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Publisher's Summary

London is a powder keg...and Eliza Braxton is the match.

Imagine a London where magic is real...real, but feared. This is Eliza Braxton's London, and she has always accepted her place in it gladly. As one of the Riftborn, her magic has relegated her to the servant class, where she dutifully serves as the lady's maid in one of the most powerful households in the country. There, she uses her remarkable powers of persuasion to keep Elder Hallewell's rebellious daughter in the path to an arranged match of power and prosperity. Eliza has never questioned her loyalty...until now.

Currents of discontent are roiling beneath the city's surface, and Eliza's comfortable existence is about to be caught up in the tide. A resistance is building, a resistance that covets Eliza's talents above all else. But can Eliza betray everything she's ever known for things she never dared to dream?

©2020 E. E. Holmes (P)2021 Tantor

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Narration/performance — having a hard time with this recording

I was so very excited for this book to come out on Audible. I love this author and the other series. Even pre-ordered and started it first thing this morning.
The narrator’s pronunciation of her words sound like she’s a snake drawing out every single “s” sound. The ends of the sentences are overly exaggerated. I feel like I’m listening to a performance from Harry Potter talking to the slithering snake in the underground. I’m hoping this gets re-recorded so I can listen at some future point. I was able to increase the audio speed and it sounded better but the ending of the words were still the same. I do hate to judge and complain but I’m very disappointed in this book.

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Most annoying voice and overacting ever

Normally I love audible books and I have to tell you I loved this authors gateway series however this Narrator is completely annoying she gave me a freaking headache when I was trying to listen.
The overacting with the long drawn out pronunciations just makes me want to scratch my eyes out. Terrible terrible terrible. I can’t tell if the book is even good because I can’t stand the narrator so much.

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Why narrator, why?!?!

I was so excited for this audiobook. I love the authors prior books! But however good this book could be is completely ruined by whatever the narrator has decided to do with the way she performs it. So much so that I can't concentrate on the story. Why oh why?!?!?!?! What's with the snake like S sounds and the weird D and T sounds that have a TH sound at the end??? Why draw each sentence out so dramatically? I actually sped up the audio and that helped make it sound more normal... I just don't get why and who would have approved this to be released? I listened to the samples of her other book performances and they are nothing like this. Really disappointing. I'm tempted to return it.

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Magical

Another great book by my favorite author! Now onto the sequel. Oh… I love Sully… she kind of reminds me of a Fiona/Savvy mix from The Gateway.

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Reading Instead of Listening

Man - I just got done with the first 10 books by this author through Audible and loved it. I didn’t even consider that I would struggle with the new series. After 90 minutes of listening and feeling deeply confused by the reader- I hopped on to the reviews, confirming my experience. The narration of this could have simply been the set up of the story and the dramatics left to the characters where needed. The drawn out style of story telling here is a miss - it reminds me of sitting around a campfire to tell an ominous, spooky story to the children. Those campfire stories are typically minutes though, not hours. It makes it very hard to follow the story line. I also noted the Audible app says there are 9 - 5 star reviews. No way. There is only one and that reviewer only gives 5’s. I looked for the other 8 and they do not display - which is messing with the math if there really is only 1. Regardless, I am going to return the Audible and go buy it on Kindle so I can still read the book. Only this time- it will be with the normal voices I listen to in my head. ;)

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great story, EXCELLENT NARRATION!!

I especially loved the narrator. her voice and presentation was amazing. the cadence and temo kept me hypnotized to this amazing story.. can't wait for the release of the next book!!! I love the main character.

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I am really trying to like this audiobook

The narration is so annoying it is distracting from the story. I loved her other series so I'm really trying to push through this book. Chapter 15 and still trying ...

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Wanted to like the book

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The narration was distracting. I couldn’t finish it. The breathy reading voice detracted from the story. I have liked all of her gayest/tracker books, but couldn’t listen to this.

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Terrible Narration

I was looking forward to this story but couldn’t get past the first half hour. The narrator is horrible! I don’t know what she was thinking!

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  • Mrs J Gartland
  • 07-13-21

Awful narration

I could not get into this book as the Narrator was reading this like a sermon no life in her voice EE Holmes book are normally brilliant and the Narrators good but could not listen to this for very long

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  • CWH
  • 05-16-21

Terrible Narrator

I had really been looking forward to this because I’d enjoyed the Gateway trilogy and the Gateway Trackers so much but the narrator reading this book is awful. I can’t concentrate on the story because the of way the narrator is reading. Very disappointed.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 05-03-21

Disappointing

Loved all of E.E Holmes books to date and was really looking forward to this one. Huge disappointment. Story was ok but the narrator was terrible she really got on my nerves.

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  • Richard W.
  • 06-16-21

Sorry to be returning because of bad narration

Loved all EE Holmes books so far,love this book and story to read but the Narration is totally awful, one of the worst narrations ive ever "tried" to listen to, she reads the story like she is reading a bad young childrens scary book?? and sadly the narrator has a bad sibilance which was made worse by the long slow drawn out way she read the story, sad to not be able to listen this new book..