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Ezaara

Riders of Fire, Book One - A Dragons' Realm Novel
Narrated by: Caitlin Davies
Series: Riders of Fire, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 7 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (17 ratings)

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In Lush Valley, it’s a crime to even talk about dragons...

When Ezaara meets Zaarusha the Dragon Queen, she’s swept up in a blaze of color and they imprint, forming a deep bond.   

She must give up her home and family to become the new Queen’s Rider. Ignorant and unprepared, how can she possibly succeed? Luckily, she has a dragon master - although rumors say she might be better off with the enemy.  

Plunged into a world of cutthroat politics and traitors in every shadow, who can Ezaara trust as Commander Zens and his army of bestial tharuks march closer, razing villages and enslaving the people of Dragons’ Realm? 

What personal price must Ezaara and her Dragon Master pay to save their people?  

Fans of Anne McCaffrey’s Dragon Riders of Pern and Christopher Paolini’s The Inheritance Cycle will love Riders of Fire.

©2018 Eileen Mueller (P)2019 Audible Australia Pty Ltd.

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Absolutely loved this story

Of the many audiobooks I have listened to, this is the first that kept me awake, not wanting to stop listening. Now I want more!

When I first started this book, I was not too sure that it was for me. Things just happened too quickly for me...one moment the main character, Ezaara, was in her small village with family, the next she dragon rider for the queen of dragons. And then she only has a few weeks to learn combat skills that have taken her peers years to learn. I prefer a little build-up, I want to know about their family and upbringing, what is worth defending with their life?

But once the actual story began, I was hooked. The characters were great, with few characters that were purely good or bad (which I like), the action in the battle scenes was intense, and the sneaking politics set a great tone of fear and distrust

This book deserves a place with the fantasy elite.

I was given a free copy of this book at my request in exchange for a fair review, which I am voluntarily leaving here

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  • Dragonis
  • Blue Springs, MO USA
  • 12-07-19

Didn't expect this

This story took me by surprise. It may have been my mood or just the right day but I was entranced by this book within the first 10 minutes. The exhilaration of dragon riding that was felt resonated with me for sure. The love and betrayal along with the action made this a great story. The narration just made it even better as it was performed perfectly for my ears. I look forward to more.

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  • Sara
  • California
  • 11-16-19

Best Dragon Story Since Eragon!

The only thing wrong with this book was that I lost sleep over it because I couldn't stop listening. The story was perfect; the narration was perfect; the characters were perfect. Not since Eragon, have I loved a dragon or a dragon rider so much.

Ezaara was bored with her small-town life and fascinated with dragons, so when she met one, it was no surprise that they so quickly bonded. Zaarusha is not just any dragon, she just so happens to be the dragon queen, as well as a dragon who has waited long for a rider. Together, the two return to Dragon's Realm where Ezaara meets dozens of dragons and their riders and other humans who work alongside dragons. Ezaara's master trainer, Roberto, is challenging and she struggles to become a rider worthy of the queen, although Zaarusha never doubts her fitness.

But there are traitors in Dragon's Realm and Ezaara has to discern who to trust. Her adventure leads her beyond Dragon's Realm into more dangerous lands both with and without Zaarusha. There she discovers enemies more deadly than she had imagined, as well as unexpected friendships. This beautiful story can be read alone but leaves plenty of room for an entire series, which I am thrilled to discover that Eileen Mueller has already begun to write. I can't want to see what's next for Ezaara and Zaarusha and the rest of their friends.

I was given a free copy of the audiobook by the author and am leaving this review voluntarily.

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Loved reading, and now listening to it

A great story of a nobody becoming great. We follow her as she struggles to live up to the expectations on her, the romances, the disappointments, the betrayals, the deceptions and the friendships. Who can she trust? Who will be there for her? Who is she really? I did find a one or two of the characters voices a little "forced", but it must be very difficult to have complete control over so many characters, but overall Caitlin Davies does a great job... I certainly wouldn't want to do it!!

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A Good YA Dragon Fantasy

Ezaara is a good YA fantasy tale of a teen girl swept up into a world of dragons, war, intrigue, and romance. It seems we get only glimpses of the world and how it works in this volume. Unstead, the focus is more on character and relationship building. There are several story lines left unfinished, hinting at the author's ambitions as the series progresses. I certainly wouldn't have objected to a deeper and more complex main plot, though this is probably just right for YA readers.

Well done narration. Caitlin Davies does a nice job of creating an immersive experience. Her voice range allows for a good set of characters. She does well with pacing and emotion too.

I received this audiobook for free in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

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  • RJ
  • Cottage Grove, MN, United States
  • 12-09-19

Polished and entertaining!

When I first began listening to this tale I thought I had made a mistake in requesting it. The young woman MC and the female narrator led me to believe I had chosen a young adult romance novel. Well, I wasn’t entirely wrong, but the writing, plotline, and compelling story were much better than first glance. Ezaara is a strong, indomitable young woman, rising to the prophecy she was born into. There is romance to be sure, but there is honor, strength, and commitment in the telling. There is also intrigue and betrayal as Ezaara struggles to take her rightful place in Dragons’ Realm. I was anticipating a good dragon novel, and I got one, but I unexpectedly got much more. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Five Stars All The Way Through!

I enjoyed this audio so much that I listened to book 2 and 3 before I stopped long enough write this review. The icing on the cake is Ms Davies as narrator, awesome choice.
This audio was given to me free and I voluntarily gave this review.

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I'll admit....

I'll admit I impatiently waited this audible, having first read it in paperback. I couldn't put it down! In paper, the first scenes immersed me in the world. In audio, it took me a bit longer but I LOVED hearing this adventure and picked up on different points this way. I'll be onto the next one SOON!

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a good start

a good start to a series I wouldn't mind listening to and/or reading. It held my interest throughout.

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Fast paced and throughly Enthralling.

I throughly enjoyed this novel. The quick paced story kept throughout the whole story. This is not your typical dragon novel, Eileen did have some unique aspects and phrases such as "thank the egg".
There are some dark scenes within the novel as well such as death, torture, rape and violence. Most of which is left up to the imagination, which has kept to the Young Adult aspect.