Seas of Crimson Silk

Burning Empire, Book 1
By: Emma Hamm
Series: Burning Empire Series, Book 1
Length: 13 hrs and 14 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (106 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

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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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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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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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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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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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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A untold gem

Such a captivating and wonderful adventure. This narrator draws you into the story , and honestly I didn’t want to stop.
Told in different POV this story follows Sigrid and nadir.
Sigrid is a woman , a beast kin . The last of her kind. A race of people who hold both a woman and a animal under her skin and in her soul. A dragon . She wants blood and battle , freedom. Unfortunately she is just a pawn.
Nadir is a boy king . A sultan who is also a pawn to others . His advisors make the decisions and war is close between his and Sigrid lands.
A peace treaty has been made. Sigrid will be nadir’s second wife as a peace offering . They have much to learn ... From each other. Will Sigrid kill him as a infiltrated spy or will Nadir surprise us with secrets of his own.

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I really need the next

Oh how I long for book 2 to be on audio! Gosh I love the way the author writes and develops the world's. I love it so much.

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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.