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Though Satina finds an unlikely ally in Marten, the imp Skinner who manages to help more people than he hurts, it will take all the power they can summon to keep Westwood's secrets from falling into the wrong hands, to keep one wide-eyed girl from following the wrong man, and to keep Satina herself from falling in love with the only person in the world who knows how much of a fraud she really is.
Kingdoms Gone series book one: A fantasy fairy tale
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By DabOfDarkness on 06-09-14
Would you consider the audio edition of Unlikely: A Kingdoms Gone Story (Volume 1) to be better than the print version?
Haven't read the print. On one hand, the narration was sometimes stilted. On the other hand, I may never have read this book in print. My job lets me listen to audiobooks as I work, so I am very glad this is in audio format.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Satina - she complex. Sometimes scared, sometimes firm, sometimes brave. Very human.
Which scene was your favorite?
Where Satina shows Marten her secret pocket where she harvests her medicinal herbs, which are guarded by a gargoyle.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
An unlikely group of characters trying to save just one small village.
Any additional comments?
This story was rich and magical. Frances Pauli created a world with its own lingo, a rich atmosphere that I sank into. I loved riding around in Satina’s head, figuring out her world and the mess she stepped into in Westwood. There’s history and lost knowledge to be considered, different cultures and peoples, and the broken down disarray that allows the gangs to rule. And of course, there are the other magical denizens keeping a low profile in Westwood.
Enter the imp Skinner, Marten. Is he a bit of a mischief maker? A little chaotic good? At first Satina isn’t sure. Marten runs a little store in Westwood and the bullying gangs aren’t above wrecking the place and roughing up Martin to force Satina into helping them with their plans for total local domination. Marten was an intriguing character since I was not sure where he stood at the beginning. Of course, I became quite fond of him by the end. And one gang, lead by Zane, became more of a pain in the ass than the others. While Zane threatens Marten’s health to get Satina to help him, he also lets Satina know that more of her is desired.
My favorite aspect of this story was the pockets, magical bubbles closed off from the real world unless you have the magic and can enter them. In these pockets, many of the remaining magical folks (faeries and such) choose to live. These pockets range in size from small grassy knolls perfect for a lovers’ tryst to small villages (where the magic folk can romp and play). Satina uses the pockets to travel safely, often setting up camp in one at night (provided she can find one). We learn a little about the magical denizens of these pockets, how they have chosen to shut out the real world and humanity. And because of this, much of humanity has forgotten how magic works.
All in all, a very good start to a fantasy series. There’s been great set up of Satina’s world, with plenty more left to discover.
Narration: Lisa L. Wiley was a good choice for the voice of Satina. She had a great mix of wonder, hesitancy, and resolve in her performance of Satina. Her male voices were also decent. On occasion, Wiley did narrate rather slowly and a few times there was some stilted speech patterns. These were not enough to make me put the book down.
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By Amanda Bacon on 04-02-15
Unlikely, an unexpected find
I was given a copy of this audio book in exchange for an honest review.
I really enjoyed this book. I actually enjoyed it more than I thought I would. The characters are well developed and quite likeable. It has a good pace and flows nicely. I thought the world the author created was well constructed. I am looking forward to the rest of this series because the author leaves the reader with just enough unanswered questions. I would recommend this book for adults that enjoy reading children's fiction and obviously for tweens and adolescents. The narrator did a fair job, with no mispronunciations.(If you listen to audio books as much as I do, you know how important that is!)
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