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Publisher's Summary

A new age dawns in the kingdom of Eileanan, but not without resistance. Now the Righ, Lachlan the Winged, overturns his dead brother’s decrees against witchcraft. But 16 years of hatred and superstition have cloaked Eileanan in darkness. And though he has won the power of the Lodestar, Lachlan’s rule is challenged by a mere babe - and a civil war erupts.

The flame-haired twins - Iseult the Scarred Warrior and Isabeau the apprentice-witch - must go their separate ways. Iseult to fight side by side with her husband, Lachlan. Isabeau to the Cursed Towers, to master her powers and to find the family she has never known.

One woman battling for a new reign, one woman learning the old ways, their separate threads will twist and turn into a tale of mayhem, mystery, and magic.

©2000 Kate Forsyth (P)2019 Blackstone Publishing

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Monotheism Bashing Cleverly Disguised as Fantasy..

The first two in the series are great. Fun, fantastical, creative... colorful characters and satisfying plots... magic and myth beautifully woven together with humor and even a little romance. It's in the third book that it starts finally making itself plain. The "good guys" we've spent two-and-a-half books cheering on are witches and winged fairies. Awesome. The "bad guys", or at least one portion of them, are painted as ridiculously strict zealots who believe all magic to be an abomination. Okay. I get it. Fine. Then comes the scene where the author starts mocking the entire idea of God and satan, going so far as to quote Bible passages and portraying monotheistic people to be heartless and rather stupid. Making too much out of it? Well, I am pretty laid back... however, when you have a guy pretend to be God's angel, quote God's word to the believers, blow a trumpet, have a choir of mock angel's singing praises ... and he's the good guy? Too far. Just too far.

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Thinly veiled Christian bashing, etc

I have enjoyed the whole series so far despite obvious references to realistic witchcraft and new age/ spiritual beliefs. Sometimes it becomes a little too blatant and hard to ignore. However, overall I have enjoyed the characters and the series. This book however, takes it a step further in a direction I believe, fantasy writers should never go in. It's obvious that the author heavily references Christianity and the Bible for her Bright soldiers and their doctrine. What's more the way she portrays them is with a blunt and narrow view, clearly showing/portraying that she has a negative bias/ view of Christians and Christianity in general. I found these parts of the book to be extremely distasteful and off-putting. A fantasy writer should be creative enough to make up her own religion for the story and keep her personal beliefs about religion out of the story. I would say the same of politics, but that is not an issue in these books. One final note, this book has a very brief reference to pedophilia. A brothel owner who is a man, has a young boy with him inside a brothel in one scene. It is one brief detail that's mentioned, and nothing further. Again, I found this to be extremely distasteful and inappropriate for a series that seems geared towards young adults, even though the series is not specifically placed in that category. I don't know what the author's intention was when including this detail, but it makes me wonder about her views on pedophilia. I think that it could have been left out, and whatever her reasons where, she could have augmented the effect she was going for in another way. The Christian bashing and brief mention of pedophilia were almost enough to completely turn me off to what is otherwise an enjoyable series. Although well written, I would caution new readers who are still considering the series for these reasons, and also add that the series could be seen as a gateway/introduction to witchcraft and new age beliefs. For myself, I'm easily able to put all that in the category of fantasy, because I don't believe in those things, but I wouldn't recommend it to the highly impressionable or the young. Narration: I greatly enjoy the narration done by Elle Newlands, she does an excellent job. My husband and I love playing around with Scottish accents and trying to imitate the way she says things. Great narration is the most important asset to an audiobook and can make or break a good book/series.

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Another amazing book

I have read the paperback version of this book more times than I can count and I have loved this series since I first discovered it. I was so excited to see it is finally coming out on audible. The narrator did a fantastic job of bringing the characters to life and speaking in a clear voice. Although the accent is heavy, it is easily understood and really brings the characters different personalities to life. The voices used make it extremely easy to differentiate between each character. I highly recommend this book. If you love a story of magic and sci fi filled with great accents and a gripping story then this series is for you.

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A completely immersive series

Incomparable world building. The story is written so well, with world and character building that's top of the fantasy genre. This is a tightly written series wih multiple character narratives that the author flawlessly weaves together. The series is simply a great example of the fantasy genre.

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Addictive + Powerful

I am so in love with this series! Can't stop listening! Highly recommend this series!

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Amazing storytelling

The book is excellent. The reading of it is truly one of the best audiobooks I have ever heard.

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exceptional narrator

the narrator continues to deliver the story in a beautiful way. tje narrative is exciting and ever changing

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an epic fantasy series

I love this series so much with every book it gets SO much better. any fantasy fiction fan will love it. The narrator does an incredible job.

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Much more action than in the second book.

Book 3 moved the story along nicely and provided a few nice twists. I am more likely to finish this series after reading this book. The narrator does a good job but often doesn't pause long enough when the story moves to a completely different set of characters within a chapter. Make sure you ken your Scottish terms.

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Awesome!

And onto the 3rd book in the series. Beautifully written story and completely brought to life by the reader. Another world to immerse myself in! Magical, very happy with purchase.

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  • Sally-ann Kepley
  • 09-04-20

Awesome

I loved listening to the continuing adventure of all the characters, love the authentic accents of all the characters in the story adds to the presentation , looking forward to listening to the next one

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  • 08-27-20

Excellent Audiobook

This is a truly well narrated audiobook. Its various characters and cultures are well written and the action and intrigue are multi-layered whilst tying the plot together in an exciting and seamless way. Well worth a listen or a read.

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  • Amber Smeenk
  • 08-01-20

I have trouble following the story...

Isabeau, Ishbel, Iseult etc names are all to similar and make it hard to follow the story

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  • Donna Harrison
  • 07-22-20

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I love this series, the way it is read and the magical story as it unfolds. This is the third book in the series and I keep coming back for more. This is perfect for anyone who believes in magic, or who is curious and wants there imagination stimulated

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  • 03-13-20

Timeless story weaving...

This series sits as well now in 2020 as when it was first published. It has not aged as many do in the fantasy genre. Kate has crafted this magical, beautiful, brutal world with so much depth giving Elle Newlands a flawless book where she has breathed, sang and given form to the characters and story... it's well worth ride