Many prophecies have been uttered about the impending war and those who will seek to stop it. With the war finally upon them, Rimelda, a talented seer, has heard the prophecies and believes she can help. Prince Ander, doubtful of her abilities and her true intensions, but determined to save his kingdom, accepts her help and they proceed on a quest to end the war. Hindered by enemies as well as their own doubts, Ander and Rimelda must search for guidance in unlikely places and unravel the mysteries of the prophecies. With the world shrouded in darkness, will Ander accept his destiny in time to save the kingdoms and will he admit his true feelings for Rimelda?
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I highly recommend The Secret of Isian and the entire Isian Trilogy by Serena Clarke. It is an enchanting adventure series filled with mystery, action, and romance. The Secret of Isian is the third and final book in the series, which centers around Prince Ander. He is a truly remarkable hero who garners the respect and admiration of everyone with whom he meets. Ander is sent on a quest to find a secret weapon that will help protect his people and end the war that has been brewing since the first book. Rimelda is a “seer” who helps Ander on his quest to end the war. Despite Ander doubting her abilities, there is an undeniable attraction between the two. I especially enjoyed how Ander and Rimelda are both humble and good natured people who would sacrifice themselves to save just one man.
I listened to the Audible version of this story narrated by Carolyn Kashner, who did a great job narrating with varying voices for both male and female characters. Because this story picks up almost immediately after the second book (The Alliance of Isian), I recommend starting with the first book (The Treasure of Asian) to better understand the overarching premise and interrelationships between the characters. For example, the villain in this book is introduced in the first book, but not mentioned at all in the second. And the hero and heroines of the other two books make appearances in this one. Be forewarned though: once you start listening to this series, it will suck you in and won't let you go until you are finished with it!
I enjoyed this third book in the series very much. It took me a little bit into the book to place the characters (the ones that had been introduced in the previous books). The story was very engaging and and I loved how it kept moving quickly. I struggled just a little on the audio version every time "Ander" and "Andrew" were in the same scene. Sometimes I wasn't sure which character the narrator had said (the names closely resemble each other to my ears). I listened to the book in my car and I kept wanting to listen to more whenever I reached my destination. To me that's a sign of a great audiobook! I'm also a lover of books that end well without any lose ends. Thank you Serena Clarke for a very entertaining book!
The Treasure of Isian is the first book in The Isian Series. Prince Garin is a brave, proud, adventure-seeking prince. Elani is his most trusted servant and she would do anything for him.
The Secret of Isian follows the fantasy theme. You will see battles with interesting and characters and mythical creatures as she has created. This fantasy is also an exciting story that will keep you on your toes and wondering what will happen next. And of course, there is some romance there!
You will want to keep reading until the end of the book to find out what the interesting twists and turns will lead you to!
The narrator is Carolyn Kashner, who has great expression as you listen to the story. It was really enjoyable listening to her pleasing voice as the story progressed and new characters were introduced all with interesting voices.
You will really enjoy this book, I know I did!
I received an Audible version of this book from the author for my honest review.
I enjoyed listening to this book although the story is more for younger readers.
I would recommend listening to the series in order.
This was quite a good addition to the series although I found it a little bit repetitive in places as it followed the same formula as the previous two books in the series. Ander and Rimelda also seemed to have the same kind of conversations over and over again.
The story ended in the way I expected so there were no big surprises at the end.
I voluntarily received a review copy.
This is a good fantasy book, and even though the story can stand alone, I have read the previous books in the series. I think I actually liked the previous two slightly better than this one, but I enjoyed seeing the overlap of characters and learning more about them. This book has action, mystery, and romance (as well as some light humor), so it has a lot to like, and I appreciated that it was "clean"/family-friendly, though the interest-level would be closer to young adult. I listened to the Audible audio version narrated by Carolyn Kashner. I thought she did a good job with her different character voices and keeping the story moving along. If you clean fantasy, this is a good series to check out.
This is an excellent love story full of intrigue. The Secret of Isian is a fast moving tale. Not only does it have romance, but also lots of action and battles as the characters make their trek to save the kingdom. While Prince Ander learns to accept his destiny, he also realizes that his love for Rimelda is growing day by day. For the first time in his life, he has met his match! She is spunky, obstinate, and frustrating. But at the same time, she intrigues Ander because she demands respect. Even from the prince! That’s what I loved about this story.
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