Regular price: $19.95

Membership details Membership details
  • A 30-day trial plus your first audiobook, free.
  • 1 credit/month after trial – good for any book, any price.
  • Easy exchanges – swap any book you don’t love.
  • Keep your audiobooks, even if you cancel.
  • After your trial, Audible is just $14.95/month.
  • Get access to the Member Daily Deal
OR
In Cart

Publisher's Summary

A young woman, evil magic, demons, and a kingdom in deep trouble

As the only child of a successful merchant, Johanna has her wits and a sense for business.

The royal family is in deep trouble: ever since the crown princess died of illness, the king has attempted to educate his son to become king. However, the prince is "not good in the head" and quite unsuited to the task. In his grief for his daughter, the king has run the coffers dry: He hired dubious magicians for even more dubious tasks. Those magicians circle like vultures waiting for the kingdom to fail. The king must get his son on the throne, preferably supported by a smart and well-off wife.

He holds a ball in his son's honor. Johanna has agreed to a dance. But the guests include a number of magicians who are not there for the festivities.

©2014 Patty Jansen (P)2018 Patty Jansen

What members say

Average Customer Ratings

Overall

  • 3.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    2
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    1

Performance

  • 3.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    2
  • 4 Stars
    1
  • 3 Stars
    2
  • 2 Stars
    1
  • 1 Stars
    1

Story

  • 3.5 out of 5 stars
  • 5 Stars
    2
  • 4 Stars
    2
  • 3 Stars
    0
  • 2 Stars
    2
  • 1 Stars
    1
Sort by:
  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    3 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
  • TU
  • 09-19-18

Wasn't for me

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

So, this was kind of a miss for me. First of all, the narration is ok, but there are some audio quality concerns. The recording is a bit tinny and she has a kind of sarcastic sounding lilt to her voice that didn't always seem to fit to me. That last part is just my opinion, so take that with a grain of salt. For the story, it was kind of boring for me. I just struggled to care about the king and his problems. IT was kind of an amalgomation of several disney prince/princess stories but geared towards adults with more sex scenes... The correlation isn't to the story/plot elements themselves, but more the premise. It's definitely not "Disney Happy" though. I just felt like I could see influences in the writing from the myriad of Disney stories that focus on a royal family or a non-royal becoming royal... Anyway, I just never got sucked into the story and felt apathetic throughout.

  • Overall
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    2 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    2 out of 5 stars
  • MelHay
  • Adamsburg, PA
  • 08-21-18

Slow start with potential to a series.

*I have listened to this book for my own enjoyment.

This is the first time I've listened to Genevieve. Genevieve did a good job at reading through the story clearly. But, right off the bat I heard lots of space in the recording. There is a metal twang to her voice as well. With the sound of the background, you can hear where the stream was cut, either because she was done or because cut out a section. The sound of the background stops then starts again, leaving it feeling as it's not a constant flow. It sounds like she's in a large empty room, with wooden floors.

The story is a big build up for the King's ball. A lot of world building in the beginning. There is something with Johanna's friend and a potential danger coming to their city, but trying to find a way to tell people without telling about how she learned is a problem for Johanna. With this, most of the beginning is focused on getting to know Johanna and how she doesn't want to marry or go to the ball. Both things her father is saying she must do.

With getting to know Johanna and the buildup to the ball, I found the beginning to be rather slow. If it wasn't for being audio, I probably would have put the book down. Although, I'm not very taken with Genevieve's narration or voice acting as Johanna, and that might be part of the problem. Johanna sounded like a spoiled brat at the age of twenty-four with Genevieve's vocal innuendos.

As we go, the story of going to the ball felt like it was going to turn into a Cinderella type story. But it doesn't. When we get to the ball, things take a turn that draws me into the story. To meet Prince Roald and see how things come together. Now I can enjoy this. I liked the turn things made with Johanna after the ball.

The writing style didn't hit the beat with me. Others may enjoy it more, but wasn't for me. At times I felt that the emotions used were repetitive, and when I wanted emotions they weren't there. I definitely think the narrator could have done a better job, or picked a different narrator. Genevieve was a bit bland or to much attitude that gives Johanna a stuck up feel, which she's not by her actions.

I'm curious about the characters and where they end up next because there is a cliffhanger ending, but I'll likely pass on the series with all others I have to listen to.

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars

A lesson learned !

Patty Jansen sure have taught me a lesson with this book,
She taught me that good writing does all the difference, it was wonderful that I could feel exactly what the characters did, she really brought them to life.
Truly beautiful, I really need to continue listening to the rest of this series, somehow she was able to install in me that it’s going to get serious soon enough.
A masterpiece !!!

Yes I full heartedly recommend listening to this audiobook to all.



Even so that I got this audiobook for free I truly believe that I reviewed this one as honestly as possible.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Aaron
  • New Zealand
  • 08-12-18

Loved the story

Really enjoyed this story, the narration was great and the author has a real way of bringing the world to life. Very descriptive and an interesting tale!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful