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At the end of the excellent novel, Heir to the North, Cassia made the tough call and destroyed the wardings that held an ancient evil in stasis. Now it is awake, and it is her job to raise an army to stop it. The funny thing is, she is the story teller that she always wanted to be; only she is now making the stories real. She does retain the mind of a story teller, and begins to see how old tales hide real truths. She is also so much more able now to discern the truth about those around her. Her eyes are now keen and alert, and she sees the true personalities of everyone around her.
One nice thing is that Cassia continues to grow as an individual and a character. She is stronger than she was in the first book, and it shows in how she behaves and acts around her companions. Her ability to rely solely on her instinct show how much she has grown, because she may seem like she is making stuff up on the fly, but the truth is she is following her gut, and it works for her. The ending of the book does wrap up everything, this is a duology so while you are glad to get the completed story you do regret this is the end for Cassia and her crew.
I enjoyed the cover, the art is done well, and it portrays Cassia and the prince getting ready to rumble.
The narration is deftly handled by Diana Croft, who manages to play Cassia to a tee. She also, does a great job with all the other characters. She carries the story along at a great pace, and infuses it with a lot of emotion.
I certainly would suggest that you pick up the series and enjoy the story teller's daughter as she writes her own tale. Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and honestly, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.
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I really enjoyed the first book of this series, and this is an excellent follow up. Like many fantasy series, it just gets better once you know the world and are invested in the characters. I wish I could give it four and a half stars.
The main character in particular has a fantastic arc, and unlike many series I have read, she doesn't stop learning and improving at the beginning of the first book, but continues throughout. It seems like the author did a lot of thinking about how he wants his characters to develop and has spaced it throughout the books, augmenting the epic experience and general sense of reality. One of my favorite elements of the story was a certain dark undercurrent that flows throughout and really heightens the suspense and the mood. It was really well done.
The world itself is incredibly rich and detailed. My one criticism would be that the speech is anachronistic, sometimes using idioms or even contemporary slag which feels out of place with the rest of the story tone. I did clench my teeth a few times over this. I liked the story so much that it was worth that minor irritation, however, if not for that I probably would have given it five stars overall.
The narration was very nice.
I received this book for free at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I had to break this audiobook up over several weeks because I enjoyed it so much I didn't want it to end.
The writing is wonderful, with rich world building and characters. The pacing is excellent, given how much action there is I didn't feel overwhelmed with it all.
The narrator outdid herself, she covered so many different character voices and brought every single one to life for me.
Can't recommend this audiobook enough!
Really enjoyed both of these books; can’t fault the writer nor the narrator as both have done a beautiful job with all the characters.
Really hope we’re invited back into this world to share a few more adventures in the future!