Held captive in the barbarian kingdom of Venda, Lia and Rafe have little chance of escape...and even less of being together.
Desperate to save her life, Lia's erstwhile assassin, Kaden, has told the Vendan Komisar that she has a magical gift, and the Komisar's interest in Lia is greater than either Kaden or Lia foresaw.
Meanwhile the foundations of Lia's deeply held beliefs are crumbling beneath her. Nothing is straightforward: There's Rafe, who lied to her but has sacrificed his freedom to protect her; Kaden, who meant to assassinate her but has now saved her life; and the Vendans, whom she always believed to be barbarians but whom she now realizes are people who have been terribly brutalized by the kingdoms of Dalbreck and Morrighan. Wrestling with her upbringing, her gift, and her very sense of self, Lia will have to make powerful choices that affect her country, her people...and her own destiny.
Read by Emily Rankin, with Ryan Gesell, Kirby Heyborne, Kim Mai Guest, and Ann Marie Lee.
©2015 Listening Library (P)2015 Mary E. Pearson
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"Great story, can't wait for book 3!"
Ive loved this series! It has a great storyline, with a love triangle but different from the usual love triangle scenarios that are easy to predict. It's very well written by the author. I thought the 2nd book kept my interest just as much as the first book, although it did tend to run a little long in some areas, but still held my attention that I didn't want to put it down.
For the most part the performances by the narrators were good, although I was not crazy about the voice of Cayden. Thought he was a little bit robotic and creepy sounding.... Great series though and can't wait for book 3
"New favorite book and narration"
Wonderful. The story itself and the narration. Even better than the first in the series.
I wouldn't stop anyone from reading/listening to it--but I also wouldn't heartily recommend it. I think it might have been better read than as an audiobook, as sometimes I got confused by the gaps in changing POVs and where we were in the timeline of events.
I liked the person who played Rafe--the voice matched the character.
I was slightly disappointed with this. I bought it as a road trip listen, and it took me months to finish it because I just couldn't get into it until midway through. I don't think the character development was totally there, or at least it wasn't consistent with the characters as I recall them from the first book, and that comes across more when you hear it aloud than when you read it.
"I love all the characters even more in the second book."
This book made me love all the characters in their own special way! I can't decide who I want Leah to end up with. Raff and Kaden are both so sweet to her, but very different. Book 3 can't come fast enough!
first off audible did not list this as a second book in series. I was having a hard time following it. I was thinking man this reads as a second book not a first. I can't figure who these characters are. so I googled the book and author. and yep it was a second in series. but other that that it was OK. I just wished the princess was tougher. it kind of drug a bit.
"Fantastic version of old Classic fairy tale"
Yes it needed more supernatural effects n fight scene
The stolen song
With Caden n jazaliya
Every penny n time
It is a time machine that takes your imagination to places n people that refreshes you
"Excellent Continuance of a Facinating Story"
Haven't read the printed version. I love audible and the treatment of characters is wonderful. Multiple readers is so refreshing from most audible books.
Passionate Deception, Betrayal and Yearning
The continuing story is exciting, interesting and so well written. I love the shifts and twists and love triangle. I can't wait to finish part three and find out all the secrets and agendas.
"Stealth and Lies Continue for Lia!"
Loved it so much because of the story and the narrators!!!
Winner's Crime by Marie Rotkoski
They gave a different feel that you do not get from reading a book.
It was a psychological thriller, it made my heart race especially when the Komisar was around, I hated him!!!
Because I am already listening to #3 all I will say about this amazing audiobook is that I loved this book and narrators Emily Rankin, Ann Marie Lee, Ryan Gesell, Kirby Heyborne, Kim Mai were so so good!!! The deception and betrayal and most especially that dreadful Vendan Komisar who was so power hungry and heinous, made my skin crawl every time he spoke and oh did he speak. As Lia and Rafe are captured and prisoners of Venda, readers will race to try to find out if they make it out and what will happen with Caden and Pauline. Oh the lies and subterfuge were so thorough - a must read series!!!
"Good transition story"
Clearly a transition between books 1 and 3. I liked that there was minimal retelling of book 1. There were periods where i felt that there was too much angst over emotion or perceptions of relationships, but i guess that is in order of a teen genre, and i was happy to be able to speed up the narration
Im looking forward to the 3rd book. Especially since I've just now looked at the mixed reviews in regards to the ending
"One of the best narratives"
The voices were flawless and entrancing. They brought the wonderful story to life. You easily found yourself lost in their world
"Gripping and beautiful"
Wonderfully narrated! An amazing second book to the series. It will have you falling in love with Kaden while understanding and appreciating Lia and Rafe even more.
Love the ending ! Roll on next year ! Can't wait for the next instalment ! Great narrating ! Well done all involved ?
"Richly detailed fantasy adventure"
I loved this sequel to Kiss of Deception, the different cultures that we are introduced to are so beautifully described and well thought out. This series is quickly becoming one of my favourites, I can't wait to read Beauty of Darkness and see how it ends!
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