Two women on opposite ends of time. Between them is the war that will change their world forever...
Payne lives a cursed life. Her touch brings death, and her memory is damaged. She has only an aging mage for company, and he could easily be her enemy. When a stranger tears her away from her temple's safety, she finds the world outside just as empty of answers. Who can she believe and who, if anyone, can break her curse and free her from a life that is rapidly slipping toward darkness and destruction?
Farine has been blessed with everything she's ever desired. Her father is the king, her friends surround her, and her life seems perfect. Until a strange User dares her to look into the unicorn's eye, and the veil of illusion is lifted. Now her father's perfect kingdom shows its true colors. The walls are crumbling and the enemies no one believed they had are marching for the gates. As the Kingdoms fall apart, Farine must choose between trusting her old friends, or her newly awakened heart.
One woman living on the eve of the Final War and one dwelling in the aftermath. Only by untangling their destinies will they find the answer that could save them both.
I was lost during parts of the book since I had not read the first two. This was billed as a stand alone book but if you don't have the background of the other two you will get lost. the flashbacks were not sufficient to help me understand some of the references. the book was well developed and I like how things twisted around each other. the narrator helped to bring the book to life. I will look for more books narrated by this one. I got this book via audiobook boom. I believe that as a continuation of a storyline it did the job well. Just wish I had read the other two before delving into this one.
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How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?
This is a hard one because of the nature of the story.
In listening to the beginning I feel like there is a disconnect with some information I don't have. Yet at the same time it made me curious to find that information and answers to questions that arise to what I'm learning. These pieces that I wasn't 100% sure of fit because of the style of the story. This was mostly in the parts with Payne's POV, there is a reason for this. She doesn't remember anything before she was in the ruin of a temple she stays at. Farine's sections are more informative and helps with some of the gaps, though a few more details we can connect to what Payne's seeing would have been nice.
What do you think the narrator could have done better?
Lisa is a new narrator for me. I had thought I had listened to one story with her voicing, but I hadn't. Is it possible to over enunciate? I felt some of the words were overly pronounced to make sure all comes across clear. Lisa's audio is clean and clear as you go through the story.
Any additional comments?
*I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator.
The one thing I noticed at the beginning is the chapters were divided between two characters, Payne and Farine. In print it's easy to differentiate when it switches. In audio, it's a bit harder. This goes for all books.
I spent the book trying to put together a time frame in my mind. The time frame I was trying to work out, doesn't exist. I was trying to match the sections of Payne and Farine to each other. They don't fit in in the thinking I originally had. Then when I accepted that wasn't going to happen, I relaxed into the story. I came upon a section that was an ah-ha moment where I thought things would go a certain way, and it explained why I couldn't put the time frames together. (When you get there you'll understand too. I don't want to give it away as it feels like a big movement in the book.)
It all comes together in the end. I felt like so much was here! At the ending, last about two hours, I didn't want to do anything else but listen to all the information and details of how things worked out.
We do get the story of the war that broke the land. The magic that was used and why, is explained here. Very interesting.
The beginning can be confusing. There are pieces of the world that are mentioned but you don't know what they are, yet. If you hold out and let the story wash over you, taking it all in, you will get your answers and love the ending for it. It's difficult if you try to piece Payne and Farine's time frames together as though they are happening at the same time. They aren't.
I enjoy Frances's writings. I've read a few of her books. She has a way of leaving a feeling that answers the questions. This book feels as though it's missing information though, to give a better feel of the world, the pockets, and why it's broken by magic.