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The Six and the Crystals of Ialana Audiobook

The Six and the Crystals of Ialana: The Ialana Series, Book 1

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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

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    PattyH Iowa 09-16-16
    PattyH Iowa 09-16-16

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    "The Six and the Crystals of Ialana"

    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.

    I was received this audible from the author, narrator or publisher in exchange for an honest unbiased review.

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    Lemó 09-15-16
    Lemó 09-15-16 Member Since 2016

    Canadian | Lover of gruesome horror/depravity/anything medically related/urban fantasy/non-fiction/and YA.

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    "Fantasy and YA mixed together"

    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!

    This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

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    Kindle Customer 09-29-16
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    "Good but perhaps better read"

    This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.


    The Six and The Crystal is an epic style fantasy with six teenagers and a young soldier pulled out of their normal lives and brought together through mystical dreams so that six of them may continue and conclude a quest begun long before any of them were born.

    There is a lot going on in this book and with seven main characters and the otherworldly style names of people, places and things (which do help to create the feel of a fantasy world but also make it harder to keep track) I found myself on more than one occasion hearing the name of a secondary character and being unable at first to remember who they were.

    I think I would have preferred either fewer main characters or that they be introduced more slowly and given more time to establish them individually. Although they mostly each start with a distinctive if short backstory and character but by the end some of them felt unnecessary and their personalities no longer really had an impact on the story.

    The narrator does help to keep the main characters distinct by mostly making them sound different to each other in accent or tone, however as the book progresses the three boys who come from the same village stopped sounding quite so distinct.

    As the book went on I found myself thinking I should like the book better than I did, there were elements and moments I really did like and at the start I was really engrossed but unfortunately became less so as it continued. I think in part this is because a lot of things are told to the reader rather than shown and also because quite a lot of the mysterious elements are explained about a third of the way through the story. I think perhaps it would have been better if the book was longer and the mysterious elements slowly discovered and worked out.

    However after finishing the audiobook I had a look at the ebook and read a few passages and found it much more engaging than the audiobook, there is nothing particularly wrong with the narration, the book just somehow worked better for me when I read it myself. I think that's partly because the nature of reading makes it more absorbing and because reading has some distinct advantages with a book like this. For instance certain elements like the dream sequences are printed in italics making their start and end clearer, names are more memorable (due in part to spelling choices), use of dashes in sentences make it clearer what exactly is meant and it's easier to flip back if you've forgotten something.

    In conclusion if you like the premise of the book I would suggest buying the ebook rather than the audio. I plan to give it a month or two and then physically read this one and the subsequent books in the series.

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    Andrew Hart 09-18-16
    Andrew Hart 09-18-16 Member Since 2016

    I love a good Audiobook.

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    "epic fantasy "

    this was an epic fantasy with a young adult feel for adults. the story was well written and the narrator was excellent. he brings the characters to life.

    “This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.”

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