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Cassandra Devlin doesn’t know what she's for. But she knows she's running out of time.

Since Cass was rescued from the abandoned world of Muina, the Aussie teen has proven more than useful to the people of Tare. Expeditions to their home world no longer end in slaughter. The teaching city of Kalasa has been unlocked. After years of searching for answers, they are starting to make progress.

But space is tearing itself apart. Ionoth attack in ever-greater numbers. And "the useful stray" has been injured so many times that the Tarens hesitate to use her for fear of losing her.

With one particular Taren now her most important person, Cass is determined to contribute everything she can, and hopes to find some answers of her own. What is the link between Muina and Earth? Why are the reclusive Nurans so interested in "rescuing" her? And what role in the crisis do the inhuman Cruzatch play?

Can Cass keep herself together long enough to find out?

©2011 Andrea K Hosth (P)2020 Andrea K Hosth

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was the narrator ill-prepared or rushed?

I adore the Touchstone stories. They are like crack to me.
I was constantly distracted by mispronounced words or wrong words.

One of my favorite lines in this book is "...an act of sheer and implacable willpower.. " The narrator said 'impeccable'. That tossed me out of the story and I couldn't resume for several hours.

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Great ending to an interesting trilogy

Listen to this series at .85 speed. the narrator speaks too quickly but is quite talented at a saner speed.

I have listened to this series several times and greatly enjoy it. Cassandra Devlin is highly relatable, and despite developing an incredible talent remains the normal, somewhat insecure, fragile yet brave person we came to know in book one. Her mocking self-description as the 'super special magic girl' and odd mix of fear, bravery and resignation at the situation she finds herself in is a masterful example of an ordinary person in extraordinary circumstances. I encourage anyone who likes this trilogy to find the continuing stories Gratuitous Epiloge, In Arkadia and Snow Day. seeing what happened next makes this series even more fun.

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Love doing my housework to this audible story especially since I’ve read all the books

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  • 10-03-21

A fitting conclusion to an interesting trilogy

Having worked through the narrator's poor efforts in presenting this trilogy, I found the journey to be worth it. Cassandra's sudden transition into a disturbed and unstable world helps to mould her and bring out her intrinsic qualities as a person, and rapid maturing as an adult in a difficult situation. I wish her well for a fruitful future.

It is Macfie's very poor narration that almost spoils the trilogy, and I can well imagine other readers/listeners giving up on the series. It would be a pity as the story has distinct merit, in my opinion. I found that if I ignored the poor narration and focused on the story development, I could manage the series. [I have made comment on the narrator's performance in a review of the first book in the series, so I won't belabour her many deficiencies further. One additional comment, though, is that Macfie could have got advice on some of the technical pronunciations. For example, "hexagonal" is pronounced as "hex-agg-on-al", not "hexa-goan-al".]

[Additional comment: I thought the story worthwhile-enough that I have bought the ebook versions. I am finding them much more enjoyable and of greater interest than Macfie presents them, even though they are clearly aimed at a much younger audience than me. I suppose this is because I can take them at my pace, and have a chance to discover what some of the modern terms mean - they obviously derive from a sub-culture known to the youth - and appreciate the humour.]