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Zelia

Narrated by: CB Droege
Series: Zelia, Book 1
Length: 8 hrs and 16 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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The elves voted to wait...

...and lost. 

Now Zelia belongs to the Elder wizards, after they forced her powers to emerge in a deadly explosion. 

Under their rage and supposed training, Zelia feels her light slowly dwindle away. The only spark that still flickers is her connection...

...to the child god of mischief. 

But when her actions inadvertently cause her friend harm, even that hope is caught in the balance. Will she suffer for all eternity for her mistakes? 

Find out in this epic tale of elves, wizards, dragons, and gods.

©2018 Zora Marie (P)2018 Zora Marie

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OMG!! What a wonderful story!

There was such sorrow and friendships that are to die for! This was such a twisting and turning story with love at it's core. This is a book to have and listen to repeatedly.

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A dark fantasy adventure.

As always, I have to state that this book was given to me for free in exchange for a review.
I always like to state that this does not impact my review or my opinion of the book. My reviews are honest and my own opinion of the story, performance, and overall thoughts on the book.

Bold characters and a strong, page-turning plot line clearly define this tale as the author spins an absorbing and fascinating fantasy adventure filled with astonishing venues, fantastic creatures, and magic. Marie’s writing consistently builds excitement as her character, Zelia, moves from place to place, amassing knowledge, insight, and survival skills as she faces tremendous danger—and a high likelihood of death—at every turn.

Overall, Zelia’s plight certainly held my interest from beginning to end, however, there was a bit too much repetition with the author stressing her heroine’s physical challenges—The poor girl spends a great deal of her time passing out from her pain and unconscious. It’s easy to understand the author’s intent to show Zelia as a strong-willed, larger-than-life yet vulnerable hero, but her episodes of fragility could have been curbed back with virtually little effect on the overall storyline.

The life-lessons imparted in this work focus on empathy, loyalty, conservation, respect for others, and self-acceptance, even as the story touches on many other topics of concern to teens and adolescents seeking guidance in our own modern, undefined world. Zelia is a model heroine, and her attributes are admirable.

From the very beginning of her tale, Author Marie injects a good deal of violence and suffering into “Zelia”. For example, the situation with the wizard holding Zelia prisoner and brainwashing her demonstrates a high level of prejudice and child abuse. Not only is Zelia forced to undergo extreme physical and psychological torture (which she endures throughout the read), she must also become the abuser—the murderer—when Asenten tests her powers and orders her to execute several other victims, including innocent children and small animals.

This story should probably come with a trigger warning of some kind.

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Strange and a bit Depressing Fantasy

I had my 12-year-old daughter listen to this book with me. I do think it is geared toward her age group and the overall story was well written. We did feel it started out pretty sad with her losing her Aunt and then is put in a tug of war because of her powers and those who want to use her for them. It took some work to understand what was going on due to the speed and number of characters that were introduced at the beginning of the book. My daughter said she felt the voice the narrator used for Zelia was off and made her come off like Luna Lovegood from HP... and she didn't think it seemed to fit the character, and I do agree with her.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Good Story

I wasn't sure what to expect with this story but since I love fantasy I thought I'd give it a try, and I'm glad I did. The story line takes off almost immediately and has lots of action and interesting characters. The author does a great job of helping the reader really understand Zelia, the main character. She is not just a blank, one dimensional character; she has a personality, flaws, and goals. The narrator does a good job and is easy on the ears. I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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Strange Story about Power and Good and Bad!

I enjoyed listening to this story about a girl that seems to be torn between several factions. They all want to control her power and while training they end up ruining her in many different ways. I received this book for free in exchange for an unbiased review. Enjoyable listen! It is more for kids though.
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I'm actually impressed by this story.

So often I pick up a high fantasy book and it takes almost 20% to build up enough of the world for us to start the story. But not with Zelia. The story jumps in immediately. So quickly, in fact, that I thought I was listening to the second in the series. It has a fast pace and is full of action. The characters are well developed and feel like they have a history in the world.

CB Droege does an excellent job narrating. The characters were distinct and the pacing was excellent.

**I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.**

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A fantasy journey

This story is about a girl who finds out who she is and what family can be as she makes her way through a war torn world.

Marie does a good job of giving us insight into Zelia's thoughts as she discovers more about herself and the world around her.

Droege does a fair job at the narration. His voices are varied and unique yet there just seems to be something off about the delivery. I'm not saying it's bad it just seems perhaps unpolished.

I think if you like fantasy stories told from a young woman's perspective that you might like this book.


I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Wonderful

I was given this audiobook for free and have voluntarily left this review. This story is wonderful. It is a coming of age story with elves and other magical creatures.

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Lovely fantasy story

This lovely story is great for kids. It's the story of a special elf child whose people, the elves, were destroyed. Zelia has a classic coming-of-age story where she draws upon her special inheritance as a child of a god and travels the hero's journey where she matures, accepts responsibility for the world, and sacrifices to make it a better place.

The narrator really dedicates himself to voicing different characters, and made it a fun listen. Definitely something you could let your kid fall asleep to. Great story, and I hope I see more soon.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Interesting High-ish Fantasy

Narration wise. I would rate this 3.5 out of 5 rounded to 4 down from 4.5 which feels a bit petty but it keeps bothering me. I will first go with the great. There's a fair bit of character differentiation in the voice acting which I love. I've listened to this twice and it's especially prominent in the beginning. The narrator has a bit of a overly poshy tone to his voice, which makes it a bit hard for me to follow in the first hour or so as it's hard for me to get past.

Story wise. I would give this a 4.5 out of 5 rounded to 4. It's a promising start, I look forward to reading any further books. I like the world painted by the author and the narrator while a little annoying at first does well in complementing the diversity inherent there. Some interesting character development, though it's somewhat stilted. Otherwise it's a bit of a mix of high fantasy and the 9 realms of norse mythology with a slight MCU take.

Overall a 4.
Disclaimer: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Helen
  • 06-16-19

Great storyline

Great storyline good to listen too when cleaning can’t wait for book 2 spot on

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  • Layla Pinkett
  • 03-01-19

Great Epic fantasy story to get stuck in to!

Zelia, I would class as Dark Epic Fantasy. Great story, read brilliantly by CB Droege. Loved every word of it and highly recommend to lovers of Fantasy.