Every sacrifice has consequences.
Sixteen-year-old Rowan has spent most of his life living among the mortals - learning to control the element of fire, impatiently awaiting the day his vengeful mother Queen Prisma will abdicate her throne. When he finally returns to Avalon for his coronation, his mother insists he must first prove his loyalty to the court by completing a secret mission:
Kill Kalin, the half-human, half-elemental daughter of the air court king.
Willing to do anything to remove his mother from power, he agrees to sacrifice the halfling. He returns to the mortal world with his best friend Marcus, determined to kill the princess. But as he devises a plan, he starts to question whether or not he's capable of completing such a heinous task. And what price he will pay if he refuses?
©2014 Stacey O'Neale (P)2015 Stacey O'Neale
The story was just okay. Nothing special. I won't be reading the rest of the series.
ZW did a great job narrating.
The Queen's cruelty and sadistic nature was just too over the top for me. I couldn't keep listening to it.
Actually, yes. Some of the young adult stuff goes too far with all the pain and suffering of the characters. I used to enjoy young adult books, but more and more I am turned off.
I love Zachary Webber's voice. He's the reason I tried this book in the first place.
the story had potential to be a real "page turner" but for me it did not meet my expectations. if the narrator would have slowed down a bit. we would not have hears him gasp or breath so much and would sound like he was running sentences together. the male characters and their banter really sounded like a female wrote it and did not channel the way a real man talks. very disturbing.
Author of Five (Maor Series)
Rowan, only heir to Queen Prisma of the Fire court has spent most of his life in the mortal world, training and perfecting the art of fire. When he receives the call to return to Avalon, Rowan is intrigued and also hesitant. Queen Prisma has decided to abdicate her throne to her son, but Rowan knows that where the cruel Queen is concerned, there have to be ulterior motives at play. And he is right. Queen Prisma has set one task for Rowan to complete before he ascends the throne, to kill the innocent halfling daughter of the Air court King. Can Rowan complete his evil task and can he face the consequences of his actions?
It’s short, but if this novella is any indication of the rest of the series, I’m very excited! O’Neale has created a wonderfully complex, vivid world in a few short pages, an outstanding achievement for any author. Rowan’s character is swoon-worthy romantic, with just the right amount of ‘boyishness’. I absolutely loved the banter between Rowan and the Hound. It revealed so many parts of his character without ‘telling’ and was humorous and very ‘male’ at the same time. The creation of the world was unique, the plot fast-paced, the writing superb.
This author is one to watch out for!
The narrator was spot on too!
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