This is a beautifully performed high fantasy story about a prince trying to regain his throne.
Erieden fights for his throne, Ella tries to find her mother, and battles are found all over the place. This is definitely high fantasy – elves, dwarves, goblins, maug (?? sorry, I might not be spelling that right since I heard the audio version), etc.
– I have not read book 1 in the series. Although I think it would be better to have read book 1, one can follow the events easily enough.
– The story itself was okay. It meanders all over the place and the romance seems either forced or ridiculous (ie. everybody’s falling all over themselves to love Erieden).
– The world-building is fine, but most of the “honor is everything” gets old pretty quickly. You just want to reach in and smack some sense into people.
– The bad guy doesn’t seem to have much of a motive besides “destroy everything b/c I hate everybody who’s not me”. Maybe that was explained more in book one.
– Switching back and forth between the Hidden Land and America was odd.
– This is high fantasy but there wasn’t much of an emphasis on the dwarves or elves.
- Prejudice swings pretty hard in the book, especially with one of the MC’s at the end of the story. It seems silly.
- Ella’s okay, but the quest to find her mother seemed a tad useless.
- Battle descriptions are gruesome but very well-handled both in the writing and the performance.
- strong language
- There are some awesome reversals at the end of the book.
What I loved:
– I listened to the audiobook narration by Tom Adams. He’s perfect for the story.
– Characters – Whip-whip is adorable. The effect for the fairy voices was neat.
Excellent performance of an intricate story.
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Julie C. Gilbert
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