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The Council is the governing Coven over the Land of Five, a region entirely inhabited and split apart by witches with varying powers. Lilith Lace, a witch thought to be born powerless, happily resides in Ignis, the Coven of Fire, until she suddenly develops telekinesis, an ability only seen in some witches born in Mentis, the Coven of the Mind.

When the Council finds out about her odd development, she's taken under their wing and is finally told the truth.... Everything she's learned about the Land of Five, herself included, have been nothing but lies.

©2016 Kayla Krantz (P)2018 Kayla Krantz

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talk about a cliffhanger!

Would you listen to The Council again? Why?

If I did, it'd be for Lynn Norris. It's all about Lynn Norris. She has style, substance, wit, real intelligence, beautifully delineated characters — and oh, that voice.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

To be honest, the story is not that compelling for me, despite the energy the fabulous narrator, Lynn Norris, infused into every character and plot point. It's a decent plot, but the writing is pedestrian and gratuitously ungrammatical, with too many words just plain misused; malapropisms are indefensible in the age of Google. Also, it's all in first-person, but with glaring faux pas for that MO throughout: the narrator says stuff like, I couldn't hear what he said, and then quotes what he said verbatim. That kinda thing just yanks me out of the moment, and is such an easy fix: just switch POV now and then!

Most interesting? I guess the whole supernatural thing, for which I had high hopes going in; it can be such a gas if it's given its full due (which it emphatically wasn't in this case). The least interesting bit is the marked absence of rich, discrete cultural detail for each of the covens; the protagonists' trip through each one is cursory at best, the "mission" the characters are on is an absurd failure in terms of the paltry amount of time spent in each coven's territory, precious little interaction with inhabitants that aren't already known to them, and the lack of thought and effort they expend in identifying subversives before hustling on to the next locale. A disappointingly lazy construction of a world with little texture or nuance, leaving only the lasting impression of Lynn Norris's always exceptional work.

Oh, and BTW, that's a truly shameless (and again, lazy!) cliffhanger at the end of this book.

What about Lynn Norris’s performance did you like?

Two major things stand out here: her beautifully detailed vocal characterizations (of which my favorite here is probably Lazarus, though he's but a cameo — and that's the point, of course. No opportunity to expand the palette is overlooked.), and her full-on commitment to the breathless terror and excitement of the battle scene at the end of this story. Norris's rendering of dialog is always natural and flowing, but the identity of speakers is never lost in complicated exchanges. And her voice, the instrument itself, is just beautiful and clear at all times. She elevates the text far beyond its intrinsic value, and delivers a flawlessly paced, intelligent, emotionally rich performance. I actually search on the Audible site for books read by her. She never fails to engage and delight.

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

Hey, Lilith:

Are you a good witch, or a bad witch?

Do you know?

Any additional comments?

Can't wait till the material offered to Lynn Norris is worthy of her extraordinary talents.

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Wonderful book

This book was so much more than I imagined it would be. I loved the characters and plot. Lynn Norris’ performance matched the characters perfectly and was very entertaining to listen to. I can’t wait for the next book!

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Had me hooked

I really enjoyed the angle on witches and covens in this world. Each coven having one area of talent was something I hadn't heard of before, and it really laid out the idea for how divided everyone is. I do think that the entirety of people seemed rather small, with each coven being no more than a couple of days walk between them, less than a few hundred witches in each, and no mention of "normal" humans or creatures other than witches and fairies. Still, Ms Krants REALLY created a world you could be submerged in. I could practically hear rainfall and bugs chirping. Every chapter I was swaying back and forth on who the actual bad guys were, with more and more flip-flops towards the end. I'm still not sure!

My biggest complaint for this book was that it had little/a slow plot. It was like a huge book of world-building, with lots of unneeded internal dialogue and descriptions of things in minute detail that dragged on. It painted a beautiful picture, yes, but it made me anxious for when things would get back to the actual story. It wasn't until the last few chapters that things started to pick up and progress into a complications/climax pattern, and then ended on a cliff-hanger (I'll be very happy to listen to the next book to find out what happens). For the next book I'd exchange a little less details about objects like hair and food for a faster plot development. And a minor complaint was women being referred to as girls. Lilith is 18 and refers to women older than herself as girls, which threw me a bit at first since I was picturing people under 15.

I ~adore~ this narrator. She hops from accent to accent with ease, puts emotion and depth into each character, and always makes each person unique in such a way that I've never once confused who's talking when she narrates.That woman could make make the world's most boring book interesting.

Oh and Team Cleo! I want to see more of that guy. We need some romance up in here.

I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Witch and Fairies

I’m a big fan of supernatural stories. The story is about a witch who has no powers or that is what Lilith was led to believe. It’s a wonderful journey to discovering her potential and how to deal with the changes that occur.
The story leaves me wanting more . I enjoyed listening to the book wanting to hear the rest of the story. I can’t wait to find out what happens in the next book!

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Coming of age ceremony with life changing results.

When everything you know changes in one day. Figuring out how to fit in to your new role in life is difficult. Dealing with the consequences of each change can seem unbearable. Yet growing through the process essential.

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This story is stupid!!!

This story made almost no sense! Too many issues to list, I want my credit back!

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