Wednesday, 17 October 2018

Audio: Phoenix Unbound - Grace Draven


Audio CD, Unabridged 14 h
Narrator: Katherine McEwan
Expected publication: September 25th 2018 by Penguin Audio
Fallen Empire #1
Fantasy romance
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My Thoughts:
I'd say that the best part was the last 3 hours. Then it got really exciting, and there was death, war and destruction. All the good things in life. Ohhh good stuff, good stuff! Yes there the book was great, but the other 11 hours were good. And hey, good is good! Good means I will read more and so on. But after having listened to those last 3 hours, then I do wish the rest of the book could have been that great.

Gilene's village are a bunch of d#cks! I get it, I mean you do save others! But they should like worship the ground you walk on then the rest of the year. Why she had any loyalty to them *grinds teeth*

The Empire was a nasty bunch of people. The Empress needs to be beaten with her own entrails. What a sick piece of dung she was. It's not said but I sure wondered how many women were killed every year. Innocent women burnt. Death to the Empire!

Then there was Azarion. The things he has gone through these last 10 years! Poor man. Now wonder he lusts for vengeance. I say, go for it! Make that person pay!

SO yes. He takes her away because she is his only chance for freedom (not counting death). Obviously they will fall in love, but it takes time, which is understandable. He does kidnap her so he can reclaim his birthright. And she is all, but I must return to my village so I can be burnt and raped again next year! Oh girl, you need to stop protecting those dang villagers!

I must say, I did not exactly feel the romance. I only felt it on the last page. There I understood that they loved each other. I guess I would have wanted a bit more...before.

It was a good book. And when it ended I checked news for the next one at once, but arghhh, no blurb! I want to know if the next book is about them or someone else!!!!!

Conclusion:
Fire, destruction, mayhem, and two people slowly falling in love

Narrator Katherine McEwan
She did a good job, though I felt she sounded a bit too young. She would be a good fit for YA fantasy, but when you speak of rape and torture, well, then maybe a bit more mature. Still, excellent job,

Blurb:
A woman with power over fire and illusion and an enslaved son of a chieftain battle a corrupt empire in this powerful and deeply emotional romantic fantasy from the USA Today bestselling author of Radiance.

Every year, each village is required to send a young woman to the Empire's capital--her fate to be burned alive for the entertainment of the masses. For the last five years, one small village's tithe has been the same woman. Gilene's sacrifice protects all the other young women of her village, and her secret to staying alive lies with the magic only she possesses.

But this year is different. 

Azarion, the Empire's most famous gladiator, has somehow seen through her illusion--and is set on blackmailing Gilene into using her abilities to help him escape his life of slavery. Unknown to Gilene, he also wants to reclaim the birthright of his clan.

To protect her family and village, she will abandon everything to return to the Empire--and burn once more.


24 comments:

  1. I am eager for the next book, too. If I'm thinking of the right book series, I heard a rumor that there will be new main characters for the next one in this series.

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    1. AHa. Ok that makes sense. It would be weird to have another one with these two in a way

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  2. I wondered how this would be on audio. Adding it!

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  3. I wanted to see what the reactions were to this before picking it up. Glad to hear is was good and then really good! :)

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    1. I have only heard good things truth be told

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  4. I always find her romances a bit understated but I do like her books.

    Karen @ For What It's Worth

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    1. I loved Radiance, but yes about the others I felt like you

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  5. Glad this one worked out for you, and sounds like lots of stuff going on! Hugs...RO

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  6. "I want to know if the next book is about them or someone else!!!!!" You and me both!!!

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  7. I have this for review. Sounds like I need to be patient with it until the big finale.

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  8. This was the first book I've read by her since Master of Crows which was years ago - she is so good at writing hate-to-love romances!

    ~Mogsy @ BiblioSanctum

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    1. I was not big fan of Master of Crows, mostly cos I wanted it to be as good as Radiance

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  9. I would have to agree that the last part of the book was the most exciting. I just saw today that the next book is about different characters but these characters will make an appearance.

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    1. Oh where did you read that! I want to see it :D Must google

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  10. Sounds interesting. I've seen a lot of reviews for this book. I've been debating if I want to read it (this is the first review for audio that I've seen). I might wait to see how the second book is. Great review.

    Melanie @ Hot Listens & Books of My Heart

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    1. The second is about someone else but yes I hope to read, or listen! to it one day then :D

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  11. Totally skimmed because it's next on my list. We'll compare notes after I've listened!

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    1. SO hard to review sometimes. I want to talk about other things, but alas spoilers

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