- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 10 hours and 40 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Kemah Bay Marketing, LLC
- Audible.com Release Date: September 22, 2016
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B01LZ7H5EU
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Betrayal's Price: In Deception's Shadow, Book 1 Audiobook – Unabridged
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My first problem with this book is it is 'Young Adult'. Nowhere does it state this. Not in any synopsis I read, nor on Amazon kindle where the book is categorized. At no point was I, as a reader, informed of it being Young Adult. I suspected it half way through. By the time I was 75% done, it was beyond question.
Why did it take me so long to realize this? The writing in the first half of the story constantly insinuates that something 'More' will happen between Ashayna and Sortar. Their age, the world building and how the story was flowing, leads the reader to think it is Adult. Imagine my bewilderment when they 'bond'. This scene should have been pivotal. It was weak and impotent.
My second problem with the story is the last 50 percent. It is indecisive and faltering. It is so unlike the first half you feel like a different author started writing it. Or perhaps the author changed their mind on the type of story they were writing NUMEROUS times. The H/H run around getting into situations that make the reader think something is going to happen, but nothing comes of their actions. You are left scratching your head, wondering WHY is this scene in this story. This happens throughout the rest of the story. The entire last half was unsatisfying and long winded. You are left with a bad taste in your mouth.
What started off with a lot of promise fizzled out and died.
Betrayal's Price (In Deception's Shadow Book 1)
The world is wonderful; I liked how unique it felt. The different characters and species really piqued my interest. I can’t put my finger on it or come up with the right words, but sometimes it seemed like there was a “and voila! it is done!” sort of feeling about some events. As in something just happened quickly and I thought I might’ve missed a few pages so I went back to see.
The whole lore created around the 12 was intriguing and the concept of Larnkin seemed to be a distinctive touch and made the concept of a magic user something that wasn’t like all of the other fantasy novels out there. The human’s perception of magic was markedly different than how the other races felt about it. That perception made the whole idea of Ashayna having to live in the other races’ world seem a bit more dangerous, until you get to learn about the other races also and see they aren’t as evil as she is taught to believe.
Despite any of my misgivings I enjoyed the book and might pick up the next one because it has an interesting premise to it too.
Just a weird thought I had, but what did the Phoenix do in regards to sleeping? I mean those wings would be a pain in the butt, not to mention their feet. Wouldn’t they tear up a lot of sheets and blankets? Or did they just sit on a perch like regular birds do to sleep?
I very much liked how the author wrote the romance; it was all healthy and loving and realistic and sweet. The main characters had mutual respect and trust for one another and had a good friendship that grew into something more. I liked how the subject of lust was handled (it's there, but neither mistake it for genuine love) and the sex scenes were tame and tasteful, not at all what I'd call graphic. It was a romance I feel I can wholly support and be happy about.
Some reviewers have mentioned this book as hard to follow and written very choppily, but I didn't struggle with the plot at all nor did I find any major flaw to the writing outside of a few incorrectly used words (like she used "dower" to try to express something like "somber" and didn't realize that it doesn't mean that at all). I didn't think it was at all choppy and more often than not, it was actually written in a pretty fashion.
There isn't anything really negative to be said about this book; it of course is not some grand piece of literature with a powerful message, but I was engaged and quite enjoyed the story, so it gets a nice big 4 stars from me.
My biggest disappointment in this novel is Sontar. I wish he and his culture had been more developed as they were by far the most interesting part of this novel.
3 out of 5 stars.
Awesome new world.
But that doesn't really cover it because its just an amazing story and wonderful all around.
Who was your favorite character and why?
I loved all of them and the details Lisa gives and just how she made such a wonderful book.
Which character – as performed by Shiromi Arserio – was your favorite?
It it too hard to choose who I liked best from her performance because she did such an amazing job and conveyed everyone's emotions perfectly
If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?
Get lost in the world of Phoenix's and humans with magic just to spice it all together.
Any additional comments?
Such an amazing read. Lisa and Shiromi really brought this story to life. The last 4 or 5 hours of the story I couldn't stop listening. This story is so amazing and unique I can't believe how great of a job Lisa did. With all the new races and the wonderfully built world this is definitely a series I am hooked on.
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