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Daughter of the Drowned Empire

By: Frankie Diane Mallis
Narrated by: Stefanie Kay
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Nineteen-year-old mage lady, Lyriana Batavia, is third in line to the seat of power in Bamaria: a position of wealth and privilege, but not safety. Bamaria falls under the rule of the Lumerian Empire, survivors of a celestial war whose island sank in the Drowning. Now, all Lumerians submit to the emperor and his strict laws about magic. He decides what magic can be practiced and what powers remain forbidden. He decides who will die for possession of forbidden magic.

Lyr’s own cousin was executed for wielding the wrong kind. And for years, Lyr has sworn to protect her older sisters, helping them conceal their own illicit magic. But when Lyr must participate in the ceremony that reveals her power, she uncovers something else entirely. Something that means banishment from the empire.

Faced with death in exile, and leaving her sisters behind, Lyr has no choice but to accept a deadly contract: She has seven months to train as a warrior and pass the emperor’s brutal test of strength—all without magic.

But when she’s forced to train with Lord Rhyan Hart, the man she’s secretly loved since she was a girl—a feared warrior in exile himself, forbidden to her in every way—she’s in danger of losing far more than her family, life, and country.

Rebel forces and an invading army are destabilizing Bamaria, just as her family’s secrets threaten to reveal themselves. Surviving the training and saving her sisters may mean sacrificing her own heart.

©2022 Frankie Diane Mallis (P)2022 Frankie Diane Mallis

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Roman Empire meets High Fantasy

I was really excited to start this series, especially with all the great reviews it had received online, but I soon realised that the audio book format was not the best way to approach this book and most probably the whole series.

The storyline was quite complexed and challenging to follow, especially at the start when the author was setting up her high fantasy world. The excessive info dumping, made up language, ruling families and numerous kingdoms was difficult to navigate, especially without a world map or glossary to refer back to. I also had a few questions regarding the story line that left me perplexed. Why was Lyr only limited to two career paths, mage or soldier, as her only choices? Surely there should have been other options available to her, especially when the twist in the plot was revealed 🤷🏻‍♀️

The positives about this book was that it was very well written and author put in a lot of effort into creating this cutthroat, back stabbing society, that reminded me a lot of the tv mini series Rome (2005-2007), which I absolutely loved watching back then. I was constantly listening to find out what was going to happen next, especially between our three MCs, Lyr, Ryan and Tristan.

Will I continue with the next book? Hmmm… I haven’t decided yet, but if I do, I will definitely be changing the format I approach this series with again.


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Love the way it is written! Super engaging, so much so that it wasnt until chapter 28 that I started wondering if anything was going to happen soon. Lots of interesting things but there didn't seem to be any 'wow' moments. I've never disliked the main character so much, she is entitled and whinges and stuck up, out of touch but I enjoyed that I didn't like her. She had faced challenges but I didn't really feel like the plot went anywhere. I like the world created and will read the 2nd book to see if something actually happens after all this set up.

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Over performed and immature

The male love interest was awful, the narrator spent their whole time whining in an overwrought tone. So so much telling not showing. In particular the apparent amazingness of the lead character. Ugh.

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over dramatic performance

petulant entitled characters whined and spitefully bitched and butchered constantly. Predictable, shallow, no real magic and just meh.

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