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Publisher's Summary

Ray Cross wasn't a hero; he could die too easily. But some things are worth risking death....
Ray Cross was born with a genetic disorder, resulting in a fragile body; his organs and blood vessels will rupture with any hard impact, so standing up to his best friend's controlling boyfriend could kill him. Ray's life in Midland, MI, gets decimated when his parents reveal they are not his real parents, and his real father, a king from a secret land hidden in the far north of Canada, is dying and wishes to meet his son.
With his doctor and newly-met twin, Ray travels to the forgotten village of Yardis, where magic, myth, and corruption are abundant. But the longer Ray stays in the village learning the truth of his past and reconnecting with his father, King Vintras, the more he discovers an evil force threatening the king and his village. But there's more than the king and a village tied to Yardis and Ray. He finds friendship and more from a band of brothers who are part witch, dragon, and healer. With new alliances and new abilities, Ray wars with himself on playing it safe or risking it all to save the ones he loves.
Can Ray rise above his fragile disorder to become the hero for once in his life?
©2018 D.A. Roach (P)2018 D.A. Roach
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4 out of 5 stars
By Anna Hazelrigg on 06-09-18

Great Book!

This was a good book and I would recommend this book to anyone. The narrator does a good job!

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3 out of 5 stars
By seelk on 05-08-18

good story

Very slow start, it took a few chapters to build up. Interesting twist as the hero finds out who he is and where he comes from. A good story for children.
The narrator has a good voice, lots of potential, but the read is dry. I think if he would add more emotion and made it a story telling instead of just reading, it would make it a 5-star listen.

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4 out of 5 stars
By C. Rowlands on 04-07-18

Coming of age story in fantasy setting

I hadn't read anything by this author previously, but the premise of a young man facing up to a potentially fatal illness while having to face a typical fantasy adventure seemed like it would be an interesting one and that mostly proved to be the case.

The hero of the story is a young man named Ray Cross who suffers from Vascular Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome or vEDS for short, a disease that means he has to be far more careful than your typical fantasy hero.

The narrator for this book did a good job, the main character and the supporting cast were suitably distinctive and the overall tone and pacing were pleasant enough too.

As this was a relatively short book, it is probably best to not go into too many details, but it was an enjoyable journey taking a young man from the modern world into a more fantasy-style setting with magic, dragons and more.

[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

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