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Beneath the Roots

The Aure Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Krista Nicely
Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
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The isle of Aure is an odd place. Half is buried under a perilous “cursed wood”, the other half is speckled with the ancient remains of a lost civilization. Aure’s newest inhabitants have made their homes on top of those ruins. Myths and legends abound. Stories about "the fae” are widespread, but never taken seriously. Soon, though, everything is about to change....

When 12-year-old Merisande happens upon a young fae prince, he gives her a summoning stone she can use to call him if she’s ever in need of help. 

Nine years later, Merisande is at a crossroads when her younger brother releases a bull from its pen and it damages the neighboring lord’s flock. The lord offers to set aside the damages if she’ll marry his son, a knight named Sir Avry. 

Despite Avry's deep love for Merisande, she despises him. Years ago, he helped give her brother a severe beating. The memory of that violence has stayed with her, and she decides it’s best to flee. Using the stone, she summons Gandel and begs him to take her to his land, Thorsault. 

But the fae kingdom turns out to be a dreadful place. The only humans living there are mute, sickly slaves who labor all day for their fae masters. Though Merisande is under the protection of Prince Gandel, she does not feel safe. 

Then, by chance, she encounters Sir Avry, who has followed her into the kingdom. Avry had nothing to do with the letter his father sent and refuses to marry a woman against her will. Merisande realizes that she may have prejudged him. But this problem is greatly overshadowed by much bigger ones: Gandel is unable persuade his father to free Avry, and the slaves are dying from a terrible plague. With no one to replace them, the fae king prepares to harvest more, and his target is none other than Merisande and Avry’s own people. Can they escape and warn their country before the unimaginable happens?  

©2018 W.K. Greyling (P)2018 W.K. Greyling

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Enchanting

This book was captivating. My favorite theme was the love story. W.K. Greyling has woven a beautiful love story that made my heart soar. A love story that was not shallow or contrived. In that, it was so refreshing.

I am eager for the next book. I want to know more about the hidden Fae Kingdom and their ultimate plan. I want to know about the lost civilization and what brought its demise. Are the inhabitants on the Isle of Aure going to be able to survive what seems like an imminent attack? What caused the creation of the cursed woods? What is the story behind the White and the red deer? Did the noble Fae, Gandel, survive? Will Merisande see him again? Is there any hope for the slaves of the Fae? Will the plague spread?

Here is a fantasy I can recommend wholeheartedly to the young and old. It is without bad language and is without sex.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request, and have voluntarily left this review. I thoroughly enjoyed it.




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Beneath the Roots

The story moved along at a good pace not rushed, although I would have liked them to stay longer in the Fae land of Thorsault, as I found it very captivating.

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  • Leelo
  • BIGFORK, MT
  • 02-09-19

An original and fun fast paced novel

This story is the perfect mix of clear detail and plot speed so, while it creates beautiful imagery in your mind, it moves fast enough to keep you interested. It's an unusual story and it's fun and exciting. The characters are well developed and stay true to their personalities. The narrator's voice is pleasant and peaceful to listen to. I highly recommend this book! Looking forward to more from W.K. Greyling!

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Loved it! I wish the next book was available now!

Narration was well done. Very compelling story. kept me listening for hours wanting to know what was going to happen next. Wish I could share my most memorable part but I dont want to give anything away.

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hard to stop listening!!

It was a great book, I am looking forward to listening to the next one! The story is well thought through and I found no story or character paradoxes, which always helps keep you in the story

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  • SIMARA
  • Bayamon, Puerto Rico
  • 10-04-19

A rich fantasy world

Oh what a treat this story was. I felt transported into a vivid fantasy world. The author really made the story come to life for me. I loved the adventure, how well paced and developed the story was and the romance was nice as well.
Narration: Krista Nicely did a great job with the story. She added spark, she did distinct voices for each character and differentiated older and younger voices as well. The narrator enhanced an already great story.

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Beneath the Roots

This was a surprisingly interesting listen. The story started a little slow for me, but quickly picked up and dragged me in. The descriptions were amazing and really brought everything to life. Definitely worth checking out!

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Must listen!

This was a refreshing adventure into a non-traditional Fae world that breaks the mold for what we normally define as "fae". Merisande is a girl trying to escape her fate but is thrown into a shocking magical land where she soon realizes that her life is not so bad.

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Excellent adventure

I love the fantasy genre though I’ll admit it’s been awhile since I’ve read any...

And then I was given the opportunity to listen to this and wow. I’m hooked. The story, the characters, the details.. it really gets you hooked. The narrator is fantastic. Definitely check this book out, you will not regret it.

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Danger and Action and Romance ~ Oh My!

This fascinating Fantasy / Paranormal fairytale is chock full of a fictional feudal system, fairies, a witch, magical trees, chivalry, an evil king, knights in shining armour, a damsel in distress, a mystical deer, excitement, danger, action and just enough romance to provide the feelies!

This was so well written and I'm thrilled I got a chance to hear this story. This is clean and would be enjoyed by both male and female alike.
If this sounds like something you're likely to read, get it. I guarantee you'll enjoy it too!

Krista Nicely does a great job on their narration. There is a large amount of whispering that occurs in the story and she was amazing at that. My throat would be sore for weeks after that! The variety she creates in the voices are outstanding and truly make the audio book exciting to listen to.

I'm excited that this is a two - book series. Book. 2 in The Aure Series is "White Bird" and it's the next book I'll be listening to. Watch for my reviews of that in the next few days!

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  • KarenThornton
  • 09-29-19

Great storyline where you don't know whose side your on.

Hooked from the start but then it didn't go as I expected. This kept me enthralled and listening. There are two types of people, human and winged humaniods. You can't decide which are good and which is evil. But that's not what this about. This isn't a typical them and us. It isn't a typical romance. I couldn't wait to start book two.

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  • deafmick
  • 07-24-19

It's very good i give it 9 out of 10 one of my fav this year

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  • alex
  • 06-24-19

Enjoyable listen

Really enjoyed not the usual book I like but it kept me interested. Would recommend

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  • Helen
  • 06-22-19

Amazing

Enjoyed this audio from start to finish hopefully more books to come well written too when book 2 out

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-14-19

Magical & mistified...a tale of two worlds.

Fear not ! It was a bit slow to start but once you got into the body of the story it really grips your interest. I loved the small moral tales with in the story. I look forward to starting the next book in the series and learning how the characters and stories evolve.