Serena knows a few simple things. She will always be owned by a warlock. She will never have freedom. She will always do what her warlock wishes, regardless of how inane, frivolous, or cruel it is. And if she doesn't follow the rules, she will be tarnished. Spelled to be bald, inked, and barren for the rest of her life - worth less than the shadow she casts.
Then her ownership is won by a barbarian from another country. With the uncertainty that comes from belonging to a new warlock, Serena questions if being tarnished is really worse than being owned by a barbarian, and tempts fate by breaking the rules. When he looks the other way instead of punishing her, she discovers a new world. The more she ventures into the forbidden, the more she learns of love and a freedom just out of reach. Serena longs for both. But in a society where women are only ever property, hoping for more could be deadly.
©2013 Janeal Falor (P)2013 Janeal Falor
I loved the story line however at the end of the book it started skipping so I missed the last part. I had to skip two whole chapters because a glitch kept either repeating the same work for a few minutes or skipping words all together.
This is a wonderful tale. The narrator did a wonderful job. My only complaint us that there were several hiccups in the recording about 2/3rds of the way through and it made it difficult to understand what was being spoken. It lasted for an entire chapter. Fortunately, I owned the book and was able to manual read that chapter to get the full story.
Homemaker, married to Dave Bargar, mother of 8, Christian, Seventh-day Adventist, love to read!
I read it because I bought it. It was very slow moving. It lacked creativity. The storyline was too predictable. It always seemed like it was going to develop into something that but did not. The story was written dependent upon a second book.
First book in the Mine series. This is suitable as a stand-alone book.
The author does a very good job of conveying the effects of physical and psychological torment without graphically describing these events. The story shows us a world where women are considered property and their only value is their ability to produce magically endowed male children. The world building is terrific.
The protagonist is a rebellious 17 year old whose perception of self-worth was worn down by her abusive father. This book is not for the faint of heart but may be suitable for an advanced placement English course.
Good reader. A little young sounding, but she differentiates her characters well. Love the how the clothing shows how restricted women were in all aspects of their life. The way things really were in our own past. Highly recommend
Serena is absolutely the dumbest female character I've ever encountered. She's whiny and has zero common sense. I tried to complete the book, but the poor writing and Serena's constant "woe is me" attitude became too grating. I should have known the writing was not going to get better when the author would write that a character had never heard of something, then not one minute later she wrote about how the character had learned about the SAME thing previously. That sounded weird, so an example of what I mean, without giving away any spoilers or plot points (some of y'all might still read this, so I won't ruin it for you), is something like "She had never heard of chocolate chip cookies...blah blah blah...when she used to make chocolate chip cookies many years ago..." I'm sorry? What? The whole book is riddled with plot holes big enough to drive an elephant through.
If you dislike annoyingly unintelligent female characters (I'm not talking just of the main female character's naïveté, this girl is as dumb as a box of hammers), this is not the story for you. Click your 'back' button now...you've been warned!
"Flawed on every level"
I've been listening to audio books for at least 10 years and this has to be the worst I have encountered in terms of plot, delivery and even technical production.
The author has sacrificed plot for commentary on dresses, hair, makeup and kissing even the very rare appearance of magic is dominated by its pretty colours. The feeble plot might be acceptable if this were a character study but unfortunately the characters are thinly sketched at best. The author even fails to create a credible universe for her characters to inhabit and what little their is spoilt by drifting into modern idiom, names and objects.
The narrator has a pleasant enough voice but struggles to distinguish characters clearly, making some conversations confusing. Sentences are often misread or misattributed and she seems to have no grasp of the characters or how given the situation, they might deliver their lines.
To cap it all the production is appalling. A background hiss permeates the book except between chapters when the sudden, glorious silence reminds you of what you are enduring. Volume levels are inconsistent and part way through the book data corruption causes it to loop, stutter and skip.
For me that was the final straw and I gave up. The only positive thing I can say is that the marketing people must have done a good job because their is no other excuse for me having bought this book.
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