• Sands of Eppla: Book One

  • By: Janeal Falor
  • Narrated by: Samantha
  • Length: 9 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.2 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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Sands of Eppla: Book One

By: Janeal Falor
Narrated by: Samantha
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Publisher's Summary

Cassandra lives in a world where you fall in love at first sight - or not at all. Too bad she's blind, and being blind makes her not only immune to love, but also a criminal. She must now live alone or face being sentenced to a life of slavery.

Though she's grown accustomed to her solitude, everything changes when Cassandra stumbles across a mysterious man in her domain. A royal soldier is hunting Nikon down, endangering her freedom as well. If the warriors discover her, she'll be bound by the law. Not willing to risk slavery or death, Cassandra abandons her familiar home and ventures into an unforgiving world with Nikon.  

Forced to trust a man she doesn't even know, Cassandra finds she’s drawn to him even though a relationship between them is impossible. And she can't afford any distractions. If they don't stay one step ahead of the warriors, Nikon will be imprisoned and she enslaved. Cassandra must use all the senses she has left if they're to remain free.

©2019 Janeal Falor (P)2019 Janeal Falor

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I NEED BOOK 2

As soon as I saw the cover and read the first page I knew I was going to love this book! From the very beginning the reader is thrust into this magical world, that is so unlike any other magical world I've read about so far. Although we can't "see" it, the amount of detail whisks you away. This story is so beautifully unique and different. I cannot praise the author enough. I don't want to give anything away, but I honestly couldn't stop listening and finished in one day. I loved Cassandra and her little monkey! All around great! I received this novel in exchange for an honest review.

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A great adventure

Cassandra had an amazing journey. Which was an accomplishment since she is blind. Nikon came into her life by accident but it became an unbreakable bond. The monkey was awesome, I loved his antics. The best part was Cassandra's sticks. She learned how to defend herself very well. A great story.

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enjoyed

I have enjoyed listening to this book (almost in one sitting) and look forward to hearing more. Worth checking out.

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Excellent 1st book in New Series

Both me and my husband found this a Great Listen/read!!
The characters were great and we can Not wait until the next book in this Series comes out on Audible!! The author did Wounderful World Building in this Story. Narrator did a lovely job on the voices and storyline.

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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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Great story

Loved this story, loved the narrator too! Absolutely action packed from start to finish, what a great listen.

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Great worldbuilding!

Full Disclaimer: I received a free review copy.

My favorite thing about Sands of Eppla is all the lore we get hints about as the story goes along. Aside from an interesting take on soulmates and love at first sight, it's cool to see Egyptian-inspired fantasy. So much of it is medieval-based.

I know some have complained about how Cassandra's descriptions are so limited because she's blind, but I was actually impressed with how consistent that remained. It really made me grateful for my own sight.

This is still clearly a first part, with a lot still unanswered. We learn some details about Nikon, but's there's a lot that still feels untold. And some major revelations and mysteries near the end that still need to be unraveled. Looking forward to the next installment!

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Sweet Egyptian Styled Fantasy! Wished for romance!

I loved the story, characters and the setting... Everything was so beautifully written considering it was told through the "eyes" of an intelligent and brave young woman. It was a nice coincidence Cassandra and Nikon both had a disability they struggle with, since he is dyslexic and she blind. Every of their interactions was beautiful, showing a deeper connection than just friendship but without it fully developing into a romance because in their world you can only fall in love by looking into another's eyes. That was the only frustrating and annoying part of the book, seeing how much they desire to be a couple but not being able to because of an universal law. It make their last interactions almost unbearable for me; even so I couldn't bring myself to give it less than 5 stars when everything else in the book had been perfect.

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Good read but disaponted it was not continued

Casandra was blinded by magic and then left alone by her caregiver. She was okay with her isolation because she had the company of a naughty monkey. One day a wounded man entered her life and her whole world was upended. In a world where love was by first sight alone, she was destined to be loveless forever. Despite the danger of being captured and enslaved she set out on a quest wither new friend to find her caregiver, what she finds along the way is more than she ever bargained for.
This is a good book it has a well rounded plot with believable characters. The world is well described and makes you feel a part of the story. It is a great shame that the author has not continued on this would be a great series. I would recommend this book to anyone who likes, fantasy, adventure, romance, This is a quick read that is engrossing and, well worth the time it takes to read despite, being unfinished.

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Passenger's adventures

I was given a free copy of this Audiobook In exchange for an honest review. A blind girl Cassandra meets a wounded man named Nikon they leave her home together and have a lot of adventures in a very scary world. Is she in love with this man? And who is after them? Will they ever be free? Enjoyed this book very much looking forward to another Egyptian style sequel. I love the monkey in the book makes for a fun read.

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  • Debbie McLean
  • 03-21-20

wow

what an excellent book, love the fact the main character is blind.

I really am looking forward to more in the series xxxx

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  • Caroline Hannam
  • 12-01-19

Good book

Overall an enjoyable listen and the four star rating is mainly as the story is not quite my personal taste and should not put people off giving it a go.

I am not sure what I was expecting and I was a little unsure during the first couple of chapters, so it took me a little while to get into the story. I struggled with the premise that the only way to fall in love is at first sight and there was no explanation how this came to be.

The story was interesting enough to make me curious enough to continue to listen.
Getting to know the characters things got progressively more engaging and while I couldn’t completely identify with Cassandra, which was not because she was blind, but maybe because she is a bit naive. I definitely empathised with her struggles and admired how she coped with being blind and how independent she was. What is strange for me is that I felt closer to the male protagonist Nikon and was somehow more engaged with his character.

Overall I enjoyed the book even though I tend to prefer stories with a stronger, I don’t mean physically, female lead character and it was engaging enough for me to want to find out what adventures await Cass and Nikon next.

I enjoyed the narration by Samantha, her diction is very clear and concise and she made a very good attempt at giving the different characters their own individual voice.

I received a free review copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review.

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  • Layla
  • 11-21-19

Sands of Eppla

I have read the ebook when it first came out and liked it but it was nice listening to it too. Some reviewers had a problem with the narrator but I thought she was ok. I have heard a lot worse.
The story is slow paced but I think this is more to do with setting the stage and the players involved. It has me intrigued to find out what will happen next.
My only negative is that I could not imagine the world the MC lived in becuase it was told from her perspective and she is blind, I would have prefered it to be a more mixed pov.
Other then this it is not a bad book. It is a clean read (no profanity or sexual content and a little violence.
Can't wait for book two.