On her first assignment out of the Academy, young healer and scholar Shannon Macaulay is summoned to the struggling kingdom of Regone to see to the wounds of a young but crippled king. When the unwanted attentions of an aggressive knight and the sudden appearance of a hated dragon turn her world upside down, she decides to take matters into her own hands even if doing so proves dangerous. Finding herself strangely drawn to the company of the dragon, Gnaw, Shannon must force herself out of her safe world of books and botany to come to the aid of her unexpected ally in a strange kingdom, cursed by a fateful encounter with a dragon and the loss of a beloved prince. Can she learn to put aside her fears, and perhaps sacrifice her deepest desires, to help a friend and restore a family?
©2012 H. L. Burke (P)2016 H. L. Burke
"Fun, escapist read"
I enjoyed the story greatly. While I guessed many of the later reveals, it was actually satisfying to reach the moments when they were confirmed. A minor criticism is that the romantic feelings could have been supported better before they were confessed in the narrative. There were a few word choice errors.
The performance was good, no complaints. The voices fit my impressions of the characters.
I'll be reading the rest of the series as soon as possible.
"Fabulous story narrated well"
It took me a little while to get into the story and get used to the narrator, but once I did I was finding every possible excuse to listen to this audiobook! In the car, while doing chores, while just sitting on the couch...you get the idea :) Shannon was a fun protagonist with a touch of awkwardness and tons of heart. I especially enjoyed her interactions with the dragon, and it was interesting to see how the mystery and curse unfolded, though there were a few times I was frustrated with the characters for not figuring things out sooner. I didn't feel particularly satisfied with the ending until I found out there are more books in the series - now I can't wait to read them!
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this audiobook.*
My husband and I recently finished the BBC Merlin series...again...and I've since been hunting for stories to satiate my appetite for dragons and fantastical tales. This book was just the thing! Clean, well-paced, and interesting enough that I listen to the entirety of it in one sitting! I highly recommend if you're in the mood for a fun, fantasy escape.
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