Citadels of Fire

Kremlins, Book 1
Narrated by: Cathy Burnham Martin
Series: Kremlins, Book 1
Length: 13 hrs and 39 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In a world where danger hides in plain sight and no one aspires to more than what they were born to, Inga must find the courage to break the oppressive chains she's been bound with since birth. 

Even as a maid in the infamous Kremlin, life in 16th-century Russia is bleak and treacherous. That is, until Taras arrives. Convinced that his mother's death when he was a boy was no mere accident, he returned from England to discover what really happened. While there, he gains favor from the Tsar later known as Ivan the Terrible, the most brutal and notorious ruler ever to sit upon the throne of Russia. 

Up against the social confines of the time, the shadowy conspiracies that cloak their history, and the sexual politics of the Russian Imperial court, Inga and Taras must discover their past, plan for their future and survive the brutality that permeates life within the four walls that tower over them all, or they may end up like so many citizens of ancient Russia: nothing but flesh and bone mortar for the stones of the Kremlin wall.

©2014 Liesel Hill (P)2018 Liesel Hill

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Enjoyed from the beginning to the end!

I enjoyed this audible from beginning to end. The visuals created with her story telling were excellent. I could imagine all the splendor, the war or the ordinary daily life which went on. It got and kept my attention throughout. I definitely would recommend this audible book highly. The characters were interesting & you're ready to start the second audible immediately; just to continue the adventure with them. Very well done; thank you!

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Very enjoyable

I enjoyed this book a lot. I wanted so many times to ask my coworker that grew up in Russia about what they had been taught of this history while growing up. I find everyone has their own interpretation of things, and am very curious what the Russian government’s interpretation is for this time period. I loved learning about some of the customs. I found myself researching some more about this time frame because it piqued my interest so much. The story and interaction between characters is wonderful. The narrator did a good job, although I did notice some inconsistencies in the way she pronounced a few names (this was very minor and did not cause any confusion as to what character was being referred to). I admire they way the author was able to make such realistic characters and show their feelings, strengths, and weaknesses. I want more.

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Loved it

Loved it, wanted the story to go on for a bit longer even though it was a long story I wanted more, I was so into the story, great book.

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Wow!!!

Wow! Really awesome, I mean really. I was annoyed at the start because all the stuff they put in the front of the book. I almost said the heck with it, but decided to keep going. I am glad I did. The story was outstanding and the narrator put in a bunch of bells and whistles. I have not heard a book done in this way; I am looking forward to the next book in the series. The time of the book is prior to communism in Russia, but it is also a time when women are treated worse than animals. The story covers many years of rule under the young Tsar who is slowly going insane. I want to say again the author and narrator did an outstanding job.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from StoryOrigin for a honest review.

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Good story written by L.K. Hill (K.L. Conger)

A good book, not quite my style of book though, but a well written story non the less.
There were parts that I enjoyed thoroughly, and parts that I was wondering whether I would be able to finish it due to the amount of graphic descriptions of some elements of the story.
I tend to prefer less graphic stories or at least a different version of graphics. I prefer less blood and gore graphics, where as I enjoy the vivid descriptions of landscapes and beauty.

I enjoyed the added elements of sound that has been added, it brings the story to life in a different way.
I enjoyed Cathy Burnham Martin's way of narrating the story with not only different voices but also plenty of emotion in the different voices that are destinct to each character.

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Great historical read

Great historical fiction! I love the diversity of characters and the love story. I don't know much Russian history so enjoyed learning some of that. The narration was great. I enjoyed the music and sound effects. There were a couple instances I didn't care for the sound choice but overall, a great job! I received a free copy in exchange for review.

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a rare view of medical Russia brought to life

there are few few stories about the times and life of Ivan the terrible. Here is a story accurately set in the world of this man who unified Russia. The history is well researched and the character although many fictional provide a view of what life of the riches and poorest people was like in Russia in these times. But this not a dry historian saga but an audio book that comes alike with action, adventure, well developed characters and excitement. A wonderful listen.

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Learning about Russia

I was given a free copy of this audiobook at my request in exchange for an honest review. I enjoyed Citadels of Fire. It was nice to learn some of the past history of Russia. I thought the narrator was very good. I did not care so much for the sound effects, they felt a bit intrusive during the story telling. I liked learning about Taras and Inga and I can't wait to see what happens in book 2. I recommend this story.

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Russian historical fiction

I enjoyed Citadels of Fire. It's interesting to hear about the history of a country I know very little about. The characters are interesting. But, hopefully in the next book we will have a little more character development. The narrator was good. I listen to a lot of audio books and have to say the music between each chapter and the few random sound effects pulled me out of the story. Overall it was a good story. I am looking forward to the next book.

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At first it take too long than suddenly it's done

I love history; and Russia as well as China have always held a certain fascination for me. So don't say I didn't warn you about the history. You will not only get a history lesson but you will also be treated to music and sound effects (that was a surprising first for me). Also just to keep yoy coming back for more the author decided to weave a little extra mystery within the text of the book, than you are left hanging without the solution to the mystery.