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Publisher's Summary

On a fateful night five centuries ago, three mages made a desperate last stand, sacrificing everything to preserve the only hope of goodness in the beautiful, doomed land of Alasea. Now, on the anniversary of that ominous night, a girl-child ripens into the heritage of lost power. But before she can even comprehend her terrible new gift, the Dark Lord dispatches his winged monsters to capture her and bring him the embryonic magic she embodies. Fleeing the minions of darkness, Elena is swept toward certain doom - and into the company of unexpected allies. There she forms a band of the hunted and the cursed, the outcasts and the outlaws, to battle the unstoppable forces of evil and rescue a once-glorious empire.
©1998 Jim Czajkowski (P)2014 Audible Inc.
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4 out of 5 stars
By Angel on 12-27-14

An Amazing Journey

There are five books in this series, which I have both read and listened to. Elena Morin'stal is a beautifully imagined character that takes many a hard road on her journey to save her homeland. Beginning as a scared young girl and reluctant savior, she grows throughout the story into much, much more. It's a wonderful ride with tons of magic, monsters and adventure.

There are parts of these books that are predictable, especially if you are an avid fantasy reader and/or if you are a table top role-player. The language is not always perfect and sometimes you may wish for a few more details but the story is truly amazing and worth the time.

I do have to say that I do not like the reader for this particular series. I feel her voice was not suited to the story or the characters. Her reading does not lack feeling, mind you, only a quality that allows you to lose your awareness of the 'Reader' while they are reading. I had a hard time becoming immersed in the story because of this.

Overall, though, this is a great read and I highly recommend it to fantasy lovers. If you do not want to listen to it, I definitely recommend buying it (it is available for the Kindle). Following Elena and her entertaining, sometimes infuriating, group of misfits will not be a trip you regret.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Deathvulken on 01-25-15

Awesome story even better with audible

The best fantasy novel I have ever read plain and simple as that. The audio book was well performed and the voices she does are enchanting and give the story even more life.

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4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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