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In Domengrad, there are rules all must live by: Fear the Gods. Worship the Magicians. Forsake the Iconoclasts.

To Annabelle Klein, the rules laid down by the Magicians are the mere ramblings of stuffy old men. As far as she's concerned, the historic Iconoclasts, heretics who nearly destroyed the Magicians so long ago, are nothing but myth. She has much more important matters to worry about.

Heiress to a manor mortgaged down to its candlesticks and betrothed to her loathsome cousin, 16-year-old Annabelle doubts the gods could forsake her more.

Then Annabelle is informed of her parents' sudden and simultaneous deaths, and all of the pigment drips out of her skin and hair, leaving her colorless. Within moments, Annabelle is invisible and forgotten by all who know her.

Living like a wraith in her own home, Annabelle discovers that to regain her color she must solve the mystery behind her parents' murders and her strange transformation.

Meanwhile, hundreds of the Magicians' monks, with their all-black eyes and conjoined minds, have usurped control of Annabelle's family manor. An Iconoclast is rumored to be about-a person who they claim goes unseen, unheard, and lost to memory, yet is the greatest threat to all of Domengrad. For the first time in 100 years, the monks plan to unleash the dire wolves of old.

Their only target: Annabelle.

©2017 Rita Stradling (P)2017 Rita Stradling and Lauri Schroll

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Magic, dire wolves, no one remembers her/sees her

Narrated by: Lauri Jo Daniels
This is an audible book I requested and the review is voluntary.
This is a very unusual book. I didn't know what it really was going to be about and just let the story hit me. Wow, I love different and boy, it is! A girl's parents die, in their room, the reader fears foul play. When the girl is told by the maids that her parents are dead, suddenly, no one remembers her...all her color disappears from her clothes and everything she touches. She lives in the house with servants but no one see or acknowledges her. She is to be married and even he has forgotten or has he? It is a very unusual book. It has magic, evil-ish monks, dire wolves, and a foggy hint of other...delightful for the strange like me. I think it lagged a bit getting started but once on a roll it was good.
The narrator had the perfect voice for that eerie, quiet, otherness....all that was needed was a thick blanket of fog...

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Captivating Story

I loved this unique, thrilling story of one girls fight against an evil regime. It is not the everyday tale of a brave hero, it has an unusual and totally captivating storyline. Set in a period world where a dictatorship of manipulative magicians rule, their wills endorsed by the creepiest monks ever, Annabelle is unknowingly thrust into a fight for her life. As the colour drained from her and she became invisible and forgotten by almost everyone, Annabelle learns the truth of what she has become and the reason behind her parents and other nobles’ deaths. She is hunted by both the congregation and the magician controlled dire wolves, but with the help of unlikely friends, she finds the courage and means to fight for her life and freedom. This story takes you on an exciting journey that pulls at your heartstrings, has twists that surprise and keeps you enthralled to the very last page. The narrator did an ok job and I enjoyed it overall but I did find some of her accents a bit strange. Annabelle’s voice was a little too girlish at times and Dylan’s was just a bit odd, as if the narrator was trying a bit too hard to distinguish between characters, but then Tony’s, Ms Egress’s and some others suited the characters well. I loved the different relationships between the characters, from the hints of romance between Dylan and Annabelle, to her grudging friendship with Joseph and the hair standing up on the back of your neck monks; each had depth and merged to form a truly entertaining and exciting story. I cannot wait for the next in the series.

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Very interesting concept

If Audible allowed half marks in their rating system I'd actually give Colorless a 3.5 out of 5. It was a very interesting story, conceptually, but it felt like a lot crammed into a small package and the ending was unsatisfying. Don't get me wrong, I love stories that are packaged into multiple books, but each distinct book needs to have a cogent beginning, middle, and end. As a reader, it is far too common to encounter books that feel like they're little more than a set up for the sequel...this is increasingly common nowadays with multi-book stories soaring in popularity. I want a book to leave me really thinking about what I've just read and to provide a full experience within that one book, regardless of what's planned for the future of the story. I think Colorless could have benefited from more pages. I would really have liked more character development for several of the main characters, given how interesting they were. And more backstory details. Additionally, the bit about several of the characters having this alternate reality of living in a wolf state felt rushed. I would have enjoyed reading more about that situation from various effected character's perspectives. It would have been nice to get more info on the phenomenon in which characters were able to hide in paintings and more of the lore surrounding the incredibly interesting religion and the magician's relationship to it. Overall it was heading in a great direction - some very interesting ideas here - but a bit rough around the edges for me. I don't mind sitting down with a very lengthy fantasy story (having loved Harry Potter, Song of Ice & Fire, Lord of the Rings), it just needs to hold it's own weight. I do think colorless is absolutely on par with many stories that have really become popular franchises; Divergent, Percy Jackson, Cinder and in that regard this might be a very good fit for certain YA readers. I thought that the narrator did a great job with the female voices, but became too monotone when taking on male readers. This audiobook would have edged closer to a 4.5 for me if a talented male reader had been added into the production. Her take on the monks was very interesting and overall I got the sense that she was working hard and enjoying the story itself. Thank you Audiobook Boom, Rita Stradling, and Lauri Jo Daniels for for the complimentary copy of Colorless in exchange for my fair and unbiased review.

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brilliant and colorful, don't let the title fool u

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

Very interesting and unique world this author has created. It kept me very interested, and I thought it was well thought out. From the Gods, mages, and monks to dire wolves humans and iconoclasts. This was a wide, expansive book full of colorful characters, in spite of the title. Well worth a credit.

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Caught me by surprise and kept me enraptured

This book was utter surprise for me. The summary made me curious so I gave it a try, and WHOA was it so very worth it!
The heroine is relatable and admirable, and the supporting characters are fleshed out and easy to love or hate.
We're not given detailed descriptions of how/why things are as they are, but that is just fine. We discover things as Annabelle discovers them, and we're presented idiosyncrasies of the world created by the author slowly.
Narrator was awesome too, she forced her voice a little for some of the masculine characters but did a wonderful job acting. I could tell the characters apart easily, and that was great!
I'm really looking forward to the sequel in audio, as I'd like to listen to all of the characters' voices again.

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Creepy Monks

I don’t ever remember reading anything quite like this before. Rita Stradling has an incredible imagination. I hope there will be more books to this series.
The story starts off with Annabelle running though a field chasing butterflies. When a couple of her maids catch up to her to tell her of her parents’ deaths, she suddenly loses all color from her skin. Most everyone in her life can no longer see or remember her. Soon the magicians’ monks take over her parents’ estate and try to find her so they can get control of her to take her magic. Annabelle, with the help of the very few people that can see her, has to figure out why her parents died and how she can get her life back.
Lauri Jo Daniels captured the voices of these characters perfectly. The monks especially were very creepy. I can’t imagine a creepier voice for them! I wish I could give her more than 5 stars with that performance.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher courtesy of Audiobook Blast.

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Enjoyable read

Interesting concept and world. Good character building and mystery. Would recommend for most ages.

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  • Trisha
  • Arkansas, USA
  • 12-04-17

Drained of color

Annabelle, the main character, is drained of color and lost from memory upon hearing of her parents sudden death. There was lots of backstory and discovery of why Annabelle became the way she did at the loss of her parents. For me, the backstory/story development drug on a bit and I really just wanted some more action in a scene. Once I really got into the book and I felt what was going on to be set up, the book ended without a total conclusion.


This review copy audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher free of charge.

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Not colorless at all

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

The beauty of the fantasy genre is, that no matter which book you listen to (or read for that matter), you can always discover something completely novel. Colorless is no exception. Here, we have a strange world, with magicians, priests, nobles, and dangerous beasts, and iconoclasts. I really love that word, it was a new one to me, but I didn't have to look it up because the meaning was very clear.

We're thrown into Annabelle's transformation straight away. At first, nothing makes sense, information about why it happened, or how, is as inaccessible to the listener as it is to Annabelle herself.

Little by little we get more and more information as Annabelle sets out to discover what is behind it all.

She has a few companions who help her in her quest, most notably Dillon, the stable boy. He is one of the very few people who can actually interact with Annabelle and isn't intent on delivering her to the monks. His siblings aren't too pleased, but think they can use Annabelle for their own purposes.

The monks are very creepy, a bit like the Borg from Star Trek. They seem to have a collective mind, they're threatening and powerful. The whole society has been brainwashed and subdued, and those who try to resist just vanish at some point.

Annabelle's cousin Tony is one of them: he has to choose between giving Annabelle away, or suffering from what the the monks threaten him with, and it is interesting to see his choice.

At first, he isn't very likable: snobbish, and paranoid, but by and by we get to know a bit of his past, and we learn that he is just another victim of the circumstances.

It will be very interesting to see the story unfold further in the next book, because I think that something more is going to happen. It was a fulminant finale, but I don't think this can be all.

Lauri Jo Daniels did a very good job with the various characters. At times, I had to listen very closely to understand certain words, but that is due to my not being a native speaker, and the narrator's strong American accent sometimes getting in the way.

I would rate the story and the narration at four stars (out of five) each.

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Fantastic!

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In this novel we are transported to a fantasy world of magic, religion and myths. The audiobook opens with a little bit of background information and the death of our main character, Annabelle's parents. Their death marks a huge turning point in her young life, a parent passing away is awful enough for a young child but in her case it becomes even worse. Annabelle begins to lose all of her colour - it literally drips off of her. To top it off anything she touches loses its own colour - her furniture, paintings - everything she holds dear. Slowly everyone forgets her and it is almost like she has never existed. What I found amazing was that animals could still recognize her presence and a few special people who want to help her.<br/><br/>The monks in this story are maddening and creepy. They make you feel angry and wish they would just leave Annabelle alone. She is fighting for her life against the monks and you want to be able to defend her every step of the way. You are constantly on the edge of your seat the whole book waiting to see what happens next for her.<br/><br/>I listened to the audiobook of this novel and I really enjoyed the narration of the characters. It was easy to identify by voice alone who was speaking and the narration really helped to bring the characters alive. The monks voices especially! They leave you with this yucky feeling and that you want to lash out at them on Annabelle's behalf.<br/><br/>This was a fantastic audiobook although the beginning left me a bit confused as I tried to follow the history, I would have loved to have known a bit more about the history and religious beliefs in the beginning but it doesn't affect your understanding of the novel throughout.

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  • Layla
  • 11-27-17

Different

I liked the plot of the story and the world building. I thought it was different and orginal to others that I have read in this genre.
I would have liked however more of a description/explanation about the other groups mentioned in this book. I also found it slow going. It took a long while before we found out somethings, but other then this I thought it was a great read.
The narrator did a great job in voicing the characters.

I would highly recommend this book.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Tony Bough
  • 11-18-17

Intriguing characters, premise and story!

I loved the premise of the story. You will have read the synposis/description so I wont repeat it.
As a concept it really appealed to me and I think it was well executed. The characters are interesting, theirs plenty going on to keep you interested.
It not like other books and thats a good thing. Its what appealed to me and I think the author delivers on the promise. Very creative in terms of the concept and story and suspenseful as a book. I enjoyed it.

The narrator was a great fit for this book in terms of making it feel different maybe even creepy at times but with a voice that is also a pleasure to listen too.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-14-17

First Audible Experience

The story was narrated by the reader with so much vigor that you cannot help but listen to it. I would've read and finished this book much more faster if I read it but this allowed me the opportunity to do two things at once. Thank you Rita Stradling for this amazing and novel experience. Hoping to listen to the second book as well.

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  • Trina H
  • 12-10-17

Not sure of this book

This book writes of a concept I have not come across in any other book so is a refreshing change. I am not decided if I want to continue to the next book. Although I have given it 3 stars it is more a 3 1/2 .