By: Linsey Hall
Publish Date: July 31, 2016, Audiobook Release September 29, 2016
Format: Audiobook - 6 hrs 22 mins
Narrated By: Laurel Schroeder
Genre: Urban Fantasy
Series: 4th Dragon's Gift: The Huntress series: Book 1 ~ Ancient Magic, Book 2 ~ Mirror Mage, Book 3 ~ Stolen Magic
Impression: Powerful story to bring Cass and her deifiur (sisters) into their places in the world.
Cass Clereaux has a few problems. Sure, she just saved her whole town and is now immortal, but immortality sucks. The same spell that made her immortal also takes away her magic. It’s kaput. Finito. Gone. Being a FireSoul and finding magical treasure is who she is. Now, she couldn’t find her left leg with a map. Not even if a dragon pointed the way.
To make matters worse, her concealment charm is malfunctioning. Demons are showing up left and right, trying to bring her head back to the Monster who stalks her. While Cass is on the hunt to recover her magic and learn about her past, the specter of the Monster is getting ever closer to his mysterious end goal. She’s prophesied to meet him on the field of battle—but if she doesn’t have her magic back by then, she’s dead.
"Oh no." I almost groaned when I caught sight of the golden sphinx crouched in front of the pyramid a hundred yards away.
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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 at my request.
Cass is searching for a dampening charm that will weaken the nullifying power she now has, and let her other powers return to her use. Cass learns that Victor Orriordor, the monster from her, Nix, and Del's past, is looking for dampening charms too. He's taken the most powerful one of all, the one that can knock out dozens of people's powers, from the museum. Also, transporting charms are becoming scarce as well. Victor is up to something, but what? Cass needs to get her root power back before she has to face Victor, which is only a matter of time coming. Her searching leads her back to where her parents lived, and learning a great deal about herself and her deirfiur.
Laurel returns to voice Cass. I have really grown to enjoy her in these stories. She voices Cass and all with voices and tones that have become them. Even the new characters we meet have a voice of their own, even just slightly different than those we've grown use to. There are accents used as we do visit Ireland and Scotland as well. Laurel's pacing is wonderful, helping to keep the story moving along. She feels to be in the persona of the characters as she narrates. There is no hint to stopping and starting over, all is smooth in flow. Lovely job.
It's neat seeing the pyramids, statues, and different places along with traps in them when Cass and sisters and friends are on the hunt. Also the way stories were written with the details of Egyptians and setup of the pyramid. It feels as there is a lot of care and research put into writing these moments. I love how the sisters attempt to take care with the sites they visit. They believe in preserving what once was so others can treasure it as well. It's those pesky demons sent after Cass and sisters that make a mess!
I don't want to say much on the story and give away the great finds we have here. Linsey keeps the story moving fast, giving us many answers and information we have been wanting. There is something that happens or surprises me in each chapter, moving the story along by leaps.
We start to get answers to Cass's past, though have more questions too. I look forward to learning more and more with Cass as she learns her power and what tasks she needs to work through with her sisters. And more about Del and Nix. Interesting how they are all connected.
We get to spend time with the sisters together, Del, Nix, and Cass. I really enjoy seeing them together. And we see Connor and Claire help them again. And of course we get Aidan. Cass and Aidan are just lovely. Cass seems to start to come to accept her friends putting themselves in harms way to help her, as she does and would do for them.
Cass is growing stronger! It's great to see her stand on her own and fight though see her start to let her friends help her too. The ending brings me to a stronger, determined feeling for Cass though we are left in a bit of a spot. It's not a terrible cliffhanger per say, but I want to know what's next. I'll be getting to the next book soon to see what happens next.
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