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In the future, the world is at war. For the last decade, King Lazuli of the Eastern Empire has systematically taken over the world. No one knows much about him other than a series of impossible facts: he cannot die, he has not aged since the conflict began, and he wants to rule the world.

All Serenity Freeman has known is bloodshed. War has taken away her mother, her home, her safety. As the future emissary of the Western United Nations, the last autonomous region of the globe, she is responsible for forging alliances where she can.

Surrender is on the horizon. The king can taste it; Serenity feels it deep within her bones. There is no other option. Now the two must come face to face. For Serenity, that means confronting the man who's taken everything from her. For the king, it means meeting the one woman he can't conquer. But when they meet, something happens. Cruelty finds redemption.

Only in war, everything comes with a price. Especially love.

©2015 Laura Thalassa (P)2017 Laura Thalassa

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  • Heather
  • Great Lakes Area
  • 04-13-18

This narrator....

Any additional comments?

Love the series, happy they made it into an audio book, but I really wish they had picked a different narrator. It's like all of her sentences trail off and don't feel completed. I know this sounds crazy, but it's almost like she's trying to sound sly. Like, I could picture her reading this with her eyes narrowed and looking around shiftily.

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Will have to read!!

Oh my gosh! I loved the Bargainer, so I figured I’d give this series a shot! But the VOICES!!! Good lord!! So bad! The way she has a little breath after every sentence.....and the man’s voice!!!!! Yuck!! I will definitely have to read this one

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Horrible Performance

I couldn't even finish the audiobook because the narrator took a long, loud breath at the end of every single sentence. I went back and read the book on my Kindle and loved it! The story is great, just like Thalassa's other work. It's just a shame the terrible narration ruined it.

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  • Kay
  • Murfreesboro, TN
  • 01-06-18

I STILL love Laura Thalassa!

This story was incredible. I wasn't sure if I'd like it - still waiting around for the 3rd book in the Vanishing Girl trilogy - but I loved it. Can not wait to find out what happens next.

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Love this Series

This series is amazing from start to finish. I love the readers and how they give a good description on the characters, looks and influential power of each individual. Will read and listen again and again.

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Fantastic beginning!

Loved this! I really like reading books with kickass heroines and Serenity fit this role perfectly. She's a soldier fighting to right the wrongs done to her people, her family. She has a lot of hate towards the king and with good reason.

I loved how the king, Montez, wanted Serenity despite her hatred. Nothing she could do would push him away. I love that the king has a dark soul but still had the ability to treat Serenity like a treasure he would protect with everything within him.

I don't normally enjoy pushing away but I think having Montez's acceptance of her no matter how much she fought him made their verbal sparring exciting.

This is a very action packed story and yet the romance is very much the focus. While the king is a darker hero, I wouldn't say this is a very dark story. It does end on a cliffhanger.

I listened to the audiobook and would highly recommend it. Laurel Schroeder does a fantastic job of sucking you into Serenity's world and I didn't want it to end.

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  • darshanie
  • Jamaica, NY, United States
  • 09-14-18

Good book!!!

When I read the excerpt of this book I was not sure I would like it but the tragedy and sacrifice that serenity endures is priceless. I’m looking forward to the next book.

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Give it a chance

The narrators voice is annoying at first as well as the Kings voice but just keep listening. You will be swept up in the story and narration

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Really disappointed...

Seems like some kind of cross between Hunger Games and Beauty and the Beast, only it isn't very well written. One-dimensional characters with simple motivations, and a heroine that displays every single treat of any YA-heroine ever. "I have never realised that I'm pretty before." But of course she is. "I can't possibly impress the king who has known so many women," and he swoons the second she enters the room. Not very credible.

Serenity is simple, and appears more like a stubborn teenager than a heroine, who keeps repeating that she hates the king because he killed her parents at the same time she is physically attracted to him. Terrible portrayal of Stockholm Syndrome. From their first meeting, she's fangirling about the king in narration and spitting in his face in dialogue. He rapes her, and she enjoys it. The narrator even goes so far as to explain away her anger at him for killing her family as sexual frustration. And she keeps repeating the word "king" so many times it's like the author uses it to impress the reader of his power.

The king is supposed to be really evil, and yet the only thing he cares about is her. He's lived forever, and never cared about a thing, but when this teenager shows up, he automatically falls in love with her. Nah.

The narration lacks a lot of descriptive parts, and it feels as if the story rushes ahead, making it hard to follow, picturing places and people, and simply ticks off people and places and dialogue, with very little detail.

And the narrator reads every. single. sentence. with the same intonation and rhythm, and exhales hoarsely at the end of every sentence, which is extremely annoying and makes the story even worse. And her French accent is terrible.

Sort of sorry that I spent a credit on this.

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good story, terrible narrator

why didn't anyone tell the narrator that you can hear her breathe after each sentence, and her voice trails away in a very odd manner. I assume there was a producer that should have given her a heads up? The story itself is interesting, but I struggled to finish because of the speaker.

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  • Vanessa
  • 11-13-18

The worst narrator

I was so excited for this book and this plot but Lord... This narrator is the worst. I didn't enjoy the book half as much as I should've and I actually wish I didn't waste my money for a subpar narrator. However good plot and story.

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  • Emma pole
  • 07-03-18

Worst narrator...

The breath she lets out at the end of each sentence is the most annoying sound. It really ruins the flow of the story and I'm not sure if I can keep listening...

1 of 1 people found this review helpful