• The Withering Palace

  • By: Alexia Purdy
  • Narrated by: Lillian Yves
  • Length: 1 hr and 40 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (23 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

This is an introductory novella to the best-selling Dark Faerie Tale series which gives some backstory to the greatest villainess of the Faerie world.

Untold darkness rules the Unseelie realm of the Land of Faerie. Hidden in this vast area, Aveta, the future queen of the Unseelie Army, perfects her gifts over lifetimes. Learning that magic isn't the only way to manipulate the world around her, this naive girl grows into a woman of strength and cunning, ultimately becoming one of the most feared leaders in Faerie.

©2014 Alexia Purdy (P)2017 Alexia Purdy

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Excellent! Dark Prophecy, faery princess, forbidden love and an Evil Queen

Having read the Withering palace I didn't think I could love it anymore. But Lillian Yves brings it all to a whole new level! I love this entire series but this is one of my favorites. A castle that talks to its princess, a loyal handmaiden that protects the princess from her evil mother the Queen. It is just a wonderful story that pulls you in from the very beginning and doesn't not let go. The ending sets up for the rest of the series, which trust me you will download everyone!

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What an enchanting way to enjoy a new book!

I absolutely loved getting whisked away to a whole other realm while listening to this story as I busily typed at work. This story was full of adventure, turmoil, & angst as well as magic & mystery. I have read many of Purdy's books prior to this, but had not yet read The Withering Place. This was also my first audiobook of her work. Absolutely loved it!!! Now I need another to continue this journey while I finish my work day.

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Faeries make terrible parents...

If you could sum up The Withering Palace in three words, what would they be?

Magical. Dark. Enticing.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Aveta, she's a young woman who's both compassionate and strong at the same time, though her behaviour does become a lot darker by the end and a lot less 'faery princess'.

Which scene was your favorite?

I really enjoyed the ending of this book when Aveta reclaims her kingdom (I can't give anything away!)

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely - and I did!

Any additional comments?

Fantastic narration for this book, I think it really added to the experience, being able to listen to all of the characters' voices being acted out. The evil queen was especially chilling!

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Haunting, Magical, Perfection!

The Withering Palace is the story of Aveta, the greatest villainess of the Faerie world. Beautifully written, this story gives the listener all the insight necessary to understand and appreciate Aveta, and it truly made me want to delve further into the Dark Faerie Tale Series to see what Aveta gets up to! The characters are interesting and beautifully defined. The narration is haunting perfection! Perfectly paced, emotionally on point and brilliantly moves the story along to its heart stopping conclusion. No spoilers, you’ll have to listen to experience the magic that is The Withering Palace, a truly five star experience on all counts!

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Mystical palace and lands

This was such an amazing story. So much in so little words. This is how it’s supposed to be lol. It would make the best movie! The queen is so horrible. Doesn’t like anything. So cold and alone. But she chooses this. She treats all the servants and guards awful. She even hates her own daughter, Evita. Her daughter is everything she is not. Sweet and caring and really strong with lots of power. More than she knows. She has a servant that has always been with her and helps her. She shows her the hidden trail into the labyrinth and fairy. But no one makes it out alive for the labyrinth has its own protection. This keeps fairy safe and free of unwanted guests. But the palace is like a living entity that only listens to Evita. It also obeys her. That and the connected labyrinth are her only hope. She must some day defeat her mother. But how?

The narration was superb. This narrator has a voice that is so soothing and welcoming. It’s like you can feel the love. She also did all the characters so well. Sounded like listening to multiple narrators.

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Prequel short and to the point

Obviously this story is about a main character in the upcoming series. A bit about her background/history of the unseelie queens family tree. Looking forward to seeing who this character will become…. A baddy? A goodie? Bit of both??

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So sad

I loved this story it was sad but good at the same time and the narrator was absolutely great.

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I loved this version so far the best

I bought the next 0.5 and 1 so far Im not sure about what's the connection the names are similar and it's confusing but if the story could have continued from here I be so thrilled. However I'll keep listening 🎧 on and let you know if my feelings change but I loved this book here 💞;

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Great Story

This is a prelude to the Dark Faerie Tale Series. It is about Evita and her battle to become the Queen of the Withering Palace. Well written and well narrated.

I was given a copy of this audiobook in return for my unbiased opinion.

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Left me waiting more

I enjoyed this short prequel. It definitely made me want to listen to more. It was full of magic betrayal and young love lost. I hope the rest of the series lives up to this.

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  • 🎧Mandy🎧 Sawyer 🎧Audiobook 🎧Obsession🎧 Reviewer🎧
  • 09-03-22

Very enjoyable

I really enjoyed this book. With great, well written characters and an exciting storyline it’s a winner for me. A brilliant performance from Lillian.

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  • 08-23-22

Story well written and great narration

Story well written and great narration.

I am voluntarily reviewing a copy I received free from the author.

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