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Publisher's Summary

From the world of Rylee Adamson and the Elemental series comes a heroine with nothing to lose and everything to prove....

“My name is Pamela, and I am a witch who has no equal.”

Or so I thought.

It has been three years since the Destroyer sundered our world. The land is longer whole, but broken into pieces, most technology gone, and the continents shattered into an unrecognizable place.

New monsters have risen from the depths, adding danger on top of danger. Through it all, the humans fight to survive as they compete not only with the supernaturals for food and resources, but their own kind as well.

And me? The caravans of humans I pass - they look to me to save them.

Only I am not the witch I once was. Bound by those who fear my power and my bloodline, I’m lucky if I can light a match with my magic, never mind protect anyone but myself.

Now the darkness in me rises, offering me all that I want. Freedom from the chains I wear and the power to make everything right. But, if I embrace the darkness, I will face a cost I could never have imagined....

©2018 Hijinks Ink Publishing (P)2018 Hijinks Ink Publishing

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Enjoyable!

The author presumes that we've read the previous books in the universe - so some of the set-up is confusing. However, it is not difficult to follow. I enjoyed the ramble through the wilds of a broken earth and all the various creatures and problems the heroine encounters. It did not go exactly where I expected it to go, given the set up for the story; however, I feel like we'll learn more later.

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I did not believe the heroine's age. Pamela's supposed to be 15-18 during the course of the book, but she definitely comes across as much older. At least mid-twenties - and this is not because of the narrator's voice, but what the character says and her level of emotional intelligence - especially in her interactions with other women. It did make sense that she be competent, self-sufficient, and a survivor - but her savvy with other people was difficult to swallow. Also, while her young life has been full of adventure, she thinks / talks like she's seen sixty years worth of experience, not 18 - so that was difficult; however, when I managed to forget her age, the novel was fine.

The friction between Pamela and the other female characters was a bit of an issue for me. Even when Pamela struggles with male characters, it seems less toxic, less dangerous. The only truly positive female relationship she has is with her cat familiar. The three positive relationships she had with other females not intimately connected to her are completely dashed each time - the first dying, the second acrimonious and dying, and the last ending in turmoil for no good reason at all - that the last two are acrimonious - given what Pamela has done for those characters up to that point - is nonsensical. Needless conflict is always aggravating and it's something I find in a lot of urban fantasy novels, specifically. It's frustrating.

Speaking of positive female relationships - my favorite parts of the novel involved her cat. I would read a novel just about that cat any day. They disagreed constantly, but still managed to maintain their relationship.

The author did not really address the main character's relationship to how the earth came to be broken. I suspect that might have been from one of her other series or will be addressed (I hope) later in other books. I'd be willing to listen to book 2 except for the dreaded spectre of a love-triangle on the horizon. That is a major turn-off for me, personally - so I hope the author avoids it in the interest of more character-building and believable romance in the future novel.

Definitely not the worst novel I've encountered and the narrator did a wonderful job. In tone and pacing, it's a typical urban fantasy or YA fantasy novel: plucky heroine with too much sass and a lot of rage faces all kinds of issues and insists on doing it herself, all alone, every time until she learns that it's better to let people in and work together --- until book 2. The world building was the most intriguing part, but we learn very little of the actual world or what happened to the humans after the earth is broken. Given that the novel is set in the far north, one wonders what has happened to the rest of the world.

With more time and detail, this could have been a really strong book, but it's got a few major flaws. Still - that said, it's fun! And worth a listen!

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Slow but good IF you read the pervious series

Because I had already read All the Rylee series I was able to know what was being referred to throughout this book. I Really recommend the Rylee series. The problem is that this is not entirely a stand alone book and will be problematic for new readers.

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Aimless finds a family

Aimless Witch takes up where Larkspur’s & Rylee’s ends...this book can be enjoyed without having read/listened to the two other series, but if you want to understand the references start with the Rylee Adamson series followed by the Elemental Series (Larkspur). This story has plenty of action, self discovery, and pure entertainment. Love this series already! The narrator did a fantastic job with providing unique voices for each character and appropriate tone inflections for each scene!

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Great start to the series

I haven't read any of the other books in this world, I started with this one because the cover was so pretty. But this was so good, I need to go back and read all the other ones now. I wasn't confused or anything by not reading the other books first. Obviously some stuff happened that I had no clue about, but it was explained well enough. This world was really cool, and I liked the magic. Pamela was a really great character too, I'm kind of excited that I have other books to read with her in it from the other series. I loved the familiars in this!

The narration for this was excellent also.

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Another Shannon Mayer series to fall in love with

When a favorite author starts a new series, it can be a scary experience for readers. What if it's not as good as her past books? What if I don't like it? You can put those fears aside with Shannon Mayer.

If you've read the Rylee Adamson series, you've already met Pamela and I promise that you will not want to miss this book! It's truly amazing and will leave you ready for the next book in the series. Buckle up and get ready to fall in love with Shannon Mayer's books all over again!

Khristine Ham does a stellar job narrating this book. She's truly fabulous and I love her English accent.

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"Do you know who the fuck I am!?"

Yes, Pamela, thankfully I do :)
I'm a huge Shannon Mayer fan and this was an excellent addition to her amazingness. The narrator did an excellent job, I don't think we could have gotten any better.
As usual, Shannon managed to leave me satisfied and yet, thirsty for the next book. You'll definitely want to be caught up to fully enjoy the story.

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  • 08-01-18

Underwhelmed

I loved Meyer's Desert Cursed and the first few books of the Rylee series but this one and the Elemental series were just not to my taste. Narrator was great so if you like the Elemental series then you should probably really like this book.

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  • 09-05-18

perfection

Ah love love love it... shannon mayer is a master in this genre. audible bring out the next instalment quick.