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What can I say about this to do it justice!! I think I'll start by saying that between it's wonderful characters and magical story this was an incredibly entertaining read! I loved everything about it.
Aranya was an amazing heroine. She was strong, tough, brave and well able to look after herself. She resigns herself to being a slave to the Sylakian king and intends to stay true to herself, which she does. She stays her plucky no nonsense self which gets her branded a traitor and thrown off a cliff to her death. But even that won't stop her!! She becomes her true self at her time of need and we get to see the real Arayna!
Zip is another hostage of war and while at start she battles Arayna, they soon become fast friends. I loved her spirit too! She goes through a lot while being a hostage but remains strong and steadfast. I loved her friendship with Arayna, which was solid.
Then we have the war hammer Yolathion, who is the right hand man of the Sylakian king. He is charged with conquering all nations, which he is more than willing and able to do. He captures Aranya and while transporting her to the king, develops a bond with her. He starts questioning himself about his duty or love but when his king demands he throw Aranya to her death, he does. Can Aranya forgive him?
This book grabbed me right from the start. The characters were the first thing I fell in love with but what really drew me in was the incredible world building. The lore and vivid writing made for an unforgettable world and one I will gladly jump right back into. The Dragon ships, the different nations, the different customs and the dragons themselves made me love the book even more. It was amazing.
Anyway, as I said, this was such an incredible read. It was extremely well written and imagined and filled with twists, turns, suspense and action that I flew through it. Once I pluged in my headphones, I couldn't stop listening!! The vivid descriptions and attention to detail was exceptional and it's well worth the credit!!
Shiromi Arserio made for an amazing narrator because with the number of characters in this, I never got confused of who she was trying to portray. She gave a great performance and I will definitely check out more by her.
*I received a copy of this for review from AudioBookBlast. All thoughts and opinions are my own.*
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Where does Aranya rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?
This book ranks in the top 2 that I've listened to so far.
Who was your favorite character and why?
I love Aranya, she is very adaptable, and once she is in your life she's there to stay. She's smart, independent and a loyal friend.
Which scene was your favorite?
There are some pretty exciting battle scenes but I love Aranya's interaction with Mac.
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Here there be dragons!
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This audio book was given to me to listen to and to give an unbiased review.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
I enjoyed this, thought here were parts that could have been condensed to my mind - the chase through the islands, for example. There were one or two inconsistencies I felt - the issue regarding her hair is a case in point. In the beginning it is covered up and no-one may see it. Then, once Zip has seen it, it seems to be no longer a problem, And why does no-one comment on her having rainbow coloured hair thereafter?
The narration is, clear and well-paced, but she needs to concentrate on what accent she is using. To begin with, she seemed to be very precisely enunciating English, but as the book progresses, she is unable to sustain this and her natural American accent can clearly be heard. Not bad though, but her Scots accent - oh dear.
Overall, I found it an enjoyable listen and would be interested in listening to book 2
2 of 3 people found this review helpful