They were all born with a secret buried deep within. The journey they take, all guided by the same uncanny dream, is the key that will unlock their secrets. Six young heroes along with a seventh, leave the only homes they have ever known, and embark upon a life-altering quest to save their world and bring the universe back together again.
An adventure 500 years in the making, the saga to find and restore the Crystals of Ialana unites Jarah, Adain, Blaidd, Djana, Kex, Tristan, and Tegan. These young men and women ranging in age from 15 to 21 - connected through history and bonded by time - must find a way to stop the deadly encroachment of Amrafalus, the Dragon King and his army of scorpion-like combatants. Intent on creating a world of mutant slaves, Amrafalus will stop at nothing to destroy the only ones who can block him.
Their harrowing ordeal takes them through a maze of mountain caves where they face hideous creatures, perhaps none so dangerous however as one of their very own. A potential traitor in their midst. Will the six be able to survive their mission?
Guided by Irusan, the transcendental shape-shifter, the six young heroes ultimately learn to rely upon one another. They battle their way to the lost crystal, but will they find it in time? Or, will their enemy succeed in his mission to destroy humankind as they know it?
©2014 Karen L. Brooke (P)2016 Karen L. Brooke
I really enjoyed this book. Creative, well written, interesting and very entertaining. While the story is YA it has enough action and adventure to appeal to anyone who likes this type of story.
I the synopsis tells enough about the story that I don't want to give anything else away. Definitely worth your time if you like Epic Fantasy Quest stories.
Is there anything that Jeff Hays narrates that is not amazing? He has the ability to pull you into the story and keep you listening for hours on end. Character voices are fantastic. Clearly spoken, great pacing. He knows how to really bring a story and characters to life. Definitely one of the best narrators out there.
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Quite the epic story. Everytime 6 friends failed what they set out to do and were murdered they would come back hundreds of years later to try again, after they remember who they used to be and what they were supposed to do. The story will take you to another time and place, another land with magic crystals and mutated humans. Highly recommend the book!!
Jeff Hays is amazing with his wide variety of voices and emotions. He brings new life into written word.
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Canadian | Lover of gruesome horror/depravity/anything medically related/urban fantasy/non-fiction/and YA.
I deviated from my normal genres and gave The Six and the Crystals of Ialana a shot, mainly because I'm familiar with Jeff Hayes. I have listened to a couple other titles narrated by him, and I was very impressed and entertained by both. Jeff Hayes performance is still top notch in this book, but I found the acted accents to be very distracting as that's not what I'm accustomed to with Jeff Hayes. That is solely my opinion, though, I still give the narration 5 stars because it is well done.
As for the book itself, I don't normally read/listen to fantasy books, so the odd names and varying characters are somewhat difficult for me to follow. Nonetheless, I really enjoyed the banter and interactions between all the young to be heroes. I especially appreciated that the first few chapters showcase all the characters in their personal home lives, and then seeing them grow from there as their journey unfolds.
I also chose this title because of the YA feel to it. All of the characters have distinct personalities, and surely there will be at least one person that you will be instantly drawn to. For me, it's Kex and Blaidd!
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This story is an imaginative, fantastical tale. It's full of interesting characters including unique creatures and monsters. Unexpectedly, I found it a bit relevant to real life with our advances in genetic technology. The author writes about humans experimenting with crossing human genes with animals. The long term results of this experimenting shape the story in many important ways. You glimpse the possibilities of this technology in a fantasy setting.
The Narrator is very talented. He brought many different characters to life, making the story easier to follow. This was especially helpful since its an audio book. I enjoyed this book and await the next.
If there is a version of this book that you are going to buy then it needs to be the audiobook; the accents used are definitely what outs this audiobook a step ahead of its print copy. Jeff Hays is amazing at distinguishing the different characters, and he really gives each one a different personality.
One thing that I didn’t particular enjoy was just how many characters, particularly protagonists, there were; it can be a bit hard to keep track of them. Also a bit difficult to really establish a connection with a character because of how many there are and how they isn’t more of an exploration of the characters. I would have liked to get to know them more as it would have added to the story and drawn me in further, making me invest more of myself into this compelling story.
In my opinion it also can be a bit slow at times; on occasion I found myself shouting, “Get on with it!” to my iPad. There is a good deal of detail, and while most of the time it is definitely a plus that the author goes into such specifics it is sometimes a big long-winded. But the amount of action definitely makes up for it. I especially liked how each of The Six meet each other and how the team builds itself up in order to take on quests that needed resolution that in a past life had not been achieved.
Not generally the type of book I’d read, but I found it quite enjoyable.
THIS book right here was fantastic! I can’t wait to read the next book, the ending especially left me wanting more. The relationships building with the healers and the skills they acquired fully rounded out the individuals in the book. Love is building bonds forming, I love it! The deception you could see coming all along and you hoped for it to be different but it happens anyways is unnerving and keeps you glued! It was a little bit difficult to keep up at one point with the characters having their old names and all the different dimensions and castes but once I got it all sorted it made me want to read more. Great book!
I can't recall reading a start of a fantasy adventure as vast and yet easily comprehensible as The Ialana series. I'm always timid when diving into a new fantasy author's work. Numerous characters, names, worlds, and plot lines can quickly become daunting and persuade my interest. I do find the most rewarding reads are the ones I endure through enough pages to start feeling connected to the characters. The Six and the Crystals of Ialana book is a surprising change with a modern young audience appeal that makes it irresistible to stop reading. In comparison to other authors' works, each one certainly holds a unique place within the genre and Katlynn Brooke did not disappoint. Epic, imaginative, and well layered, we get to indulge in this world and create relationships with each of the Six.
The themes of loyalty, courage, and ethical principles are prevalent however what stuck out to me most was an earnest coming-of-age aspect that felt deeply universal. It had an genuine approach to fellowship and unity towards a common goal that did not present itself as forced or assumed. By relating to being shoved into a role of responsibility and trust, there is a sense of uncertainty and it becomes apparent that the fear of the unknown is persistent. This book helps remind the reader the benefits of breaking through that wall of fear and seeing what is on the other side.
Being able to introduce a large cast of characters in a diverse and rich setting is always a challenge when kicking off a series. Brooke manages to accomplish this task without breaking much of a sweat. Simple enough to retain my interest and complex enough to keep me guessing, this series is one to keep your eye out for.
I enjoyed the relationships presented. Each character become more complicated as they encountered choices in how they interact with one another.
Jeff Hays captures the essence of several characters very well. Besides for a few exceptions, his interpretations are what I imagined them to be in the inner voice.
Watch your Six!
This series translates well in audio form.
Yes! It was easy to listen to and had a smooth transition.
I'm not sure.
Not that I'm aware of.
This book has a little bit of everything in regards to the fantasy genre. There are shape shifters, magic, afterlife, spirits, heros and villains alike. It’s the perfect mix of intrigue, suspense and thrills. A group of young adults set out to try and find the crystals that have been missing for centuries. They have to work together, believe in each other, look internally, follow their dreams (literally) and figure out what it is that connects them all to unlock a secret that will lead them to the crystals. It’s an epic journey that is clouded by a villain who will do just about anything to make sure they fail. I found myself cheering them on while wishing I could be able to see what they did. Can you imagine what it would be like to be immersed in a world of such wonder, strength and beauty? I’m looking forward to reading more from this author. It’s a quick read and perfect for anyone who loves fantasy.
The title of this book divulges that there will be the six main characters and given that, the story has to move quickly to fit them all in. They slowly assemble through the plot but I didn't really care for the lack of character development. The building of Ialana was done pretty well and Katlynn did develop the realm. Not a bad listen but I did find the accents of each character a little difficult to listen to at times. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
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