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Citadels of Fire

By: K.L. Conger
Narrated by: Cathy Burnham Martin
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Publisher's Summary

In a world where danger hides in plain sight and no one aspires to more than what they were born to, Inga must find the courage to break the oppressive chains she's been bound with since birth. 

Even as a maid in the infamous Kremlin, life in 16th-century Russia is bleak and treacherous. That is, until Taras arrives. Convinced that his mother's death when he was a boy was no mere accident, he returned from England to discover what really happened. While there, he gains favor from the Tsar later known as Ivan the Terrible, the most brutal and notorious ruler ever to sit upon the throne of Russia. 

Up against the social confines of the time, the shadowy conspiracies that cloak their history, and the sexual politics of the Russian Imperial court, Inga and Taras must discover their past, plan for their future and survive the brutality that permeates life within the four walls that tower over them all, or they may end up like so many citizens of ancient Russia: nothing but flesh and bone mortar for the stones of the Kremlin wall.

©2014 Liesel Hill (P)2018 Liesel Hill

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terrific story

Great book! I was pleasantly surprised I don't normally read historical fiction. This was a page turner, I can't wait to listen the the next book in the series.

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Great start to the series

Very interesting story with Russian history thrown in. The author gives some great details in this story, It starts off pretty slow, but builds up the characters well. Narrator does a good job bringing it to life.

I listened to the whole set before posting the review(s), and I am really glad I did, they were an interesting listen, and I didn't want to stop and write out anything since I wanted to know what happened next.

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Good Historical Fiction

This story started out a little slow for me, but the longer I listened to the audiobook, the more I liked it. K. L. Conger has written a creative tale that breathed life into a period of Russian history. I liked that she showed the disparity in classes found in that time. I didn't like that the story just abruptly ended. Cathy Burnham Martin's narration was fine. I thought that the addition of music between each chapter was just distracting and unnecessary. I was given a free copy of the audiobook and I have voluntarily posted this review.

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A great listen and interesting story. I liked the creativity in the setting, so realistic, but also exciting. I enjoyed the characters and pacing.

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A Russian historical fantasy

This was entertaining enough but there was a stretch that I felt was a bit slow paced. I loved the characters. I’m not sure if all the circumstances that they get into would have really happened but I am not an expert in Russian history so things are possible. I was very fascinated about the fire. I would recommend this book.

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Great listen

An interesting book to be sure, so I will give it four stars. The added romance line to this book was a bonus. The only part that made it hard to listen to the audiobook is the music in between scene changes. It took me right out of the book and though I think it was put in to make it unique and give the listener an idea of a change coming, it took me right out of the story each time.

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amazing!

After listening to this book about Tsar Ivan the Terrible. This book was based in Russia in the year 1550, It made me feel like I was back in that time. The author described the characters so well, You love or hate them. I do love history this book was up my alley.

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Great start to a new series!

I enjoyed this story from the beginning to the end. The visuals created with her story telling were excellent. It was easy to imagine all the splendor, the war or the ordinary daily life which went on. It kept my attention throughout. The characters were interesting and complex and story detail was awesome! I definitely would recommend this book to all historical romance fans!

I received a free audiobook from StoryOrigin and am voluntarily leaving my honest review.

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Inga will draw you in...

I love this book! The author brings the characters to life before your eyes. Inga's story draws you in. She is a servant in the Kremlin. Viewing the royal court from Inga's servant perspective adds to the intrigue. The more you read, the more you love her. I can't wait to read the next book to find out what happens to her next.

My favorite part of the book is the Russian setting. It is a setting that I am not familiar with, but I know it is a real place. After reading this book, I feel like I know it better. I would love to go there someday. I am from the American South. I cannot even imagine living in such a cold place. Just think of all of the colorful characters that were born there!

The pacing of the story is perfect. I choose to read this because I needed a mental break from the fast-paced action books I obsess over. This series is just what I was looking for! It is character-driven rather than action-driven. I love taking a deep dive into the main characters and watching their layers peel away as the story develops.

The scene that stuck with me the most took place when the city of Moscow was burning. A group of orphaned children is stuck in a burning church, and no one can save them. Rather than leave them to continue fighting the fire. The men stop and stand with respect "to be with the children" as they suffer. Once the cries stop, the men move on. This scene is chilling, heartbreaking, and touching.

I would have shortened the musical interlude between chapters and the advertising at the end of the book. There were two small production errors in the book. One was a repeated name in chapter 19, and the second was an incorrect word later in the book. Neither of these would stop me from listening to this book again. The narrator did an amazing job with the Russian accents!

I would be fascinated to hear a discussion by the author on her research into Russia and the changes that she made to the timeline. This book oozes with authenticity. I would love to know her thoughts on what she learned, changed, and left out of the book.

I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone who likes clean historical romance with a healthy dose of political intrigue.

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Enjoyed from the beginning to the end!

I enjoyed this audible from beginning to end. The visuals created with her story telling were excellent. I could imagine all the splendor, the war or the ordinary daily life which went on. It got and kept my attention throughout. I definitely would recommend this audible book highly. The characters were interesting & you're ready to start the second audible immediately; just to continue the adventure with them. Very well done; thank you!