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Pawns in an endless war, scribes are feared and worshipped, valued and exploited, prized and hunted. But there is only one whose powers can determine the fate of the world....

Born into the ruins of Rzolka's brutal civil unrest, Anna has never known peace. Here, in her remote village - a wasteland smoldering in the shadows of outlying foreign armies - being imbued with the magic of the scribes has made her future all the more uncertain.

Through intricate carvings of the flesh, scribes can grant temporary invulnerability against enemies to those seeking protection. In an embattled world where child scribes are sold and traded to corrupt leaders, Anna is invaluable. Her scars never fade. The immunity she grants lasts forever.

Taken to a desert metropolis, Anna is promised a life of reverence, wealth, and fame - in exchange for her gifts. She believes she is helping to restore her homeland, creating gods and kings for an immortal army - until she witnesses the hordes slaughtering without reproach, sacking cities, and threatening everything she holds dear. Now, with the help of an enigmatic assassin, Anna must reclaim the power of her scars - before she becomes the unwitting architect of an apocalyptic war.

©2018 James Wolanyk (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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There is a story in there somewhere...

James invites you in with an interesting premise, but soon drags you into the muck with over specific descriptions and details. Show don't tell is the name of the game, but there is also potency in brevity. I often had difficulty knowing what was going on in a scene because four lines would be used to describe an action when one would of done just fine.

It also does not help that the narrator sounds like she was just punched in the jugular, and then proceeded to light up a cigarette.. Natasha does fine with descriptions for the most part, though her narration comes off a bit try-hard. It's when she goes into character voice that I want to rip my ear buds out. Anna, who is the protagonist, has the most irritating voice in the whole audio book. Granted, there is reasoning for this in the beginning, but it doesn't make it any less irritating.

The story was intriguing, and so is the world James built. It's just bogged down by the heavy prose and narration (In my opinion of course).

If you do want to purchase this book, I highly recommend getting a print version or e-book.

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couldn't get through it

I couldn't concentrate on the story because the reader way over acted reading the story. tried to restart but finally gave up. I wonder if the story was any good

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I love this audiobook!!!

Thank you for this wonderful story!!! I enjoyed every moment of it!!! Natasha Soudek did an amazing job!!!

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