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I never really write these reviews but always read them. There were some iffy ones that made me a little hesitant to purchase, but man am I glad I did.
There aren't many books that I hadn't figured out at least half way thru the listen- this book was the exact opposite. The author really keeps you guessing until the end.
When I realized with one hour to go there would not be a solid ending I purchased book two! The narrators were fabulous- all in all great book! Thank you!
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Oh, the love that I have for this book.
I put off reading this book for ages for two reasons, 1) hype and b) its Fantasy. If there is one thing to know about me, is that Fantasy and I just don’t always get along. That isn’t to say I don’t like, or even love the genre; I do. But we have a weird relationship, one that I am frequently taking a break from.
Yet, when I saw it available on Audible I decided to take the plunge. And I am so glad I did.
This book is brilliant. It has every element that I love and look forward to when heading into a Fantasy novel. Strong heroine. Beautifully crafted world building; with writing so descriptive I can picture myself right along side the main characters(s). A history was isn’t bumped and a love interest(s) worth swooning over. Even my boys’ listened to the book (quietly) and they would often beg me to go back or explain in detail what they missed.
Told mainly from Lia’s POV, we follow her as she flees to a remote village on her wedding day. She is remarkably crafty in her last-minute escape, and her planning into it made me admire her more. I loved her strength, her witty and snarky attitude. Although fleeing could potentially put her kingdom at war – and one might think this a selfish act – I admire her brazen act and her dreams for more. She is far from a weak, prissy princess and it was so refreshing to have a bold yet likable character that goes after what she wants.
The love interest(s) twist was quite interesting and entertaining. We have The Prince – the one Lia was slated to marry – who admires Lia’s bravery for leaving yet wants answers. And then we have the assassin – who is sent from his own kingdom of Venda (I THINK that is how you spell it, I don’t even know) sent to kill Lia to stop an alliance between the surrounding kingdoms.
Aaaaand, then you have Kaden and Rafe. But who is who!?
Quite honestly, I figured it out pretty quick – but that didn’t mean I wasn’t questioning this until the reveal. (The kids were shocked, haha) Both Kaden and Rafe are very complex characters, who both genuinely care for Lia. I don’t find this to be a “typical” love triangle. It has the feel of one, because you don’t know who is who. And while Lia is attracted to both and cares for both, she only loves ONE. I can’t say anymore than that though!
Setting aside the romance aspect of the novel, there is so much more going on. Between all the perilous journeys, there are secrets that Lia is in the wake of uncovering about herself, her kingdom and those that are closet to her father. I loved the chapter headings with the stories and “history” too.
It’s slightly confusing that only Emily Rankin is listed as the narrator. Not only is there a male that does the voice of The Prince, assassin, Kaden and Rafe, there is also an older woman who narrates the small parts before the beginning of each chapter. And I just want to KNOW who these people were! Anyway – Emily was perfect for the role of Lia. I loved her voice, and i think she did an amazing job. I often find myself searching for audio’s narrated by the ones I love and Emily is definitely on my list to search!
And the ending. PURE PERFECTION. Meaning, only slightly cliff-hanger. ;)
I feel like there was a bunch of random stuff thrown in, as a way to give us clues to the bigger picture.. Yet, there were never talked about again. Like, a tiger for example. What the freak was that? There is more, but this is driving me insane. Anyway – I am 99.99% certain that anything left unresolved will be handled in book 2.
I loved this book to pieces! It’s a such a beautiful book, truly. I can’t wait for book 2.
24 of 27 people found this review helpful
This book gripped me. For once not a sobbing weak female ! Can't wait to find out more !
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
im so disappointed to not enjoy this book. i think the idea for the story is great and the cover work really seduced me. i enjoyed the first 15 mins of the audiobook then rapidly became mortified at certain aspects.
1 the lack of depth at the princess's mind set (no deep emotions? she comes across as a silly teenager, giggling and leaving the world in threads at her choice, shes poilt and destroys items work huge amounts of money in a land where many are poor, and acts like the world owes her a lot of favorites. shes of weak mindset, and not a strong minded hero i hoped for)
2 lack of action. this book feels like we are waiting for something to happen, that never does.
3 a dumb donkey joke. the princess makes a joke about the smell of fish. the friend says she smells of fish, the donkey makes a noise in reply. its all HA HA HA.
(or maybe no. maybe its all scooby do in the 80s) i had to stop after that.
i decided to return the book and not continue, perhaps its because im in my 30s and need another type of fantasy book but some of the best books ive read are YA so this one was a surprised.
i know some will hate this review, but thats my take on it and believe me i really wanted to like this book!
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
The story was well written, the content was interesting, it kept me coming back to listen to more of the story. The reading could have been done so much better with different voices. The tale finished quiet suddenly right in the middle of an epic part of the story. Iam still debating if I would buy the second book once it is released on Audio, mainly because the great secret was released at the end of this one. What is left to tell other than the mopping up of emotions.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
I struggled to finish this book but I only kept listening so I could get my money's worth