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Sundered

By: Bethany Adams,Claire Bloom - director
Narrated by: Gabrielle de Cuir,Stefan Rudnicki
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A life in shambles

Lyr might be a powerful elven lord in charge of thousands, but his personal life is a disaster. Just the month before, a daughter he'd never known existed arrived from Earth, giving him news of his lost love's death. Since then he has been betrayed, captured, and almost murdered. And though his enemy was defeated, Lyr's wounds never seem to heal. He certainly doesn't need more conflict.

A perilous journey

Amid the glittering perfection of Alfheim, Meli is a dismal failure. Haunted by visions of people and places she's never seen, she struggles to find her place. So when her king orders her to lead an expedition to another world, Meli is caught between shock and terror. How can she navigate the veil between worlds with no magic of her own? But with Alfheim threatened by strange, dark energy, she has no choice.

A threat that spans worlds

The last thing Lyr expects is the arrival of the Ljósálfar, the reclusive Norse elves of Alfheim. More surprising? One among them, Meli, is a possible soulbounded, a link he'd believed lost with his previous love. But wounded and besieged with problems on every side, he can't let himself be distracted. Poisoned energy is flooding into the closely connected realms of the fae, causing sickness, and Lyr must rush to find the source of the threat.

Only Moranaia remains untouched - leading Lyr to suspect one of his own people might be to blame.

©2016 Bethany Adams (P)2017 Skyboat Media, Inc.

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Nice story ..... something missing

The storyline is told well. Info like the concept and plots. Something just missing between the relationships. They just seem to be dry and boring. I fine myself skipping threw to get back to the story. The intimacy just seems forced. The is no real passion and feeling that you typically read in characters. No real tension in any of the relationships expect with the protagonist.
The author never really showed the relationship between Arlin and her fathers new mate..... just something missing

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Just okay

It’s okay. The story is really head to follow. It’s like they just drop new characters out of no where. Since the voices never change you just get lost. There is also something missing is the relationships with the characters. Maybe they are just rushed I’m not sure.

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Lyr = Too stupid to live

Yeah, 500 year old warrior but a complete baffoon. I hate it when an author writes with some sort of premise, like a general who is supposed to be a great military leader and all they do is stumble along with bad decisions a Gomer wouldn't make.

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Narrator takes away from story

Over all, I like the series first two books. The narrators do not do justice to the voices. At times I am not able to tell who is being portrayed right away. Ms de Cuir makes the women sound wimpy and windy, and the men sound feminine or too angry. Mr Rudnicki makes the women sound five yrs old and the men gruff.
It’s hard enough following all the many characters as it is.

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Lyr & Meli

Lyr is the Elf Lord in charge of protecting the veil between earth and his world and the sacred tree.

His personal life is still trying to find it's footing after discovering he had a daughter the month before and surviving a murder plot against him.

Meli is not held in high regard but more as a failure as a mage in her world. Her true talent lies in "finding things" - All her life she's had visions of people and places she's never visited. No one is more surprised than Meli when her king orders her to travel on an expedition to Lyr's world. Meli is insecure and has never traveled or wanted to, especially through the veil where individuals have known to go missing for years -

When Meli and her team arrived uninvited on Moranaia, they discover there is a soul bounding pull for both of them. This is impossible since his soul bounded died on earth - no one has ever recorded a 2nd soul bound before.... Then there is the "ambassador" travelling with Meli (you love to hate her) - While poisonous energy is seeping into the fae realms causing sickness, Lyr needs to isolate the threat protect the children of all the realms, while investigating and stopping the seeping.

I really enjoyed this story, more than the first book - it had more substance in the story line - perhaps it's me, but sometimes I got easily confused when all the elves gave their LONG rank/status before there name and I got lost in who was what character -

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ehhhhh

so the first book was decent. I listened to this second one and im not gonna lie... was pretty bored. my mind would wander thinking about other stuff. I'm not even completely sure what happened in the middle in some parts. not sure if I will do book 3 or not. would probably not recommend.

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Good Story

Narrator was good but I think if it would have been read a little bit different it would’ve held more excitement it was still a good story and it didn’t involve just two people

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underwhelmed

I gave book 2 a chance thinking it would become more interesting, it didn't.

pinpointing my dislikes
1) written in 3rd person
2) jumping from different characters and scenes in mid chapter, felt like whiplash. felt the transition could be been done better
3) ALOT of different characters, you all all the characters before they even meet each other. because of this (see below)
4) nothing was a surprise, I knew who the love interests was, the villain, the long lost father from the moment they were introduced. thus lead to a very predictable story line and plot
5) not enough detail about the characters/ no character development, no sweet loving moment between characters to show emotions. felt very superficial . I didn't believe the characters felt anything for each other it was just said this person loves loves that one. no small moments to really make you FEEL IT.
6) no spicy scenes (I know it's not everyone's preference)

overall felt the writing was really lacking, story was boring and became disinterested. didn't love the characters because I didn't feel like I knew them or understood how they felt.

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Loving this series

I am loving this story, especially the characters. I am immediately starting the 3rd book.

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DON’T DO IT. BORING!

So so so so so boring. I tried to push through and made it almost to the end of book 4 before quitting the series. The female reader sounds like she’s in her 60s and the books all center around younger women. Hard to reconcile those pieces and with a barely there storyline, predictable plot, and boring MMCs and MFCs I just couldn’t take it anymore. Save yourself and pick something else.

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  • 01-05-23

Flat romance but otherwise good plot development

I thought the romance in the first book was a little flat, but in this one it was more so. Luckily the action, intrigue and complex relationships between characters make up for it.

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  • Francesca Vaughan
  • 10-25-22

very enjoyable

not a taxing book but a lovely story read well. very enjoyable and I love how all the strands of the story's touch each other in the series.

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  • Emiloly
  • 10-13-21

Great story.

I am enjoying the story but having the narrator swap really takes me out of the narrative.

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  • Maz
  • 10-22-22

Enjoying this series

Easy listening, I am enjoying the characters and it is well narrated. Loking forward to the next book

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-09-22

mixed

I love the story so far.. I am struggling with the 'tones' Gabrielle the narrator adds in especially when she gets them confused and uses the wrong one.. but I power through for the story. it's very enjoyable.

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  • Joanne
  • 03-08-22

An okay read

I was really considering not finishing this title. Having listened to the first book I was used to the abrupt change in narrator midway through he chapter but this got extremely confusing as each narrator was narrating no less than four different characters of the same gender. It was quite difficult to follow along. The story was virtually the same as the first book. Another couple instantly becomes "soul bonded", despite the characters mentioning how rare the occurrence is. The lead female character is lacklustre and absolutely boring. She is riddled with self doubt and doesn't really contribute anything other than angst to the plot. It's a shame that a story about elves turned out to be so boring and uneventful. I am not going to continue with the rest of the series. I'm just glad it was included for free on the Audible membership because I would have been really annoyed if I had paid for it.

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  • Janette J Ryan
  • 01-13-22

Meli and Lyr

Meli is brought up in Ljosalfar. These fae are reclusive Norse Elves.
Their small kingdom is ruled by an autonomous Queen.
Her land is being ravaged by a poisoned energy, flooding in from earth to connecting realms of Fae.
Despite Meli’s family being regal, Meli has no magic worth a dime, and once tested again, will be relegated into obscurity.
She is sent with a small delegation to Lyr’s Moranaia, to seek help.
Lyr and Meli feel a life bond link. Lyr doesn’t understand it as he believed Arlyn’s mother was his bond link.

More of the poisoning of the kingdoms are revealed, and who is behind it.
Kai learns who is father is.
Lyr learns who Meli is.

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