Author: Ronelle Antoinette
Narrator: Ginny Ross
Length: 10h 25m
Publisher: Ronelle Antoinette⎮2016
Series: The Elemental Trials (#1)
Genre: Romantic Fantasy
Release date: Nov. 01, 2016
Rating: 4 Stars
I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Ronelle Antoinette. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
In Egalion’s Imperial court, there is splendor and luxury, but it’s also a realm of treachery. Cloak-and-dagger political maneuvering threatens to destroy the peace of two thousand years.
Battlemage Jex Xander has a mouth that gets him into trouble; while in contrast, Enari Namelum speaks not at all. Amidst the mounting chaos, passion and romance should be the last thing on their minds, but life and the Goddess seem to have other ideas.
They say to keep your friends close and your enemies closer, but at court you can’t tell one from the other…and they change at the flip of a coin.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
I would recommend to someone who is looking for something different. Being the first book in a series, they will find that it starts off slow but if they're a patient person they won't be disappointed by the end.
Who was your favorite character and why?
It's a toss up between Jex and Anari. Jex is a man who takes a shine to a woman of very few words but that doesn't stop him from communicating with her. Anari may not have much to say but the narrator gets her feelings across to the reader. She's a woman with secrets she didn't even know about and it's interesting to see her come into her own.
What about Ginny Ross’s performance did you like?
I like the fact that she doesn't go out of her way to change her voice too much when speaking a male part. But she changes her tone just enough that you know when, for example, Jex is talking. Having an accent also added to the experience because it gives a voice to a character that if reading the story you're not quite sure if they speak with an accent or not.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
I could not listen to it all in one sitting because of outside forces having their say. Plus there was so much going on at the beginning that I had to stop in order to digest what was being said. Being over 10 hours I don't know that it would be possible to do in one sitting anyway.
Any additional comments?
This may have started out slowly for me at the beginning but by the end I'm looking forward to listening to the next book in the series. I did decide that, at least for this book, I would want to have a copy of the book so that I can read at the same time Ms. Ross is reading to me. It might clear up some things at the beginning that seemed confusing. But it will be interesting to see what direction the next book will go. Maybe a new adventure.
Ronelle Antoinette was born in Phoenix, AZ and raised in beautiful Colorado. She currently lives in Grand Junction with her husband, two sneaky cats, and one dog-who-believes-he's-a-person. While she’s a mother to none, she’s an auntie to a small army...the newest recruit joined them in April 2016. Ronelle dabbled in creative writing for many years and even considered it as her major in college. (She ended up getting a Bachelor's degree in Counseling Psychology.) She published her first novel, Errant Spark, in July of 2016. Dream. Come. True.
Ginny Ross was born and raised in England where she had a passion for Musical Theatre and Fantasy books. She loved spending time in the Theatre but found that she wanted to travel. After traveling around Europe she took a job as a nanny in Canada and continued her acting. Her love of children played a huge role in her life and became her career for the next several years. She married Clarence and moved to the States where she resides today. Her life is much less hectic than it was, as she is raising her two children and works for the local school district. Ginny was very excited when she was offered the opportunity to use her acting skills once again from the comfort of her home by narrating books.
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