Ray Cross wasn't a hero; he could die too easily. But some things are worth risking death....
Ray Cross was born with a genetic disorder, resulting in a fragile body; his organs and blood vessels will rupture with any hard impact, so standing up to his best friend's controlling boyfriend could kill him. Ray's life in Midland, MI, gets decimated when his parents reveal they are not his real parents, and his real father, a king from a secret land hidden in the far north of Canada, is dying and wishes to meet his son.
With his doctor and newly-met twin, Ray travels to the forgotten village of Yardis, where magic, myth, and corruption are abundant. But the longer Ray stays in the village learning the truth of his past and reconnecting with his father, King Vintras, the more he discovers an evil force threatening the king and his village. But there's more than the king and a village tied to Yardis and Ray. He finds friendship and more from a band of brothers who are part witch, dragon, and healer. With new alliances and new abilities, Ray wars with himself on playing it safe or risking it all to save the ones he loves.
Can Ray rise above his fragile disorder to become the hero for once in his life?
This is a relatively solid YA fantasy, but not quite to my taste... I kept waiting to be swept up into the story, and that took a long time! It wasn't until the dragons arrived in the last, ummm, third-ish of the narrative that I actually didn't have to make myself keep listening...
I want to state emphatically that my review does not reflect the narration by Jeff Olyamyk, who in my opinion, was great!
For those of you that have Dragon minded kids, you may want to pick this book up. I think they're gonna love it!
I loved this story! It grabbed my attention from the beginning and had me listening to the end in one sitting. However, I must admit, I almost quit listening at the very beginning because of the narration. At the beginning, the narrator sounds as if he is speed reading. He finally slowed it down but there were still mouth noises, volume changes, etc. If you can get past the narration, it’s an awesome story! I received a review copy at my request and voluntarily reviewed.
This was a good story - not great but good. It started off explaining the world very well and typical reactions. Later it became more tedious and harder to find believable. It was still good but it took some work to accept. My biggest issue was the narrator. Sometimes it felt like he was speeding through. There were odd noises that didn’t belong. It was disruptive to listening.
The first half of the book really sucks you into the world. I cared about the characters and they seemed very real. The last third felt rushed as the writing style changed into telling you what has happened instead of showing it. I liked the story and wanted more of it.
I had a couple issues with the ending but it didn’t distract from how much liked the rest of the book.
I was provided a free audio version of this book in exchange for an honest review.
I got this book in audiobook form for free, in exchange for an honest review.
Having said that...
I actually really enjoyed this story. It was well written and the characters were very believable and real. People had real seeming reactions to their situations that made me understand their thought processes. These characters "felt" very relatable.
The story made me want to listen to more...
My only gripe was the narration. It did not seem professional. I DID like how he narrated the book by not making tons of exaggerated voices or noises. He read the book and made characters seem different.
But my problem was mostly with mic control. Spikes and falls in volume unexpectedly, coughing and throat clearing etc. things that could have been edited out or punched in to correct.
It seemed like it kinda fell apart at the end though... Other than that, this book was pretty decent.
I'm in this book a few months back and I fell in love with it. I heard it was coming out on Audible and I freaked out. I love audiobooks and I love the story so it was a perfect combination for me. I was over all impressed with the narrator. I thought he did a decent job for it being his first book. I look forward to listening to more of the books he narrates and listening to him grow as a voice actor. the story was absolutely amazing. the world-building and the character building 4 top notch. You quickly become attached to these characters and you fall in love. You cheer for the good guys and you boo the bad guys. I'm a huge fan of this author and this book is one of my favorites she has written. I am excited to read any book she writes next.