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Publisher's Summary

From the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Kingfountain Series comes the first novel in a bold and richly imagined world.

Theirs is a world of opposites. The privileged live in sky manors held aloft by a secretive magic known only as the Mysteries. Below, the earthbound poor are forced into factory work to maintain the engine of commerce. Only the wealthy can afford to learn the Mysteries, and they use their knowledge to further lock their hold on society.

Cettie Pratt is a waif doomed to the world below, until an admiral attempts to adopt her. But in her new home in the clouds, not everyone treats her as one of the family.

Sera Fitzempress is a princess born into power. She yearns to meet the orphan girl she has heard so much about, but her father deems the girl unworthy of his daughter’s curiosity.

Neither girl feels that she belongs. Each seeks to break free of imposed rules. Now, as Cettie dreams of living above and as Sera is drawn to the world below, they will follow the paths of their own choosing.

But both girls will be needed for the coming storm that threatens to overturn both their worlds.

©2018 Jeff Wheeler (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Immersive, Wonderful, Magical!

I am a bit obsessed about Jeff Wheeler's many book series. I started at the queens poisoner and read every Jeff Wheeler series novels available on Kindle and Audible.

I loved these characters that live vary different lives (socially and economically), and both share the need for knowledge, love, acceptance, family, freedom and a place to belong. They are seemingly destined to never meet each other, trapped by physical and social boundaries. Both having a mission to figure out how to better the world around them and find allies along the way. Will these girls break out of what is socially expected to help the suffering and ignorance of the population?



pros:

-An interesting start to the book!

-detailed world

-well developed characters

-minor ties to previous series worlds

- 2 strong female leads

-mystery and suspense

- Great "Villan" (with depth and mystery)

- visual descriptions

- enjoyable and creative plot

-great mix of antagonistic characters (including unknowns creating corruption in the society/government alongside the individual characters. It kept me wondering "What would happen next?")

Cons:

-First of a series, and that leaves some questions unanswered (I am impatient sometimes. lol)

- more ghostly and supernatural thing may be scary for little ones.

Other notes:

I rate at PG.

-violence

-Talk of infidelity, other than that there was little sexual content

-ghosts (May not be good for children that fear the dark)







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A new beginning for Wheeler, just familiar enough

Jeff Wheeler has written multiple fantastic series, which all tie together in a series of creative parallel worlds. Some of them have felt more similar than others, with magics and social structures that feel like historical periods in Europe. This one feels a bit more recent, a bit more Victorian. It has magic, social structures, and the beginnings of science. Wheeler opted for more of a slow burn for this series, keeping many of the mysteries unsolved for now. It’s a great read, and I look forward to the next entry. Also, Rudd is s fantastic voice actress and you’ll love her performance as always.

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My first Wheeler

Such a wonderful story that I couldn’t stop listening to! I’m dying for number two! Kate’s performance was riveting and Jeff’s story was so enchanting. I can’t wait to find out the Mysteries with Cettie and Sara!

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Great story very nicely written

very interesting read. Story line moved at a nice pace. Mystery, intrigue and distress are in this story.

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  • Gigi
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • 06-22-18

Yet another amazing book from Wheeler

Wheeler is such a great author. I enjoyed this book as much as I did reading the Kingfountain and Muirwood series. Wheeler is a master at character development and story. Reading his books often make me feel like I am on a roller coaster or other worldly adventure. Wherler is a true writer with an amazing gift. So grateful that he shares his gift with us.

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Beat a dead horse with a stick.

I was barely able to finish the book. It was a good book and good story with great characters and good narrator, but enough already. This book is over 11 hours long and these poor girls are beated on relentlessly until the last 20 minutes of the book. Needless to say that after 10.5+ hours of disappointment and frustration the ending was very anticlimactic and I walk away from this book with a bitter taste in my mouth.

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  • DD
  • 10-13-18

Best fantasy book I’ve read in a long time!

Best fantasy book I’ve read in a long time! Jeff Wheeler is a fantastic writer! And the narrator Kate Rudd if one of my favorites too! Can’t wait for the rest of the series:)

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entertaining narrator

Story is great. Narrator keeps you engaged and listening. I would definitely recommend this book.

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good story, but....

I struggled to get to the end. Good story, but a long slow build up. the pre-teen angst was annoying. The main character is young and uneducated, but should be street smart. However, she does or puts up with things that were hard to believe. Jeff Wheeler does a great job building the characters and I started to care for them, even if i was frustrated with the main character through most the book.

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Little women but with a twist

I'm sad to say that despite being a huge Jeff wheeler fan I really struggled through this book. the first two thirds of the book read like little women or a Jane Austin book. at the point were I was ready to give it up the book finally took a dive into *spoilers* and became tolerable. there are several big reveals if you can make it to the very end. ymmv.

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  • Jummai
  • 06-24-18

Absolutely loved this!!

Such an enjoyable listen. I don't know what I was expecting, whatever it was it wasn't such a well executed story. I bought this with no expectations, and it was such a pleasant surprise. A thoroughly engaging tale, it really made my day. I loved the characters, BOTH main characters. Can you imagine!?! The side characters, it doesn't even feel fair to call them that, stole my heart. I wish I could just jump into the next the book in the series :(

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  • C Carey
  • 10-07-18

intriguing

Set in a different wold with Mysteries all around them, the main character is determined to change her lot in life. The Mysteries are not what we know to mean in the word.
Fast paced and full of action.

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  • SarahW
  • 07-29-18

enjoyable

I found the story and concept of the world Jeff had created very interesting. enjoyed the book and looking forward to the next one.

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  • David
  • 09-21-18

Cinderella with a twist

Jeff Wheeler is an extraordinary.story teller. I have loved his other works but did not see the end of this part coming at all!

Definitely looking forward to more. Kudos to Kate as well, one of my favourite narrators.