Julia Whelan’s skillful narration intensifies the drama in this stirring debut novel. Using pitch and deliberate pacing to full advantage, Whelan draws listeners into a romantic fantasy world of faeries who covet the creative abilities of humans, using enchantment as currency. Isobel, a talented portrait painter, runs afoul of Rook, the Autumn Prince, and is drawn into the dangerous faerie lands where nothing is as it seems and horrors lurk at every turn. Whelan’s energetic performance creates a perfect balance between fae and natural worlds; she sounds as comfortable voicing the fearsome Alder King as she does Isobel’s sensible, loving aunt. Whelan deftly develops the growing attachment between Isobel and Rook, capturing alternating moments of humor and melancholy and producing an altogether delightful listening experience. S.G. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2017, Portland, Maine [Published: NOVEMBER 2017]
Trade Ed. Simon & Schuster Audio 2017
DD ISBN 9781508243526 $17.99
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