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Sam Jones

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Fascinating and accessible

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Reviewed: 23-12-2020

Easy to understand and filled with interesting anecdotes and well explained scientific theories. Would recommend!

An enjoyable listen

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Reviewed: 23-12-2020

Perfect for fans of historical fiction with well developed female protagonists. The mystery in the plot may leave a little to be desired, but it’s still an enjoyable journey.

Fantastic sequel

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Reviewed: 30-10-2020

Brilliant second entry in the trilogy. The world building continues to be compelling and the characters are compelling and well developed.

Another brilliant book from Charles

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Reviewed: 20-09-2020

Just as compelling as everything else she’s written! Great characters, captivating plot, and saucier than your nan’s gravy.

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Enjoyable

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Reviewed: 23-08-2020

I think this is one of those few books that would be better read than listened to. The narrator’s performance choices really undermined the relationship development between characters for me - it felt like the Magus was perpetually sarcastic, even when he was being sincere.

Loved this!

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Reviewed: 27-06-2020

I’m not normally a big sci fi person, and I worried that this book might be a bit out of my depth, but it was so accessible and such a seemingly simple story with some really complex themes hidden behind it. The narrator did a wonderful job on the voices and helping to create a sense of “other.”

Narrator not amazing

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Reviewed: 13-06-2020

The story is phenomenal. It is beautiful and poignant and heart wrenching. I think it is for this reason that the narrator is a slight disappointment. He does character voices well, but when he is voicing the protagonist he has a tendency to enunciate and bite out words, often robbing them of their emotional landing.

Delicious and delightful!

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Reviewed: 07-06-2020

KJ Charles is an absolute gem. Their stories are always so adventurous and delightful without ever becoming predictable. I did NOT see the plot twist coming in this one. But special shout out to my boy Cornell Collins. Dude doesn’t just narrate what’s on the page, he makes you feel it - which for some of the erotic scenes is such an achievement! Love, love, love this. If you’re a fan of the genre, you’ll feel the same.

An enjoyable enough listen

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3 out of 5 stars
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3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 07-06-2020

The concept itself is pretty great - a categorically bad woman decides to marry and kill the evil king, so she can become the evil queen. But the execution doesn’t quite live up to the idea. There’s way too many dresses, parties and balls and not enough scheming and manipulation. The world building is inconsistent - fairy tale tropes with a random mention of semi-automatic weapons once or twice, it tends to pull you out of the immersion. The narrator’s accent also jars with the vibe of the story. Strong American accent with a strange pronunciation of select words. On the whole it’s a fairly chill listen, but nothing you’ll be raving about.

Great for young mythology fans

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3 out of 5 stars
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Reviewed: 20-05-2020

This is aimed at a much younger audience than I realised. It’s much more of a fairy tale adventure story than anything related to Ancient Greek mythology. It’s a very swashbuckling adventure story for young listeners. The narrator has a bit of a volume issue - her voice rises and falls quite needlessly as she narrates. This is rather distracting and definitely doesn’t add anything positive to the listening experience.

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