Monday, March 21, 2016

Audio Book Review: Threats of Sky and Sea

Threats of Sky and Sea

By:  Jennifer Ellision

Publish Date:  May 20, 2014, Audiobook January 22, 2015

Format:  Audiobook - 8 hrs 50 mins
Narrated By:  Misty Daugherty

Genre:  YA Fantasy

Series:  1st in Threats of Sky and Sea series

Impression:  A relaxing YA fantasy of a young girl learning the world and finding herself.

Sixteen year-old Breena Perdit has spent her life as a barmaid, innocent to her father’s past and happily free from the Elemental gifts that would condemn her to a life in the Egrian King’s army. Until the day that three Elemental soldiers recognize her father as a traitor to the throne and Bree’s father is thrown in jail—along with the secrets from his last mission as the King’s assassin. Secrets that could help the King win a war. Secrets he refuses to share.

Desperate to escape before the King’s capricious whims prove her and her father’s downfall, Bree bargains with him: information for their lives. It’s a good trade. And she has faith she’ll get them both out of the King’s grasp with time.

But that was before the discovery that she’s the weapon the King’s been waiting for in his war.

Now, time is running out. To save her father’s life and understand her own, Bree must unravel the knot of her father’s past before the King takes his life– and uses her to bring a nation to its knees.

First Sentence:
I am already frozen when the scream reaches me.

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My Thoughts and Summary:
*This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com, at my request.

Bree's simple life as a tavern maid with her father is flipped inside out when Elementals come looking for a truant, and find her father. Da is a Duke that ran from his duties as adviser and high Rider of the king. Thanks to the words of Prince Caden, Bree is spared death and brought into Court life as her father is locked away for his crimes. The talisman that her father slips her before he's taken away may hold secrets to the powers of the Elementals, or Adepts as the nobility call them. The only way to see her imprisoned father is to do as the King asks, to investigate her father's last mission which he went missing from and the treasure he was to retrieve for the King.

The narrator's clear and clean in speaking, but the space feels dead around her, like the sound is eaten up around her. She feels as she's talking to me with a slight ting of a southern and relaxed country feel to her voice as Bree, the main character. At the beginning I notice it's not at a steady cadence but that there is draw in some of her words and quickness in others. She does a smoothness that fits Lady Katherine and a slight low tone for Da, more a small attitude difference but not major voice differences for characters.

This book has the solid fantasy feel to it and the world. It also has a young feel with Bree at a young age and coming into court life. The story was easy to listen to. The world was introduced at the beginning, with the Elementals or Adepts as the nobility like to call them. The special names for what each Adept can do along with a brief description slip easily into the action of the story so it's not feeling like an information drop. Then we fall into the troubles that await us, or Bree and her father. All the scenes have an importance and you can see the connections as you reflect on what's passed as we move forward.

Predictable? Yes it is. But the writing is well done and sometimes familiar is relaxing to read. The friendships created, threats made, and the revolutions made of the characters were a few things I saw coming.

This is a nice fantasy for teen readers to enjoy. A fantasy element and story with characters that relate, even when clashing in thoughts.

The story is well written and relaxing for me. I'm looking forward to continuing the series.

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LilyElement said...

Glad you were able to enjoy, even with it being somewhat predictable!

Blodeuedd said...

I need more audio

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

I've been enjoying YA fantasy. Glad you did enjoy this one. I do love that cover.

(Arya) Paige said...

Ah, just signed up for audiobookblast! Do you like it?

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

LilyElement, Sometimes predictable isn't a complete bad thing. It's good for when your brain can't take any more or needs to focus to hard. It was a nice story.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

:) Blodeuedd, want me to pick one for you? ;)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Melissa (B&T) This cover was what attracted me to the story at the beginning. Glad you've been enjoying YA Fantasy lately too.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

(Arya) Paige. I really have enjoyed it. I've found some amazingly talented voices and authors that I would never have found if it wasn't for audiobookblast. I regret nothing about joining in. :) Hope you find many great new stories too!