Sevana Warran, reigning prodigy Artifactor of the age, has absolutely no desire to selflessly serve her fellow man. She wants, in fact, to be left alone so that she can putter about in her workroom.
But her efforts in avoiding other people prove to be in vain. The reigning family of Windamere is no longer sitting upon the throne and the Council has instead taken power. The sole hope of avoiding the evil machinations of the Council is Bellomi Dragonmanovich, Prince of Windamere. As a 21-year-old cursed into the body of a perpetual eight-year-old, he lacks the power and ability to stop the Council.
Sevana, after a judicious review of the situation, decides that she cannot let things continue. If she did, she'd never be left alone and would instead be buried in paperwork if the Council has anything to say about it. So she kidnaps the prince from where he was locked away in the palace and sets about breaking his curse.
Prince and Artifactor quickly realize that simply breaking the curse won't be enough to free Windamere from the Council. It will take training, cunning, allies, information, and more than just a little magic if they are to reclaim the throne.
©2013 Honor Raconteur (P)2014 Honor Raconteur
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Sevana, I enjoyed her rebelliousness.
Not exactly, see below comment.
Enjoyed story but was constantly put off by the hesitations of the narrator. Once I noticed the pauses I could not stop hearing them. A good audio editor should have given Ms. Best guidance.
"A good story"
I was looking for a new author. I've had this book on my Wish List for awhile. I was hesitant to get it due to its length. The cover art seemed to imply a novel for teens and younger. I also have too many audio books that get tedious with such a long duration.Well, I finally decided to give this book a try. I was pleasantly surprised. The book is well done. It has appeal for adults as well as teens. I enjoyed hearing a story were bedroom scenes real and implied were absent for a change. I found the characters interesting and fun. The development of the cursed prince is kept a part of the story. I also enjoyed Cheridah Best reading and character interpretations. There was predictability and surprises. A new world with magic and a touch of steampunk, magical and mythical creatures and a sentient mountain home for added interest. These complimented the main characters. I hope there will be more books from this author. I recommend this book.
"Took me awhile to get through..."
Not sure. Perhaps a male narrator. She just read in a really drawn out fashion, that drove me a little crazy. Luckily I was listening on my Droid app so I could put on speed read at 1.5x. That seemed to work much better, making her sound like she was speaking at a normal speed. I did really enjoy some of her voices. BUT Bel's grown up voice sounded like his childs voice. His child voice was quite good, for a child, but for an adult it was really bad. This made it very hard for me to picture him as grown up when he sounded like a four year old. All in all I think she was an OK narrator, but could have used a better editor/ producer to guild her. And perhaps this book just wasn't aa good fit for her...
This is a long book. Honestly it could have been shorter but it wasn't. Which I'm still debating with myself about. I kind of just viewed it as a TV series, with multiple episodes and the length worked in its favor then. I also enjoyed it much better with that mindset.
"Another great start to a 100 star series."
It is official Honor Raconteur has a new series that is as good as the first. There is one very small cloud on my horizon though, the narrator of this one has a speech problem that pulls me up short each time she utters two particular words. Now you may think me hard with it only being two words, but oh dear how it grates on my nerves. These words are ask and else, or if it is said by this narrator, axts for ask (when did they add a T let alone an X?) and elts for else (again with the T?) I mean if you are going to be a narrator it really is important to speak correctly, Yes? Still I cannot blame the author, she is still a great fantasy writer, and I hope she keeps writing for years to come. I cannot say I have wasted credits by buying this one. J
"Poor Narrator choice devalues book"
Yes and no. I enjoyed the story enough to finish the book, but it took over 2 weeks because it became painful to listen to the narrator struggle with mispronunciations, reading pacing inconsistencies and breathing-pausing sounds; and her pitch is too high and forced. It seemed like this was a trail reading, or a book sorely lacking an editor. If I had a do over, I'd pass on this book and wait to see if another narrator picks up the series. That said; when the narrator sounds relaxed, her voice purrs and is enjoyable, it just doesn't happen often and frequently enough.
Interesting story, political intrigue et al, interesting plot.
Magic system and characters
She doesn't allow a dialogue to flow, from character to character.
Narrator needs to listen to a conversation, then emulate that when she is reproducing it.
"good story, narration isn't good"
Having seen a couple of videos of the narrator, she is a more than capable speaker. I think the problem with the narration comes down to editing and direction. At times it sounds like there is a metronome in the background keeping the pace down.
The story itself is good, not amazing but good. The Characters are solid and well defined.
"cute story, narrator poor"
not if the narrator was the same
The narrator can't pronounce many ordinary English words. This is not only annoying, but I fear that others who listen may assume the pronunciations are correct.
"Give it a whirl, its quite good."
I'll admit it , when I first listened to this audio, I was raging because the narrator just seemed to be blowing the emotions, sounding WAY too cheerful whenever the character called for fuming mad. but once I grew accustomed to the narrator's timbre, it got quite good.
Go on,try it!
"Really aimed at kids."
I have to be honest, I didn't enjoy this book. I found the story very clunky and simplistic, and the narrator kept mispronouncing words (like scabbard).
But I'm trying to be generous and figure it is aimed for a young audience (maybe 10yo?). I'll try it out on my neices and see what they think.
"A good story wrecked by narration"
I enjoyed this story but Oh, how I wish I'd read it rather than listening. The narrator's Jackanory style, poor pronunciation and inattention to emphasis seriously spoiled the story. The unusual plot and many loveable characters leave me wanting to know the sequel. That, though, will be the Kindle edition.
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