This initial book in the twenty-year-old Ile-Rien series, together with a number of other books in the series, has recently been released in the audio format. Derek Perkins perseveres through the introductory descriptions of a setting that is reminiscent of eighteenth-century France. He navigates listeners through the court intrigue with a sense of engagement. When the narrative voice is Thomas, the captain of the Dowager Queen’s Guard, Perkins is a strong, quiet, and dependable champion. When Roland, the king, takes over the storytelling, Perkins adroitly conveys his weak character, especially his terror of his mother, the Dowager Queen. Magic, swordplay, and adventure are present in abundance. J.E.M. © AudioFile 2013, Portland, Maine [Published: NOVEMBER 2013]
Trade Ed. Tantor Media 2013
CD ISBN 9781452616315 $44.99 Twelve CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 9781452666310 $29.99 Two MP3-CDs
DD ISBN multiple sources
Library Ed. Tantor Media 2013
CD ISBN 9781452646312 $95.99 Twelve CDs
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