On her first assignment out of the Academy, young healer and scholar Shannon Macaulay is summoned to the struggling kingdom of Regone to see to the wounds of a young but crippled king. When the unwanted attentions of an aggressive knight and the sudden appearance of a hated dragon turn her world upside down, she decides to take matters into her own hands even if doing so proves dangerous. Finding herself strangely drawn to the company of the dragon, Gnaw, Shannon must force herself out of her safe world of books and botany to come to the aid of her unexpected ally in a strange kingdom, cursed by a fateful encounter with a dragon and the loss of a beloved prince. Can she learn to put aside her fears, and perhaps sacrifice her deepest desires, to help a friend and restore a family?
©2012 H. L. Burke (P)2016 H. L. Burke
I am an avid reader and listener of all types of books. I am always willing to try any book or audiobook.
I was gifted this audio ARC from the author/ Narrator for a honest and unbiased review
This is my first novel by H L BURKE and it was extreamly well written.
Mary Ann Weathers did an ok job, unfortunately there were a few times I felt the Voice didn't match what "I" perceived what it should of been.
This great little story of an enchanted dragon and a very unique friendship between a women and the dragon and magic. Clean no language issues or sex.
I highly recommend this book to anyone young to
I was drawn into the book from the beginning and as the story progressed I thought this is really good. However, I found the characters to be slow to figure things out especially when all the evidence was right in front of them. I figured it out earlier on in the book so I expected them to solve it quite quickly since magic is the thing they studied. Shannon didn't even solve it when the culprit screamed something that incriminated them. She had to say it a few times before it finally clicked. That is why I gave it three stars. There were plenty of times where clues were given into who it could have been yet they did not think of this person. I found this really frustrating since I really liked the story and the characters.
I would still recommend the book/audio book and I am looking forward to book 2.
I was voluntarily provided this audio book by the author, narrator, or publisher. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts
I enjoyed the story greatly. While I guessed many of the later reveals, it was actually satisfying to reach the moments when they were confirmed. A minor criticism is that the romantic feelings could have been supported better before they were confessed in the narrative. There were a few word choice errors.
The performance was good, no complaints. The voices fit my impressions of the characters.
I'll be reading the rest of the series as soon as possible.
It took me a little while to get into the story and get used to the narrator, but once I did I was finding every possible excuse to listen to this audiobook! In the car, while doing chores, while just sitting on the couch...you get the idea :) Shannon was a fun protagonist with a touch of awkwardness and tons of heart. I especially enjoyed her interactions with the dragon, and it was interesting to see how the mystery and curse unfolded, though there were a few times I was frustrated with the characters for not figuring things out sooner. I didn't feel particularly satisfied with the ending until I found out there are more books in the series - now I can't wait to read them!
*I voluntarily reviewed a complimentary copy of this audiobook.*
My husband and I recently finished the BBC Merlin series...again...and I've since been hunting for stories to satiate my appetite for dragons and fantastical tales. This book was just the thing! Clean, well-paced, and interesting enough that I listen to the entirety of it in one sitting! I highly recommend if you're in the mood for a fun, fantasy escape.
I read all kinds of books, but I have an obsession with paranormal and fantasy at the moment. Sorry about any spelling mistakes/typos.
I loved this book! I was hooked right from the start and now I want the next book, although I’ll settle for re-listening to this one if it’s not available yet.
The world the book is based in is interesting, it’s got a medieval feel with kingdoms (and kings) as well as scholars and magic added for good measure. One of the first characters’ you’ll meet is a dragon, a talking intelligent dragon, now that’s now something you come across very often.
The book has plenty of twists and turns to keep things interesting and when you look back at it you can see the clues that have been built into the story.
Overall, it’s very engaging and a great set-up for a series of equally fabulous books.
Mary did a fab job with the narration. Excellent character voices and a smooth delivery. It definitely helped to draw me into the book and made this a story I couldn’t put down.
Note: This book was provided free by the author/narrator/publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.
A great little story of an enchanted dragon and a very unique friendship between a women and the dragon. I really liked the story. Something I could see my grandson picking up and liking. Even with the strong female character in the lead role. Clean no language issues or sex. I received this book at no charge for an honest review. Recommend for young reader or readers who like strong female as hero.
Scifi, mystery, thrillers - all welcome here.
I'd read the book a couple of years ago, but when the audios became available, I volunteered to test drive 'em. (Yup, that means I was provided a complimentary code to get the book...no that did not influence my decision to review the book or the rating it's getting.)
I've been listening to a lot of audiobooks lately. They add a great layer to the story. It had been long enough that I didn't remember everything about the story. For some reason, it took me about 4 months to finish reading the book. The audiobook let me finish the story in a day.
The performance was very competent. The narrator doesn't have a perfect range of people, but generally, you could tell who was speaking. The normal narration voice was also pleasant enough.
The story was way better in this form. It's not a perfect story, but it's a fun fantasy tale featuring dragons.
Conclusion: Nice start to a strong series.
"loved it "
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook but the author, narrator or publisher. I loved it. it kept me entertained throughout and I couldn't stop listening to it.
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