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Publisher's Summary

In a post-apocalyptic ice age, neomage Thorn St. Croix was nearly driven insane by her powers. She lived as a fugitive, disguised as a human, channeling her gifts for war into stone-magery. When she was discovered, her friends and neighbors accepted her, but warily.

Not so the mage who arrives from the Council of Seraphs, who could be her greatest ally or her most dangerous foe. And when her long-gone sister, Rose, is revealed to still be alive, Thorn must make a choice - and risk her own life in the process.

©2009 Faith Hunter (P)2010 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Hunter's world continues to expand in this highly original fantasy with lively characters where nothing can ever be taken for granted." (Publishers Weekly)

What members say

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    5 out of 5 stars

I am glad I purchased this book

Faith Hunter paints a pretty impressive image it is easy to emerge into her characters and place your self in the story line. I enjoyed the series and will look out for new books from this Author

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars

let's use the entire the thesaurus!

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The interesting plot, strong characterizations, and uniquely intelligent religious speculation are deeply marred by the over use and misuse of excess (and incorrectly used) "vocabulary" words. Additionally the narrator's odd, randomly breathy phrasing is beyond maddening. It's a testament to how good the book is that I was willing to suffer through the narrator's mangling the pronunciation and phrasing.I say read these books, but read them to yourself.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Natalie Gold?

Any one. Anyone at all. But I'd like to hear Luke Daniels tackle it.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
  • Mimi
  • Splendora, Texas USA
  • 06-19-10

Good story line

like the story line and the series, but at times want to fast forward thru her "visions" .

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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    3 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars
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    4 out of 5 stars

Breathless and twisting

I found the breathless, mournful narration of this series irritating and mostly inappropriate for the story. Instead of casting the central characters as the strong leader she should have been, she became almost put upon and a victim. The story itself has some really great descriptive passages and exciting scenes but the plot is just a bit convoluted for my taste.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    2 out of 5 stars
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    3 out of 5 stars

Editing Aweful

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

The Editing of the audio is awful. you can obviously hear where they cut the audio. Never hear that in other books.

The story was a decent story, wish I would have read these instead of listened to them.

What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

That's it....

What didn’t you like about Natalie Gold’s performance?

it wasn't her fault it was the audio editing

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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    5 out of 5 stars
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I LOVE FAITH HUNTER'S BOOKS!!

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I have, to friends, people I meet in book stores etc. WHY? Because Faith Hunter always delivers a wonderful world to loose myself in!

Who was your favorite character and why?

Thorn St Croix. I love her strength.

Which character – as performed by Natalie Gold – was your favorite?

I can't pick just one. I have Natalie Gold on my favorite narrators list.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

I like what the trade size cover says..."The Apocalypse Takes Wing"

Any additional comments?

Faith Hunter has become one of my all time favorite authors. She never gives anything but her best!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Loved the book

it was funny and sad, it is a great story and am sure it will continue. The narrator is great, and the author is awesome.

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    4 out of 5 stars

drags at times

Narrator was ho-hum in some places. The author explains some things one too many times. Boring only necause of the narrator. She had no life in her. zzzzzzzz

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    4 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars

The Narrator is sooooo slow

If you could sum up Host in three words, what would they be?

End of arc

What was one of the most memorable moments of Host?

Faith's vision of heaven while Thorn was in the "Otherness"

Would you listen to another book narrated by Natalie Gold?

Maybe- The narration was so slow I had to increase my IPAD speed to 1.25 - then i was able to stay awake

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

The Devil gets his due.....

Any additional comments?

I am sure Natalie Gold is a great narrator BUT there is ZERO emotion, even during the fights, it's like Thorn is bored- I am sure it's hard to get a character down as good as the narrator does in the Jane Yellowrock series but.. Seem like she's been instructed to leave the personality out of her voice,

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    4 out of 5 stars

Growl

Okay I super loved this series! At first it was hard to catch on to all the new term and narrator because I just finished a 9 book series of the authors as well. I do not like the ending! There is definitely room for another book and I know that isn't happening, I am sad!