Avid audio book listener who has recently become a Kindle addict!!
I enjoyed this book as the story was solid if a bit slow to start with. It has interesting interaction between the characters of Alissa and Straun [the bard] (sorry not great with spelling names!!). I found the narrator a bit confusing at times as I wasn't always sure who was speaking. There are a couple of themes in the story (like the loss of the Bard's family & why he was cast out of the family) that don't appear to have a point. Perhaps the next book might enlighten me. I am not sure as yet whether I will get the next one though. Would recommend you listen to the sample to check on the narrator before purchasing the book. Happy listening.
I'm guessing that the author is writing for adolescents, so as an adult, it isn't on my "favorites" list., The first 3/4 of the book moves quite slowly. The action picks up at the end, however, leading me to believe that the second book might be a better read. I was constantly surprised at the author's use of creative "curse words" such as "Burn it to Ash" and "Oh Wolves!" There is a slight promise of romance, but a promise is about all you get. As an adult reader, who loved the teen oriented Twilight series and Hunger Games series, I'm afraid I can only give this book two stars. That may be unfair, as the book was probably not written for adults, in the first place.