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From Breath and Ruin

The Elements of Five Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Bailey Carr
Series: Elements of Five, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 17 mins
Categories: Teens, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
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In her YA debut, New York Times best-selling author Carrie Ann Ryan dives into a world with magic and sacrifice with the Elements of Five. 

Five hundred years ago, the Maison Realm was shattered, divided into warring kingdoms of elemental Wielders with fate and truth shadowed and uncertain. Now, factions of both the light and dark venture into the human realm in search of the prophesied Spirit Priestess who is said to Wield the Elements of Five and bring the two fractured kingdoms together. 

Lyric has no idea there's a realm outside the human one in which she lives. When fate and circumstances are pulled from her hands after an accident, she finds out nothing is at it seems. 

There is a war surrounding her, and when Lyric realizes they are searching for her, she must rely on those she once trusted: a boy who isn't who she thought and a new realm of warriors who have come to protect her as she trains. 

For the darkness is coming, and the queen of Obscurite wants to ensure the king of Lumiere can't get his hands on Lyric. The only way to ensure that is if Lyric herself is no more...no matter the cost to prophecy.

©2019 Carrie Ann Ryan (P)2019 Carrie Ann Ryan

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From the Ruins

I have to say this is not my go to genre. PNR is something I can get into, but this was something I could not stop listening too. The narration was on point. The narrator was new to me and I enjoyed the way she brought this story to life. This was definitely a must listen for me.

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Loving Lyric!!

This is the first book of the series. It gives us a piece of what Lyric will face in her journey and I look forward to reading the next book. The narrator was very good and fit excellently for this story. Overall it was amazing and keeps the reader engaged.

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Complicated

The narration on this book was great. She did an amazing job.
I had a few issues with the actual story but the writing was good. The issues was just things that personally bothered me but is wasn't anything bad about the book.

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Great new series.

This was a great start to a new series. Lyric is a girl just finishing high school and trying to figure out what she wants to do going forward. She feels that she might be letting her parents down as her friends have chosen a path and she has not. She has these dreams that come to her that feel real but she isn’t sure why. Soon her and her friends world is turned upside down with one hike in the mountain with Rhodes and his sister changes everything. Soon she learns her world isn’t the only one that exists and she maybe the savior for this other realm. She and her friends Emory and Braelynn journey there with Rhodes in order to save find his sister. I don’t want to give too much away. This was a great first book and I cannot wait to see what is in store for Lyric and all of her friends going forward. A truly great read and fantastic first book.

I enjoyed this narrator. I feel she did a great job embodying the character of Lyric. Can’t wait for the next one.

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Fantasy YA

Lyric has graduated from high school and is at loose ends. She doesn't know what she wants to do with her life. She is struggling with nightmares and seeing things that aren't there. After she is injured on a hike she discovers there is magic.
She discovers that 500 years ago in the Maison Realm there was warring kingdoms that lead to a split between the light and the dark. Both groups send people into the human realm looking for the prophesied Spirit Priestess who will reunite the Maison Realm.

The book was an interesting take on magic and different realms. The character development was spot on, along with the world building. Will definitely look for the second book in the series.


I listened to this book. Bailey Carr was the narrator and she did an amazing job with the voices for the different characters. She made the book.

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New Favorite YA Series!!

This book! The story line is a different kind of paranormal for me, and I found it fascinating. There was action and drama, even a few tears. From Breath and Ruin has it all and the characters make it even better. They have so much depth you want to know more about them and Carrie Ann Ryan delivers but also has you wanting more. I cannot wait for book two!! Amazing!

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Holy Heck I can't wait for book 2!!!!

After reading this book I just had to check out the audio as well! I am so beyond pleased with this one! YA is not my typical genre to read/listen to but I love Carrie Ann Ryan and I loved it! Lyric and her friends hgo through and incredible journey. They had me go through a roller coaster of emotions, I laughed and cried and help my breathe right along with them! I can't wait for the rest of this series!

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  • Kim
  • Halfway to Iowa
  • 04-05-19

New intriguing story - hard to finish

I had a hard time starting to listen to this audio. I put it aside for a bit and came back & thought, oh, not so bad. But then I got back in the car and realized why I put it aside before. It was a struggle to listen to in the car for my commute. I can’t say that it was the story, the pace, or the narrator. I love Carrie Ann Ryan’s stories, and this one intrigued me. Bailey Carr had a pleasant even tone that paced nicely.

The story has great potential and I plan on finishing it. It will just have to be one of those stories that gets finished while dusting the house where I don’t mind if I miss a few lines here or there of the details. This might also be one of the few books that I read and listen to at the same time. I encourage you to listen to the sample, read the reviews, and use the “read inside” from the book. It is definitely a new flavor package form a favorite author.

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  • Karen
  • Belgium, Europe
  • 04-03-19

Great new YA series! Loved it!

So excited to have found this promising new YA series! The world-building and mythology is done incredibly well, with a kind of paranormal realm co-existing unseen with the human realm and magically gifted people wielding elemental powers, reminiscent of the avatar universe.

The author does a great job at keeping secrets and because the story is told from Lyric’s pov, the reader is kept as equally in the dark as the heroine. The main and secondary characters are all well-written and interesting and I was drawn into their world very easily.

I loved all the mystery, the adventure, the misdirection and the occasional butterflies in this book!
A couple of the things that also stood out to me, and that I really liked were the importance of Lyric and Braelynn’s friendship and the fact that at a critical juncture in the story Lyric saves herself instead of needing to be rescued by a guy.

Something that bugged me a little was that sometimes information was repeated or stressed a bit too often. Also, Lyric is not always as insightful or take charge as I might have wanted, but the upside is that she has room to grow and truly find herself in the coming books. I hope she’ll be less inclined to think in terms of enemies and us vs. them soon, because otherwise she’ll have a difficult time uniting the two kingdoms in the Maison Realm.

The narrator did a really amazing job! I loved all the different voices she did for the cast. There are a lot of characters, so she certainly had her work cut out for her. The emotion she brought to her performance was incredible, very convincing, and helped a great deal to draw me even more into the story. Lyric’s self-doubt and hesitancy came across especially well.

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  • Tina H
  • Bassano ab Canada
  • 04-02-19

Amazing

This is the first YA by Carrie Ann Ryan. Omg it’s a absolutely amazing read. I loved reading about Lyric and Rhodes as well as the other characters in the story. The way this story unfolded is both fast-paced and emotional. I total love the storyline and cannot wait to read the second one when it comes out. Carrie Ann has written a really creative and beautiful read and in the YA genre I absolutely love From Breath and Ruin and can’t wait for more I know that anyone that reads the genre is going to enjoy this. Narrator Bailey Carr is absolutely amazing reading this as Lyric. Highly recommend this to everyone.