The village of Marrowdell is an isolated pioneer community, but it is also the place where two worlds overlap, and at the turn of light - sunset - the world of magic known as the Verge can briefly be seen.
Jenn Nalynn belongs to both Verge and Marrowdell, but even she doesn't know how special she is--or that her invisible friend Wisp is actually a dragon sent to guard her... and keep her from leaving the valley. But Jenn longs to see the world, and thinking that a husband will help her reach this goal, she decides to create one using spells. Of course, everything goes awry, and suddenly her "invisible friend" has been transformed into a man. But he is not the only newcomer to Marrowdell, and far from the most dangerous of those who are suddenly finding their way to the valley.
©2013 Julie E. Czerneda (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
Let me start by saying I'm not a writer, and I know that will come through very clearly in my attempt at this review.
I was lucky enough at Christmas time to win an advanced reading copy of this wonderful book. I devoured it page after page. This is not your typical "coming of age" story. There are lots of twists and turns and toads thrown in to keep you turning page after page.
Then as soon as I heard the book was here on Audible, I knew I had to have it. I love to reread books and listening to them is even better. I do a lot of driving and putting on a good story carries me so well from point A to point B and this audio book was no exception.
I'm not going to tell you what the story is about, who the characters are (you can get all that by reading the description and then reading the book), that's not what I want to do here. What I want to tell you is that this is a book that is full of characters you will come to care about and if you're like me, you'll become invested in what's going to happen to them next.
So no, this is not your typical story about a girl coming of age, a horse and a handsome man. Does it have those things? Yes, maybe, sort of. But it has toads and magic and eggs and dragons and a lot more things you really must read about yourself.
The narration by Abby Craden is spot on, I can't say I tried to picture the voices when I read my copy, but if I had, they'd have sounded like they do here. I highly recommend this story, it's a great read/listen.
If you've not read any of Julie's books before, what are you waiting for?
Czerneda yes, Craden, no.
I would like to try her sci-fi
Anyone else. I don't know. The narration is so deadpan that you can't even follow the story. After listening for an hour I had to turn it off and just delete. A waste of money. She goes up and down and stops in the middle of sentences. It's like she is reading words in a breathy voice rather than telling a coherent story.
I am going to try the print book because the premise sounds good and the print reviews are a whole lot better than the audible reviews.
Czerneda used to be one of my favorite authors, I have always enjoyed her sf novels. A Turn of Light is just terrible. It is like the worst romance novel ever. For example, the main person Jenn Nalynn is supposed to be 19 and acts like the most selfish totally spoiled brat about ten years old, totally unlikable. I suffered about 10 hours of listening about her going on and on about marriage and escaping from the village before I almost screamed and hit someone. Then I did the most sensible thing and turned it off.
I don't want to waste too many words on this review but save your money on this one.
first let me say that reading this vs listening to the audible may provide a radically different experience ...
but, getting through this was a *chore* ... the narrator's tone, inflection ... gah! I had to put it on double speed just to complete the audible
that said, this is another book where I found I liked the plot and ideas incorporated ... but there was so much superfluous wordage ... like a mouth full of peanut butter and trying to cram more in
peanut butter is good ... but can overwhelm and end up choking ... which I feel happened
the *constant* "Ancestors this" and "ancestors that" ... was amusing at first ... but good GRIEF no one would actually use it in every other thing they open their mouth to say
also, and again perhaps the narrator ruined it, but I heard "Jen Nolin" waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too much ... and I "get" this was part of the "feel" of the community ... but it got old, fast
call her jen, call her ... well, *her*
I'll stop there.
If your looking for a silly romance story then you found your book. This fantasy in word only. I don't mind romance story but WTF this is a horrible one. Everything is over described. the main is so silly that you wonder if she 8 years old or 2.
THE MAIN CHARACTER
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