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Accidental Sorceress

Narrated by: Elizabeth Evans
Series: Hardstorm Saga, Book 2
Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
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Tera, a powerful healer, travels with her beloved warrior, the High Lord Batumar, on a secret mission to forge alliances to stop the bloodthirsty Emperor Drakhar. Surviving vicious pirates, slave traders, and an ancient enemy of dark power is only the beginning. The journey brings Tera unimaginable hardships and loss, testing her spirit and heart as she gathers her own allies and fulfills her destiny. Adding a tiger and a wraith as companions on her journey, Tera struggles to survive with her wits and healing skills while protecting her light from the dark power that seeks to claim her.

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  • Liz
  • 27-09-2015

Wow! An unexpected treasure!


I will start by saying I like dark, gritty, bloody, complex, sex, intrigue, magic, and adventure type books (Steven Erikson, Robert Jordan, George R.R. Martin, Jaqueline Carey, Joe Abercrombie). While this book is much more mild than most of my favorites, it still had everything. A wonderful romance that didn't overpower the story. It was realistic, with characters that weren't all good or all evil. Original unique cultures and landscapes, and all those little details that make the story come alive.
I think this book was even better than the first one. I found it hard to relate to the main character ( I like my female leads to be a bit more...evil lol ) but even as a soft hearted healer she had strength and determination, but in a realistic way, with moments of weakness and despair too.
My pros:
-well written, maybe not amazing, but more than satisfactory.
-Original ( I kinda covered the pros above)
- my biggest one: I actually didn't know what was going to happen!!!! That is RARE in a ton of books these days! Definitely a page turner!

My cons: ( and these really aren't even cons)
- It could have been longer, I would have liked more little hum drum daily life bits in between the important parts. Having said that, it ever felt rushed so that's probably a personal preference
-the sex scenes could have been a bit more detailed
-my biggest con: No Map!!! For such a interesting landscape with so much travel there should be a map! Couldn't find one anywhere (checked Google and the kindle version)
- no third book! That's not a con.....I just don't want to wait!

Here are a few books this series made me think of. If you have read any of these then you have an idea where this book stands. If you have not read these, well now you know what to try next!

•Kushiel's Legacy series by Jacqueline Carey
The first book, Kushiel's Dart is one of my all time favorites!

•The Fading Lands series by C.L. Wilson
This series is probably the closest with plenty of romance, war, and a strong but compassionate healer for the main character.

•The Outlander series by Diana Gabaldon

•Clan of the Cave Bear series by Jean M. Abel


Hope this helps, enjoy!

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  • HappyCow
  • 12-10-2019

perfect addition

This story does the first book justice. I was wondering how the author would keep up the momentum. The world building is great and story and plot run well together. The characters are interesting too. The action scenes can get a touch confusing at times and it's hard to remember characters/places that reappear from book one. Overall I liked it. looking forward to the next installment!

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  • Grynnie
  • 22-01-2019

Five star all the way!!!!!

Accidental Sorceress This is an epic roller coaster of fantasy that will bring you to tears and then marvel as to the heights of joy, the complex way humanity deals with each other and the strength of character needed to stand for what is right will keep you reading or listening until the very end. This second book of the series kept me going non stop and will be one of my keep forever favorites. The story is complex with fantastically created details about the cultures and history of many different races of people. From the Shahala to the Kadar and the mysterious warriors that battle with tigers at their sides. Tera is a Shahala healer and Batumar is the High Lord of his people. Their bond is a solid one and their determination to fight a terrible evil that threatens their world leads them to brave a wild ocean, pirates and multitudes of difficulties. Tera has come to love Batumar with every thing that she is and she has become the center of his world but they both are following a prophecy that tells of a Shahala healer that will save the world. Tera doubts those that say she is the one spoken of in the prophecy but despite her doubts, she and Batumar must do everything they can to stop the evil that is slowing taking over the world. They endure a terrifying voyage across wild oceans that most fear to even attempt. Their only choice is to travel under cover in the company of pirates. Their voyage leads to tragedy and Tera’s magical healing abilities seem to desert her as she struggles to continue on her path to save the people from the horrors of war. Her faith and her abilities are tried over and over again as her small group gradually grows as she passes through villages already ravaged by the enemy. Among her steadily growing group is a tiger, Marga, with whom she is able to communicate in the spirit songs taught to her by her mother. Accompanied by her faithful tiger, Tera continues to gather allies even as she has another devastating loss. Throughout all of this, tales of a terrifying sorcerer that is controlled by an emperor of pure evil, keep the group going onward. As Tera’s powers slowing come back she prays to the spirits to show her the way. Her people have always been a peaceful race and she seeks a peaceful answer under war conditions. I listened to the first book, wrote a review and dived right into this book, the second of a trilogy. The writing is superb, The worlds created are detailed and believable. The history and the flaws of human in general and their way of exaggerating stories that turn to legends in the blink of an eye had me quite amused. If you haven’t read book one, I highly recommend both of these before you head for book three.

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  • B. Friesen
  • 15-01-2019

Excellent!

I was anxious for book 2 and the story did not disappoint! I’m grateful that the author engaged with Elizabeth Evans, whom I believe is an incredible performer and without her I’m not sure I would have continued with the story. I can’t hardly wait for book 3! The ending of this leaves you wanting more! I would recommend.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-10-2018

love it

when is there going to be a third book. I felt like tbere is more to the story.

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  • Brandton
  • 10-07-2018

The second book got better.

I think this one was better than the first book. Very girly and a good listen.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 25-10-2017

Better and better!

I enjoyed this story more than the first! I was elated when I finally find out who the hollow really was at the end. Great story! Can't wait for the next one!

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  • T
  • 17-02-2016

Wonderful Story Full of Romance and Adventure

This Wonderful Story is Full of Romance and Adventure!
I recommend it for all ages. I am ready for the third book right now.

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  • Carolyn
  • 10-02-2016

ridiculous

I guess this must be a story for very young teens. it was just too stupid for adults.

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  • Kayla
  • 20-01-2016

A wonderful tale

Absolutely this is my most beloved series. I adore everything about this story and the characters. A true tale of courage, strength and love.