The Book of Siavon: Vol. 1

The Ruby Child, Volume 1
Narrated by: Edward Mittelstedt
Series: The Book of Siavon, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
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A shadow has fallen over the wondrous magical world of Aryth. Evil has enveloped the holy cities, and all hope rests on an ancient prophecy that only a child born with ruby eyes can fulfill. Raised by a warrior in the outskirts of Nodens, a spirited teenage girl named Keavy trains to battle Crocotta, a deadly shape-shifter with the power to control the wild beasts terrorizing her once peaceful homeland. With the aid of an old catfolken scientist, a clumsy wood faun, and an arrogant young blacksmith, Keavy decides to leave behind the carefree days of her youth to embark on a perilous journey -- a quest to restore peace and happiness to Aryth -- a destiny only she can fulfill.

©2011 Jessica Eppley (P)2017 Jessica Eppley

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The Ruby Child

There are plenty action. I like the mystery of its characters and sci-fi feel. Vorian makes a good protagonist. The narrative does slow down, with more description to it and I have to say I admire this writer for how they seamlessly write in the back story and history of this different world

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  • 07-17-18

decent start of a series

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

I thought this was a pretty good fantasy story. It's a little short, but entertaining. I thought the story was nothing terribly original, but it was at least well executed. The narration is pretty decent, too. All in all, it was an entertaining listen I think is worth checking out.

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  • KD
  • 01-30-19

starts off slow but ends in spectacular fashion

To start off i thought the book seemed a little generic. And honestly it kind of is generic. That doesn't mean that the story still wasn't enjoyable. I enjoyed it thoroughly and it was enough for me me to want to give the sequel a listen.

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a YA Fantasy novel

I didn’t realize this book was geared towards the young adult crowd going in, so take what I say with a grain of salt. The world that the author built has a lot going for it, with a lot of mythological creatures that you don’t typically see in books. Cockatrice, cat people, miniature deer people, etc. And I think the basic story could be good, but ultimately since it’s geared towards YA, I just couldn’t get in to it myself. The narrator does a great job giving distinct voices to the all the characters, and he voices most of the characters well, but I found one of the characters voices to be grating and I couldn’t wait for her parts to end. Luckily, she doesn’t have many speaking parts though. In the end, this book just wasn’t for me, but I probably would have enjoyed it more if I was quite a bit younger.

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

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Good story!! great characters .

Narrator was a little wooden in the beginning but he eventually found his groove. enjoyed this book and just downloaded book 2. really liking this series thus far.

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Everything about this book is great

I love the world this story takes place in. The description leaves pictures in my mind but the description is not so much that it would drag down the action of the story. The sidekick is adorable and the voice used for the sidekick is priceless. All the characters are amazing: the heroine, her “beau”, the sidekick, the “cat”, the enemy and all the others. The mission to be accomplished is challenging and frightful with lots of suspense. The performance adds so much to the enjoyment of the book. I can’t wait for the next installment.

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Destined one

A great beginning for a series.
I can't wait for more of this, I want to say more about this story but I absolutely hate spoilers, so I won't go into details.
Reasons I enjoyed this audio book:
Wonderful characters, Page-turner, Great world building, Unpredictable, Original, Easy-to-read, Entertaining, Action-packed, Twisted, Haunting, Scary, Whimsical.
Bookshelves/tags:
adventure, dark, fantasy, gods, recorded, series, teens, tragic.
This Audio book was given to me at my request from the publisher, author or narrator and I provided this unbiased voluntary review.

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Hard To Follow - Narrator Saves It

This book was difficult for me to stay involved. To me, it didn't set up the world, the inhabitants and power figures but just jumped right in to the action expecting you to figure out the environment as you go along. I found myself having to back up and re-listen to parts to try to keep things straight. To be honest, I'm still not completely sure what happened to all of the main characters at the end of the book.
The saving grace was the Narrator. Edward Mittelstedt is a name that I will remember and look for similar to books narrated by George Guidall. I was better able to follow the characters because of the voices the narrator uses. I especially liked the voices for the fawn-like characters. The cadence was such that it helped things along rather than lull you to sleep.

I requested this book for free so that I could review it.

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The Book of Siavon

Pretty good Sci-Fi YA book. Nice mix of action and adventure with a touch of budding romance. I liked the narrator's performance. I received this audio book for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.

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Great

I really enjoyed the book it was exciting from beginning to the end and the narrator did a great job thank you

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