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In the first book of Henry H. Neff's new high-stakes middle grade fantasy series, two unlikely allies confront a conspiracy that will shake the world of Impyrium to its core.

For over 3,000 years, the Faeregine dynasty has ruled Impyrium. But the family's magic has been fading, and with it their power over the empire. Whether it's treachery from a rival house, the demon Lirlanders, or rebel forces, many believe the Faeregines are ripe to fall.

Hazel, the youngest member of the royal family, is happy to leave ruling to her sisters so that she can study her magic. But the empress has other plans for her granddaughter, dark and dangerous plans to exploit Hazel's talents and rekindle the Faeregine mystique. Hob, a commoner from the remote provinces, has been sent to the city to serve the Faeregines - and to spy on them.

One wants to protect the dynasty. The other wants to destroy it. But when Hazel and Hob form an improbable friendship, their bond may save the realm as they know it - or end it for good.

©2016 Henry H. Neff (P)2016 HarperCollins Publishers

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Amazing! Can't wait for the next book in the series.

I love the totally original concept and plot line. The performance was excellent as well. I believe anyone who enjoys fantasy or magic genre books would enjoy this book. I'm so sad to have to wait for the next book. I suppose I'll have to reread the Tapestry series in the meantime. Keep up the good work Mr. Neff!

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As usual, Henry Neff packs a powerful wallop!

This story and shows a post apocalyptic Earth that is divided between human, those of magic, demons, and a plethora of other races 3000 years after the days of the Tapestry series and all the original characters we grew to know and love are but myth and legend...though we do glypmpse some of their descendants and even one hell of a cameo! if you loved the first series that took you on a spellbinding journey with Max McDaniels, then you will love this new series just as well...and of you haven't come to know Max and his friends, then do yourselvez a favor and take a gander at Henry Neff's first series before you dive into this one...great audio book in all ways shape and form!!!!

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The best book since the Tapestry series.

I listen to books over and over and when I decided to read listen to this one for the third time I didn't think that I would be as enthusiastic about it as I was. It kept me wanting to listen to it more and more. Highly recommended to anybody that likes good stories

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Awesome book

It kept me hooked. It has a great plot and story line. A really good book

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Engaging story

I love Neff's work, this book is no exception.
I love the layers built in this book and the overall tone of the book.
Fun listen/read.

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Great performance, great author, excellent story

My only complaint is that the story stopped. Wanted to cry at the end and hope there is more coming down the road