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Publisher's Summary

Here’s the beginning of a lush, epic, wholly original new trilogy that shines with magic, mystery, and captivating drama.

On the Veiled Isles, ominous signs are apparent to those with the talent to read them. The polarity of magic is wavering at its source, heralding a vast upheaval poised to alter the very balance of nature. Blissfully unaware of the cataclysmic events to come, Jianna Belandor, the beautiful, privileged daughter of a powerful Faerlonnish overlord, has only one concern: the journey to meet her prospective husband. But revolution is stirring as her own conquered people rise up against their oppressors, and Jianna is kidnapped and held captive at a rebel stronghold, insurance against what are perceived as her father’s crimes.

The resistance movement opens Jianna’s eyes - and her heart. Despite her belief in her father’s innocence, she is fascinated by the bold and charming nomadic physician and rebel sympathizer, Falaste Rione - who offers Jianna her only sanctuary in a cold and calculating web of intrigue. As plague and chaos grip the land, Jianna is pushed to the limits of her courage and resourcefulness, while virulent enemies discover that alliance is their only hope to save the human race.

©2011 Paula Volsky (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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Whiplash

This book was terrible! By chapter 5, I started skipping ahead just to make sure Jianna wasn’t raped and that she escaped her brutal kidnapping. I searched for a review to tell me what I needed to know, but there were none. So, if you find yourself only a few chapters in, lost with so many characters and situations, and you only want to know what happens to Jianna, here you go: She is betrothed by her father to someone in another place, he sends her to him with guards, they are attacked and everyone is killed but her. An evil woman, I don’t remember, nor care what her name was, has this plotted out, Jianna is to marry her son and give him children, so he can take over her father’s wealth and position as her father supposedly took all of that from the evil woman’s husband. Jianna is told she will marry, or she will let her son (who beats and rapes women as he sees fit) rape her until she is pregnant, and then pass her on to others for the same treatment. The evil woman’s son will get Jianna’s father’s position and wealth, or her unconceived grandchild will, just to get back at her father. Jianna ends up married to the monstrous son, but before consummation the doctor helps her escape. After escaping, Jianna’s father arrives, kills everyone but the evil woman, and returns home looking for his daughter. She is not there, they ran a different way because the evil people are excellent trackers, and would have suspected that she would run to her father. They arrived at a camp, safe and sound. Jianna’s father wants nothing but to find her. The evil woman had her dead sons brought with her so as to bury them, when a little girl that can do magic says she can bring the cruel son back (the one that is married to Jianna). She succeeds. That is basically the end, and I will not be reading the next book. There is something at the beginning and end about an annoying robot, no clue why or how that fits, that makes no sense. Everything else was like Charlie Brown’s teacher.

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A gem!

This book was so good! I hardly wanted to put it down. It was long, but I hated when it ended. The author did a really good job of building the world although some of the names and associations were a little confusing at first, but I quickly caught on and I got caught up in it. There were a lot of twists, danger, and intrigue. The narrator is superb. I didn't like that the narrator was a female at first, but she won me over with all of her various inflections giving the characters, well... character.

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Narrator didn't do the story any favors

I can't help but think if it were performed better, I would have been more interested in the story and characters. There are confusing pauses, intonation and pronunciations.

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The story was a little hard to follow and didn’t have a lot of exciting things happen

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Meh.

A good premise, but 7 hours in and I’ve realized I don’t care about any of the characters. A little slow-moving for my taste, hardly anything has actually happened. The main character is still a brat who says “my father” about every other sentence. The narrator does a good job with inflections and pacing, but her voice and even her accent is quite mature, and it’s even worse when she’s voicing the characters. The main character sounds about 90 instead of 18, with a thin reedy voice. I think I could have kept going if not for that, but all in all I don’t think I’ll be finishing the book.

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good but too long

This book had an interesting cast of characters and intrigues with a good plot. Unfortunately, it's tedious and unnecessarily long. After 17 hours, no issues are resolved and it ends abruptly in the middle the story. To find out how the story ends, you will need to read on...

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Tedious story and annoying narrator voice

I’m giving up on this book a little halfway through. The characters are poorly developed and one dimensional and don’t seem to learn or grow or change at all throughout. The main character is tedious and bratty. And phew- the narrator’s voice is really jarring and unpleasant. All around a dud- would have requested a refund if I had used a credit for this book.

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The narrator’s voice left much to be desired, but for the first 40 minutes or so I accepted it since it was clear that the author had chosen to introduce the setting through characters other than the principles. But when the female lead appeared and was voiced as a cross between a whiny teenager and a tremulous old woman, I decided that this title was either (1) a terrible book that I wouldn’t enjoy, or (2) a good book that would be frustratingly ruined by the wrong narrator. Either way, it clearly was not worth a listen and I took the rare move of deleting it without finishing it.

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Only a few chapters in so far

I for one enjoy the narration (I imagine a non-Brit Angela Lansbury type) and believe it lends greatly to the story. The story so far is fantastically descriptive, and am excited to keep listening

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Interesting enough to continue...

Main characters are a bunch of cowards! Keep hoping someone aka Jiana will ACTUALLY gain a backbone! I agree with all other comments that it is thankful it was free. There's nothing wrong with the narration, it actually fits, because it's like a folk story teller warning of woe. The writer is actually very good, just depressing...still haven't finished the book, but I'm not seeing a happy ending....Also, it's classified as having magic....ummm there are like two scenes and some descriptions of the "Arcane" so if you're looking for magic it isn't here.

UPDATE: Just realized that this is the author's first book and I see A LOT of potential for her. And even though I still feel as above, the author was able to create enough "care" about the characters that I am listening to the 2nd book. And even though I think the character flaws are taken to extreme I now see the point of the story being "depressing" is to reflect real life in a Midieval-like time period and what magic would more realistically be like. Granted the magic use could end up being more "heroic," but again I'm only in the middle of the 2nd book (but I've already download the 3rd).