Forget everything you thought you knew about unicorns and maidens...
A unicorn is not supposed to survive the death of its rider, but Majherri did. Now he is a pariah, mistrusted by the Greater Herd. To reclaim his lost honor and status, he will entrust the remnants of his life to a new human female while unraveling the mystery of his continued existence.
Kayleigh Reese is not Battle Maiden material. She's three years older than any other recruit and has enjoyed a peaceful, nomadic life working with her artist mother. The rigors of joining the High-King's elite unicorn cavalry are clearly not for her. Now, with a bond to Majherri, she must overcome her mother's disapproval, the ire of her commanding officer and fellow trainees, and, most importantly, the secrets of her unicorn's past if she is to become a legendary warrior. To prevail, they must quickly come together as a team and unlock the powerful and dangerous magic inside them.
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I rank it at the top of the fantasy genre of stories. It is so different than other audiobooks about unicorns. I have never heard a story about unicorns where the unicorns had the same emotions and traits of humans! Wonderfully written with lots of details describing knights, battle maidens, battle scenes, training and fight scenes - even with some humor and romance put in here and there. Plus a surprise twist at the end!
The description of towns, the characters and especially of the Sacred Isle and the different battle maidens and their unicorns. The unique names and use of difficult descriptive words.
I have never heard Ms. Padovan narrate an audiobook before - she did an amazing job voicing over 35 different human AND unicorn voices (male and female voices) - that is a very tough job for any narrator to do! She has a naturally sensual, deep voice that can easily portray a young girl, a gruff man or even an old woman. Ms. Padovan even changed her voice to sound like the woman with the squeaky voice on the Big Bang Theory for one of the battle maidens (probably because the maiden was described as petite and small).
Thankfully, that one high pitched voice was only in a couple of key chapters though - I credit Ms. Padovan for making a bold choice for a character but I would not have wanted to hear that character the whole time. However, I'm still giving 5 stars for the performance - the versatility, the styling and pacing kept my interest throughout the listening time.
A very detailed story with some difficult wording and phrasing (the author loves to create original names of people and places - great for the listener but I'm sure hell for the narrator) which was very admirably narrated by Ms. Padovan
I hope the publisher and author bring Ms. Padovan back again to continue this series (there is suppose to be another book soon) and keep us entertained and informed of the adventures of Kayleigh and Mahjerri.
Towards the end of the story where Mahjerri must face the evil villain - there are a couple of other moments but I don't want to ruin the surprise ending for anyone! :-)
Hope the next book comes out soon :-)
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3.5 stars overall. A fairly enjoyable book, I suspect as a girl I would have loved it. I picked this book up because I have enjoyed both the Dead Eye and the Supervillian Series by Jim Bernheimer, plus I like to read a good fantasy every once in a while. This book is from both Kayleigh's and Majherri's point of view. Majherri is one stubborn unicorn. Kayleigh is selected as a rider and then she goes through basic training with her unicorn. Since her unicorn has already been through this before, he gets up to trouble. I liked the characters but just barely, and I did see a lot of ideas that were in this book that have been done before. Which made me doubt if I would read the next book. Fortunately the last couple of hours in this book was full of action and magic, it started to get good and I will probably read the next book. Of course this book leaves you hanging, just like the end of TV season, trying to temp you to come back. Narrator is okay, she did have a bit of a monotone voice and a couple of character voices that were too screechy or just too high pitched.
I really enjoyed the book, a good clean read, with a new twist.
The final words
Not extreme, but as soon as I finished, I searched for the next book. It has been a while since I have done this. I have listened to audible books for over 20 years. I lost track of the number years ago...
Can't wait till the next book!
I haven't seen unicorns used this way before.
The narrator was plesant voice. The only problem was the narrator used a falsetto voice to voice one of the instructors. The voice was very shrill and annoying. Otherwise the narration was vary well preformed and I would listen to a book narrated by this narrator again.
Warning: This book has a cliffhanger ending. Good news: The second book is finally out. Bad news: Audible doesn't have it but you can read it if you don't want to wait.
I must admit this book turned out to be a little different than I expected, but in a good way. The book is written from two points of view - Kayleigh, the rider, and Majherri, the unicorn, The books starts off with Kayleigh and Majherri meeting and then on to the academy for Kayleigh to learn to become a warrior maiden. Majherri had lost his first rider and although that usually signifies death for the unicorn he somehow survived and was able to bond with a new rider. The book continues with a lot of hardships for both Kayleigh and Majherri. It's pretty fast paced and holds your interest with magic, some surprises and some good fight scenes.
I didn't really care for the narrator. She was all right when she was just reading, but I didn't really care for any of her voices and one in particular was particularly irritating.
Listening to the mix of Characters and how the Story got better and better as it went on!
This was my first Audio Book and wasn't sure how it would go but I LOVED IT. Christine Padovan was amazing! I loved the way she told the story as I said it got better as the story was told! A Movie for my Ears!
I'll buy anything she reads!
This is not the typical Jim Bernheimer book. If you are looking for the snarky, sarcastic dialogue from Dead Eye or D-List, you won't find it here. If you give this book a chance, you will find it and enjoyable. This definitely shows some range in Mr. Bernheimer's writing. I believe that if you go in with an open mind, you will find why I have become a big fan of Jim Bernheimer.
I am addicted to audio books, mostly fantasy. I have alwayz loved to read but could never find the time. This way I keep my mind occupied with wonderful stories and don't get caught up in life's stresses. I'm so glad I found this site.
The last hour was pretty good. But the hours before that were painful. It ended with a good cliffhanger, but the narrator wasn't very good in my opinion.
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