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Rules of Stone

Great Falls Academy, Episode 1
Narrated by: Victoria Mei
Series: Great Falls Academy Series, Book 1
Length: 2 hrs and 58 mins
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One elite fae warrior. Four superior officers. A bond they can’t remember - or resist.
 

Lera was once human. Now, with dark magic leaking into the mortal world, Lera and her four fae warriors must protect her home realm - even if that means going undercover to a human military academy. But when a sudden, terrible accident melds the males with their human disguise, everything changes. Now it’s up to Lera to make her mates remember themselves, their mission, and her, before the entire mortal world pays the price.
 

River, Shade, Tye, and Coal can’t overlook the gorgeous new cadet who’s just arrived at Great Falls Academy, but when the tantalizing Lera starts breaking rules and ignoring orders, the four senior officers intend to put her in her place. Lera will learn or she will quit - that is just how Great Falls works.
 

Rules of Stone is the first episode in the Great Falls Academy novella series, featuring the same reverse-harem cast as Alex Lidell’s internationally best-selling Power of Five series. Episodes (novellas) will be released in one-month intervals and feature a complete internal plot, as well as an overall season arc. (Listening to the Power of Five novels is not necessary to enjoy Great Falls Academy.)
 

Join Lera and her males for an all-new Power of Five adventure!

©2019 Alex Lidell (P)2019 Alex Lidell

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Loved and hated it!!

Argh I have such mixed feelings on this book! On the one hand Alex is an amazing author and I love the stories she writes about Lera and her Quint and the world she creates but on the other hand after everything Lera and the Quint went through and after finally being together and now this!?!? I don't know if my heart can take it. Poor poor Lera!

I gave the performance a low rating because I could not understand the narrator when she was using Ty's voice. The accent was too strong and I only have the audible version so I couldn't even read what he said instead and had to guess.

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  • Celtic4life
  • 15-05-2019

5 stars BUT...

Going into this series, I knew it was a novella. I read the previous serious, so once more not a surprise. As much as I enjoy a novella every now and again, this is a series of novellas that, in the end, completes a full book. As much as I understand the explanation in the beginning, as to why the author has chosen to do this, this is THE one thing I do not like, therefore making me want to give it less than 5 stars, but I did because I have and still do really love these books, and am very happy that she is doing a continuation. This month by month thing, is another BLAH in my opinion. I mean seriously, just write the full book all at once, and stop torchering your readers. I do recommend these books, if you're into reverse harem, but be cautioned of what I have written, as you will be spending a butt load of credits for a freaking novella. So, yes I did give it 5 stars, as the story deserves it, but because I am aware that the author could make this into a book, it make me want to give it one star, only due to pissing me off. So, here is waiting for novella number two next month. Do I recommend it, again yes, but only if you are willing to spend your credits on it, otherwise DO NOT BOTHER because great series or not, I am sure you can find something better to read that is a full book, rather that a short version, only to continue to wait for another short version month by month. I think her explanation to this in the beginning of the series, before you start listening to this, is lame and quite frankly the stupidist thing I have ever heard.
Good luck everyone, but beware of this and choose wisely.

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  • rebma
  • 24-07-2019

Not enough of a story

Even for a novella/episode I felt like the author wasted a lot of time on nonsensical things and could’ve made it much more appealing. Hopefully the next one is better. I really loved the books and am very much looking forward to these episodes fingers crossed

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  • Yanireads
  • 18-06-2019

Too short, but not bad

I wish this book was longer. Then I would have had more than just the sex scenes. The narrator was amazing and I enjoyed listening to her. But I really wanted more of the story. It wasn’t bad, just needed more from it.

I voluntarily received a courtesy copy of this audio book from AudiobookObsession and I am choosing to leave a review.
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  • Ashley Wintters
  • 10-06-2019

First Episode

I was so very excited to get this book and listen to it. It has a promising summary and is the first episode in the series, so it was a short listen. Unfortunately, I didn't connect with the characters at all. The overall story was there, and it wasn't bad, I just couldn't get into it. Lera and her four mates have a cool mated bond and I thought the extreme differences in the men was a good idea.

What I absolutely loved about the book was the narrator's voice. She did a wonderful job, especially with the growly voice from the wolf shifter. That was probably my favorite! I would listen to more of her book narrations, hands down.

I thought the book itself was a 2/5, the narrator was a 4/5 so combined, I would say a 3/5 overall.

Thank you to the author/narrator for the review copy of this book via audiobook obsession. I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review and the opinions stated above are 100% mine.

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  • Amber N
  • 18-05-2019

Different Adventure

I like that these are the same characters from Power of Five but with a totally different adventure going on. The five of them go undercover but she turns out to be the only one to remember. It gets a little confusing sometimes because of the memory issue and prophecy being talked about as well but it comes together more and I feel like they are romancing each other all over again. Can never have to much romance! The characters are great and I want to know more so I am impatiently waiting to listen to the next audiobook! Victoria Mei is the narrator and she's a natural at this. Love how she brings the characters to life. She has a great voice to listen to and enjoy.

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  • Kay
  • 17-05-2019

Episode 1 of 5

Great Falls Academy revisits the characters from The Power of Five. The story is told in first person present tense, which lends immediacy to the action. If you’re familiar with the events of the Power of Five, this is sort of a do-over. Lera and the males go on a covert mission that results in the men forgetting her and their mission and you get to see the men drawn to Lera all over again in an academy setting. Since this novella is just part one of a five part story, much is left unresolved. Fans won’t have to wait long for future installments though; the author is expecting the remaining episodes to publish one month part.
The narration is breathy but solid and the recording quality is good. I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • Bette
  • 17-05-2019

Great Story & Audible Listen🎧 Fascinating!!

This is a great start to a new series. This is my first Alex Lidell book and it will not be my last. She is has a great writing style, the world and characters she created are imaginative and interesting. I have not had the pleasure to enjoy the series prior to this one but that did not stop me from enjoying this one. The book starts telling you about Lera and her four fae warriors, Coal, Tye, River and Shade. There is descriptive details about the world they live in and what is going on. There are problems in the realms and since Lara is from the mortal world the quint is sent on a mission there. Using magic they are sent on a mission to the Great Falls Academy. Interesting twist and turn of event happens changing things. It had me wondering and wanting to know more. Are things going as planned or was there an interception of some kind along the way to change things and if so why, accident or intentional? I am looking forward to what comes next in this series. Alex Lidell, thank you for this entertaining story.

I listened to the Audible edition, Victoria Mei is a wonderful narrator and voice performer.. She brings the characters to life, gives each their own unique voice and personality. Awesome delivery on the different accents too. It is amazing how flawlessly she switches characters, roles, and keeps the story in a perfect flow. She is an entertaining storyteller and a pleasure to listen to. Victoria Mei, thank you for another great listen🎧.

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  • bluepits73
  • 10-01-2020

Should Read Main Series 1st

I liked the characters and the story well enough but I feel like I would have enjoyed that story way more if I had already gotten to know our characters in the main story instead of meeting them in this spin off. The author notes that is a standalone and it somewhat is, but I just felt I would have enjoyed it more with the previous knowledge of the relationships in the Harem and the world the story is taking place in. Otherwise, I enjoyed the quest that our characters begin in this first installment of the spin off series.

Great narration! I was very pleased and would be happy to listen to more from this narrator.

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  • Jennifer G
  • 27-12-2019

Mixed feelings

Lera and her bonds saved the fae world, now they need to save Lera's home world. The mortal realm. They are assigned to go undercover to Great Falls Academy, a human military academy. There they will try to discover what is making the veil between the worlds fail. However, an accident causes the men to forget their true identities and believe the disguises they were given for the mission. Lera must find a way to make them remember who they are, who she is, and what their mission is. 

I have mixed feelings. The plot is good and I love Lera and her men. This episode was very entertaining but I find "amnesia" tropes beyond frustrating. And if any of Lera's men get too friendly with any of the other females at the academy I am finished. I know it wouldn't be traditional cheating but I still won't read about Lera's heart being destroyed. I will only be able to handle this memory loss if the men all fall in love with her all over again. If so, then their love is real, not magically ordained by the quint bond. That would be worth the amnesia. 

Victoria Mei is Lera. She is fantastic with all of the female roles and has improved tremendously with the males. #AudiobookObsessionReviewer

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-12-2019

Enjoyed the novella

This short novella was fun to listen to. I gave this a shot because I too like to watch TV series over watching movies when I’m streaming so wanted to give this new format of reading style a shot. I wasn’t disappointed. The only down side is the amount credits to go through to get to the end. Victoria did an excellent job narrating. #audiobookobsessionsreviewer

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  • tenisha
  • 31-12-2019

Good Listen

Lera and her males are going undercover to help fix the world. Something goes wrong and her males do not remember her and why they are there. They have feelings for her and do not understand why. She must save her males to save the world.
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  • Kate
  • 28-12-2019

Hot, quick, and steamy

Rules of stone is a 'spin-off' comprising the first book in a new, episodic/serialised set of novellas featuring the characters everyone loved last time around. It's set approximately 6 months after the conclusion of the series, but works as a standalone.

This audiobook is a steamy reverse-harem adventure in a rich fantasy setting. Well narrated by Victoria Mei, it is fun and engaging. If you liked Alex Lidell's novels then you'll enjoy this, too.

*I received this audiobook free of charge from AudiobookObsession in the hope of a fair, honest review.

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  • kelly evans
  • 20-12-2019

good short listen

if your looking for a quick listen, then this is for you, it's short but good and leaves you wanting more, I like this narrator I think she reads beautifully. audiobook obsessions reviewer.

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  • Mickey
  • 13-12-2019

Action packed

This short story is action packed. There is a nice introduction to the series and the history at the beginning of this audiobook. You do not need to read/listen to the “power of five” series, but I find it might be helpful for a stronger background of the quintets relationships. The narrative is outstanding as she is able to make it sound as if your listening to several different characters throughout. This is an action packed short story and if you enjoy fantasy you’ll enjoy this story.
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  • LHunt
  • 24-11-2019

Great start to the series

Rules of Stone is the first book in the Great Falls Academy by Alex Lidell. This is my first fantasy reverse harem book, so I wasn’t sure what to think going in, but I ended up enjoying it much more than I expected. I only wish I had read the Power of Five Series first, just so that I could understand the history of Lera and her quint more, but that being said, it wasn’t 100% necessary. The author gave enough of the backstory that I didn’t feel lost and I am excited to listen to both episode 2 and the rest of the series. This was also my first story narrated by Victoria Mei. She just may be the queen of accents, as I think she employed 5 different ones all within the first 10 minutes. She was truly amazing, and I can’t wait to listen to more titles from her in the future.

I would highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys fantasy + a harem of hot guys + sassy heroine.
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  • liz
  • 16-11-2019

ok book

Overall, this was a good book, Maybe I would have understood more if I had read the Power of Five series first.
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  • Shoe Monger
  • 14-11-2019

Amnesia

Strong willed Lera once mortal, is now a fae along with her bonded 4 fae warriors, River, Shade, Tye, and Coal.

The 5 of them are on a mission undercover at a mortal military academy to find how the dark magic is leaking into the mortal world. Through happenstance Lera is the only one of her mates that doesn't fall pray to amnesia like symptoms and it's up to her to help her mates remember her and the reason why they are there.

Victoria Mei does a fantastic job narrating this story guiding you into a virtual reality and imagining you're witnessing part of the story. Really enjoyed this short and I can't wait to find out what happens next in the next book, Crime and punishment!


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  • Delia Chavez
  • 04-11-2019

Great Story

I really enjoyed listing to this short story. It kept me intrigued from start to finish it was very fast-paced. I can't wait to listen to the second book in the series. 🎧 AudiobookObessionReviewer

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  • Brianna Belbin
  • 31-10-2019

Great World Buildinng

This was a great start to the Great Falls Academy series! Even though this is my first book by Alex, I didn’t feel lost and this series can stand on its own, but I do plan to go back to The Power of Five series. Dark magic is leaking into the mortal world and Lera is willing to do anything to protect her home even if she has to go undercover to Great Falls Academy, a military institute. Her four men get stripped of their memories and mission and it’s up to her to save them and her home. Coal, River, Shade, and Tye see her as a new cadet and want to put her in her place since she’s disobedient, but who will be successful in their mission? Cole is now a ruthless instructor, River is the Deputy Headmaster, Shade is a killer, and Tye is an sporty cadet. I really enjoyed the world that Alex has created and the magical system within it. This book was fast paced, magical, filled with some steamy scenes, and left me wanting to know what’ll happen next!
Victoria did a really good job with this narration. I loved how well she brought Lera’s character to life and her voice had an easy flow to it.
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  • DMA
  • 29-10-2019

excellent!

Not having read any of this authors storys I didn't know what to expect and I really loved it! I think I will need to go back and read the other series. Although I dint think its necessary as it works fine without but I think it will enhance this series having all of the background.
brilliantly written characters and a complex woven tale keeps your attention easily.
highly recommended.
great narration.