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  • Curse of Shadows and Thorns

  • The Broken Kingdoms, Book 1
  • By: LJ Andrews
  • Narrated by: Stina Nielsen
  • Length: 10 hrs and 38 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (57 ratings)

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Curse of Shadows and Thorns

By: LJ Andrews
Narrated by: Stina Nielsen
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A rebellious princess. A cursed rogue. A forbidden love that will bring a kingdom to its knees.

As niece of the king, Elise Lysander cares about two things: sneaking into gambling dens, and avoiding an advantageous marriage at all costs.

When her uncle holds the life of her deathly ill father over her head, reluctantly, Elise puts her fate into the hands of Legion Grey, the handsome and mysterious dowry negotiator. He may be arrogant and infuriating, but soon Legion incites a blistering, forbidden passion she can’t ignore.

As their attraction grows, so do the dangers: attacks from black-eyed people, a cursed enemy who is more beast than man, and rumors of fae returning for the crown they believe was stolen from them long ago.

After a bloody coup upends the kingdom, Elise flees with Legion, but nothing is as it seems. The man she allowed into her heart reveals his own secret plans with the return of magic—and he has every intention of using Elise to see them through.

With war between magic and mortal on the horizon, Elise must pick a side to protect her kingdom. Does she stand with her people who stole the throne? Or with a man who lied his way into her heart and whose secret past could bring her destruction?

Filled with luscious world building, banter-filled romance, and epic battles, Curse of Shadows and Thorns is the first book in The Broken Kingdoms series.

©2022 LJ Andrews (P)2022 Podium Audio

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Utterly loved this, finished in less than 1day

Sometimes books do not transfer well to Audio, I found this to be so for the 1st few chapters. It's like actually reading let's you fall straight into this new fantastic world and their people. I love Stina Neilson, she is up there with my favourite female narrators, she is so brillant with pulling you in and having believable voices for all characters, including male. I had to listen to the 1 st 4 or so chapters twice, by I was in, hook line n sinker! Amazing world, fabulous characters, I'm sorry to say 100% predictable, very little took me by surprise, but the magic, world building and character nuances made the predictability so worth it, and it is YA Fantasy and I'm a granny so I guess I'm very good at guessing what's to come in some YA stories. I fell in love with the main characters and am heading off to start Book 2, look out for my review!

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Interesting storyline but lacked intrigue

I enjoyed the book but I was left wanting more. She trained as a warrior at the start. And they called her a warrior throughout, but the demonstration of her strength was lacking

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not the best

It had a weird pace. the narrator put me to sleep more times then one! and the plotlone was boring right up to 3/4 through. Very YA. I want to enjoy it but instead I'm left wanting. not sure if I should purchase the next book to see if it gets better.

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Great Voice

really engaging story, read well, straight onto the next one, gives me book tok vibes

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Similiar to Blood and Ash but different & shorter

So to be clear about this series it is YA and fantasy. The romance is barely there, by that I mean there's barely any lovey dovey scenes. Very similiar to Blood and Ash by Jennifer L Armentrout though a shorter book and different in some ways. Still for binge listen I enjoyed it. I will continue the series to see how the story continues as book 2 seems to head in a slightly different direction. I don't mind Stina Neilsen as a narrator, I think she does an excellent. 4 stars for the story as i wish it had been slightly more diffetent and also longer but wasn't half bad.


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I found a new auto-buy author

I read The Ever King before this one, and I just had to go back to the beginning of the saga and pick it up. I loved the world building, the characters, the twists and turns, the slow burn romance....Legion Grey 🩶 be still my heart hahaha and Elise is the sweetest, kindest and bravest. I can't wait for book two....in fact, I am starting it straight away!

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Exciting, highly recommend

Can’t wait to listen to book 2! Lots of suspense, twist and turn. A great listen!

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Gripping read!

this book had me on the edge of my seat! dreaming I was in a foreign land and itching for more. I can't wait to start the rest of the series, I'm even considering buying the series in paperback!

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Lovely!

Lovely book blew threw it in about 2 days 😊 really enjoyed it and stoked to see there are so many in the series!

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Fabulous

I enjoyed every minute of this story and I really enjoyed the narration great performance
Can’t wait to listen to book 2

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