Having been transformed from drab to beautiful, Nora finds herself surrounded by glamorous friends. Life seems perfect. But then things take a terrible turn, and Nora must learn magic from a reclusive ally if she is to have any hope of survival...
©2013 Emily Croy Barker (P)2013 Recorded Books
If you're still waiting for you letter from Hogwarts or Breakbills, if you knock on the interior back of any likely looking wardrobe, if you've thought about going to Oxford to see if just maybe they have the time travel department set up yet; this may be the book for you.
Some of the reviews I looked at compared it to "Discovery of Witches" by Deborah Harkness, but I don't really see it. Maybe it was the more adult (note that's adult grown-up not adult sexy time) telling of the story.
If you're looking for steamy paranormal romance, you may want to go elsewhere, this book has more in common with "Pride and Prejudice" than the Sookie Stackhouse books.
Suffice it to say, I loved this book! It's the story of a recently dumped Grad student who almost literally stumbles into another world filled with magic yet seemingly stuck in the Middle Ages.
Designer. Aviation Enthusiast. Fitness Instructor. Love books. Prefer long series with happy endings in mystery, comedy, fantasy, & romance.
Noami is a sad somber character in a normal gray world dropped out of the fictional boredom into a Wizard of Oz style version of Pride and Prejudice. The story will set you up with tid bits to be explained far later, which is the best part. I promise my analogies will not ruin the story for you or give you any insights what-so-ever.
This is a love tale awry. The puzzle of Naomi's life smoothly cleans up in a way you wouldn't expect as the story progresses. Unlike many modern magical tales this author, Emily Croy Baker, does a good job of not leaving you hanging at the end. I think she has a nice setting and good lines to move onto another book if she chooses but she cleans up all her bread crumbs and dots all her i's nicely.
You will not be disappointed by the author or the narrator. Both did a fantastic job in this book. Five stars well earned.
Imaginative, fresh, good
I like the author's take on real magic, the lead character Nora creative way of working out problems.
I felt in love with the King's dead grandmother from the painting, and I liked the wolfe alot
Laugh and cry
I would listen to this again. It was pure magic and made my long commute to work a joy. I looked forward to listening to it every day and even had to sneak in some non-commute listening during especially absorbing passages.
Nora and Aruendiel were electric in their scenes together. So much tension, and I never knew how it would turn out.
I'm64 years old and a retired design engineer. Rreading audio books since 1954...59 years. Strong interests are music and sf/fantasy, all of which I create myself and enjoy from others.
I have already suggested that my daughter and my sister read it. As aman who they know loves science fiction and fantasy (overmuch perhap), they are sometimes leary of my recommendations. Too much gore, too much war... too much of everything and not enough or even a tinge of love and sensitivity. Not so in this case. LIke TheOutlander (and the rest of that phenomenal series, it has just enough of everything.Outlande0500009+++++++++r08 In fact, almost too much... the love doesn't get rquited... unless in the sequel, which I am now anxiously awaiting.
distinction made between Wizardry and Magic is wonderful to the point of ringing more true than many other schema.09++0
Absoltuely perfect. Great women's voices, men's voices, little girl spirit voices and more... Unbelivably a major character in the book is also name Alyssa... but since I've only listened to the audible version, I don't know if the spelling is the same. :-)
No, it was just a very, very good read... and I've been waiting for one for awhile.
Okay, so I will make a *man* comment. The fall back to a women's lib version of reality from the pre-70's is overlaid on top of this beautifully constructed "other" world. I did not see the need for doing that. It sort of works, but on the whole I thought that small thread in the book was alittle forced and not supported well enough by the characters or situations. Too much over-reaction and over-dramatizatioin. Still it breezes by, so I suppose it is there for a reason. However, like some of the very minimal (but noticeable) remarks about race/color... it doesn't work for me. I think weas readers of a book like this have moved past that... indeed from ourown upbringings in this country... America.
A better narrator, a better writer and a non-whinny heroine.
I'm going back to George RR Martin - hopefully he'll wrap up some loose ends, but I'm not counting on it.
Anyone - she added to the whinny, overly educated, snobbish, poor decision making, and immature main character.
anger and disappointment - I sure hope the younger generation of women are smarter than this. I was so looking forward to a good book with magic.
Not my favorite , Or even close . I did finish it, but the plot was very weak. The characters were not ones you end up caring about either . This didn't seem "inspired " at all.
It's like the author was fulfilling a writing assignment - the professor providing some criteria & Barker just filled the rest in . If you have time to listen , why not . If you don't , find a better story
No one with a mind, the title and description misled me to buy it.
Nonsense use your talent on a real story please.
It was ok
The first chapter. That's it.
Needs better description maybe a warning.
I would listen again. So much going on. I'm sure I missed something. I enjoyed the difference in time. Between our world and the world of the past.
It ends with you wanting to get the next book, but there isn't one! I want to find out how Nora goes back!
great narrator! story was slow at parts however I wanted more completion once the book was over. would definitely recommend although I wanted the book to be more about the title than it was, on the other hand it was a nice surprise that it gave you something completely different than what the title suggested.
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