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A shadow has fallen over the wondrous magical world of Aryth. Evil has enveloped the holy cities, and all hope rests on an ancient prophecy that only a child born with ruby eyes can fulfill. Raised by a warrior in the outskirts of Nodens, a spirited teenage girl named Keavy trains to battle Crocotta, a deadly shape-shifter with the power to control the wild beasts terrorizing her once peaceful homeland. With the aid of an old catfolken scientist, a clumsy wood faun, and an arrogant young blacksmith, Keavy decides to leave behind the carefree days of her youth to embark on a perilous journey -- a quest to restore peace and happiness to Aryth -- a destiny only she can fulfill.

©2011 Jessica Eppley (P)2017 Jessica Eppley

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Review Bk of Siavon: vol 1

Jessica has started a brilliant series, enticing, adventurous,and spellbinding.
An even greater treat, is the performance by Edward Mittelstedt. His performance gives the story substance and intrigue. Each character comes to life under his skillful narration.

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The Ruby Child

There are plenty action. I like the mystery of its characters and sci-fi feel. Vorian makes a good protagonist. The narrative does slow down, with more description to it and I have to say I admire this writer for how they seamlessly write in the back story and history of this different world

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  • Heather
  • ABERDEEN, MD, United States
  • 01-16-18

Story is good.

The story is good and there is a lot of action. But I almost stopped listening because of the narrator. Hardly any pitch in his voice, pretty much monotone.

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Good time waster

I received this audio book in exchange for my honest review. The story is a good one but the mostly monotone narration made it difficult to stay focused on the story. I think actually reading the book would be more satisfying.

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Good story

Even though this seems to be more for the younger crowd, I still enjoyed the story in this book, but the narrator seems like they needs work, it did improve quite a bit as the story went along, but the start of it was rather rough for me.

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

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Really interesting story

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

I would definitely recommend this book. Very good narration

What other book might you compare The Book of Siavon: Vol. 1 to and why?

It reminds me of Lord of the rings a little.

Which scene was your favorite?

I liked the entire book

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Made me attentive

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A Fantasy adventure for a newer generation of read

Would you consider the audio edition of The Book of Siavon: Vol. 1 to be better than the print version?

I love audio books. I love to read, but audiobooks allow me more time to read while commuting or doing other activities, so being in audio book format is invaluable to me.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Keavy is my favorite character. Although she is supposed to be this prophesised savior type, I feel like Keavy is constantly fumbling through the events that surround her. Not in a bad way, but I like that she isn't in complete control of every situation or so powerful that while reading you lose interest in what is going on. She seems more real because of her flaws.

What aspect of Edward Mittelstedt’s performance would you have changed?

I like voices of different characters to have a bit bigger range from eachother. Also, mispronouncing mere a few times stuck out to me. At times, the reading gets a bit robotic, even with parts of the book where exciting parts are occurring. Overall not bad, but could have been improved with a little less rushing through the book.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I was very gripped in the opening of the book, a lot of things happening quickly. I felt most on edge during this section than on any other part of the book

Any additional comments?

Clocking in at 6 hours and 41 minutes, it is a pretty quick read. Some great world building occurs within this time. I appreciate a complicated and intricate background. This book certainly achieves a great groundwork for more adventures. I look forward to reading/listening to more. I feel very little humor made its way into the book. Aside a bit of taunting during a fight, the whole thing seemed overall more grim than light hearted. I don't mean this as a negative criticism, I can appreciate the serious attitude that the book is approached with. However, the book kind of felt like bad things just happen over and over again for Keavy. If not wild beasts trying to kill her, it's irrationally angry carnival folk. It would have been nice to see Keavy have anything go well for her, I genuinely feel bad for her at times. Which is a good thing I suppose. If Keavy wasn't so overly tragic with her life and everything happening to her, Keavy would be a fairly two dimensional character. Her journey overcoming the adversity is what makes her the most interesting. Her desires, beyond wielding her sire's sword, are not really addressed. Her only motivation seems to be proving herself a real warrior and worthy of the prophesy that she is supposed to fulfill. I hope in further readings questions of mine are answered, and Keavy is more fleshed out as a character.Overall this book leaves me wanting more of the story and more of the backstory as well. When a book achieves that, it is well worth the read. The world seems vast, the lore seems deep. This book is a world you can get yourself lost in.