Narrator John Keating’s bright, lively voice makes this story of a young female warrior who is caught up in political machinations sound crisp and almost cheery. The main character, Thorn, stands out from her fellows as a fighting woman and queen’s champion. Keating gives her a distinct Suffolk accent—rounding the sound of “i’’ into “oi”—which sets her apart. His depiction of political minister Father Yarvi sounds sly and smart, and unwilling warrior Brand is portrayed as good-natured and forthright. The queens and empresses come across as delicate yet powerful. This is a wonderful audiobook for listeners who enjoy a strong dose of politics with their fantasy, as in “Game of Thrones.” G.D. © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine [Published: JULY 2015]
Library Ed. Recorded Books 2015
CD ISBN 9781470394004 $123.75 Eleven CDs
MP3-CD ISBN 9781490654829 $49.75 Two MP3-CDs
DD ISBN 9781470394011 $109.00
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