In a province where magic is forbidden and its possessors are murdered by the magickless, young Ilan has only one hope for survival. Concealment. In the shadow of Dimmingwood, she finds temporary protection among a band of forest brigands led by the infamous outlaw Rideon the Red Hand. But when old enemies reappear and new friendships lead to betrayal, will Ilan's magic and the power of her enchanted bow be enough to save her?
©2013 C. Greenwood (P)2013 C. Greenwood
I think the story might be good, if not for the narrator. Very monotone, odd cadence and pronunciation of some words. It shows that a good story can be ruined by a poor narrator 😒
I enjoyed the tale and the characters. I felt like they were acquaintances after the first few chapters.
I saw similarities with many different saga types I have read but with a unique twist and an air of mystery surrounding the players
This is where I found the biggest fault with this production. The narrator lacked any semblance of emotion or ability to inflect her voice to show the difference in feeling coming from the parts read. Also, disappointing was her lack of vocabulary and mispronunciation of several words repeatedly. I would relate her narration to a monotone with no feeling.
Yes. I was able to finish listening to the story in one sitting while I groomed the dog.
I really would like to read the next book in this series but I would rather not hear it read to me by this inadequate narrator.
It's hard to tell if it is the story or the narration, but I do not get any feelings or emotions when listening to this story. The cover makes the story look cool, but the narration is kind of flat and it made it hard to stay interested. It was hard to tell which sentences had exclamations, which sentences were meant to convey sadness, thrill or anything. It felt like listening to a monotone lecture. I was very disappointed in both the story, which seems to progress slowly and the narration. I am still not sure where the story is leading the reader to. I think I will try to pick up this up again in a month or two and read it on my Kindle rather than listen to it and see if makes a difference. If I wasn't so hard-nosed about finishing books, this would have probably ended up on my DNF list, if I had a DNF list.
Narration not very good. Lack of needed inflections, barely noticeable voice changes. Chosen dialect mismatched, writer keeps changing tones and you lose a sense of the error as the story progresses. With that said, although the first volume is very short, the story line is interesting enough to compel you to move on to the second. Hopefully it will be better written.
I enjoyed this book. i have now read the entire series. in my opinion they should have put all books together to make one book. after first book there is a lot of repition and i was able to easily one book a night.
I have no complaints about the book itself. The narrator on the other hand was flat. She struggled to differentiate between voices and read in a monotone for the majority of the book. This would have been much more enjoyable with better narration.
I think the story could be good, but the narrator was awful. Strange pronunciation and very monotone. It felt like a fourth grader was called upon in class to read their paper. I wanted to like the story, but the narration was so bad I won't be able to even pick up a hard copy.
If you are interested in this book, skip the audio version. I hope the hard copy is better. Good luck
The author needed to have an editor or a critique partner tell him to deepen the story. I found myself listening and thinking "wait that doesn't make sense" or "I know I should feel empathy toward the protagonist, but she is really just a jerk. If he had expanded on the relationship the protagonist and her surrogate father had, then I would have been a bit more emotionally involved with the story. Instead, I felt myself not able to be drawn in because of the lack of empathy I had toward the protagonist.
I had already purchased the second book in this series and I am going to listen to it, and I truly hope the short-falls that plagued this novel are corrected in the second. This story had the potential to be excellent.
Yes she did a fine job with her part in reading.
I would not have cut them so much as modified and enhanced some of them. As in her relationships with people. She is at times kind then in the very next scene, she is a complete witch to these people who she was kind to a moment before. That made it very hard to empathize with her.
Make the protagonists character more consistent. I could not decide whether I was supposed to like and empathize with her or if I was supposed to hate her. So, in the end, I ended up not liking her and being very disinterested in whether she achieved her goals or died in the attempt. I truly wanted to like this book but I just couldn't.
Yes, I really enjoyed the story and the narrator wasn't bad. I'd love to listen to it a couple more times. For a self published book I was quite impressed.
It's not similar enough to another book to be compared -- it does however remind me of a D&D or Pathfinder campaign. So if you are a gamer you will enjoy this book.
Her voice fit the part and she read with enough emotion that the book just flowed. It felt much shorter than it was because the time listening to it just flew by.
No but I enjoyed the characters very much and the story.
My only complaints about this book are: 1) that it was too short. and 2) the Narrator pops her p's.
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