Book two of the Hathor Legacy series
On the planet, Hathor, an old threat re-emerges that may destroy the fragile alliance between the Guardians and Novacorp. When Nadira is called to investigate a rash of fires throughout the city, she discovers the Deshtu, another group with PSI powers who have been purposely kept in the shadows.
Working to uncover the source of the fires, Nadira learns the brutal truth about the origin of the Guardians. The Guardian Elders have plans to make Nadira more powerful, and she may be forced to sever her psychic connection to Jonathan Keel.
When an unexpected ally gives Jonathan information about the Deshtu that connects them to the fires, he becomes a convenient scapegoat for the opposing factions. Nadira puts her life on the line to solve the crime, while the Elders make their move to remove Jonathan from her life forever.
As time runs out, the Guardians prepare for a clash with Novacorp that could plunge the planet into chaos, and a final betrayal forces Nadira to risk everything to save herself and Hathor.
©2014 Deborah A. Bailey (P)2015 Deborah A. Bailey
This is an intriguing story and one which I wish I had read rather than heard as it is just possible that I would have found the written word more palatable. This was not a book for me, however. I found the main protagonist shallow, silly and, frankly, annoying, not at all the feisty rebel she was constantly said to be. If she was the most talented on the planet there seems little hope for it's future. Plus there was far too much 'nipple tweaking', though, mercifully, such passages were fairly brief. Perhaps it was this which had turned her relatively mindless.
The narrator, Kirstin James, has a lovely voice and makes a pretty good attempt at even male voices, though some of her females were excruciatingly twee. Unfortunately, she really melded into the character of Nadira and, as the story continued, Ms James's reading became, to my ear, increasingly breathless and saccarin sweet. Turning the speed to 1.25 helped initially, but not for long. Which influenced which? Was it the narration which made me find this book hard to finish or the character forging the voice of the narrator? I don't know.
My thanks to the right's holder for the gift of this book, sent to me via Audiobook Boom. Even though I did not personally enjoy Hathor Legacy: Burn,, it still would probably resonate with a very young adult audience as the overall idea is good and the concept of having to chose between love and obligation is an attractive one.
"Something is off in the Guardian system."
I didn't read the print version, but the audio edition brings the book into a new dimension as the characters are vocalized as individuals with personalities of their own. To me, this steps a written book up to the next level.
Something that sticks with me throughout the book is the relationship of Nadira and Jonathan. No matter what others tell them, they stand strong. There is romance present, but it's not the center of the story. It's a lovely addition to the story and shows the beautiful connection our couple has. Even though I worry of Nadira and Jonathan's relationship, Nadira and Jonathan are adamant they are together. I'm so glad for this unwavering believe in them. There is so much going on in the world around them that it is nice to see a solid feel between them. They trust in each other and always give each other the open to make their own decision on if they stay or not, but that they both love each other is always there and we know the choice if it needs to be made.
Kristin, once again, displays why she is one of my favorite voices in narrating stories. She becomes the story and the characters. She starts with emotion in her voice for the opening scene and throughout the book. She easily performs accents to differentiate the woman and men speaking. Each has their own personality in voice, attitude, tone, and presentation. By doing this I can see the character as Kristin's presentation is paired with Deborah's words. This makes it so easy to dive into a new audio book and not get lost.
Absolutely! I was drawn to the story by voice and words and wanted to stay with it until I was done.
This book ranks among the top of the top. For the story that's written and the depth of the world with a touch of romance, belief in others, action, worry, and the narration. I could go on and on about the written story along with narration here. But I'll stop before I bore you with all the gushing.
But I'll leave you with one last loving sharing paragraph.
I can't express how much I enjoyed this story! The plot and events that take place in this story. The relationship with Nadira and Jonathan. I JUST LOVED IT ALL! Sure, it's a romance and there are rather intimate moments, but the plot and story line was so well done. Deborah Bailey is jumping up my favorite ladder with this story (series). And Kristin with the vocals. WOW! I felt like I was there listening to everything in person.
"Great narrator, decent story"
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The story follows a mystery of burning buildings. Along the way, the characters uncover secret plots and conspiracies. I thought the utopia-feel could have been implemented a little better, for example by showing the good that's done by the guardians. The plot "twist" was predictable, and it made me wonder how their society didn't take it into account in the first place.
I really liked the narrator. I like Howell's accent, Karen's flirty voice, nadira's annoyance. I liked the subtlety she added in chapter 36 where two characters speak in unison. Voice-wise, michael and johnathan both have similar pitch, but their tones are different so they were still distinguishable.
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