Born of Aether

Elemental Origins Series, Book 4
Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
5 out of 5 stars (112 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Thousands of copies sold, over a million pages read. Fans love the supernaturals of the Elemental Origins series.

They say if you tell a lie long enough, you'll eventually believe it, but Akiko will never forget who she really is.

Akiko Susumu is not what she seems. Her life as a normal teen living in a coastal Canadian town is a complete sham. The old man she lives with is not her grandfather, he's her captor. And Akiko isn't a teen. In fact, she isn't even human.

But Akiko isn't allowed to share the reality of her true nature with a single soul. Not even her three best friends know of the power she could wield, given the chance.

So, when she's sent back to her homeland to steal an ancient samurai sword, she jumps at the chance to secure her freedom, only to get caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse with the most dangerous crime syndicate in Japan.

Can Akiko escape with her life and her soul, or is true freedom as elusive as the Aether she was born from?

Born of Aether is the fourth book in the Elemental Origins series (which can be enjoyed in any order), a saga which follows four best friends over one magical summer. If you like incredible abilities, strong female characters, and a little romance, then you'll love A.L. Knorr's YA fantasy adventure series.

©2017 A.L. Knorr (P)2018 LMBPN Publishing

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Amazing story!!

Born of Aether was an amazing story! I loved the inter mixture of Akiko's past with her present and the mystery surrounding her powers! I cant wait to see what happens next! Narration blwas also amazing !!

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This is an excellent story.

This book is written by an excellent Author. This is my second time to read the story. The first time was on Kindle. A. L. Knorr Is an excellent writer. She’s becoming one of my favorites. The narrator raider on this audiobook did an excellent job as well.

The main character in the story has been captive for over 100 years. I love the way the author includes Japanese folklore in this story.

In the story, her grandfather who is not really her grandfather sent her on a mission to retrieve a sword from the museum. The mission is nearly impossible.

As always, a.L.Knorr has written a clean book suitable for all ages.

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Could not put down!

This book was amazing! I really loved the story and concept, very interesting! Definitely want to read more!

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Loved it!

This is my first book by this incredibly talented author and I am hooked. A page turning YA series that was great from the beginning to the end. Gabra did a great job narrating.

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Demon hunter

This is the fourth book in the series but can be read or listened to as a stand alone. It is the fifth book I have listened to by this author and I have loved them all. This is a very entertaining series. My husband heard me listening to it near the beginning and loved listening to it too. I think he is now excited for the rest of the series. I only wish we could have had a bit more of the boyfriend that was introduced in the beginning. He seemed like an interesting character. I’d love to hear the rest of his story. This book is almost exclusively about Akiko and the people she meets along her journey for freedom.

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excellent

an excellent story following Akiko summer "adventure" in Japan where she fight for her freedom.

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Born of Aether (Elemental Origins #4), my 13th read from author A.L. Knorr. WOW! Incredible read! I was given an Audible copy of this book, included in Born of Fire, & am voluntarily reading & reviewing it. Gabra Zachman’s talented narration adds to the well-written book's enjoyment. Extremely well written. I’ll be reading more from this author! Better yet this is the fifth book in a multi-book series that I look forward to reading. Next up, Born of Air (Elemental Origins #5)! (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

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Akiko took my breath away!!!

Akiko just blew me away. Her story was full of heart break and joy, love and answer, and every emotion in between. This is one of my favourite stories in the series for this reason. I love the way it is narrated, and moments of it left me holding my breath in anticipation. Simply a must read!

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Born of Aether

A Fantastic read that intriqued me right from the start to the finish. This Audio is Fantastic the Author does a fabulous job at building the scenes so as you listen you can pucture them in your mind. It had me on the edge of my seat. The Narrator brings out the characters fantastic as well. This is definitely a must listen.
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Loved it another great story of a young girl finding her powers! Narrator was great!

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  • 05-22-20

Amazing!

I’ve read the first 4 books now and they are all astonishing I absolutely love them, I’m a big realistic fantasy fan and I’m so excited to read born of air and the elements this series has officially gained one of the top spots in my heart. Highly recommend.

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  • Enda Mcloughlin
  • 02-20-20

Haunting story spanning more than one lifetime

One of the things I have enjoyed about this authors writing is the well captured snapshot of other countries customs. Set in both Japan and Canada, giving young people an idea of life in Japan.
This book had a different feel to her others, still just as enjoyable.
Can’t wait to read the story that joins them all now.....thanks Abbey Knorr, I listen to these as I throw pots, makes me very happy!

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  • Deeanne Latham
  • 11-23-19

Really enjoyed the intriguing story

Loved it, the twists and turns really got me excited to finish the book. The concept of the story was really interesting!

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  • Lotty
  • 10-11-19

Amazing

What an intriguing and unusual story. It is very different from all the other books in this wonderful series. It has lots of interesting cultural references and is a really gripping tale with amazing characters. The narrator really brings this book to life. I love this whole series and would recommend listening to this book.

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  • leilamartyne
  • 10-09-19

I didn’t want it to end!

Once again A.L. Knorr delivers another amazing elemental story. She makes the world she is fighting about come alive and I lived every minute with Akiko and didn’t want the story to end. Luckily it now on to Born of Air!

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  • Jennifer Williams
  • 10-06-19

Another gem...

This is the fourth book in the elemental series from A.L Knorr; this time following Akiko’s story in Japan.

Akiko is slightly different from the other girls, and I don’t want to share spoilers, but her background, history and past sparks a mixture of emotions, through a story of family life, tragedy, heartbreak and romance, as well as battles involving spirits and Demons, set in Akiko’s native Japan.

Your heart breaks over and over for Akiko as she faces the trials of her life, which has been way harder than it should have been for her. It is great to see how Abby his woven her story in with the lives of the other three girls, and I look forward to listening to born of air and the elementals books next.

I have read All of the elementals books and know that they are all fantastic, but I enjoy as ever listening to them as well, a lovely way to experience this fantasy world when I am too busy to sit and read a book for myself! Gabriela Jackman continues to do a brilliant job narrating. All of the elementals books and know that they are all fantastic, but I enjoy as ever listening to them as well, a lovely way to experience this fantasy world when I am too busy to sit and read a book for myself! Gabra Zackman continues to do a brilliant job narrating.

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  • Sarah Mac
  • 09-29-19

Amazing!

This is Akiko's story - we find out that she's not a teenager like her friends Targa (Born of Water), Saxony (Born of Fire) and Georjie (Born of Earth), she is actually over 100 years old. Her tamashi was stolen and she was held captive for over 100 years. Fearing her sister, a kitsune, had betrayed her so that she could marry Akiko's fiancee, Akiko resigned herself to living as a captive for the rest of her life.

This book switches between present day and Akiko's past.

Akiko has to steal a sword for her captor and once she has recovered it, he will set her free. We see Akiko travelling to Japan in the Aether, transforming between different birds and her human form. She finds allies in Japan and learns more about her true self.

This is truly an amazing book - I initially read the Kindle book and loved it. Gabra Zackman really brings the story to life with her narration.

Definitely well worth listening to. I can't wait to listen to the next book (Born of Air).