When 17-year-old Kai is exposed as a female sorceress, a moonburner, she knows the punishment is death. Despite the odds against her, Kai escapes her fate and undertakes a harrowing journey to a land where moonburners are revered and trained as warriors.
But the moonburner citadel is not the place of refuge and learning that Kai imagined. The ongoing war against the male sorcerers, or sunburners, has led the citadel leadership down a dark path that could spell the end of all magic. Armed with a secret from her past and a handsome but dangerous ally in the sunburner prince, Kai may be the only one able to prevent the destruction of her people.
©2016 Claire Luana (P)2016 Claire Luana
TARGET AUDIENCE: Young adult, however appropriate for all ages. I was really drawn into this story from the beginning. I was immediately intrigued by the premise. Enough young romance to keep you engaged, but not overdone.
PROFANITY AND SEX: None, thank you. Appropriate for readers of all ages. I would be happy for my teenage or pre-teen children to read or listen to this book.
NARRATOR: I felt that the narrator did a great job at bringing this book to life. I was never lost, or confused as I listened to the book.
OVERALL: Lots of twists and turns, not another “canned” YA romance. I listened to this book in one sitting during a trip and loved it.
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Awesome story! Kai is born into a society where girls who are Moonburners are killed at birth by the king of the Sunburners. Her parent’s manage to hide her out by pretending she’s a boy. That lasts until she’s 17 then it’s discovered she’s a Moonburner and her family is sentenced. Kai’s sent to the desert where she wanders one step away from death. While there her magical animal finds her. These animals are only for people of great power and importance which is discovered later in the story.
I loved the animals attached to the burners. It’s a nice touch. The story has an easy flow and even though I’d figured it out within the first few chapters I continued listening. I don’t usually do that but this story drew me in even though I wasn’t surprised by its events. That’s a huge plus for me.
The narrator Emma Lysy’s performance is excellent and fitting to the story and Kai’s character. There wasn’t anything about this story I didn’t love.
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This book absolutely blew me away! I did not expect to love this as much as I did.
I think the thing I loved about it the most was the world building. We have Moonburners and Sunburners, two factions who are constantly at war with each other. Our MC, Kai, is a Moonburner who has to hide herself as a boy because she lives with the Sunburners. Her parents knew that if they didn't hide her powers then she would be killed as a young girl. They tried to disguise them for as long as they could, but during an attack on their village, Kai is unmasked. She is exiled and left to rot in the desert, her father is killed and her mother is sent as a slave to a man who has always desired her. Kai has to find the will to survive and find her way to other moonburners, what follows is an extraordinary journey, one filled with lies, deception, secrets and so much more!!! Absolutely everything about the world building was phenomenal! The author has created a magical world that will immediately grab you and not let go.
The characters were amazing as well. Each were well written and developed and you can't help but root for them. Kai grew so much during the course of the book and I loved seeing that growth. She had so much to contend with and it was so nice to see her reach her full potential. I can't wait to read more in this world and of these characters! I also loved her seishen, Quitsu. He rocked!!
In all, this was a refreshing read. I think I was getting jaded with the amount of books that all felt the same, so after reading this unique and captivating read, it's restored my faith in YA. I love finding little gems like this and can't recommend it enough! I need book 2!!!
The narrator did an amazing job with Kai. She really got her and really brought her to life. I've listened to other books by this narrator, though not enough!! I will definitely check out more by her.
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I would like to hear a little more animation to her voice...at times it was very monotone & ALMOST made you want to turn it off.
it might have been better if I could've sat down all in one sitting because I sometimes got lost & had to rewind! lol
overall...it was a good book...I failed to realize there was book before this so I will be reading it backwards, but look forward to reading it...when does the next one come out? I can't wait.
I thought the story was YA done well. Plus I'm a fan of dragons. Usually I'm not a fan of stories that revolve around female suppression, but if you disregard it and look at it as a story, it was enjoyable.
I enjoyed the narrator. She controls her inflection well to differentiate thoughts vs narration vs speaking.
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I thought this was a great first novel by Claire Luana. This magical story pulled me in from the beginning, and I couldn't wait to hear what happened next. The main character, Kai, is a moonburner, who has to hide the fact the she is female for
I thought the narration was great, however the quality of the recoding sounded like it was recorded in a barrel or something, but this did not distract me too much when I was listening to the story. I would definitely listen to another audiobook that was narrated by Emma Lysy. Give this book a chance. :)
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a different kind of story for young adults and unique enough for adults to enjoy. narrator was well spoken and did a great job with the different characters. definitely worth a listen.
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I am addicted to books. Nothing makes me happier than crawling inside a good book.
It brought to life the intensity of this story.
I got so involved in this book I was able to crawl into it and loose myself.
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I love the idea of the Sieshen and Burners.
Amazing Story. The narrator Emma Lysy was hard to follow at first. The narrator grew on me as she grew into her character. I couldn’t get into the story the first chapter or so and had to keep rewinding it because I just couldn’t get into it. After the desert scene I started to get wrapped up more and more into this intriguing story. This is a wonderful story about Kai, a strong female lead who in her first 17 years of life has to pretend to be a boy. Girls who are born as Moonburners are killed by the king of the sunburners. The story unfolds amazingly and there are many twists and turns. When she is found out to be a Moonburner she is sent to wander the desert naked and alone with no water. During this her sieshen, Quitsu appears. I loved the bonding of animals to burners and the meaning of it for them. The biggest downfall to this story was that it too SO LONG for anything to really spark at all with Kai and Hiro. But the storyline will drive you on but if you are looking for a story with any romance in it this is not for you. But overall the story was amazing. I loved all the secrets that you get to see unfold and the creatures you get to meet. Overall I recommend this book and audiobook highly! It was a pleasure to listen to.
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A great start to a series . Many twists and turns within the novel. I am so excited to continue on with Kai and her journey, such a strong female lead.
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