However, as generations went by, the male heirs to the throne became intensely resentful of the prophecy that emasculated their claim to power. Finally Queen Agnalain took the throne and the people of Skala suffered under her erratic and selfish command. Prompted by the people's outcry over this mad queen, her son Prince Erius claimed primogeniture, and seized the throne. Erius's ascent may have pleased the people of Skala, but a faction of the population, one who had not forgotten the prophecy, were worried. Plague, drought and famine spread throughout the kingdom weakening it's defences and offering easy pickings to Skala's old enemy and neighbour, Plenimar.
As people start to recall the Oracle's prophecy, Erius begins to quietly kill off his female relatives who pose the only threat to his monarchy. Constantly in fear for her life, Princess Ariani the King's sister, gave birth to twins, a boy and a girl. But Ariani is married to Lord Rhius, the patron of the powerful wizard Iya, and Iya has sinister plans for the babes.
BONUS AUDIO: Includes an exclusive introduction written and recorded by author Lynn Flewelling.
©2001 Lynn Flewelling; (P)2009 Audible, Inc.
Yes, I would definitely listen to it again. It is a haunting and wonderful tale that I very much enjoyed.
There are too many.... I think I liked Layl (spelling?) the best. She was constantly trying to convince the other wizards that her magic wasn't dark, just misunderstood. Also, she was mysterious and had some pretty cool powers at her disposal. And she loves both Tobin and Brother, making sure that the two come to no harm (or cause no harm).
When Tobin and Ki are out looking for Layl, and a giant mountain cat attacks. Brother stops it, Ki nearly sacrifices himself to it to save Tobin, and Layl kills it. A lot happens in a short period of time, and it breaks any mistrust there may have been before.
(spoiler) The moment when Tobin runs out to meet Therin and the others coming in on horseback, but then realizes that his father is not among them. I nearly cried for Tobin I was so sad...
I am a 40ish woman with more interests than time but some of my favorite things are books, audio books and e-books. I have over 325 audio titles and have already listened to about 2/3rds of them. I drive over 25000 miles a year and my listening keeps me sane on the road.
I loved the unique twists on the traditional Fantasy format. The book had several aspects that separated it from the flock. First, it combined genres. All the fantasy elements we expect were present like; Swords and sorcery, feudal systems, usurpers to the crown, hidden heirs and complex world building. However there were two deviations from the norm. One, was the creepy and dark, emotionally complex ghostly characters that continue to play roles throughout the tale. The other was the gender twist on the main protagonist Since the boy prince was actually a girl hidden in her brother's skin through some horrible magic. These aspects made this far more than a simple tale and led me to love the whole series.
Since it crosses so many genres I would have to say it is a mix of Raymond Feist's Riftwar saga (at least in feel and tone) and Anne Rice with dashes of Poe mixed in.
Ki and Lehl were my two favorite characters though Arkonio grew on me as well.
YES! I could not sleep. I had to keep reading and figure out what happened. This author does not spare characters and kills them off occasionally so you never know what will happen. I really enjoyed the relationships between many of the characters. I found them heartwarming and genuine.
The narration was excellent. An all around wonderful read. This is a trilogy and this is the first book. Due to the nature of the story they must be read in order.
I like the premise of the story. That the story didn't evolve more during the book
This whole story was a set up for the next book. I kept waiting for the story to evolve into some interesting conclusion but it ended like a dud. In a series - there has to be a complete story and then a cliff hanger for the next book. It shouldn't be one giant set up for the next book. I won't be listening to the rest of the series.
There has to be a follow up book as this book was one big set-up for the next book
This is a ghost story... A story of prophecy and betrayal the hero/heroine is badly damaged. All the characters in this story are stumbling around blindly just as they should be gone are the days of omnipotent wizards and silly intervening gods. Dragons are where they belong in the books about them. I love fantasy in all it's forms. Especially dragons fairies vampires and werewolves...... This is a ghost story. I absolutely love it. It captured me I have only one complaint ... Where is my emphatic character? I can't identify with anyone in the story.
This book took me by surprise. It was totally different from everyother fantasy I've ever read. Listen to all 3, it is worth the time and money.
wow this one this one put me right in the people and places loved every bit of it,couldn't stop listening,wonderfully writtin and,theres 2 more all I can say is i'm downloading #2 now...and just can't wait to hear what is next,READ THIS ONE
I enjoy books in this type of genre, but this one was confusing at best! The introduction just served to add to the confusion, the characters were dull - I finally shut it off about 1/3 of the way through, it was exhausting to listen to.
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