her.
©2016 Stacy Bennett (P)2017 Miramae Press
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5 out of 5 stars
By Natalie @ ABookLoversLife on 08-27-17


A young girl has lived her whole life in a bleak and dark keep. Her only companions are her beloved bears and her father who only calls her daughter. Every month she sees her father bring strangers to the keep and she is forbidden to talk to them, every month he makes her lie on a cold altar while he does magic to her, every month she abides by his rules... until the month that Cory and Archer are brought to her keep. She realises that she can't let father kill them. So she does the unthinkable and betrays her father. What follows is an amazingly vivid and intriguing story.

Well knock me down with a feather... this was breathtaking. The author has created an absolutely amazing world and one I devoured. The plot was so intriguing and addicting. The layers to the book was awesome and I loved everything about it. The author captured my imagination from the get go. I loved the lore and the history and the magic and.....everything!! Amazing.

Character wise, initially I didn't really like Cara because she came across as such a shy, quiet girl who was afraid of a lot and always needed rescuing. Then we met Fallon and I thought, why couldn't Cara be more like her, she was a warrior and well able to look after herself!! So when a twist came, everything made sense!! Every character was extremely well written and developed and I was impressed by all of them.

In all, an incredibly written and vividly told story and one I recommend highly!!! Bring on book 2!!

Zachary Johnson read this extremely well. He didn't try to do a feminine voice but differentiated the females by tone and cadence. He drew me into the story and made me forget that a male was narrating the female parts!

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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5 out of 5 stars
By Adriana B on 06-08-17

Wow! What a great story!

The author did an amazing job creating such great characters. The story is captivating and pulls you in from the beginning. It is a great epic fantasy with a touch of romance.

The narrator did a great job bringing the story to life. His voices were great and kept me totally immersed. Amazing narration!

The story was very unique and I was shocked and surprised with the way everything progressed and turned out. The story does conclude in a cliffhanger but it is so worth it! I'm looking forward to the next book in this great series.

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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5 out of 5 stars
By Peter on 06-26-17

Great, can't wait for the next one.

Ok, I want to know what happens next. This book is extremely interesting and will keep you listening from start to finish if real life does not get in the way. It is a magic-filled adventure with a bit of romance in a believable fantasy world with a great plot and setting.

This world clearly has a lot of depth and background to it that we never get to see you can tell this is depth to its history. This is a great start to a new series I want to know more about this world, what powers exist in it and what happens next to the characters from this story. The interactions between the characters feel real and you can relate to their emotions and motivations. The battles feel intense and violent without going into gory detail. I think this story could make a good film.

The story is very well written, Stacy Bennett has done an excellent job with the pacing and the interactions of all the characters. The narration by Zachary Johnson is top notice with each character having a unique voice that suits their personality. The quality of the recording is good and I did not notice any errors.

I am going to keep my eye on both Stacy Bennett and Zachary Johnson as the quality of this audiobook show they are both very good at their crafts.

I am more than happy with the time I spent listening to this book and can not wait to listen to the next book.

I would highly recommend this book.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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5 out of 5 stars
By MCR. on 06-06-17


This is an incredible book, one of the best I have listened to in a long time. It is absolutely riveting and I can't wait for the next one. The presenter was so good, I was really impressed with how he put his heart and soul into bringing across the different emotions that were needed to make the book come alive. It deserved much more than 5stars.

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