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Dearra comes into possession of the magical Sword of Cyrus just as the evil Breken attack her island home. Though her people succeed in driving their enemy back to the sea, one of the invaders remains behind, left for dead by his cruel kin.

Now, Dearra doesn’t know what to be more surprised by, the fact that her sword can speak to her or that it has imperiously informed her that the handsome Breken warrior is her destiny.

The two are bound together by a chain of events that was set into motion 1,000 years earlier, and everything they thought they knew about themselves, their history, and their future is about to change.

©2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 Christine Grey (P)2018 Christine Grey

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Wonderful Book!

This was a great book. It has a great storyline. I would recommend this book to everyone. I can't wait to hear book 2. The narrator does a great job with each character. A++++

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Who is the real enemy?

I was initially attracted to this book because the summary alluded to a talking sword. That conjured up a character with an attitude that I believed would be amusing. I was correct!

Breathe, is the first book in The Destiny Series. The overall tale focuses on an honourable people, the Maage, who were invaded by a barbaric nation, the Brekken. In the end, the Maage were able to keep their land. However, a Brekken warrior had been captured and the the Maage’s High lord’s 10 year old son had been kidnaped to be used for ransom. In this first instalment, we get to know the Maage people especially the High Lord’s Daughter, Deera and her growing friendship with the enemy - Darius, the Bakkian warrior. It is odd that he the only other person who can hear the sword.
Much is left open for the next book. Without reading/listening to it, I will not be content. I want the rest of the story.

The narrator, J. Scott Bennett did a great job of telling the story. I am often put off when males do female voices, but he did a believable job so it was easy to listen to. I was given this book, at my request, in exchange for an honest review. Now, I’m going to get Book 2 in The Destiny series, Whisper.

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Great start to the series

I really enjoyed this fantasy story of finding love where you least expect it, acceptance and seeing past differences. It has fierce invaders, suspense, sorrow, treachery and romance. The narrator did an excellent job of bringing the story and characters to life and I was presently surprised by his melodic singing voice too. I really liked the characters in this story, they had depth, with life like flaws, worries and insecurities, but still creating distinct cultures. I look forward to the continuation of the story in the next audiobook

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Could not stop listening!

Which character – as performed by J. Scott Bennett – was your favorite?

I became a fan of J. Scott Bennett after listening to him narrate the Titanic story, and he did not disappoint. He has a nice range of voices and conveys many moods!

By far my favorite character - considering both the story and narration - was Brin!

Any additional comments?

I wish this book was turned into a movie, maybe by Disney Studios.

It's not a serious and dark adventure, but a light and romantic one, with touches of humor that made me smile. There is instant love between the characters which I found very pleasantly Disney-like, but I see how some people might be turned off by that so here's my "warning".

The story is not fully contained in this book and the end paves the way for a sequel, so if you're bothered by that it can be a good idea to wait for the next installment. I know I am expecting it eagerly!

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

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  • Mandy
  • Hillsboro, Oregon
  • 04-04-18

Talking Swords

Invaders come to your land leaving one of their own behind but yet he seems different than the rest. A strong woman given a sword she can hear. The woman ends up befriending the invader that was left behind seeing that he isn’t quite like the others and could help recapture a boy that was taken. Very interesting fantasy that does end in a cliffhanger. I definitely also loved the narrator he was awesome when he did the singing it was really good

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Sarcastic Talking Sword! Great Start to a New Fantasy Series

This is the first book I have read with a talking sword! It was unique and fun to say the least. Brin is sarcastic and always seem to have an attitude. The story sucked me in and kept me interested all the way to the last chapter.

Narration was good and brought the story to life.

This is a clean fantasy romance between Dearra and Darius! Brekens invade her island trying to kill or enslaved them but her people manage to drive them away back to sea. Darius is a Breken but he never cared for the ruthless way his people live. He was left behind by his own kin.

The story wraps up with no major cliffhangers although there are unresolved issues for the next book to address and resolve.

I’m looking forward to the next book. They will have to travel far to go rescue someone the Breken have taken with them!

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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  • TU
  • 04-24-18

Great start to a new series!

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I thought this was a pretty entertaining start of a new fantasy series. Loved the talking sword! The story and world building the author does is really quite good. The narration is also well done. Granted, there IS a cliffhanger ending, but it left me wanting more, so I'd call this a win.

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A Story within a Story within a Story

I'm very tempted to start with 'A tale as old as time...' This book has many of the elements of one of the more popular tellings of 'Beauty and the Beast' including sidekicks. The main story consists of a progressive culture made so by one of it's more popular lessons in history. As the people of this gender balanced nation prepares for history to repeat itself, an unlikely alliance forms. Not everyone is happy about this alliance however, even when external perils are more pressing.

The narrator is a personal favorite of mine and he changes his voice enough to make each character distinct. In this particular book however, I found myself missing one of his more unique vocal tricks as none of the characters needed it in this book. Even so his voice is enough to immerse you and make you forget all but the story.

This book has an impressive and intricately woven backstory which leaves many things open to further growth and exploration. Additionally even though some things get resolved, others do not, so despite my satisfaction at the end, I am left wanting more. I will be disconcerted with my happy but frustrated anticipation until the next book comes out.

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11 plus hours and a cliffhanger

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request, via Audiobook Boom, and have voluntarily left this review." A cliffhanger after more than 11 hours of listening. I am disappointed. I enjoyed the entire story and was surprised that a mind that could create such a story could not finish it while alluding to the next story. This causes me unnecessary issues because by the time the next story is complete I have forgotten this one and I sure don't want to spend another 11 plus hours re-listening to this in order to get the next one. There are too many books to listen to before my life is over to do this.The narrator kept me involved in the story.

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  • A D.
  • 04-10-18

A fantastic, romantic, epic beginning....

First of all, I am chomping at the bit for the next book. This story is fantastic. It has a medieval feel, coupled with a bit of magic, tempered with a more egalitarian culture, drenched in romance, and topped with plenty of twists and turns to capture the readers attention.

Christine Grey starts the story slow as she builds the scene and sets the stage for all to come. Dearra is the daughter of the Lord of Maj but that is about all she has in common with a princess. She is a warrior and completely unaware of herself as a woman. When the Maj are attacked by their deadliest foe, Dearra finds herself in possession of a mysterious, magical sword. In the skirmish her beloved younger brother is taken and a Brekken warrior is left behind.

This marks the start of the Maj's efforts to save Phillip, Dearra's brother. Darius, the Brekken prisoner, bonds with Dearra and pledges his support to the efforts. Not all enemies invade from outside, and as life continues on the island of Maj, there are plenty of surprises, twists and turns to keep the reader committed to the story. The journey to retrieve Phillip doesn't happen yet but Christine Grey leaves the reader with suggestions of more to come.

J. Scott Bennett has done a good job narrating this book. He conveys the subtle nuances of the story perfectly.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.