In the magic woods of Lyra, a noblewoman struggles to escape from a faceless man.
Trouble is brewing in Alkyra. While the kingdom’s noblemen squabble, on their borders an ancient enemy, the Lithmern, raises an army. As the head of the Noble House of Brenn attempts to organize an alliance, the princess Alethia celebrates her 20th birthday. She is a remarkable woman: quick-witted, beautiful, and handy with a throwing knife. But on the next night, she passes through a dark corridor on her way to the banquet hall, and never emerges from the shadows. The Lithmern have kidnapped the princess.
When Alethia regains consciousness, an evil Lithmern with a face made of shadows is carrying her through the forest. These are magic woods, home to fabled creatures whose existence she has always doubted. To find her way home, Alethia will have to learn to trust in the old tales, whose legends of magic and daring hold the only hope of saving her kingdom.
©1982 Patricia C. Wrede (P)2013 Audible, Inc.
I have read this story over and over in the course of my youth, and I happily anticipated hearing it again. Sadly, the narrator had almost no inflection, and did not modulate her voice to indicate when different characters were speaking.
If I were to recommend a better narrator, that would be Amanda Ronconi, who did a wonderful job with the Thirteenth Child series, also by Patricia Wrede.
Not the audio version with this narrator.. Maybe print version.. I enjoy Patricia C. Wrede's books.
The narrator was the worst I've ever listened to. I literally thought I was listening to text-to-speech.
The world-building was good, but the entire book feels like a summary of a much more interesting series of books. You know the old writing adage, show don't tell? This is a great example of what you should NOT do.
I respect Patricia Wrede as an author and have read many of her books. This one should have been heavily reworked to bring it up to her current standard of writing. It's obvious that this was an early novel by a promising beginner, not the product of a seasoned writer.
Skip this one and listen to some of the author's later works, but not if they're read by the same narrator. I will NEVER listen to anything by this narrator again.
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