War is coming and all the kingdoms must choose a side. Isian decides to make an alliance with their long-time enemies in order to defeat a common enemy. So Isian sends a proposal, offering their daughter to the prince, in order to ensure an alliance. Princess Gabrielle and her new husband, Prince Alec must learn to work together and trust each other in order to triumph in the approaching war. With a mysterious beast attacking the kingdom, their lives in danger, and overcoming their vast cultural differences, will love grow despite their trials?
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I really enjoyed Carolyn Kashner's performance of the story. There was just the right amount of expression in the dialogue to show how the characters were feeling and her tone of voice was very easy to listen to.
Although I preferred all the drama and suspense and sense of danger that was so prevalent in the first book I did enjoy listening to the Alliance of Issian. The romantic element was sweet and the mystery of who was trying to undermine the alliance was intriguing. It is a gentle read and I was never in any real doubt that the pair would to find their way to happy ever after- as in the way all good fairy tales end.
I would recommend this series. Each can be read as a stand alone but I suggest listening to Book 1 first as you get a good introduction to the characters and the world they live in.
I received a copy in exchange for my honest review.
The Alliance of Isian by Serena Clarke is an charming story about how two people from very different cultures and backgrounds can learn to admire and eventually love the other after an arranged marriage. The story centers around Princess Gabrielle and her new husband, Prince Alec, who both agreed to the arranged marriage at the request of their parents in order to defeat a common enemy.
While at first I didn't care for Gabrielle's character because she seemed liked a stereotypical pampered princess, as did Alec's character, much of what I didn't like about her could be attributed to her cultural differences. Alec's kingdom and customs seem more similar to what we have today (or at least we did few hundreds of years ago) where hard work, determination, and vigilance is usually rewarded. Gabrielle's culture was more "magical" where the citizens can use the elements and nature to enhance one's abilities and gifts. Of course Alex mistrusts magic and forbids it, which puts a wedge between the pair just when they start to develop a mutual respect and admiration for the other. Through well written and good old fashioned storytelling, Gabrielle and Alec learn to trust each other and together they and their armies defeat the forces working against them, killing a few fantastical beasts along the way.
I listened to the Audible version of this story narrated by Carolyn Kashner, who did an admirable job with varying voices for each character. The Alliance of Isian is the second book in The Isian Series, following The Treasure of Isian, which in truth, I enjoyed slightly more than this story). In short, I highly recommend this book and entire series!
I liked this book. This is the second book in the Isian series that I have read. They are clean, fun, fantasy romance. What I especially liked about this book is that the main characters, Gabrielle and Alec, are such inspirational people, but more so, inspirational leaders. They put the good of the people above their own personal needs and desires and rule with humility. I really liked the story that Alec told about how his father "humbled him" as a young boy.
I listened to the Audible audio edition of this book narrated by Carolyn Kashner. I thought she did a good job with character voices and pacing.
If you're looking for a clean fantasy read, this is a great choice.
I have just finished listening to another Audible book. The Alliance of Isian was such a great story! I loved the narration and being able to listen to it on my phone as I was doing other things.
The narrator Carolyn Kashner did a great job of bringing these characters to life.
This book by Serena Clarke is a story of two kingdoms in what appears to me to be a medieval time setting during times of attacks from enemy kingdoms, a time of one kingdom seeking to gain power over the other.
Two royals of enemy kingdoms find themselves in an arranged marriage to bring together unity between their kingdoms. Gabrielle, the princess, who is also a very strong character in this book, is from Isian. In this kingdom magic is used for good. However, her new husband, Alec, the Tandorian, does not find this something tolerable. There are many differences in the kingdoms, both socially and in their customs and as Gabrielle and Alec work through their "Alliance" their two kingdoms must do so as well. This is not always with smooth sailing as spies and secret enemy plans try to cause this alliance to fail.
While I am not usually a fantasy reader, I did relate to the characters as they try to overcome the trials that they experience. The enemies often are in the form of magical creatures which cause destruction to their kingdoms and people. Gabrielle and Alec do not always see eye to eye and these conflicts cause some mistrust. In order for the kingdoms to unite and work together, it will first be necessary for their royalty to unite. How and will this indeed happen?
I enjoyed reading this book and reading a new "for me" genre. And I was happy that I read it because although fantasy, the characters faced real life issues and therefore made it easy for me to relate to their situations. I am sure that I will enjoy reading further books of this author's as well.
A very interesting and captivating read.
Disclaimer: I was given a copy of this Audible book for my honest review, which I have given. No monetary payment was received.
This is an enchanting story and very difficult to put down. Gabrielle is a strong character and I could feel the emotions she was experiencing. I could feel her frustration in being forced to marry someone whose background was totally different from her own. Alec is likewise a strong character and has his definite opinions, but he is also very sensitive to Gabrielle’s feelings of inadequacy in marrying a stranger. What I loved about this story was the respect they gradually develop for each another over time and how they learn to understand one another's differences. I noticed the change in both characters, a change for the better, as Gabrielle and Alec fall in love. This is one of the best fantasies I’ve read. I'm sure I'll listen to it several times.
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