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Publisher's Summary

This stunningly original, must-listen fantasy follows two fiercely independent young women, centuries apart, who hold the power to save their world...or doom it.

When assassins ambush her best friend, Rielle Dardenne risks everything to save him, exposing herself as one of a pair of prophesied queens: a queen of light, and a queen of blood. To prove she is the Sun Queen, Rielle must endure seven elemental magic trials. If she fails, she will be executed...unless the trials kill her first.

One thousand years later, the legend of Queen Rielle is a fairy tale to Eliana Ferracora. A bounty hunter for the Undying Empire, Eliana believes herself untouchable - until her mother vanishes. To find her, Eliana joins a rebel captain and discovers that the evil at the empire's heart is more terrible than she ever imagined.

As Rielle and Eliana fight in a cosmic war that spans millennia, their stories intersect, and the shocking connections between them ultimately determine the fate of their world - and of each other.

©2018 Claire Legrand (P)2018 Listening Library

Critic Reviews

"Epic feminist fantasy." (Melissa Albert, New York Times best-selling author)

"Truly not to be missed..." (Kendare Blake, number-one New York Times best-selling author)

"Fiona Hardingham expertly narrates this thrilling fantasy, giving voice to two remarkable young women.... Hardingham's portrayal of these seemingly disparate but inextricably linked young women strikes exactly the right notes, precisely conveying the girls' single-minded intensity, which is underscored by sorrow and self-doubt. Impeccable pacing exquisitely ramps up the tension as the story hurtles towards a breathtaking climax that will leave listeners eager for more." (AudioFile)

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  • Kristy Jewel
  • 01-06-2018

Fun Action Thrill Ride

When I saw this book on Netgalley, I knew I had to read it. The description grabbed me & it sounded like a book that I would fall in love with. Once I finally found time to read the book it grabbed my attention. Unfortunately, I wound out of time to physically read the book so I ended up buying the audiobook. When I first listened to the narrator's voice I was hesitant but by the end I loved it. Fiona Hardingham (Narrator)just added a little bit more to the story. I was so glad that I switched to audiobook that I think it added a half star to my rating.

My rating would be a 4.5 but since I cannot do a half star I'm going to round up to 5. The plot was fascinating and I loved all of the characters that I read. This book was jam packed with action, swoon worthy heroes, and some really powerful women. I loved that Rielle & Eliana had their flaws and I loved that we got to know them on a fundemental level. It was fun to see the growth in them.

All in all, I really liked this story. I probably wouldn't consider it young adult though. I think it belongs in the adult fantasy section.

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  • Jmonaco28
  • 13-06-2018

Awesome start to what I hope it a series.

Loved this!! You really had to pay attention with the Audible version since it was both of their stories but once I did I was hooked. Can't wait for the next one!!

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  • Lizzie R
  • 18-08-2018

Great performance and story

I really enjoyed the stories of both characters as bd how they connected. I can't wait for the next book so I can see where Eliana's character will go.

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  • All ways original
  • 11-08-2018

Wonderful Pag turning to the end

This had everything! Action, suspense, love, magic. I couldn’t stop. I can’t wait for the next book!

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  • Steve Swank
  • 09-08-2018

Excellent listen!

Fiona is a wonderful reader. I hope she does the other two books! Great story too.

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  • melrailey
  • 06-08-2018

Loved this Story

It took me a little bit of time to get in to this story as the multiple timelines were confusing but once I got in to the groove of the story, I loved it. Hardingham did an excellent job as narrator.

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  • Bree
  • 03-08-2018

Love this narrator

Great narrator, cool story, excited for the next books in the series. It kind of reminds me of Crystal Storm, with all the changes and names it’s hard to keep track. I just realized at the end of the book that there were two different settings.

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  • Mary
  • 24-07-2018

Love this book

Hoping for next one soon. Love the characters..Promising story line... cannot wait for more!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-06-2018

IT'S A SURPRISE AND A WILD RIDE

This has been the best book I have listened to in a very long time. You will lose yourself in the story, the world, the characters, everything. The writing and plot is so refreshing. The narrator does a fantastic job. Her choices, diction, and delivery are different from what the author writes and I loved every moment of it. It felt like living the book and not just listening and reading. The story is fresh. Honestly, I can't think of any reason not to at least give it a try. I can't wait for the next one.