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Young Rhea is a miller's daughter of low birth, so she is understandably surprised when a mysterious nobleman, Lord Crevan, shows up on her doorstep and proposes marriage. Since commoners don't turn down lords - no matter how sinister they may seem - Rhea is forced to agree to the engagement.

Lord Crevan demands that Rhea visit his remote manor before their wedding. Upon arrival, she discovers that not only was her betrothed married six times before, but his previous wives are all imprisoned in his enchanted castle. Determined not to share their same fate, Rhea asserts her desire for freedom. In answer, Lord Crevan gives Rhea a series of magical tasks to complete, with the threat "Come back before dawn, or else I'll marry you."

With time running out and each task more dangerous and bizarre than the last, Rhea must use her resourcefulness, compassion, and bravery to rally the other wives and defeat the sorcerer before he binds her to him forever.

©2015 Ursula Vernon (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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  • Amber
  • Spokane, WA
  • 03-13-16

Creative Story

This was listed under the horror genre, it's not at all horror. It's more akin to Alice in Wonderland or Lemony Snickets, and definitely geared toward the young adult audience. Though it wasn't what I was in the mood for, I still really enjoyed it.

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The narration was so good! A really fun story. I began reading the story from my Kindle but partially through changed to listen on audible. The story transformed. The narrator really brought it to life. I highly recommend.

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interesting

it is suited for teens and young adults who enjoy a good story about a girl who manages to triumph over some pretty confusing and scary circumstances.

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My first T. Kingfisher book

I've followed this author's artwork for more than a decade and have long enjoyed her Twitter screeds but this is the first book I've read/listened to by her.

I LOVED it but before purchasing I recommend that you are familiar with the author's "flavor", if you will. I often dive into fairy tale retellings for the ethereal beauty of them and if that's what you're after - sexy beauty and fantastical sexy drama - this is not quiiiite that. I'd describe it as warty, overrun with common sense, and more absurd than fantastical. If you know the author's style you'll know exactly what I mean.

I would whole-heartedly recommend this book for preteen and teen readers. They'll get it, because the only person who hates bull* more than T Kingfisher will be the teenagers. Adult fantasy readers, make sure this is the escapism you're looking for! Otherwise it's going to be like expecting cherry pie and taking a bite of onion instead.

The narrator does a masterful job and nails the main character's inner dialogue. If you're still on the fence I think the narration pushes it into go-for-it territory.

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Ursula Vernon is a national treasure.

Delightful story, skillfully read. Convince your friends and family to buy T Kingfisher books. Hopefully we can encourage her to write more.

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SHE BELIEVED THE HEDGE HOG

SHE COULDN'T DO ANYTHING ABOUT BEING 15
I greatly enjoyed this book, but understand that it is not for everyone. I am a big fan of fairy tales and that is what this is, including: Witches, Sorcerers, Glacier Monsters, Demons, Gremlins, Rat Speakers, Man Eating Whippoorwills, Bird Golems, Conjure Wife and a Clock Wife. Skim the top and you may think it cute, but down deep it can be disturbing. Their is plenty of humor, not LOL, but chuckle with an occasional laugh. Down deep it may have more in common with Hosseini's A Thousand Splendid Suns.
TIME IS A LARGE COUNTRY
I thought the writer was clever and very entertaining. Narrator does an excellent job.

I WOULD FOLLOW THIS HEDGEHOG INTO THE MOUTH OF HELL.

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Good book, superbly narrated

Good story, perfectly told. To pass the time in the family car, you can't go far wrong. But there are some grim scenes. The wizard deals in black blood magic. Necromancy, maybe. But the pragmatic heroine and the loyal hedgehog truly lighten things up.

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entertaining family with 9+ yr olds friendly

entertaining family with 9+ yr olds friendly.

narrator did a good job with differentiating the characters

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A very enjoyable fantasy novel

I'm not generally a fan of fantasy novels, but this one is more of an adventure story with fantasy aspects in it.

A fun story with a relatable lead character. Sometimes funny, sometimes scary, but overall very enjoyable. Completely worth the cost of the ebook.

A couple of scenes might be too scary for younger kids, but probably more targeted at tweens and teens. Although I really enjoyed it as an adult.

I also got the audio book, so that I could listen while I was driving and the narration for it is amazing! Sometimes the voice just isn't right, but Kaylin Heath is the exact right voice for this book/character.

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Great audio performances

Kaylin Heath has a remarkably appropriate voice to relate this story. And her reading performance is perfect.

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  • shameen
  • 10-31-18

pretty good

pretty good story, was a bit dull in the start but once it got going it was fantastic.