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Nineteen-year-old mage lady, Lyriana Batavia, is third in line to the seat of power in Bamaria: a position of wealth and privilege, but not safety. Bamaria falls under the rule of the Lumerian Empire, survivors of a celestial war whose island sank in the Drowning. Now, all Lumerians submit to the emperor and his strict laws about magic. He decides what magic can be practiced and what powers remain forbidden. He decides who will die for possession of forbidden magic.

Lyr’s own cousin was executed for wielding the wrong kind. And for years, Lyr has sworn to protect her older sisters, helping them conceal their own illicit magic. But when Lyr must participate in the ceremony that reveals her power, she uncovers something else entirely. Something that means banishment from the empire.

Faced with death in exile, and leaving her sisters behind, Lyr has no choice but to accept a deadly contract: She has seven months to train as a warrior and pass the emperor’s brutal test of strength—all without magic.

But when she’s forced to train with Lord Rhyan Hart, the man she’s secretly loved since she was a girl—a feared warrior in exile himself, forbidden to her in every way—she’s in danger of losing far more than her family, life, and country.

Rebel forces and an invading army are destabilizing Bamaria, just as her family’s secrets threaten to reveal themselves. Surviving the training and saving her sisters may mean sacrificing her own heart.

©2022 Frankie Diane Mallis (P)2022 Frankie Diane Mallis

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Great All-around Story

Really enjoyed this 1st book of the Drowned Empire saga.

There's intrigue, a complex social system, amazing character development, magic, drama, action. There is so much, and yet it keeps you wishing for more. Just downloaded the 2nd book. Excited to continue the story.

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slow plot, alsmost impossible to get into

Didn't really get into it until after chapter 11. Then got into it and the butt ended

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it was ok

Meh. Interesting world and concepts, but really slow plot that was pretty anticlimactic. I was pretty disappointed with the ending. Didn't care for the narrator that much. Good enough to listen all the way through.

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Exceptional!

This is truly a breath of fresh air from the usual fantasy story. Amazing action and romance intertwine to tell a brand new story that is breathtaking and wonderfully read by the narrator.

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This is your new obsession

It's been a few weeks since finishing this and it's occupying so much of my brain. I can't stop thinking about it and my desire to find out what happens next is overwhelming. I hope this comes out on audio quickly after the release date.

This was a really interesting read. It's like a weird retelling of the myth of Atlantis with some Divergent/Hunger Games vibes. Throw in some magic, political intrigue and forbidden romance and you've got this book. My biggest issue was the world building and characters. There seemed to be a lot characters with duplicate names or similarly sounding names. At least on audio I found myself confused more often especially at the beginning with the names and world building. The world is complex and there are multiple kingdoms and politics that make things somewhat more confusing. This book is also heavy on the world building. The plot can seem slow at times and it takes a while to get going, however I didn't mind that too much because it provided a lot of backstory and insight into character development.

The romance is sweet. There's a bit of a love triangle going on, *sigh* I guess... However, I'm not sure the OG love interest is a true love interest. He's more useful to the MC so she keeps him happy and puts up with his "attention." He's a pretty selfish boyfriend and gives off Tamlin vibes. The actual love interest is a nice mix of childhood friends to lovers then enemies to lovers then trainee/trainer trope. However, is he swoonworthy ❤️‍🔥 And all the damn tiktoks of this book rekindle my love for Rhyan over and over. Speaking of tropes...

🛏️ One bed
🩺 Taking care when injured
💢 "Who did this to you?"
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This book isn't really spicy, however I see spice in the future books for sure. There's some suggestive cuddling but it's not what I would call spice.

Also, you may want to check trigger warnings. This book is violent and discusses topics such as domestic abuse which might be harder for some readers to digest. But it's really limited and more suggested than described.

Be aware this book ends on a baby cliffhanger and right as things start getting exciting. I'll be waiting patiently for the next book to come out on audio 🙏

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ABSOLUTELY AMAZING

This book was so good to listen to and I’m happy I did not only did it teach me how to say all these fancy names and cities that Frankie has come up with but I couldn’t stop listening

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Wonderful

This was such a fun listen and I’m so excited to continue this series. The slow burn romance was angsty and great. I loved the magic system and the uniqueness of the whole world and how magic affects life. Definitely worth the listen!

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Captivating!

This book grabbed my attention from chapter 1 and didn’t let go! The world the author built is so unique and clever. Between the action, inner conflicts, and sexual tension I was hooked. The female main character is everything I look for in a story. She’s battling her duty and guilt, and she is thrown into a seemingly impossible situation by those who want to bring her and her entire country to ruin. Highly recommend to any other fantasy romance lovers!!

If you are a fan of SJM, you’ll love this book!

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Best new fantasy series!!

This is a must-read for fantasy fans. If you love Sarah J. Maas, download immediately! I love that this story takes its time, letting Lyr experience the growth and heartbreak that makes a coming-of-age story so satisfying without rushing her journey. This series is lush and exciting, emotionally intelligent, and so detailed it feels tangible. Bravo Frankie!!

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I absolutely am in love with this book

The voice for The main character is absolutely perfect. The emotions and story building along with the amazing other characters are a page turning (or in this audible case, a continue listening) adventure. You won’t regret putting this book into your library. It’s truly a masterpiece and I can’t wait for the rest of the series to come out.
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