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Editorial Reviews

In this fantasy we meet another strong, young female character with special powers. Daine is gifted in many ways - she's an excellent archer - but her special talent lies in her ability with animals, who seem to listen to her words. Daine earns a job working for Onua, the queen's horse mistress, who is impressed by the girl's powers. Tamora Pierce leads in narrating this exciting tale, which is lovingly detailed and populated by a cast of almost thirty people (including the writer's husband). Once listeners get used to the story switching from the narrator's voice to those of the actors, they will be pleased at its fanciful magic.
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Publisher's Summary

When Daine comes down from the mountains, she carries with her two things: a dark secret about her own past, and a strangely powerful magic that even she doesn't understand.
Soon Daine has a job working for Onua, the queen's horsemistress, who is astonished at the girl's way with animals. It's almost as if she can speak to them....
Daine and Onua travel to Pirate's Swoop, where Daine finds herself swept into a war that threatens all of Tortall, a war where magic is one of the main weapons.
The wall between the worlds is cracking.
The magical creatures are returning.
Now Daine must master her own magic, and face her own dark memories, if she is to save her new home from destruction.
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©1992 Tamora Pierce (P)2005 Full Cast Audio
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3 out of 5 stars
By S. L. Garner on 04-07-05

Doesn't do the book justice.

I was a bit disappointed in the audio version of this wonderful book. I will forever worship Tamora Pierce for her writing skills. In fact this book, when it came out, was one of the first fantasy novels that I read as a pre-teen. To this day, as an adult, I still buy every book she publishes, and read them all at least once a year. This audio version, however, fails to do justice to her novel. The narration was extremely stilted and over-enunciated to the point of sounding like a machine. It lacked any sort of inflection, especially when heard up against the exuberance of the character actors. An audio book read by an ensemble cast can be great if done well, but this one had the feel of an acting troupe that hadn?t run their lines enough. The pacing was off, and it lacked cohesion as a whole. The overall effect was very distracting. I?m not disappointed that I bought this audio book because I just love the story that much, but I do hope that the next one is better.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Lejla on 11-02-05

The rest of the book is better than the sample

I've read and re read this book so many times there are bits I know of by heart. I really enjoyed the audio eventhough it was more the lack of other choices that made me choose it. After I heard a tad bit more than the sample and got used to the pronounciations I fell in love with it.
I like the full cast and it is not at all distracting.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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5 out of 5 stars
By mandy on 01-02-18

My favourite book

when I saw this audio I knew I had to get it it's my all time favourite book and narrative by the author herself
I was pleasantly surprised by the cast all how I personally thought they'd sound
a good fantasy book with everything you might want in a story
monsters magic heroes and the characters have so much life in them fought further forward by the amazing cast work

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Anna Wallace on 01-31-18

One of my favourite authors

The narration is a little slow - I had to speed it up to make it sound normal, but the characterisation was great and I'm frankly overjoyed to have audiobooks of Tamora Pierce's work!

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4 out of 5 stars
By emily on 02-15-15

so good but not complete

great books but if thay don't have the rights to all the books in the set then its verry annoying

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5 out of 5 stars
By Casey w. on 09-27-17

absolutely amazing a great listen for the family

an amazing story and something the entire family enjoyed already on to the next book

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