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A dragon can be loyal forever, if you tame her first. But Sigrid would sooner be dead than tamed. 

Dragon shifter Sigrid of Wildewyn has spent her life in a cage, quite literally. Whether she's hidden from her own people, or masked so they cannot see her face, she's dedicated her life to her country and king. But, when her king promises her to a rival warlord and Sultan of a country she hates, her loyalty is tested. 

Nadir of Bymere was the boy king no one ever thought would sit on the throne. And though he knows his country is ruled by corrupt advisors, he's lost himself in the glory of being Sultan. When they force him to marry a masked woman from the country who murdered his brother, he's set to torture her for a lifetime. 

Both hiding their own secrets, the two slowly realize there is more to both their kingdoms than they originally thought. With many in the kingdom who need help, Sigrid and Nadir must choose who they truly ally with: each other...or their kingdoms. Their choice will put either their hearts or their lives at risk.

©2019 Emma Hamm (P)2019 Emma Hamm

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Chomping at the bit for book #2

This book finally got me to kick my Harry Potter binge of 6 months. It seemed any time I’d listen to any other novel I’d be disappointed by the voice acting or let down by the plot.

This book is perfect for any fantasy lover looking to dive into a new world. It’s reminiscent of Daenerys’ plot line from the Song of Fire and Ice series with subtle hints at a romantic subplot. The two actors who narrated the male and female protagonists were phenomenal and the story was a joy to disappear into.

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Unique, but slow

This was an entertaining story that I found unique. It does have some twists and turns, but overall everything just moves slowly. I enjoyed the story, and if book 2 were available on audio, I might give it a go. However, I don't think I'll continue the series. While the story is engaging, it's just not quite enough to get me to keep reading.

I really liked the narration. I thought it fit the characters well and brought the story to life.

Quick & Dirty Details:
- Fantasy - shifters
- Enemies-to-lovers
- M/F Romance - main characters are 19 and 20 years old
- Young Adult (not steamy)
- Multi POV

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Seas of Crimson Silk

Action packed with a lot of political intrigue made this book very enjoyable. It has high tension from the action and kept me on my toes. This author is one of my favorites so anything they write is an instant download for me and this one didn't disappoint though it wasn't my favorite book by Emma Hamm. Even so it was an amazing book. I enjoyed the fantasy setting a lot. If you like dragons you will love this book. It also doesn't follow the main tropes which I found to be a refreshing change from the norm. There are some characters I couldn't stand in the beginning of this story but the author forces you to understand and see why they do what they do. This made you start to like them because it humanized them and made you care since you saw what made them the way they are. As the book progresses you learn more about the characters and their secrets. Wow some of those secrets are crazy. My heart is still recovering from that ending and I desperately need the next book.

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Not my favorite, but still inriguing

The two narrators did okay, the man better than the woman I felt. The plot felt plodding then rushed forward in a way that didn't feel right. I think there could have been more depth and development to the characters. Overall okay, a good way to pass the work commute when the radio isn't up to par

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  • 08-30-20

Shape-shifters Meet Romeo & Juliet

Romeo & Juliet is a tale as old as time.

Such is a tragic love story that can also be found between Sigrid and Nadir. However, as much as I disliked the popular Shakespearean romance in highschool, I think the relationship was forced in Seas of Crimson Silk. In more ways than one.

When Nadir firs meets Sigrid, she's been promised to him like a bargaining chip, a ward given away to ensure peace between two countries living in tentative peace. In this encounter, Nadir specifically stated that he will make Sigrid submit to him as his wife and as his lesser. From that moment on, I spent the entire time disliking Nadir. And also from the moment on, the book made every attempt to redeem his character. But when that's the first impression a reader receives, there's no redeeming that character. That is who he will continue to be in my mind's eye.
as the romance between the two protagonists hops off and they find that they're even more similar in more ways than one, I couldn't get behind it. The entire story started to lose its meaning for me as it left Sigrid's struggles in a foreign land, and settled on her affection for the sultan and his Bymirian people and her loyalty to her own kind.

Alison Campbell and Andrew Kingston brought all the characters to life. It was as if I were actually privvy to observing the events unfold from the most prime position. Kingston is especially talented for his portrayal of the little dove girl.

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Disappointed with the ending

I really enjoyed the first part of the book a lot. I liked how the characters interacted with each other and the lore. I thought bother narrators did a pretty good job with the story, even with slightly different accents. However, the second half of the book seemed off. The story seemed to completely shift and both characters made decisions that didn't seem to follow their character values. There were a lot of unanswered questions and some things really just don't make sense. One thing that really bothers me was the mask. During most of the book, wearing masks is such a huge deal and then all of a sudden Sigrid could care less about covering her face. It was never explained why wearing a mask was important in the first place. The ending was honestly depressing. Hopefully the next book will be more like the first part of this book.

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Incredible Narrators, Compelling Story

I first read this as an ebook, and found the storyline to be engaging with good world-building, something that Emma Hamm routinely excels in. She often takes familiar premises and whips them into something new, so even though most of her books are some sort of beauty and the beast retelling, I feel excited to dive into each one. I felt compelled to try out the audiobook, and I'm very glad that I did. The narration really elevated the story. Both Campbell and Kingston did an amazing job with their tone and delivery, although admittedly, there was little that Kingston could do to make the female voices sound right with his masculine timber, especially for Safiya. Would definitely recommend!

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A Bittersweet Story

This was a unusual shifter type Story with Mates at odds because of how and where they were raised. It seems so unbelievably sad that people can not except one another if there is a difference. A lot like the US society here!

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Great shifter book

I felt the story was kinda slow in the beginning, and picked up more towards the middle. Once wit picked up, I really enjoyed the story and need book 2 to find out what happens.

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Good start

I enjoyed this book very good story can't wait to read the rest of the series and more from this author

I received this audiobook free in exchange for an honest review.

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  • 12-27-20

Amazing story

I loved this story. How the reader got to see the story and events unfold from both Sigrid and Nadirs POV, just gave it that much more dimension and depth in my opinion. The narration only enhanced this experience, with two great narrators being the voice of each main character. I highly recommend listening to this!

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  • 07-19-20

Mesmerising

I thoroughly enjoyed this story about forbidden love and warring kingdoms it is unique and exquisitely written. It drew me into this fantastical world from the first sentence and it is brought to life by such enchanting narration, especially by Alison Campbell.