Prince Garin is a brave, proud, adventure-seeking prince. Elani is his most trusted servant, and she would do anything for him - even die for him. Their quest to find the mystical Treasure of Isian is immediately interrupted, and they find themselves confronted by angry giants, soul-stealing elves, bewitched dragons, a vengeful water-witch, battling foes, and a mysterious kingdom.
Elani must face her greatest fears to save her prince and her kingdom. Garin must decide what the most important things are in his life. Will they be able to make a great sacrifice to save the kingdom? And will Elani find true love? Become lost in the adventure, love, loyalty, and mystery of The Treasure of Isian!
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Garin is a good prince. He does a lot and has Elani by his side. They make a great team and will pair together in search for a treasure. Just go find it, there shouldn't be much interference right? Well, there are a few more than you would think. Giants, elves, dragons, you know, the typical things.
This is all in good of the kingdom. Elani will notice all this danger. She will have to face a lot in order to keep Garin safe and the kingdom safe. Will they figure out a plan to keep what they know safe? Find true love? Make it back to the kingdom?
Twists, turns, a bunch of creatures, and everything you could ask for in a powerful book! Yup, you get hooked pretty quickly. You don't mind the prince, but you will like Elani. She is a really great character and is just one of those that will stick with you. This book is worth the read and can't wait to see whats in the next book!
Serena Clarke writes an interesting fantasy, and weaves magical characters throughout. This book is fast paced and keeps your attention. I especially like that it can be read or listened to by the younger generation without worrying about language or certain topics. Also, Carolyn Kashner did a remarkable job narrating this book using various voices to bring the characters to life.
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest and unbiased review.
This book had me hooked right from the beginning. The story was wonderfully written with strong characters. There was just enough magic to keep it fun and interesting without it being overdone. The narrator was also excellent and very easy to listen to. I am anxiously awaiting Serena Clarke's next audio book!
I enjoyed Elani's character but I found it difficult to really like Garin who is very spoilt and indulged. I couldn't get over the sense that somehow, no matter his feelings for Elani, he would always see her as an inferior and someone he can order around. I think I would have paired her with Prince Ander who saw her worth immediately and who seemed to genuinely care for her.
I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series though to see how things develop.
Carolyn Kashner is a new narrator to me but one whom I would happily listen to again. She did a great job with The Treasure of Isian and all the characters it introduced.
I was absorbed very quickly in the story and it was one that I wanted to listen to in one go. There is plenty of action and adventure as the characters make their journey to fulfil their quest.
Who doesn't love a good fairy tale?! This story has something for everyone; romance, magic, mystery, action and adventure.
I would recommend The Treasure of Isian to the whole family to enjoy.
I received a copy in exchange for my honest review.
I love the mix of adventure and prophecy in this novel. Clarke takes readers away into an unforgettable and magical fantasy world with descriptions that paint the world in vivid colours. The magical creatures and diverse peoples that we meet kept me enthralled. All the while, the exciting and emotional plot was unforgettable. I loved how everything came together while also taking me on a great journey.
The mix of characters was astounding. They were all developed so intricately. Garin’s growth through his travels was astounding. I could really see the future king in him, as well as a human being that I truly liked. Elani was a bit of a mystery for most of the novel. I found myself questioning parts of her personality right until the end when the mystery was revealed. It was fantastic.
This is a book that I really had fun with. It is fantasy that will be loved by teens and adults alike.
Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
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A simple, yet simply delightful story with not only hidden treasure but morals as well. While the characters are not well-defined, they are likeable and real. I would consider this more of a teen chick-lit book but it’s great for all ages looking for a little fantasy. If a male by chance should start reading or listening he would find an enjoyable adventure with a bit of action, and might learn a thing or two about girls that would be helpful.
Serena Clarke is a new, young writer that has written a times old tale with a fresh approach in a fantastical world and I look forward to seeing more from her. Carolyn Kashner gave an excellent performance; while some of the deeper voices were harder to carry and pauses too short, overall she was no less captivating and can only grow in voice, character definition and performing.
So I have to admit I was cheering for Jared, loved the scene where Elani and Prince Garin were fighting the soldiers back-to-back together and thought the quest was both worthy and adventurous. Truly, the story is well-worth the listen.
I received this audiobook as a gift from the author and Audible in exchange for a fair and honest review. I believe both these women have promising futures ahead of them and wish them all the best. Thank you.
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The synopsis is very accurate and a good description of the story. I loved the fact that it was "Audible" and I could close my eyes and have sometime tell me a fun story with no effort on my part at all. I really enjoyed it and Ms. Clarke chose a great narrator that definitely was enjoyable to listen to. I recommend this book and was happy that I had an opportunity to listen.
I really enjoyed this story.The narrator really brought the book to life. I love a story with a strong female lead and Elani is a strong an powerful character. The story is clean fairytale like read with lots of action an excellent villains. If you're looking for a fun exciting read then this a story for you
The Treasure of Isian by Serena Clarke is an enchanting action adventure story that will suck you in and won't let you go until you are finished with it. The story centers around 17-year old Elani, who is a full time servant girl to a prince. Unbeknownst to Prince Garin, Elani secretly loves him, despite his being betrothed to a princess from another kingdom. The story essentially begins when Garin, a band of soldiers, and Elani set out on a quest seeking the mystical Treasure of Isian. Along the way they encounter giants, elves, dragons, and a vengeful water-witch and Garin and Elani get separated from their soldiers; and, within a day they become separated from each other.
It is Elani's and Garin's separation from other and reunion about a month later that transforms this story from being just another action adventure fantasy to a truly wonderful and engaging story. Garin matures from being a spoiled rich kid to a young man who grows to appreciate Elani as a young woman, and he feels embarrassed for the way he treated her over the past 13 years. His transformation does not happen over night, as does Elani's realization that she is more than just a mere servant girl. In fact, Elani is like a super hero: she kills the water-witch, frees Prince Garin from dragons, and finds the magical looking glass of Asian. And the ending was simply sublime!
I listened to the Audible version of the story and enjoyed it tremendously. In fact, I felt like I was watching a movie and couldn't help but remember how I felt the first time I watched the 1984 movie Romancing the Stone with Michael Douglas, Kathleen Turner, and Danny DeVito. Thankfully The Treasure of Isian is the first book in The Asian Series and I look forward to listening to the other great adventures in this compelling new series. Bravo!
I was given a copy of this book by the author but the opinions expressed herein are my own.
This was an enchanting read. I didn't want to put it down once the story got going. Elani was an engaging heroine who was all the more likable because she had little faith in herself. Her position as a servant who was cursed to serve a prince and obey his every command made her doubt her own abilities, yet she was very capable and up to every challenge. She gained confidence as the story progressed surprising herself and the Prince Prince Garin took a little more time to warm up to and I really couldn't care much about him till he realized how self centered and rude he was to Elani.
As they engage on a quest for treasure the Prince drags Elani all over the place expecting her to take care of his every need. She humbly and patiently complies but is secretly in love with him,despite his rudeness. Both characters grow throughout the story as they quickly waylaid by giants, elves, a water witch and warring countries. Elani has to rescue the Prince at one point and he finally sees her as a person and begins to realize all she does for him.
Highly recommend to fans of fantasy with a dash of romance!
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