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Publisher's Summary

This is a full-length novel set between Windburn and Rootbound. However, to avoid spoilers, the author highly recommends you listen to it after hearing Rootbound.

From the USA Today best-selling series comes a glimpse into the life and mind of a character surrounded in mystery....

My name is Ash, and I am an elemental. As an ender, it is my place to protect the royal family at all costs. Despite being the best ender our world has ever beheld, I have failed time and again as the personal sacrifices continue to mount.

Lark has been banished to the desert by her father, who is blind to the manipulation he has again fallen prey to. To bring about justice, I must seek out and destroy the one who intentionally wields her powers to bring pain to my people.

Cassava’s death will finally free us from the dark cloud her reign of terror has surrounded us in. This is what I believe to be true, and I will seek her out with only one intended outcome. The reality, however, is much more complicated than my beliefs.

When lies turn to truths, and enemies to allies, can I still find my way back to who I once was? Uncertainty makes me hesitant, but I can not give up. For justice. For Lark. No matter the sacrifice.

©2016, 2017 Hijinks Ink Publishing (P)2017 Hijinks Ink Publishing

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Ash's search for Cassava is destined for the birds

Ash wishes to remove Cassava from the living so Lark will be safe. On his quest he meets a Yette named Norm, gets caught in a snow avalanche, loses Peta, runs afoul of some witches, sets Raven up with one very powerful witch, realizes he hates Talon, stabs Cassava and discovers not all he believes is indeed correct. What all must a man to do to save his love?

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Ash!!

I have liked Ash from the first moment he was introduced in the Elemental series. Like many in love he reacted when he should have thought things out a little more. His lack of foresight leads him on an unintended adventure filled with lies, half truths, and royal machinations. The story is fabulous. The new character Norm was a a great humorous addition. The narrator did a nice job, but I wish she would have stuck with Ms. Fortgang...Ash just doesn’t sound like Ash in the previous stories.

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Filler

This was a filler book. Nothing extraordinary or additional happened. You don’t need to listen to this to finish this series.

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Interesting Addition to the Elementals Series

I have mixed feelings about this addition to the series. I enjoyed reading from Ash’s perspective, and absolutely loved Norm’s character. I feel like it complicated the big picture though, but after finishing it, I have realized I think that was Shannon’s intention all along. She wants you to second-guess what’s real, what’s imaginary, as well as who’s “good” and who’s “bad”; although no one in Shannon’s worlds are inherently always good OR bad. Everything is in shades of grey which complicates things. Ash suddenly has new abilities and power that he never had before, making you wonder where or who it’s come from.

I was surprised that the narrator changed after the intro, but was pleasantly surprised with Michael Axtell. He had a variety of voices, and was a good narrator. I just with that the established voices for Peta would have been used but it probably would have been a distraction.

Like many of her series, this one is complicated and you must pay attention to the little details to truly understand how and why the journey unfolds. I applaud her for never taking the easy road, and letting the characters take on their own personalities and dimensions that other authors shy away from. It might not appeal to everyone, but I can understand why she’s telling this story the way she is. Though there are gut-wrenching periods, I think we’ll make it out ok in the end.

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Love to hear Ash's side of the story.

This book brings in Ash's side of the story. It filled in a lot of gaps from Lark's story

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Like the Color Beige

Just bland. I loved the series up to this point. The switch to a male narrator was unsettling but it is the story that is like eating rice cakes, you know, those things that are supposed to be a filling delicious snack but are more like styrofoam. Fake and empty. I think the author fell out of love with her characters in this series. I got the feeling she sadistically sets them up to see them struggle. This was the drop off point for me. The last book in the series follows this one, and I just really didn’t care what happens next.

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Good story, but the change in voices was a shock

Note: I write my reviews as I listen to the book

I like the rich depth of this narrator’s voice, but I had not at all expected the swap after the previous 5 books. I get it, I realize it’s a male’s viewpoint, but definitely didn’t expect it because I’d heard the male viewpoints done by Lauren up to this point. After the initial shock though, I must admit that the choice of narrator is quite fitting for Ash.
The start of this book backtracks a bit to when Lark was banished to the desert so I’m guessing this will kind of follow alongside the story-telling of Rootbound.
Gah! Nope, I don’t like his version of Peta’s voice! Ack! I hope he doesn’t have to read her voice much in this one.
I do like the way the story was written, but I think I got too used to Lauren Fortgang being Peta’s voice so I’m not so fond of Michael Axtell’s voice for her. He does give Norm a fitting voice though.
As with Peta, it isn’t like re-listening to the same story. I got chills multiple times and insights into Ash that you don’t get through the other books so far.
2 hours remaining and it sounds like a different male voice reading. It was a little odd and disconcerting. Less than an hour left and his voice for Peta changed too. While I enjoy the book and the overall storyline, I struggle to like this narrator’s many voices, particularly the female ones. This book is well worth the read. Lot's of insights and information you don't get otherwise. There's also a little of, I believe, Pamela's beginnings in here. That was intriguing.

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Ash is the best!

I love hearing the story from another perspective. Ash is such a great character in the elemental series, and just as strong and follows his convictions like Lark. He has to deal with lies and schemes and gets the short end of the stick, but does not really give up. He’s Larks true match. It was such a great story and awesome narration! More please..

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Loved his POV

I absolutely loved listening to Ash’s POV! To see what he’s thinking , and scheming behind the scenes. It was interesting to see how he thinks, and how he is as a individual. I thoroughly enjoyed listening to the narrator. Great voice and I felt like he certainly was the voice for Ash.

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Exciting!

I loved hearing Ash's story. It filled out the series where Lark's story couldn't. I loved Norm! There was action and some twists. I'm so curious now how this story concludes. The narrator was great, but it took a bit to get used to him.

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  • louuol2004
  • 11-19-20

Loved this.

I thought this instalment was fab!
A nice change to see things from ash’s point of view.
The insights into his background were welcomed, along with the wonderful comic relief provided by Norm! :)
Whilst this has left me with lots of questions, they are happy ones and I can wait to read the next part

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  • Karen Beresford
  • 01-11-18

Narrator has great voice exactly as imagined Ash.

What did you like most about Ash?

His voice and his morals. The voice is exactly as I imagined the character Ash to sound in the previous books, so was really pleased with the audiobook.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Ash obviously haha.

Have you listened to any of Michael Axtell’s other performances? How does this one compare?

:No. But will do now.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Yes had an emotional reaction, Not giving any spoilers so will not name names but I felt pity for one of the characters, sadness, anger, hope etc at appropriate points.

Any additional comments?

A recommended listen, but definitely listen to the series in order, its well worth it.

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  • Millsy
  • 01-20-18

Hmm...

Well this certainly feels very much unfinished and though I enjoyed parts, I didn’t particularly enjoy this one as I have for the books earlier in the series. To me Ash and the previous book in the series have been quite depressing and not books I would recommend unless that is your thing, if further books were released I would hesitate before buying.