• A Crack in the Rock: The Edge of the Sword Series

  • By: Amber Gabriel
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenyon
  • Length: 10 hrs and 12 mins
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A Crack in the Rock: The Edge of the Sword Series

By: Amber Gabriel
Narrated by: Peter Kenyon
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Why does no one understand her? All Sashia wants is to learn, but she is constantly told to stop asking questions and mind her own business. There must be some purpose for her insatiable curiosity. The workings of the human body fascinate her - if only she could learn more! Could injuries be better treated and death itself avoided with a more thorough knowledge of anatomy?

When an itinerant healer and his wife discover Sashia and offer her an apprenticeship, she jumps at the chance. However, life holds even more unexpected twists as she catches the eye of the crown prince of Berush. Will Sashia be able to pursue her career as a healer, or will handsome Prince Cyrus change her plans? With her heart torn between two great passions, which will she choose?

Life is uncertain, and Sashia soon finds some things are out of her control. She struggles to shape her own destiny in a patriarchal society where polygamy is legal and women are subject to their father or spouse.

Slight of frame, but fierce in heart, Sashia will need every ounce of strength she possesses, and the wisdom and support of friends and allies, to endure what her future holds. What other obstacles must she overcome to live her dreams and find happiness?

©2020 Amber Gabriel (P)2020 Amber Gabriel

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My kitchen is spotless!

I typically listen to audiobooks when cleaning and doing other chores. A Crack in the Rock is so engaging and action-packed, my kitchen is more organized and spotless than it’s ever been! Great job Amber Gabriel in creating dynamic characters, unpredictable plots and action packed adventure!

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Drew me in at every turn

I am not usually a historical/period fan. But wow this drew me at every turn especially the details of the interpersonal relationships and struggle with age old customs.

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Sashia the feminist!!

I received a free copy of this audiobook, and here’s my honest opinion: I’m hooked. This is my first fantasy/action romance read in a while. I have to say it was so well written I was anxious to predict what was going to happen next with Sashia. From the beginning she has you rooting for her as you see her desire to learn and do good in the world. She’s the perfect mix of rebellion, strength, and vulnerability. Gabriel put so much detail into developing her character I felt like we were friends! Together we were studying medicine and politics trying to solve Berush’s problems. I enjoyed seeing her relationships evolve. Especially with the father of Cyrus. She isn’t afraid to ruffle some feathers in order to bring about change. I also would recommend listening to the audiobook on Audible. I was impressed with the voices and character changes. Looking forward to listening to more books written by Gabriel!

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Loved this book!

A Crack in the Rock was well written and entertaining. I loved the narrator’s voice for the king. I was reminded of Sean Connery. The most interesting thing about this story (without giving anything away) is the new perspective I gained through the eyes of the main character. There were several aspects that made me feel as if I were in Old Testament Israel as an eye witness. Loved it!

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I swooned a lot. so good!

I listened to this audio version of this book and let me tell you, I loved it! The narrator, Peter Kenyon, did an amazing job!! He kept it so interesting! And then there's the story itself! Sashia and Cyrus are my favorite characters, but there are many other great characters in this book. If you love adventure, suspense, and romance, this is the story for you!

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  • 05-12-21

Historic fantasy with some christian morals

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It took me some time to get into the story fully. The first part felt a little slow to me and I'm not sure I was overly fond of the narrator. But both definitely grew on me.

Due to the themes of the story I would categorize this is an Adult historical fantasy (no magic or anything fantastical) despite the fact that it's clean enough for a younger audience.

My favourites:
- The (Christian?) morals interwoven during the story. Themes like justice, forgiveness, charity, choosing what to make of your life all played an important role, which I liked.
- Adult, but clean subjects. Although the story doesn't shy away from death, mental health issues, post-partum depression, romance or the ups and downs of giving birth and parenthood, it deals with these in a classic, tasteful manner.

Sexual content: none (there are references to marital intimacy etc. but nothing steamy happens on screen)
Crude language: none
Violence: moderate (there are executions and wars but they're not very detailed on screen. the author does, however, describe quite graphically the physical injuries and women's labour that the MC deals with)

Conclusion
If you like historical fantasy, and especially if you are a mother (since you'll recognize the MC's experiences later in her life) I can definitely recommend this for a nice relaxing 'read'. Despite the fact that I think a different narrator might have made it even better, I really genuinely enjoyed this book.