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Publisher's Summary

Magic marked her for suffering. Magic will save her. Magic will lead her home.

On Tempris, time magic is outlawed, and suspected time mages are hunted. Humans are second-class citizens, shunned by the immortal fey that live on the island. They even have a name for their kind: Shardless.

Taly is one of the lucky humans. Taken in by a fey noble and his family, she's lived a good life, surrounded by people she loves. But when an accidental brush with magic causes her to see things - ghostly apparitions that give her small glimpses into the future - it has deadly consequences. The Sanctorum has returned to the island, and if they find her, they'll kill her. And anyone that tries to protect her.

This includes her best friend, Skye. He was the boy that saved her. The man she knew she could never have. And when he refuses to let her go, their actions might hold the power to reshape the world.

An ancient evil is rising, and in order to protect those that she cares for, Taly will have to sacrifice everything.

Including her heart.

Contains mature themes.

©2019 Stephanie Fisher (P)2019 Tantor

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4 star that could have been a 5 star

This book either through the writing or through the perfection that is Elizabeth Evans, definitely ranks as one of the best books i have heard in a long while. However there are a few issues that kept throwing me off. They were so inconsistent to the flow of the rest of the book I would equate them to having a nice fun ride on a lazy river only to suddenly get struck by lightning. How do you get struck by lightning on a lazy river in the middle of a cloudless day? no idea, and that is how i feel about some of the weird turns this book took sometimes. They were so out of the ordinary and so illogical that they became ridiculous nonsense. All of these issues stem from Talia, the main character, and her inability to draw even the most basic of obvious conclusions. To be fair it's mostly do to the author trying to pad the suspense, but not realizing she has gone to far and now just makes her character seem kind of stupid at times. It gets very frustrating, and was so bad that i actually started sarcastically clapping when she finally made an assumption that was correct for a change. Course even though she was staring at the evidence in a reflection she still only kind of admitted the truth of the evidence. To put it simply talia is the very personification of the saying about Assumptions making people into asses. If you can get past shouting "What are you talking about!?" or "How the hell is that the conclusion you made?!" the book itself is pretty good for the most part. Just be warned you might need a mouth guard for how often you will be grinding your teeth and take plenty of breaks to cool down as to not give yourself an aneurism trying to figure out Tallia's leaps in logic.

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Such a Lucky Find!! (Happy dance)

Not sure how I picked this book, but I love it! The world is unique and well-defined. The characters would make the book all by themselves: the “good guys” are so likable and real, act so naturally and are moved by very understandable motives, which in turn drive them to quite natural responses which in turn feed into the dilemmas that arise. No out-of-character behaviors forced to fit into the plot. I’m not even to the big troubles yet, and I want to protect them!
I’m so excited to find a book that I can sink into and not feel irritated by irrational or forced actions for the plot’s sake, or weird out-of-the blue motives. The story flows naturally.
It’s so enjoyable. The hard parts are harder because they make total sense. Those kind get to me the most.
I’m in a hurry to know what happens, but also want to take my time enjoying it. Sigh. Bliss.
In fact, I didn’t realize what I had at first, and want to start over so I didn’t miss anything. I usually blast through audiobooks for the good parts.
As for narration: it’s good! But I’ve become spoiled by the evolvement in past year or two of narration that creates more distinct differences in the male and female voices, and all voices I guess. Not the narrator’s fault, I’ve just gotten so spoiled.

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Characters I actually like& a story I want more of

I really enjoyed this book. I wish the next one was coming out tomorrow, if not today, but alas I will have to wait.
I liked all of the characters, even the ones that seem to only have a line or two. I'm not sure how she accomplished it but even in those brief words for the side characters, I had an impression of each one.
For once the main characters relationship progression was nice. it would be hard for me to explain, but it felt right, wasn't rushed or stilted, and wasn't all kissy kissy.
As with the beginning of any new series, it took me a little bit to understand the layout of the world, but not to any extreme, and there is still plenty of room to expand.
Of course I still have lots questions, but I'm sure the majority will be answered in the upcoming books. I sincerely look forward to their release.
As for the narrator, I personally thought she did an excellent job and explore other books she has narrated.
I hope you enjoy this book as much as I did, and pass it along. I honestly had this for a while and can't believe I waited so long to listen.

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Phenomenal

Elizabeth captured the attitude, personality and drama of the characters. pace was amazing and the delivery was exceptional.

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I cannot stress how much you need to get this book

I got this audible because I love the narrator and WOW. I have not enjoyed a book this much since the Throne of Glass Series from Sarah J Maas (maybe even a little more than those books)
The cliff hanger at the end was so well made that I’m not mad at all but I cannot wait for the next book.
You will not regret getting this

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Ah, couldn’t put it down... so good!

I have to say I thoroughly enjoyed the story plus the narrator's performance -quite excellent! 😊

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Wow, So glad I got this book!

Yes, I got slowly sucked into the story. To my surprise, I love it. On to the next one. Elizabeth Evans is my new favorite narrator.

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aBSOLUTELY AMAZING

There is nothing I don’t like. The emerging storyline, romance, friendship, struggles and hardships are awesome!!!!

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Great

Loved the book can’t wait to hear the next one The characters mystery the going back-and-forth they need to make a movie out of this really enjoyed it

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A great reading of a captivating book

Honestly I haven’t found a book that has sucked me in like this one did since I read Sarah J Maas’ series. The performance was great, and the storyline was interesting. As soon as I finished it I immediately bought book two and read it within 2 days. If you’re looking to escape to another world, this is a good read.

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  • Penelope Winterbottom
  • 11-05-19

Loved this, slow to start but stick with it

At first I struggled to get into this book but I’m glad I stuck with it... this series has the potential to be an epic fantasy series (similar to throne of glass but very tamed down version and lead character doesn’t have the same swagger/ kick ass attitude as celaena sardothien yet)... I’m hopeful for next book to have more action packed twists and turns that this first book lacks (my personal opinion).. but don’t let my words put you off.. I have finished this book wanting to re read it again and can’t wait for the next one to be released ... again the narrator Elizabeth Evans is amazing as always in the books she narrates.. she brings the characters to life!!

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  • Jessica Wolfe
  • 12-12-21

Totally sucked me in

Perfect for fans of Sara J Maas, if I’m not mistaken there are a few oblique references to the author. Good world building and an engaging story. The narration is good - the ‘British’ accents wobble a bit and her younger male voices aren’t great (can’t help but wish Caitlin Kelly had done this one), but she brings the book to life. I devoured this book, immediately on to book two - have a feeling I’ll regret starting this series before all the books are out!

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  • Olive4socks
  • 10-14-20

I need book 2 NOW!!!!

I so enjoyed this book, listened to it in 2 days.......only one problem....BOOK 2 ISN'T AVAILABLE YET !!!! I know this one was was only released last year but EVEN SO!!!! I can't help it, I'm impatient. Loved the characters, the unusual world the author built, just LOVED it 🤗🤗🤗

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  • Katlyr
  • 10-05-20

So good!

This was such a good audiobook! Adored the narrator, so well done! The different voices were done excellently and the epilogue made me giggle with how the charactee was read. Loved it!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-07-22

Amazing book

Elizabeth Evans is an amazing narrator and this book was an awesome listen can’t wait for others in the series!

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  • Crystal Prasad
  • 02-06-22

holy moly!!

I had just finished the first Cresent City book and was looking for something to read while waiting for the second one to come but and I'm so hecking happy I picked this!! I love Elizabeth Evans and this story is just so goooood!! 10/10 would recommend if you love SJM books~

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  • Melia
  • 07-14-21

BINGE! So incredibly satisfying

I've become a HUGE fan of the author after listening to Shardless. This was a 10/10 fantasy novel. If you are a fan SMJ's writing, this novel is a step up. Narrator is incredible, as always. Narrator was how I found out about this book. I binged it and the sleepless night was worth it. Purchased book 2 already. So many layers to the story. Power opening chapter, and the rest was truly magical. Characters, language, ohhhh the magic, wow... drunk on this fantasy novel right now.

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  • Angelique Lamb
  • 08-10-20

Loved it!

I had been meaning to get to this one for some time and so glad that I finally did! In love with the characters and story line, can’t wait for the second one to come out on Audible!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 06-02-20

Brilliant! Brilliant! Brilliant!

I loved it! Love the characters - loved the narration - love the story!

Can't wait for the sequel!

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  • Alison Mills
  • 03-24-20

Loved this book.

Love this book. The characters were likeable and the story moved along at a reasonable pace.
I will definitely be reading the next book.

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  • emeraldeye
  • 12-08-19

loved it can't wait for more

I was skeptical as to whether I would enjoy this or not from the description but I'm glad I gave it a chance as it's one of the best stories I've "read" in a long time.

the narrator was decent, but some voices sounded the same. however this wasn't really an issue as the dialogue and written voices of the characters were so superb that I knew who they were just by what they said and their manner of speaking.

Cannot recommend this one high enough!