When Auraya was chosen to become a priestess, she could never have believed that a mere 10 years later she would be one of the White, the gods' most powerful servants. Sadly, Auraya has little time to adapt to the exceptional powers gifted her by the gods. Mysterious black-clad sorcerers from the south plague the land, and rumours reach the White of an army being raised. Auraya and her new colleagues work tirelessly to seal alliances and unite the northern continent under their banner, but time is running out. War comes to the lands of the White, and unless Auraya can master her new abilities, even the favour of the gods may not be enough to save them.
Trudi Canavan, author of the best-selling Black Magician Trilogy, embarks upon a wonderful new fantasy series set in a classical world of magic, heroes, gods, and forbidden love.
©2012 Trudi Canavan (P)2012 Audible Ltd
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"A fantasy epic well worth the credit."
This has everything you want in a fantasy audio-book. It's an imaginative epic with complex characters and a world spanning plot that follows the heroine from her small village beginnings to the role of a prominent leader torn between her beliefs and friendships. It's great to have a heroine who, while still doing all the heroic things you want to read about in a fantasy novel, still feels like a real person.
Sarah Douglas is a brilliant narrator and actress. She has a pleasant and interesting tone and acts out the parts so well that this could have been done be a group of actors, rather than a single narrator. She really brings the story to life and actually makes it more enjoyable to listen to than it would be to read.
This novel is one I would put on my credit worthy list. There are 19 hours and 28 minutes here and while I did find that I wanted to give myself a break at times and so listened to other stories along side it, I will come back and listen to this one again and have already purchased the rest of the trilogy. It does not quite match up to my very favorite authors like Patrick Rothfuss and Terry Pratchett, which I have trouble putting down but is still one that I would highly recommend.
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