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Unraveling Darkness

Scout Book 2 of 2
Narrated by: Hayden Daviau
Series: Scout Series, Book 2
Length: 5 hrs and 21 mins
Categories: Teens, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
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Publisher's Summary

Kali's kingdom is imprisoned - and she may hold the key.

In one breathless moment, royal scout Kali's world has turned on its head. Bishop Bahir has deposed the king and seized the palace - with Kali's sister trapped inside. Now on the run, Kali, Trace, and the future king of Dansil have only one place to go for help: Everett, an enemy kingdom of which Trace is the presumed dead heir.

As Trace reclaims his identity - one that may leave no room for a Dansil spy - Kali faces her own growing magic, which may be their only hope of stopping Bahir.

With shattering secrets, daunting new powers, and uncertain allegiances, Kali must walk a deadly tightrope to protect her kingdom - and her heart.

Unraveling Darkness by best-selling author Alex Lidell is the final novel in the Scout series. Perfect for fans of Tamora Pierce, Leigh Bardugo, and Sarah J. Maas.

©2018 Alex Lidell (P)2018 Alex Lidell

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GOOD READ!

I enjoyed it. The narration was good and kept me entertained. The author did a good job with the character builds and plot. I look forward to reading more books from this author. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Great ending to a short series

I really loved the first book in this series, and raced as fast as I could into the next after that last cliffhanger ending. This one picks up right where that left off, and the status quo changes pretty quickly. And...unfortunately, keeps changing pretty quickly. While I loved the story, loved the characters, and loved the unfolding world, the story felt really rushed to me. I'd just want to settle into a character moment and dig deeper, follow the emotional threads spinning out, but then the story would quickly move on.

For all that, I still loved this book. The complexities of the world and the characters paid out well in the final climax, and I really liked the ending. (And would have LOVED a whole book just unraveling a particular relationship quirk at the end.) But, it was a solid ending, and nicely wrapped it all up.

Narration was solid again, too--Hayden Daviau did a great job.

I'd definitely recommend this to fans of adventure fantasy who want to go beyond the usual YA trope norms. Fun and deep without going too gritty. I wish this had been a trilogy, but, hey. I'm really glad to have read it!

I requested a free review copy from the author and voluntarily left this review.

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Great book

Kali's adventures pick up right where the last book left off. In this one we get to see her dealing with even more, and different, challenges and trying to figure out where exactly she fits in the world. The book is very well written and the characters are wonderful.

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Now that I have read the conclusion I and can see how all things have come together, I find that this story was not as uninteresting as I found it to be in the first book. I was pleasantly surprised. Although I am still not a fan of political intrigue, Alex's writing is so good it makes me see through the things that annoy me with these types of stories.

As I said in my review of the first book, it is a good story, just not my cup of tea although I did enjoy it. Also, I admit that it took a minute for this narrator to grow on me but I found that she kept her pace and her narration while conveying the actions and feelings of the characters was quite good. Overall, this was a good read.

I was given this book by request for my honest and unbiased review.

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An Interesting Conclusion

This story was easier to listen to in large chunks, in part because after listen to the first one with the same narrator, I was more used to her style, but more so because this book overall has a more polished feel. Still, there were a few things that made the story lag a bit. In part it was Trace/Rune's ever changing personality/actions that at times seems a little too much. Also, there was a journey that seemed to be longer than necessary, though that did reveal some interesting backstory, so I can see why it was needed. I also felt that some of the characters could have used more...personality? Ex. the Everett king and queen feels rather flat...evil, but without any real 'character'.

That said, this story was a captivating read/listen, and I loved seeing Kal's story unfold. The twists were well placed, and I often found myself guessing as to what would happen, to my delight I often found myself pleasantly surprised as the answers were revealed and I loved that the answers were often even more impressive than my own guesses, which has ruined mysteries for me when I find the mystery is too easily solved, or not as exciting as I'd imagined. Alex Lidell has a special style and as a gifted writer, I love her characters and plot twists! This one was no exception.