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Publisher's Summary

The epic and phenomenal West-African inspired New York Times best-selling fantasy from an incredible new talent.

'Only one thing is more powerful than a wish, and that is a purpose.'

Tarisai has always longed for the warmth of a family. She was raised in isolation by a mysterious, often absent mother known only as The Lady. The Lady sends her to the capital of the global empire of Aritsar to compete with other children to be chosen as one of the Crown Prince's Council of Eleven. If she's picked, she'll be joined with the other Council members through the Ray, a bond deeper than blood. That closeness is irresistible to Tarisai, who has always wanted to belong somewhere. But The Lady has other ideas, including a magical wish that Tarisai is compelled to obey: kill the Crown Prince once she gains his trust.

Tarisai won't stand by and become someone's pawn - but is she strong enough to choose a different path for herself?

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©2020 Jordan Ifueko (P)2020 Bonnier Books UK

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Gripping!

This book drew me in from start to finish, the worldbuilding is so unique and fascinating, the voice performance was amazing and the story was compelling with interesting and characters you could empathise with. A great audiobook all round!

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  • 01-05-2021

this reader deserves an Emmy

beautifully written, beautifully read. even more impressive I know learn it's a debut novel from the author.

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  • Sarah Gill
  • 15-12-2020

Absolutely captivating

I found this book, Raybearer when searching for novels narrated by Weruche Opia who read another fantasy book set in Africa to perfection. When i started this one, I was only half listening but several chapters in I started over from the beginning to catch the many rich details I realized I had missed. I can't believe this is a debut novel - the world is incredibly rich, the characters fascinating and engaging. It is touted as a YA (young adult) novel but the quality of the writing and world building is on par with any novel aimed at a more mature audience. I will be buying the hardcover version of this book and waiting for any sequels with bated breath!

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  • Joseph Elliott-Coleman
  • 05-05-2021

Brilliant. Imaginative. Fucidly told.

A vividly told, vividly imagined, and vividly narrated African fantasy that grips you from the very first word to the last. This book COMPLETELY knocked me on my ass and that narrator effortlessly brings the characters to life.
Highly, highly HIGHLY recommended.

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  • Seri
  • 09-04-2021

Great

Interesting world. Great world building and characters with very good storytelling. Also loved the performance.

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  • Amanda Warren
  • 22-03-2021

I love this story!

The characters and setting are believable and the story very engaging. The authors writing style is beautiful, and she doesn't get bogged down with descriptions but give just enough detail to paint a picture in the readers mind. I can't wait to listen to more of her work.

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  • Kira Lambert
  • 12-11-2021

Immaculate

This book is ridiculously good. You can tell that the author put all of her heart and soul into creating a fantastic, fleshed out world and provoking magic system. It's an incredibly refreshing change from the standard euro-centric fantasy, and a true masterpiece.

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  • miss n l a brooks
  • 08-09-2021

Was hoping to like this more

Didn’t think this was as successful at holding an adult’s attention as other books of its type. Won’t be listening to the sequel.

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  • Cathi Reynolds
  • 08-09-2021

Fantastic’read’

Really loved this book. The characters are multi faceted and engaging, the story twists and turns as you come to understand the whys behind characters actions and how that affects the now. The ending felt complete but promises more, and I’m totally up for it.

The narrator is fantastic. Beautiful pacing, such subtle vocal changes for characters that I totally forgot i was being read too! 10/10

The only downer is that this narrator hasn’t been used for the second book. I listened to the sample and the new narrator is so different in style that I found it too jarring. I’ll be buying a hard copy instead.

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  • Gary B.
  • 04-09-2021

Loved it

Do yourself a favour and give this beautiful African fairytale/fantasy a credit and a few hours of your time. you won't be disappointed.

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  • sheli blackburn
  • 28-07-2021

Great YA fiction

Really enjoyed both the story and the narration. I appreciated the change from typical fantasy fiction and found that the story flowed well.

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  • Hannah S.
  • 21-07-2021

A thrilling read

This book made me laugh, made me cry. It's elegantly written, with a solid plot and and incredible world full of diversity, love, and betrayal. It's a must read with a narrator who understood each character's needs and voice.

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