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Young Rhea is a miller's daughter of low birth, so she is understandably surprised when a mysterious nobleman, Lord Crevan, shows up on her doorstep and proposes marriage. Since commoners don't turn down lords - no matter how sinister they may seem - Rhea is forced to agree to the engagement.

Lord Crevan demands that Rhea visit his remote manor before their wedding. Upon arrival, she discovers that not only was her betrothed married six times before, but his previous wives are all imprisoned in his enchanted castle. Determined not to share their same fate, Rhea asserts her desire for freedom. In answer, Lord Crevan gives Rhea a series of magical tasks to complete, with the threat "Come back before dawn, or else I'll marry you."

With time running out and each task more dangerous and bizarre than the last, Rhea must use her resourcefulness, compassion, and bravery to rally the other wives and defeat the sorcerer before he binds her to him forever.

©2015 Ursula Vernon (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • Amber
  • Spokane, WA
  • 03-13-16

Creative Story

This was listed under the horror genre, it's not at all horror. It's more akin to Alice in Wonderland or Lemony Snickets, and definitely geared toward the young adult audience. Though it wasn't what I was in the mood for, I still really enjoyed it.

15 of 15 people found this review helpful

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The narration was so good! A really fun story. I began reading the story from my Kindle but partially through changed to listen on audible. The story transformed. The narrator really brought it to life. I highly recommend.

9 of 9 people found this review helpful

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SHE BELIEVED THE HEDGE HOG

SHE COULDN'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT BEING 15
I greatly enjoyed this book, but understand that it is not for everyone. I am a big fan of fairy tales and that is what this is, including: Witches, Sorcerers, Glacier Monsters, Demons, Gremlins, Rat Speakers, Man Eating Whippoorwills, Bird Golems, Conjure Wife and a Clock Wife. Skim the top and you may think it cute, but down deep it can be disturbing. Their is plenty of humor, not LOL, but chuckle with an occasional laugh. Down deep it may have more in common with Hosseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns.
TIME IS A LARGE COUNTRY
I thought the writer was clever and very entertaining. Narrator does an excellent job.

I WOULD FOLLOW THIS HEDGEHOG INTO THE MOUTH OF HELL.

21 of 23 people found this review helpful

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interesting

it is suited for teens and young adults who enjoy a good story about a girl who manages to triumph over some pretty confusing and scary circumstances.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Ursula Vernon is a national treasure.

Delightful story, skillfully read. Convince your friends and family to buy T Kingfisher books. Hopefully we can encourage her to write more.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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My first T. Kingfisher book

I've followed this author's artwork for more than a decade and have long enjoyed her Twitter screeds but this is the first book I've read/listened to by her.

I LOVED it but before purchasing I recommend that you are familiar with the author's "flavor", if you will. I often dive into fairy tale retellings for the ethereal beauty of them and if that's what you're after - sexy beauty and fantastical sexy drama - this is not quiiiite that. I'd describe it as warty, overrun with common sense, and more absurd than fantastical. If you know the author's style you'll know exactly what I mean.

I would whole-heartedly recommend this book for preteen and teen readers. They'll get it, because the only person who hates bull* more than T Kingfisher will be the teenagers. Adult fantasy readers, make sure this is the escapism you're looking for! Otherwise it's going to be like expecting cherry pie and taking a bite of onion instead.

The narrator does a masterful job and nails the main character's inner dialogue. If you're still on the fence I think the narration pushes it into go-for-it territory.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Stupid book

This was a stupid book, after struggling through an hour and a half of it, I tried to return it, but in spite of Audible's you can return anything policy, and the fact that I have purchased hundreds of books and only returned maybe five, they refused to let me return it, so I'm leaving a review as to my dissatisfaction with this book and their policy. Don't do false advertising. Will be more careful what I purchase in the future.

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This is Weird. I Enjoyed That.

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

Ignore the above question. This is my Goodreads review/comment: <br/><br/>This was weird, which is the biggest vote in its favor. It has a middle grade voice, with a YA main character, and most of the other characters are adults. It's a strange blend, but I enjoyed that. I really liked the hedgehog, and I don't always enjoy animal side characters.

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excellent

The combination of story and narrator was perfect. I'm sad to have finished and will be looking for more from both women.

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Lacking, Dull, and a Tad Annoying

I honestly didn't even finish this. I probably will one day when I'm truly desperate. The main character is extremely childish, the way the world is described is lacking all elegance, and the narrator's voice grates with every syllable. I took a chance on a lesser known book and (literally) paid the price for it. Please, go find a better written tale. Pass this one up.