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Publisher's Summary

The elves voted to wait...

...and lost. 

Now Zelia belongs to the Elder wizards, after they forced her powers to emerge in a deadly explosion. 

Under their rage and supposed training, Zelia feels her light slowly dwindle away. The only spark that still flickers is her connection...

...to the child god of mischief. 

But when her actions inadvertently cause her friend harm, even that hope is caught in the balance. Will she suffer for all eternity for her mistakes? 

Find out in this epic tale of elves, wizards, dragons, and gods.

Warning: This is an old version of this book, please see Cast in Fire (A Phoenix of Hope Novel, book one) for the updated version...unless you just prefer this narrator, then the story really isn't all that different. 

©2018 Zora Marie (P)2018 Zora Marie

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  • Becky
  • 19-11-2018

OMG!! What a wonderful story!

There was such sorrow and friendships that are to die for! This was such a twisting and turning story with love at it's core. This is a book to have and listen to repeatedly.

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  • Marjorie
  • 17-04-2020

Dark epic fantasy with a message of hope

Dark epic fantasy about a 500 year old child seeking redemption. Heavily influenced in parts by masters of the genre, this was its own story. The writing style felt like it was aimed at a younger audience, especially the beginning with her idyllic youth with the elves. But then it gets really dark, and there is a lot of suffering and torture. The physical descriptions do not get too gory, but some of the psychological depictions are quite grim.

This darkness is further explored though the book as she grows and learns that there is always a choice, if one is willing to pay the price. She does not have to be the tool she was created to be.

The book takes place in several distinct sections and tends to jump rather abruptly from one to the next which can be disorientating. Zelia quickly gains friends and protectors - both human and animal - wherever she goes, although it often turns out she is the protector. I think my favorite were the dragon riders.

There were a few bits that got repetitive and could have been better edited, but overall it was an engaging listen. The narrator did a good job and was easy to understand. I could have done without the singing, but thankfully it is only a bit at the end.

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  • Isabel
  • 13-07-2020

great book

ZELIA is a dark epic fantasy about a girl thats 500 years old and looks human. Looks can be very deceiving. She experiences heartbreaker, pain, and guilt. There are dragons 🐉, elves, wolves, talking trees 🌳 and much more. But other then that I enjoyed this story very much. I would so recommend this book to others. let's not forget the narrator he did a awesome job. 👏👏✋🧝‍♀️🧝‍♂️🧙‍♀️🧙‍♂️

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  • Michele
  • 25-06-2020

Great Story

I don’t think I have ever listened to a book quite like this one. At first I thought it was a young child who was the main character. Then I got further into it just so I could find out what was going on. The complexity and heartbreak this young woman went through was because someone wanted a weapon was incredible. I was really into the story from stary to finish. The narrator did a good job from start to finish. His voice was fluid throughout the book and had good fluctuation for each character. All in all it was an outstanding effort on the author and narrators part.

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  • sar
  • 24-05-2020

Enjoyed

I enjoyed Zelia. Zelia Is a dark epic fantasy about Zelia, a 500 year that looks like a human girl. Looks can decieving. Zelia experiences, heartache, pain, and guilt. The story is hopeful. There is redemption. There are wizards, elves, wolves, fairies, dragons, dragon riders, talking trees, trappers, torture, heartache, battles, and hope, components of a great dark epic fantasy and good story.
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  • CB
  • 09-05-2020

Entered for Fun Fantasy, Left with an Epic Quest

I rather enjoyed Zelia. The novel comprised of many elements I enjoy reading; fantastical worlds, elves, gods, men, and so much more.

I did struggle getting through it, however. I fell in love with Zelia's elven family, but the whole time I was wrapped up in a web of confusion. For example, Zelia's ability to talk to animals is not quite explained in the beginning, and I assumed the elves just had talking horses, like in Narnia. I also understand that Marie tried to be tasteful with some of the more gruesome elements, but they just came off as unrealistic. Zelia says she spent more time in the cave than with the elves, but to a reader's perspective, that simply isn't true. I was made to care about her first family, and didn't even get to experience what Zelia was going through in captivity. Where was the emotion? A person can be trained to stifle their feelings and physical responses, but the reader didn't get to see Zelia succumb to a general numbness from being suppressed for so long. I never got to really see her agony in the actions she took. It was just torture, Zelia kills, Zelia compartmentalizes. It left me with the feeling that our protagonist wasn't as strong as the cast kept saying she was as the reader was never privy to that inner battle - what would have been the most gruesome part of the story.
But other than that, I'm just grateul to have a story that was an actual epic journey and felt like one and the protagonist got to meet so many new faces. I also very much pair Zelia and Eragon. The chemistry was just too good.

Droege's performance was great. He has a wonderful voice to listen to. My only comment would be that his voices for different characters would sometimes get mixed and would make me confused as to who would be talking. Also in chapter 32, Droege starts, "Cathri, Keller, and Zelia came..." the he stops and restarts the line as if this retake was overlooked in editing. I also very much enjoyed the effects as in the dragons speaking and the booking wizard voice.

Overall, I really enjoyed reading Zelia and though I struggled to make it through a little bit, I would definitely recommend this to others.

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  • L M Ralph
  • 30-04-2020

Dark Epic Fantasy

This epic fantasy novel is written in a slow, descriptive storytelling style that is so typical of the genre. What isn't so typical is the length, it clocks in at just over 8 hours compared to the usual expected trilogy that comes out of a story like this.

Unfortunately this story is very dark making it recommended for adults only. The scenes in the cave contain scenes of graphic violence and torture. This is made worse by the MC seeming to be a young elf. She acts like she is about 14 by human standards, adding child abuse to the list of horrors.

It is unusual that a male narrator is used when the MC is female but he tries his hard to deliver a good performance. Unfortunately when he starts a new paragraph, he doesn't pause quite long enough making some of the paragraphs flow one into the other and leaving the listener a bit confused.

I really did not enjoy this audiobook, it was way too dark for my tastes even if it is not gratuitous violence. A training exercise where a boy is burned to death slowly to teach Zelia (our MC) a lesson ended any chance there was of me finishing it.

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  • BMcLean
  • 25-04-2020

Stunning story


Such a great story! Full of adventures and yet a tear jerker too. I enjoyed the description of the characters.

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  • Shay of Lightsbridge
  • 22-04-2020

Tragicly broken heroine, heartwarming story

This book is a wonderful mix of Magic and wonder with a tragically broken hero. Zelia is wonderful and you will get to follow her between worlds as she fights against all odds and against her training to be a hero. I loved this book. It is for older teens to adults because there are some very difficult concepts and fairly graphic fight sequences.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 17-04-2020

interesting story

I liked the book, but it was a little hard for me to follow at times because the main character goes through so much. it was also a little weird to have a male reader for a female lead. he did do a great job with using different voices for each character though. I am very interested to see what happens next for Zelia!

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  • MimiaTheReader
  • 03-06-2020

Too many things, too little sense

I read an entire book, a lot of things (I’d even say too many) happened and I have no idea what happened at all.

This book felt like it had too much back story we were supposed to understand along the way that wasn’t well explained and a lot of characters that meshed all in one or two different personalities and a lot of things happening that weren’t explained.

Or maybe I’m becoming completely dumb and that’s why this book made no sense for me...

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  • Debbie McLean
  • 21-05-2020

fantastic

what a wonderful young adult audiobook from the pen of Zor Marie and narrated by CB Droege xxxxx

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  • Ellen
  • 19-04-2020

ZELIA


This book is following Zelia. Us as the reader and Zelia herself don't know exactly what she is either. This story contains elves, wizards, dragons, and gods. I found the first few chapters of the story little hard to concentrate on but I restarted it again the next day and was better as you got into the story. With out giving the story away Zelia is original being brought up with the elves as she is adopted and seems to age slightly slower than them. Due to things that happen (you have to read/listen) she spends hundreds of years trapped in cave made to do her captives wishes. This is where the story gets more about everthing 🙂 and progress. Zelia seems to touch lots of life's and despite the why she has been horrifically treated still tries her best for everyone. I enjoyed the book and the way it ended there is more to come.

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  • Matipufu
  • 29-02-2020

lovely

a lovely story about a special child's adventures
I hace received a code from Facebook's group audiobx

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  • Incog Nito
  • 24-01-2020

My Honest Review

a fun exciting read, quite slow initially but once i got into the flow I was hooked, well written and continues to build on itself from beginning to end

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  • Helen
  • 16-06-2019

Great storyline

Great storyline good to listen too when cleaning can’t wait for book 2 spot on

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  • Layla Pinkett
  • 01-03-2019

Great Epic fantasy story to get stuck in to!

Zelia, I would class as Dark Epic Fantasy. Great story, read brilliantly by CB Droege. Loved every word of it and highly recommend to lovers of Fantasy.

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