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Natalie Barns is falling apart. Since returning from Fourline, she's tried desperately to focus on the world in front of her - the one of classes, money, and family. But the wound in Natalie's shoulder from her final encounter with the Nala radiates pain constantly throughout her days, while her nights are tormented by terrifying dreams of the Nala - and of Soris, the rebel fighter she failed to protect.

Seeking refuge from what plagues her, Natalie returns to the costume shop and discovers her wound is much more dangerous than she ever could have imagined. What she learns sets her on an inexorable path back to the kingdom of Fourline. If she's to have a chance of survival, she must confront Soris' fate and the fears that have been festering in her heart - or the Nala remnant will change her life forever.

©2016 Pam Brondos (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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Another hero accepting blame where they shouldn't.

Good book, but the protagonist is accepting responsibility and guilt for things that were not only not her fault, but clearly the responsibility of those giving her grief. If that byplay was removed it would be a great book.

She's a really strong character in other situations, so it doesn't make a lot of sense for her to be craving the approval of someone she actively dislikes.

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wow

I swear I'm addicted, it is definitely enchanting and I'm going to the next novel.

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I can't figure out if its meh writing or narration

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

I listen to books to and from work so its never time wasted. But I only listened to this one because I wanted to know what happens to Nat and the Fourline crew.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I'll probably listen to the third one since it's also included with Kindle Unlimited

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Lauren Ezzo?

No idea but I constantly felt like the reading was over dramatic or the emphasis was put in the wrong place. And I really couldn't stand listening to her Nala voice. I know its supposed to be creepy but it was just irritating.

Did On the Meldon Plain inspire you to do anything?

Not really

Any additional comments?

When reading the same book and listening to the word choice, I did get the feeling that Lauren was trying to do the best with what she had to work with. It's far from a great story (Nat is hypocritical and few of the main characters had consistent personalities) so perhaps I'm being too critical of Lauren Ezzo's performance.

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The reader is really terrible.

In general, this reader has a great reading voice. However, this book has more character than she can handle. The voices of the main characters are fine and even pleasant. But the voices of a lot of the other characters get on my nerves. The voices she uses for the men are specially horrible. This reader needs to stick to books with fewer characters.

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A good listen/read

I have to admit that despite myself, I am hooked on this trilogy. Waiting until May to read the third and finish the story will be tough! As for this book, I enjoyed the overall story and was glad to see the action/suspense feeling created in the first book return. The author did better, I think, in character development with this book than the last. I also very much appreciated the parallels drawn between racism in Fourline and Natalie's world, as well as Natalie's own recognition that even she is not blameless in that area. Without giving too much away, I'll say that I'm glad Natalie was at least given better skills before her second trip to Fourline, HOWEVER, there is an instance that the author describes her as suddenly clumsy and knocking into things when she is near a certain man, which is very irritating! It's as though she suddenly becomes incompetent when she's near the guy she likes and that doesn't mesh with the character she had been thus far. I was also really frustrated with the constant blame that is placed on her and the guilt she feels, when it wasn't her fault she didn't have all the facts when she was in Fourline previously. I hope the author doesn't let that go in the finale. Narration was fine, I'm not overly in love with the different voices created by the narrator and I really don't like the little girl voice she gives Natalie, but the flow is well done. Overall, this is a great second story in the trilogy, deepning the mysteries of Fourline and letting us get to know the characters even more.Looking forward to the third!