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Air and Ash Audiobook

Air and Ash: TIDES, Book 1

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Master and Commander meets Sarah J Maas in a seafaring adventure of duty, love, magic, and a princess's quest to protect her kingdom on her own terms.

After a lifetime of training, 17-year-old Princess Nile Greysik, a lieutenant on the prestigious Ashing navy flagship, sails into battle with one vital mission - and fails.

Barred from the sea and facing a political marriage, Nile masquerades as a common sailor on the first ship she can find. With a cowardly captain, incompetent crew, and a cruel, too-handsome first officer intent on making her life a living hell, Nile must hide her identity while trying to turn the sorry frigate battle worthy. Worse, a terrifying and forbidden magic now tingles in Nile's blood. If anyone catches wind of who Nile is or what she can do, her life is over.

But when disaster threatens the ship, Nile may have no choice but to unleash the truth that will curse her future.

Air and Ash is the thrilling first installment of the TIDES series. Recommended for fans of Sarah J. Maas, Tamora Pierce, and David Weber.

©2017 Alex Lidell (P)2017 Alex Lidell

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    HeatherY 09-15-17
    HeatherY 09-15-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Bloody Amazing!"

    Nile Greysik of Ashing isn't a typical princess. Nearly the last of her siblings in line to inherit the throne, she's been training since she was eight years old to be an officer in Ashing's respected naval fleet. Her dream is to be appointed to an Admiral position, and with her discipline and training she might someday achieve it. But a battle at sea causes Nile to lose her position and the respect of Ashing's allies.

    Returning home, Nile's only solace is her twin brother Clay. Clay is Gifted, able to attract an element to him, but at a horrific cost to his mind. When Nile learns that her only value to her kingdom is as a brood mare, she decides it's time to find a cure for Clay. She enlists as a seaman on the warship Aurora.

    THIS BOOK WAS BLOODY AMAZING!! I'm trying to write a review and the only coherent thought sloshing around in my head is how awesome this book was! It kept me so enthralled that I finished it in one marathon listening session. The plot was action packed and fascinating, but I think it was the author's writing style that had me hooked. Her pacing was perfect, and the elements of action, magic, character development, world building, and the little bit of romance were all there in perfect proportions.

    Nile was a strong female lead who consistently stood up for those around her. She didn't achieve things too easily, each small victory was hard won and more worth it. She'd make a powerful role model for teens, and the misogyny shown by several of the characters (and the patriarchal countries) would make great talking points for teen readers. The magic system was interesting. Rather than a trope that could be used to get Nile out of bad situations, this magic took its toll on the user.

    I absolutely loved Nile and Domenic's connection. It was so subtle it couldn't even really be called a romance. So many books rely on the female character's inner dialogue gushing about the male character's looks to build a semblance of romance with no true foundation. This book was different, Nile didn't dwell on Domenic's looks, and she didn't even think or wonder if she's attracted to him. That's just not how she's built. They had a connection built on mutual respect. It was really well written.

    The narration was expertly done. Kaitlin Bellamy performed dramatically and with an animation in her voice that kept the action fresh. She performed different speaking voices for each character, as well as accents that were consistent for each country. It was a really impressive performance. I requested a copy of this audiobook, and I'm voluntarily leaving a review. I'm going to resist picking up the second book in the series now, and wait for it to come out on audio, because this narrator/author combo is worth the wait!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    D. Scannell Maryland 09-14-17
    D. Scannell Maryland 09-14-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Incredible start for newcomers!"

    I was all set to play a Critical Role and give this audiobook a lower rating due to the fact that this is the first audiobook for both the author and narrator, but was denied the opportunity by how well they both did. Alex Lidell did a great job. She told an incredible story that made me care about most of the characters and not just to main characters. She did an awesome job of making a runaway princess trope into a story about someone who clawed and scraped her way TO THE BOTTOM so she could fight her way back up. I didn't expect to be as moved by Nile's development. I think I'm going to have to get the prequel novella so I can learn more about her time on her first ship.

    Alex Lidell also did a great job with the magic system she employed. So many times authors use it as a crutch and make the whole story about the magic. Alex used the magic the way a chef uses salt, in just the right proportion and at the proper time. She also did something that a lot of young authors forget. She made magic have a consequence. In fact, the consequences were arguably more important the story than the magic was. Incredibly well done!

    As for Kaitlin Bellamy's performance, all I can say is WOW!!!! The story was very good, but she truly brought it to life. She had a cast of characters to deal with and somehow she was able to give each one a unique and (most importantly) consistent voice. There are narrators with much more experience that have a hard time with that feat. I can't wait to listen to the next audiobook she narrates. If Matt Mercer were to listen to her performance, I'm sure he'd ask Kaitlin, "How do you want to do this?" because she killed it!

    If I had to give the book any criticism, I would say it felt like it was 3/4s of a story. The hook at the end of the book was unexpected and absolutely vital to the story, but it felt like the next part of the series should have been part of this one. But then again, I'm going to buy the next audiobook as soon as it comes out, so maybe Alex Lidell knows exactly what she's doing and I just need to not be critical. :-)

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Chelsea Smith 09-15-17
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    "Fantastic performance for a fantastic book!"
    What made the experience of listening to Air and Ash the most enjoyable?

    Kaitlin Bellamy's performance for this book was incredible. Each character had their own consistent voice.


    What other book might you compare Air and Ash to and why?

    Air and Ash reminded me of Bloody Jack by L.A. Meyer because they are both stories of strong girls/women having a fantastical adventure at sea.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    My favorite scene was when Nile intervened on behalf of Domenic on the beach at the beginning of the book. Nile is a strong young woman who knows what her values are.


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    laura harkcom 09-14-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Oh. My. God."

    I LOVED THIS BOOK!!! I loved everything about it! The characters are all very well written, the backdrops are so well described you feel as though you're there. It's loaded with action and just a touch of a possible romance. Warning, though, it ends on a cliffhanger, and while book 2 is available in print (I've already checked!) it isn't on audible :( We will see if I can force myself to wait for the audible version... but yeah.. I don't know if I can! Get this book! It's worth every single penny and then some!

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    Belldra 09-10-17
    Belldra 09-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "delicious "

    I really enjoyed listening to this book. The characters are likable and have depth. I feel like there is alot I don't understand exactly, not because it is badly explained but because the story has progression and I am sure more is revealed later. It adds a zest of mystery and uncertainty to it.
    The narrator was extremely varied in her voice and tone. Her voice made the story come to life for me and was superb in its own imagery. It only added vibrancy and life to the different characters and did not detract.

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    Lauren Jones San Antonio, Texas 10-22-17
    Lauren Jones San Antonio, Texas 10-22-17
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    "Air and Ash"

    Would you choose a free life with magic or an imprisoned life in a loveless royal marriage? For Nile Greysik, princess and lieutenant of the Ashing Navy flagship, the sea calls to her. Being one with the seaman is such a better life than to be cooped up in a castle with royalty commanding her every move. Where is her freedom? Where is her passion? After a mission aboard the navy flagship fails very badly, Niles wakes up two weeks later in the safety of her own bed…not aboard a ship.That isn’t even the worst part…she discovers that she has failed her captain, his death and many others who died weigh heavily on her. But, then her twin brother drops the biggest bombshell of all. She is to be in an arranged marriage…per her mother’s wishes as a way to keep her away from the sea. What could be any worse than giving up your freedom for the rest of your life? Lidell spins an invigorating story, filled with adventure and magic.

    Niles and her twin brother were close, but then he was “diagnosed” with a magical ailment. The magic is not so much the burden…but what comes as a side effect of being able to possess such power is mind crippling. She is surprised that he even still has the capacity to keep himself alive. Through rigorous testing and countless evaluations, it was finally determined that she did not possess the magical gene…which tends to run in families. Being that the sea calls to her, she knows that she just can’t be tied down forever. After her brother has a near death experience, she meets a man who seems nice enough but later finds that nothing is ever as it seems. To run away from everything on the nearest ship seems to be the only escape from the life that she is sure to dread. What adventure or challenges will be in store for her next, being that she will have to hide her identity? As if that wasn’t enough…strange headaches and magical sensations begin spiraling through her blood, threatening to end her life if she doesn’t let it out.

    Lidell has a terrific story-line with exceptional character development. All of her characters are entertaining, fierce, and determined. The pace is fantastic; fast-paced and the narrator was highly entertaining. Bellamy’s accent is absolutely beautiful and perfect for this story. She changes pitch and vocalization for every character and adds sounds for special effect. Bellmay’s representation of each character seemed to be spot-on! This review is complimenting the audiobook. If you are a reader of science fiction and young adult fantasy, you may want to pick this one up.

    A copy of this audiobook was provided to Turning Another Page by Audiobookworm Promotions, but this in no way affects our honest opinion of the book or the review that has been written. We provide a five-star rating for Air and Ash by Alex Lidell, narrated by Kaitlin Bellamy.

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    Lomeraniel Spain 10-19-17
    Lomeraniel Spain 10-19-17
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    "We need more stories about strong women like this"

    Nile Greysik is princess of the Ashen Kingdom but also lieutenant aboard one of the best ships of the Ashen navy. After failing on an important mission, she is commanded to accept the marriage proposal from a prince from another kingdom and start a life far from her loved sea. In order to escape this life and also to help her brother, who suffers from a strange ailment, she secretly enrolls on a League ship.

    I tread carefully with YA fantasy. I have high standards for both genres, but I was gladly surprised by this book. It hooked me from the start with its beautiful language and an amazing world building. The mentioned League is composed by six kingdoms, each one with distinctive cultural characteristics. There are rich nuances in the different people and countries mentioned in the book, which helped with the setting and background necessary to create an elaborate story.

    What was absolutely amazing in this book were the characters. From the very beginning they feel like real people, with their backgrounds, words, and actions. I really connected to Nile, I could understand her motivations, and I really cared for her. The descriptions of people and places are so vivid that I could almost feel the salty air on my face while I was listening to this audiobook.

    Nile is an independent and a feminist, both qualities popular on the Ashen Kingdom. I think this is why it was easy to connect to this character, and why I would absolutely recommend this book. We need more stories about strong women who are not afraid to live in a world of men and make it theirs. The time for useless princess is already gone.

    The story kept me intrigued and interested from beginning to end, but about halfway I begun to expect something else to happen. This book is about the evolution of Nile and the Aurora's crew, and this became clear at the end of the story. The ending felt a bit anticlimactic since I expected 'more' than just this evolution. The tension between Nile and Dominick helped to weave this story, but there was too much romance and unsaid words towards the end for my liking.

    Kaitlin Bellamy did a wonderful job with the narration of this book. Her voice and characters' interpretations trapped me in a way that I could not stop listening. This was a great book, but Bellamy's narration skills made it even better. She had different voices and accents for all the characters in this story, and she transmitted the characters emotions in a powerful way that gave me goosebumps. The only setback I can mention is that at times her swallowing was audible, probably due to her proximity to the mic. For the rest, the audio production was very good, and this was just a minor detail.

    I am looking forward to the rest of the books of this series, and see the 'something more' I expected. I think the rest of the story will be an interesting one, with all the aspects already presented in the first book.

    I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Alex Lidell. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.

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    Heather North Indiana 10-15-17
    Heather North Indiana 10-15-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Fantastic!!"

    Loved this story! Very immersive, I could easily picture what was going on and was drawn into the story. I loved the characters. Fantastic narrator she really brought the story to life with various accents and emotions. Great YA listen that I highly recommend. Can’t wait to hear the next book! I received a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and I have voluntarily left this review.

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    A Miller 10-13-17
    A Miller 10-13-17 Member Since 2015
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    "I've rarely gotten so hooked on a book series..."

    I’ve only ever gotten this hooked on a couple of series (serieses, serei?) of books in my life and I’m going to be honest; I almost didn’t give it enough of a chance to happen here. I have about 50 books on my TBR list right now and I had no clue who Alex Lidell was or if her work was any good. But, I was drawn in by the cover when I saw it in the Audiobookworm tour email and the treatment of magic seemed quite fresh and unique, so I decided, why not take a chance?

    I can’t begin to tell you how glad I am that I did! Ms. Lidell, you just gained yourself an adoring fangirl and I hope you have Ms. Bellamy narrate the rest of the series!

    Ms. Lidell brings us a stellar cast of characters in “Air and Ash” and even those I would deem ‘secondary’ have enough depth and development to impact the story and drive the plot. Nile is strong, independent, fearless, loyal, and has a healthy sense of right-and-wrong and duty to others. She has her flaws, too, and while her understanding of the ‘big picture’ is admirable, it can make her a little clueless about more mundane things. Her complete inexperience in matters of the heart makes her endearing and as far as heroines go, she’s an outstanding one. Dominic is complex and baffling at times, and he has a past I find myself wondering about. The tension between these two practically sizzles, but it isn’t just romantic tension, though that seems to be at the root of things. Catsper was another character I greatly enjoyed, and he seemed to be the mediating party between Nile and Dominic. He cares for Nile, but I’m undecided on whether it’s completely platonic. It’ll be interesting to see where Ms. Lidell takes this trio. And now for my least favorite character: Captain Rima. This guy is a manipulative, profit-seeking, narcissistic asshole and if he lives to the end without getting his, I’m going to be really upset. Seriously, I HATE this guy and the way he treats his most competent, honest people is utterly disgusting.

    This was my first time listening to Kaitlin Bellamy and she took some getting used to. Her voice has a sing-songy, bright quality to it that didn’t really seem appropriate to the narrative, but after enough characters were introduced for her to show how well she could portray them, I became a fan. The only time that little-girly quality seemed to reappear was in the reading of the chapter titles. That chipper tone following a serious scene was a little jarring. I also found it hard at times to distinguish between when Nile was thinking and speaking aloud and usually the only way to know was the reaction or lack of from the other characters. This may not be a failing of the narrator, but as I don’t have a print copy to compare against, I thought it worth noting. While the audio quality is very good overall, there is a weird glitch right before Chapter 34 and at first, I simply chalked it up to my phone cutting out. But then I listened to it again in a different location, and there’s something wonky in the recording here. It was the only such occurrence that I noticed and since I don’t think there was anything lost, it wasn’t a big deal for me. Just an FYI, though.

    Bottom line: “Air and Ash” was an absolutely enthralling listen. It started with intense action and kept up the pace all the way through. The way it ended, though…I need to know what happens. So much so that, as much as I adored the audio version, I’m not sure I can wait for the second to be recorded. If you love sea-faring fantasy with lots of action and a healthy dash of romantic tension, then the TIDES series is for you!

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    Kitty ranma 10-12-17
    Kitty ranma 10-12-17
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    "More power to her."

    I have both versions audio and e-book. I enjoyed being able to go between the two versions. Loved this book, this is the first book by Alex Lidell I've read or listened to but it won't be the last.
    I hope they keep the same narrator she has wonderful voices she does for it.
    This audio book was given to me for free at my request from the publisher or author or narrator and I provided this unbiased voluntary review.
    Reasons I enjoyed this book:
    Action-packed, Easy-to-read, Entertaining, Great world building, Original, Page-turner, Unpredictable, Wonderful characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "An excellent book, fabulously narrated. Highly recommended!"

    I listened to this as an audiobook, narrated by Kaitlin Bellamy, and she was an excellent narrator, really bringing the story to life. It's a great story, well-written, with characters that really help to drive the action, and full of drama. I really enjoyed the book, and would definitely recommend it to others who like fantasy books, or are just looking for something a bit different. And I'll definitely be reading or listening to the rest of the series as soon as I get the chance!
    NB I received a complimentary copy of this book, but I always give an HONEST review based wholly on my own opinions

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