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Ian Troy is one of the Shinree, a fallen people with an inherent addiction to magic. Scorned and reviled for the deadly side of their spells, the Shinree are bred as slaves. Their magic is suppressed by drugs and used only as it serves the purposes of the other races. Descended from a long line of soldiers, Ian is conscripted into the Rellan army and made to fight in their longstanding conflict against the ruthless Langorian invaders. The downfall of Rella imminent, Ian goes against orders and turns to the Crown of Stones, an ancient Shinree relic of untold power. Ignorant of its true purpose, Ian uses the crown to end the war and pays a terrible price.

A decade later, still tortured by the aftermath of that day, Ian lives as a bounty hunter in self-imposed exile. Having renounced his magical heritage, he curbs his obsession with a steady stream of wine and regret. He struggles to put it all behind him, until a fateful encounter with a pretty assassin brings Ian's past crashing into the present. Targeted by a rogue Shinree, and a ruthless old enemy, Ian is forced to use magic again. His deadly addiction is rekindled, and his life of isolation is brought to a swift end.

With the land he gave up everything to protect once more in jeopardy and his people's future at stake, Ian becomes embroiled in a violent race for control of the Crown of Stones. To save the realms and those he cares for, Ian must embrace the thing he fears most: his own power.

©2013 C. L. Schneider (P)2018 C. L. Schneider

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Can't wait for the whole trilogy on Audible

I've read the whole trilogy and believe me, this first book is just the tip of the iceberg! Daniel Storm's narration is a perfect match for Schneider's dark, raw prose. I highly recommend this book to lovers of adult fantasy - full of magic-action, tension and witty banter infused with a sexual charge.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Can't wait for Book Two!

As soon as I started this book, I couldn't stop listening. Definitely looking forward to the next installment!

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  • MissRed
  • Aurora, Colorado, United States
  • 02-13-18

Can’t handle it

The author didn’t do female characters any favors, mind you, but the narrator—oh my goodness. I couldn’t STAND how he portrayed the female voices. Especially Tarin(spelling?). He made her into this overtly stereotypical valley girl-esque (minus the omigawds, however) that I couldn’t stand.

I didn’t get far into this book. I returned it about two hours in, so I rated the story 3 stars.

Might’ve been able to handle it in print, but I have plenty of others to read first. This will not be on my recommendations list.

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Couldn't get past the prologue

I don't know how this narrator got the job. He pauses inappropriately mid-sentence, and his inflections are strange and stilted. He honestly sounds like that kid that everyone would groan at when the teacher called on them to read back I'm high school. I can't comment on the story because his poor performance made me abandon it after 5 minutes.

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