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What made the experience of listening to Scarlet and the Keepers of Light the most enjoyable?
In the audio version a couple of times there’s something done to the voice to give it a nice mystical feel, I think it works really well.
What other book might you compare Scarlet and the Keepers of Light to and why?
It gave me a Chronicles of Narnia vibe because it deals with a family traveling to a magical world.
Any additional comments?
I love how the whole family is involved in the story. Scarlet’s story is most important but I can see her father having an adventure of his own. Scarlet‘s sister has a special power which makes me want to see where she goes in the next book.
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From the very beginning I was hooked, it’s got appealing characters and magic…in general, a little something for everyone interested in YA fantasy. There’s the 14 year old female protagonist named Scarlet, talking wolves, family, fairies, big monsters, creepy people, good people, a library, two worlds in one and….a quest. While the story may be intended for female pre-teens and teens, I believe that all ages and both genders will enjoy it. Overall the story is filled with hope, loyalty, bravery, insightful family ties and lasting friendships.
The narrator, Harriet Stevens, has the perfect voice for the story and while not all her voices are distinctly different her performance is excellent. Harriet Stevens gives life to each character and to the book as a whole by providing the right tone and intonation whether during emotional upheavals, moments of loving tenderness, or wit and humor.
There is one observation I must make. Scarlet seems to follow much the same path as Frodo in Lord of the Rings; I realize many authors throughout history have taken similarities from popular stories of the day and made them their own but this is worth mentioning, especially since LOTR was given a brief mention. The quest begins with Dark Lords or Mortada, (fortunately these creatures are now a cross between the beauty of Galadriel’s woodland fairies and the Nazgul), then on to see the fairies (replacing elves), and off to the dwarves…, finally the group is split. What makes it perfect for all ages is that where LOTR is dark and often times quite gruesome, Scarlet and the Keepers of Light has a lighter flavor which is sometimes a bit scary but mostly it’s family and amazing friends helping a young girl find her own magic.
There are many incredible and exciting scenes throughout this first in the series story and readers will stayed engaged right from the beginning and enjoy every moment of Scarlet’s adventures. Only the future will tell if Scarlet Hopewell stands the test of time but I believe because of it’s charm, appeal and strength it will. I look forward to the next book in this series and thank the author, Brandon West, for his time and hard work in bringing not only Scarlet but all his characters into being.
Please forgive any spelling errors in names but having only audio to work with phonetic spelling is all I can do. I was given this audiobook in exchange for a fair and honest review.
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