Colorless

  • by Rita Stradling
  • Narrated by Lauri Jo Daniels
  • 9 hrs and 22 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In Domengrad, there are rules all must live by: Fear the Gods. Worship the Magicians. Forsake the Iconoclasts.
To Annabelle Klein, the rules laid down by the Magicians are the mere ramblings of stuffy old men. As far as she's concerned, the historic Iconoclasts, heretics who nearly destroyed the Magicians so long ago, are nothing but myth. She has much more important matters to worry about.
Heiress to a manor mortgaged down to its candlesticks and betrothed to her loathsome cousin, 16-year-old Annabelle doubts the gods could forsake her more.
Then Annabelle is informed of her parents' sudden and simultaneous deaths, and all of the pigment drips out of her skin and hair, leaving her colorless. Within moments, Annabelle is invisible and forgotten by all who know her.
Living like a wraith in her own home, Annabelle discovers that to regain her color she must solve the mystery behind her parents' murders and her strange transformation.
Meanwhile, hundreds of the Magicians' monks, with their all-black eyes and conjoined minds, have usurped control of Annabelle's family manor. An Iconoclast is rumored to be about-a person who they claim goes unseen, unheard, and lost to memory, yet is the greatest threat to all of Domengrad. For the first time in 100 years, the monks plan to unleash the dire wolves of old.
Their only target: Annabelle.

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Very interesting concept

If Audible allowed half marks in their rating system I'd actually give Colorless a 3.5 out of 5. It was a very interesting story, conceptually, but it felt like a lot crammed into a small package and the ending was unsatisfying. Don't get me wrong, I love stories that are packaged into multiple books, but each distinct book needs to have a cogent beginning, middle, and end. As a reader, it is far too common to encounter books that feel like they're little more than a set up for the sequel...this is increasingly common nowadays with multi-book stories soaring in popularity. I want a book to leave me really thinking about what I've just read and to provide a full experience within that one book, regardless of what's planned for the future of the story. I think Colorless could have benefited from more pages. I would really have liked more character development for several of the main characters, given how interesting they were. And more backstory details. Additionally, the bit about several of the characters having this alternate reality of living in a wolf state felt rushed. I would have enjoyed reading more about that situation from various effected character's perspectives. It would have been nice to get more info on the phenomenon in which characters were able to hide in paintings and more of the lore surrounding the incredibly interesting religion and the magician's relationship to it. Overall it was heading in a great direction - some very interesting ideas here - but a bit rough around the edges for me. I don't mind sitting down with a very lengthy fantasy story (having loved Harry Potter, Song of Ice & Fire, Lord of the Rings), it just needs to hold it's own weight. I do think colorless is absolutely on par with many stories that have really become popular franchises; Divergent, Percy Jackson, Cinder and in that regard this might be a very good fit for certain YA readers. I thought that the narrator did a great job with the female voices, but became too monotone when taking on male readers. This audiobook would have edged closer to a 4.5 for me if a talented male reader had been added into the production. Her take on the monks was very interesting and overall I got the sense that she was working hard and enjoying the story itself. Thank you Audiobook Boom, Rita Stradling, and Lauri Jo Daniels for for the complimentary copy of Colorless in exchange for my fair and unbiased review.
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Magic, dire wolves, no one remembers her/sees her

Narrated by: Lauri Jo Daniels
This is an audible book I requested and the review is voluntary.
This is a very unusual book. I didn't know what it really was going to be about and just let the story hit me. Wow, I love different and boy, it is! A girl's parents die, in their room, the reader fears foul play. When the girl is told by the maids that her parents are dead, suddenly, no one remembers her...all her color disappears from her clothes and everything she touches. She lives in the house with servants but no one see or acknowledges her. She is to be married and even he has forgotten or has he? It is a very unusual book. It has magic, evil-ish monks, dire wolves, and a foggy hint of other...delightful for the strange like me. I think it lagged a bit getting started but once on a roll it was good.
The narrator had the perfect voice for that eerie, quiet, otherness....all that was needed was a thick blanket of fog...
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- Montzalee Wittmann

Book Details

  • Release Date: 10-02-2017
  • Publisher: Rita Stradling, Lauri Jo Daniels