• Aerisian Refrain

  • Beyond the Sunset Lands, Book 1
  • By: Sarah Ashwood
  • Narrated by: Nichole James
  • Length: 19 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Annie conquered one world, but is a stranger in another. A stranger besieged by creatures who plan to wield her like a weapon.

Good has triumphed over evil, and the land of Aerisia is finally at rest. Until ancient beings, long imprisoned, begin to stir...

Entertainment superstar Annie Richards is enjoying an unparalleled musical career that has lately become endangered by haunting visions that threaten her sanity. A journey home to convalesce is disrupted when creatures straight from her nightmares bring down her plane. Annie awakens in a mysterious, parallel world.

Aerisia.

Here in Aerisia, Annie discovers her musical gifts translate into magical powers, but power comes at a price. Her magic is the legacy of the banished race that invaded her dreams, brought her to a new world, and seeks to wield her as their weapon. Mistrusted by Aerisian rulers because of her heritage, Annie will either defy both her ancestors and the Aerisian leadership to seize control of her destiny, or risk becoming the reason Aerisia itself is torn apart.

The first book of a companion series to the Sunset Lands Beyond series, Aerisian Refrain can be listened to in conjunction with the other Aerisia novels or as a stand-alone.

©2018 Sarah Ashwood (P)2022 Sarah Ashwood

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I REALLY ENJOYED THIS ONE. IT WAS GREAT

STORY IS WELL WRITTEN AND EASY TO FOLLOW.

ACCEPTABLE FOR TEENS AND OLDER LISTENERS.

NARRATOR IS GREAT AND EASY TO FOLLOW.

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Magical

This book comes to life with this narrator. It is enchanting. I didn’t want to stop listening. Definitely not one to miss.

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Enjoyed Every Minute

This has been my favorite of all the books I have listened to. The story was captivating. From the moment I started listening, I couldn’t wait for my next opportunity to get to listen some more. The voice of the narrator drew me in, very much like the characters magic in the story. The artistry of words from the author, and the range of the narrators performance brought Aerisia to life. I will definitely listen to this tale again, and looking forward to the sequel.

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Fabulous Fantasy

I enjoyed this story a lot. The world building was fascinating, and I liked the unique races that populated the world. The characters were fun and complex. There were many twists and turns in the plot that moved the story along, with plenty of action. Nichole James' narration was fine and kept my attention. I was given a free copy of the audiobook, and I have voluntarily posted this review.

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Very well done

This is a fantastic adventure of a lady who goes on an amazing journey of discovery and magic an finds who she is meant to be

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In Top 5 Best books so far this year!

Aerisian Refrain definitely goes in my "Top 5" book list for best books I've read this year.  I loved this book, had all of my favorite things in it:  fantasy, magic, a new world, new races/species, a bit of romance.  Loved it.  The characters were complex and interesting and the story pulled you in.  I can't wait for the next book and I really hope the author does a prequel of the Artan's story at some point (unless it already exists as a seperate book/series and I just haven't found it yet).  Try this book out, you won't regret it!

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Fresh Take on Magic & Self Discovery

Parents: would be appropriate for 16+
Language: none
Violence: murder (PG)
Sexual content: references to rape, groping, sexual tension, allusion to intimate relationships.

The story was a bit disjointed but entertaining, the audio effects were a little distracting. It is easy to follow and fairly fast paced and enjoyable. Character development is plausible. This is a good adventure for older teens that is a very fun listen to be sure!

I would recommend this to almost anyone who enjoy a fresh take on magic and self discovery.

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Great characters, world building, & plot.

Sarah Ashwood does a great job with the characters, world building, and overall plot and story lines. This is my first time reading anything from Sarah and I am glad I picked up this book! I look forward to what she writes next. Audio Version: Nichole James does a great job with each character and overall narrating this story.

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  • Demetra Toula Iliopoulos
  • 07-29-22

Lots of love and magic

This book was an amazing Listen. The author , Sarah nailed it again with a story full of mystery, magic , betrayal, adventure and lots of fairies, dragons, . .
Heroine is Annie. Annie has a musical talent and world known
Annie developers a friendship with some earth people like Hannah. Annie suddenly finds someone who she cares about , Cole and Annie suddenly find themselves in a love relationship. Will it last.

Nichole James Performance was fantastic. She nailed this story with her tone for each character

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  • Missgotty
  • 05-16-22

Great ending - no cliffhanger

Annie is one of the most famous singers in the world, but she is plagued by constant nightmares. Therapy didn't help so she heads home to where her life began, where she lived with her parents before she became famous. But as she settles down on the plane on the way home, something goes wrong and she wakes up in foreign lands wondering what happened. As Annie tries to navigate this new land known as Aerisia, she quickly learns she has magical powers which starts her on a journey to discovering her true legacy.

This is a very long book and for the most part it doesn't feel that way until it starts to lag about halfway through where the storyline goes back and forth quite a bit, but then significantly picks up again. Overall it's a good book which mixes modern day influences with a kind of medieval mystical world. However there are lots of mythical creatures such as faeries, dragons, giants etc to satisfy any fantasy book lover. I loved Hannah and her sistership with Annie which flowed easily throughout the book. There is a very slow romance which doesn't really read as them having a strong connection but it certainly develops in an interesting way. I was surprised at just how good the ending was and I'm definitely looking forward to seeing what the next book has to offer.

The special sound effects were done really well giving a very creepy voice to the evil beings. The narrator was good but did have trouble with some of the male voices, but it wasn't significant enough to put me off the book. I would definitely say this book is well worth a credit.

I was given this book for free of my own choosing and I voluntarily left this review.

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  • JKE20_20
  • 05-20-22

Cole is my book boyfriend

Villains & Friendships, trust vs fear Heroes &Lovers, fantasy vs fairytale, Myth mingles with reality. Annie is a Strong FMC, with a strong sense of self. I loved the fire in her belly and her will to do the right thing (her strength and belief in herself was solid). Commonality of love horses wove in nicely too linking the sameness between the two worlds.
Her relationship with the handsome Cole, a Simathe warrior who saves her life, forms with respect and against the odds.The chapters shift from Annie's first person perspective to Cole's struggle on his loyalty to duty and his growing feelings for her.  I would love more Simathe slowburn fantasy stories please!!!! Loved reading how the heroines fire up their coolness upending their calmness in this series of books.
Narrator Nichole did a great job doing all speaking parts I didnt lose any interest or shudder at any words expressed....maybe I would have liked to have heard actual singing.
I will say the tender moments were taut and well tensioned out by Nichole feeling sensual initimate.

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