• The King of Faerie

  • Stariel, Book 4
  • By: AJ Lancaster
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 16 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (240 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The fae are real, and Hetta Valstar is trying her best to marry one.

If Hetta and Wyn ever manage to marry, it will be the first union between Faerie and Mortal since the Iron Law was revoked. The mortal Queen has given them her blessing - sort of. Now, Wyn needs permission from the fae High King.

There’s an intensely personal reason why they need to tie the knot as soon as possible, and time is not on their side. The clock is ticking. Except in Wyn’s home court, which is trapped under magical stasis. To break the spell will mean venturing into the deepest realms of Faerie, where even fae princes - and definitely human lords - fear to tread.

Unfortunately, the fae problems aren’t limited to Faerie. Public tension is rising, and the reveal of Wyn’s true identity makes him and Hetta the centre of the storm. On top of this, Stariel’s magic is going haywire, and Hetta is struggling with her intensifying powers - and she might not be the only one affected.

The High King might be the only one who can help, since he’s responsible for the fae returning to the Mortal Realm in the first place.

If only they knew where he was.

©2022 AJ Lancaster (P)2022 Podium Audio

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A Fitting End to a Series That Captured My Heart

The "Stariel” series stirred up a nest of longing inside me, for old sprawling houses and green growing things. It's the audio equivalent of a warm blanket or cup of chai — a brilliantly crafted, smartly written, feel-good story with stellar characters and humor in spades.

In vivid and witty prose, the author writes of love in its many forms, and the book seems to hum with the force of it all. I've loved seeing Hetta and Wyn gain confidence and strength through these four books, and watching them hit their stride as a couple was nothing short of delightful. All the members of the Valstar and Tempestren families have such unique and multi-faceted personalities, and the (SPOILER) scene outside the greenhouse with Marius and Rake was an instant favorite. And while I'm on the topic of Marius and Rake, the sex positivity and LGBTQ rep in this series is outstanding <3

While I did miss Finty Williams, I thought Fiona Hardingham did a stellar job with this audiobook, and I'm secretly praying to all the little gods that she'll have the opportunity to narrate A Rake of His Own, which I await with BATED BREATH.

Overall, The King of Faerie gets 5/5 star(iel)s

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What is wrong with this narrator? Why is she so incredibly clipped?? It sounds like your listening at 2x the speed and every word is punctuated by a period. Choppy. The first narrator was so perfect, why the sudden switch!? It was a terrible decision!

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New narrator is terrible

The sudden switch from having one person for the last three books is jarring enough as it is, let alone the fact that the new narrator speaks as if she’s reading sentences where every word is a surprise to her and finds it impossible to relate to the characters (treating them like children’s book / cartoon characters).

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Satisfying conclusion

Lots of twists and turns and surprises. All is revealed in the end, bringing the saga full circle. Kudos to the writer, director and narrator.

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Podium Audio, W T F!!!

So Podium, you thought we ignorant readers couldn’t tell the difference between a 5 star voice actor like Finty Williams, opposed to Fiona Hardingham, who is not in the same league? Was it because you were too cheap to pay her what she is worth? Or, because she wasn’t available in your time frame for releasing the last book? Because I promise you, we readers of the first 3 books would have happily waited for Finty to have narrated the last book of this wonderful series rather than listen to 17 hours of Fiona, whose is definitely not in the same league. RE-RECORD this book!!!

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Great book

Loved the book, though took a while to get used to someone else reading it. Fiona did a good job but the male voices sounded very robotic.

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Wonderful

I loved this series and am looking forward to more. Such great storytelling and characters!

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This review I'd for the whole series.

I found the series a very enjoyable listen. it kept my intrest. I love adult fantasy! I hope for more!

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Reader Disappoints

Just didn’t enjoy listening. Reader interpreted the characters in a significantly different way from the previous readers. Absolute shame.

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Good story

It’s was an interesting series. Funny and engaging. But oh how dull and l tepid is the romance between Heta and Winn. Too much time wasted on the two of them doing nothing and saying even less of interest. The secondary characters were infinitely more interesting.

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  • Becky_FullCircle
  • 05-15-22

Change of narrator doesn’t work

I absolutely adore this series and thoroughly enjoyed the first three books on audible. Fifty Williams did an amazing job of developing the characters through her incredible ability to add depth and feeling to each character simply by tone of voice. Unfortunately changing narrator for the final book of the series has the same effect of changing every single actor in the final film in a series; honestly audible, what were you thinking? I read the final book as I wasn’t enjoying the new, more stiffly portrayed characters. Very disappointing in what is otherwise an excellent series. I am actually devastated I’ve got to the end of the series, wondering if I’m going to be able to find another story as compelling and immersive. I loved, hated, worried, was gripped, laughed and was staggered, all in one series, so completely swept away with the story. I await the promised fifth book in the quartet series impatiently, and hope more will follow that one.

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  • J W.
  • 07-16-22

Unfortunately spoiled

Having thoroughly enjoyed the series up to this point with Finty Williams reading, it was difficult to hear such a jarring voice rattling at high speed throughout what should have been a wonderful conclusion to the whole.

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  • Tracie
  • 07-11-22

fffttttt

why oh why change narrator in book 4?!!!! only stuck with it to finish the series. male voices indistinct and lost the lovely tones of previous narrator

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-05-22

Great!

The change of lector wasn't very unnecessary. I'd also love to see how the story between Marius and Rake developed.

Overall tho, great story full of twists and entertaing dialogs. 💜

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  • Gunn Helene
  • 06-27-22

Different narrator

Where is the moron who thought it was a good idea to switch narrators after 3 books?? Cause I have some strong choice words for them. Honestly I have nothing against Fiona Hardingham, but after falling in love with Finty Williams’ rendition of the characters, there’s absolutely no way I can listen to this book read by someone else, no matter how good or similar they make the reading sound. It’s just not the same.
I was royally disappointed when I finished the last book 2 hours into my work shift only to start the next book and realize I wouldn’t be able to continue. I don’t want to rate the story as I’ve not finished the book and rating the performance would just be unfair, so ignore the rating of it. I’d rather read the physical book, this one will need to be returned

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  • Rosie
  • 06-27-22

Why? Just why?

Why on earth would you change the narrator so far into the series. This was incredibly hard to listen to and disappointed me so much. Put me off from listening to any more from the series.

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  • M. Lindley-Thompson
  • 06-08-22

Good yarn, shame about the narrator

I’ve very much enjoyed this series which is lighthearted and entertaining - just what’s needed when the world is so grim. The author’s style is good and easy to listen to.

There are pacing issues at times when an incident can go on interminably followed by key periods that flash by in a blink. It’s also frustrating when a major plot point is about to be revealed but the key character involved gets tired or develops a headache and goes to bed, or randomly decides ‘now isn’t the time’ leaving the reader hanging. In my case, I then guess the plot point (generally not hard) which undermines any tension the author is trying to cling to.

Having said that, I’ve very much enjoyed the world, the characters and the language. The author establishes an Edwardian/early 20’s feel world very well, she’s made a real effort with the language and culture. I’m quite happy for the romance to support the plot rather than the other way around and I like the two protagonists. The fact that the ‘baddies’ are more complex than black is something I also very much enjoy in a book. I can definitely recommend this series as a well written, light, fun, fantasy read.

The first 3 books in the series were read by the excellent Finty Williams who raises a good book series to an excellent audio listen. Unfortunately the same can’t be said of the current narrator who is far too concerned with enunciation and pronunciation to have the bandwidth for character or even, sometimes, for sense or meaning. Luckily I had the Kindle book and a long train journey so I bypassed the narrator for most of this instalment.

I understand there is going to be a fifth book in this world. I enjoyed Marius’ storyline so I’ll definitely check it out, however if this narrator is doing the audio I’ll stick with the e-book on its own.

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  • kikis
  • 05-30-22

Change of narrator??

I feel like not so much care was taken when publishing this final instalment of this story. The chapter titles are not included like the first 3. The change of narrator in my opinion is dreadful. The characters don’t sound like themselves and there is little to inflection when they ‘speak’ all the male characters shout everything. If the story was not so good I would not have struggled through this. If you are able to I would read the entire series and not bother with the Audible version. Such a shame.

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  • ilovehamsters
  • 03-26-22

An enjoyable listen

I have enjoyed this series very much. The plot line is fairly simple and it doesn’t have a complicated over-arching storyline, but it’s been a good read/listen and it’s well written.

I was hesitant to download the fourth Audible book in this series given the new narrator and other reviews I had read, but don’t let that put you off, as you do forget after a while once you’re immersed in the story. I do at times prefer this narrator’s characterisation of Hetta (although the first narrator is far superior, she sometimes made Hetta sound like a spoilt teenager in the first three, and I don’t think that’s what the author intended of this character). However, one particular niggle with this narration is that I found it difficult to differentiate between the male characters unless obvious in the storyline or named, as they all sound very similar, and incredibly 1920’s style haughty.

Overall, quite a good listen, and don’t be put off by the new narrator if you really want to listen, rather than read.

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  • Hailey Whiteway
  • 07-14-22

The king of faerie

The reader on this book really killed it, sorry to say the male voices all sound like the same uptight robot .
I really only persisted because it’s the last book in the series

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  • Gimmebooks
  • 03-03-22

Awesome

A great conclusion of the series. I did see the identity of the * no spoilers!* a mile away but the reveal was still enjoyable.
Highly recommend the whole series