Sixteen years ago the Kingdom of Winter was conquered and its citizens enslaved, leaving them without magic or a monarch. Now the Winterians' only hope for freedom is the eight survivors who managed to escape, and who have been waiting for the opportunity to steal back Winter's magic and rebuild the kingdom ever since.
Orphaned as an infant during Winter's defeat, Meira has lived her whole life as a refugee, raised by the Winterians' general, Sir. Training to be a warrior - and desperately in love with her best friend and future king, Mather - she would do anything to help Winter rise to power again.
So when scouts discover the location of the ancient locket that can restore their magic, Meira decides to go after it herself. Finally, she's scaling towers and fighting enemy soldiers just as she's always dreamed she would. But the mission doesn't go as planned, and Meira soon finds herself thrust into a world of evil magic and dangerous politics - and ultimately comes to realize that her destiny is not, never has been, her own.
Sara Raasch's debut fantasy is a lightning-fast tale of loyalty, love, and finding one's destiny.
©2014 Sara Raasch (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers
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"Brilliant narration! Fantastic story!"
This book, obviously, is well written; however, I'm not sure if it's half as good as I think it is thanks to the brilliance of the narrator. She makes the characters live and breathe, infused with characterization. The story is vivid and entrancing. It pulls you in and never lets you go. I can't wait for the next one!
The narrator can make a world of difference in an audible book. I have listened to this one before and was quickly reminded how every voice is the same. The men's voices are a little deeper but they all sound the same. A drawn out gravely sound at the end of each sentence. She also doesn't speak in sentences, it's word by word by word. The story jumps a lot. I thought it could have been so much more in depth to capture the listener but it just wasn't there. The narrator does have a very strong voice, she just needs to work at changing it up a bit.
"A decent read"
Everything. I love all her work; she's awesome!
No. And that's exactly why I didn't give it a perfect score. I enjoyed it and it kept me entertained, but it wasn't anything to rave about.
It was ok. I don't think there was anything wrong with the book, I liked the characters, the pacing was good, it didn't annoy me (not once, so that is saying a lot) and it kept me entertained. I just didn't LOVE any of it. Maybe I was just not really into the actual plot of the story, with the seasons and the rhythms and the conduits and all that jazz. In any case, I won't be jumping off the walls to read the second, but I most definitely plan on reading it.
"Predictable. but wonderfully entertaining."
The story is very original and the characters each have a defining personality. my only problem is that kate rudd uses the same 3 voice tones for everyone in the book. making it hard to stay on top of who's currently speaking.
"so enjoyed this"
I enjoyed meeting these characters, edge of my seat at times. I could not stop listening.
"Very unhappy with the narrator."
I've listened to other books narrated by Kate Rudd but I had forgotten how much I disliked them, specifically because of her voice and performance. I believe I would have liked the story much better if it had a different narrator or if I had read it myself. For example, when Kate is trying to portray strong she just sounds bratty. Ultimately the story was not interesting enough for me to be willing to listen to the rest of the series with Kate Rudd as The narrator.
"fairly decently written, poor love story"
The plot is actually very good and the book is well written, but the love store feels flat and forced.
"great audio book"
I love Kate Rudd, she really makes you feel the emotions that the author is trying to get across.
I really love this audiobook, so great and I love the fact there are more books to it!!!
"Slow start but ended up loving it!"
I had a hard time getting hooked on both the story and the narrators performance but I stuck with it and was really glad that I did. I can't wait to start the next one!
"Maybe not to my tastes"
This did hold my attention and I listened until the end but it didn't make me want to continue with the series. For a fantasy novel it had very little fantasy in it, and instead concentrated on battles and weapons and kingdom politics. If you're into that stuff you'll probably like it!
I just didn't feel like I cared enough about about Mira's kingdom to be gripped, as saving her kingdom was the driving force of the plot.
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