Recent art school graduate Bekah thought she'd hit the jackpot: an unknown relative died, and she inherited a small fortune and a huge house in the mountains of North Carolina.
Trey Howard, the lawyer who handled the estate, is a handsome man in his 20s and they hit it off right away - and soon become more than friends. Bekah expected a pleasant year to get her head together and have a romantic fling. Problem is, the house is full of junk...and siblings she didn't know she had are willing to kill her for it.
More important, the junk in her new house is magical, she's surrounded by monsters, and her life seems to be in mortal peril every time she ventures into a new room. As Bekah discovers more about her mysterious benefactor and the magical world he inhabited, she's realizes that as tough and resourceful as she is, she might just be in over her head...
Heirs of Grace is a tale of family and magic, action and wonder, blending the strong heroine, cheeky humor, and dark fantasy that have become the hallmarks of Tim Pratt's writing.
©2014 Tim Pratt (P)2014 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved
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"A Magical Masterpiece - Outstanding Audiobook"
This was one of the better books that I have listened to in a very long time. I actually listened to it twice! The story was very well written, the characters were real and believable, the overall concept of the story was fascinating, and it was actually funny enough at some points to make me laugh out loud. Add to all of that a top-notch narration and you've got a true magical masterpiece!
Bekah is a recent Art School graduate and still figuring out what she wants to do with her life. She learns that her absent biological father has passed away leaving her his large house, vast property, and enough money that she will be able to take a year or two off. While she is skeptical about receiving such a gift from a man she has never met, she nevertheless drives the 11 hours to take possession of the property and make an effort at possibly becoming an artist. What she discovers is more than just a house, but a ramshackle mansion filled with seemingly random junk.
It only takes her a few days to realize that her father was more than just an average man... Many of the objects in his home, and even the home itself, have strange magical powers. Magic books, invisible cars, objects that heal, transporting mirrors, and bells of truth are only the beginning of what she discovers.
However, she was not the only child of Archibald Grace. She has other siblings that not only know a lot more about the family than she does, but have magical abilities of their own. Though some turn out to be allies, others show themselves to be enemies bent on inheriting their fathers powers before Bekah can...
This was not your average magical story. There was a true uniqueness here that I can only hope the author will someday turn into a series.
Narration for this book was absolutely top-notch. There were a surprising number of voices and characters that the narrator performed flawlessly with exactly the right voices and tones that added to the overall story.
You will not be disappointed with this book. I highly recommend!!
"Enjoyable story, but..."
This was an unexpectedly enjoyable book. Funny, suspenseful, clever. My only complaint is the overuse of the F-word. I'm not a prude, but it's not like this was some inner city gritty crime novel. It's set in the south for heavens sake! And we say things like "for heavens sake!"
"Great book. A series would be enjoyable."
Sure. It was fun. Easy reading. Times you needed to be sharp to follow. Other times was pretty fun. *Definitely needs a note about the language though*. My 13 yr old would enjoy this very much but too many f bombs thrown around consistently.
The real personality of the main character. She made me smile throughout.
No. This one was good though. Wasn't a distraction from the story.
More than anyone bargained for.
Another fun read. Most of the time there was no gut clench as I got through the stressful spots. Was easy to root for the main character. & I loved her friends. The brother scene completely weirded me out though.
Decent fantasy story, narrator has a few minor issues like making any male with a southern accent sound like he's 65 years old but overall wasn't bad. At least she narrates like a normal person talks and doesn't feel the need to precisely enunciate every single letter of every word like some do. It isn't great literature, but it's an interesting story that moves at a good pace, and that's all I was looking for. My biggest pet peeve is that the main character always referred to her love interest as a "boy," as in "the boy I like" or "the boy I kissed," even though they were both fully adult twenty-something college graduates instead of sixth graders. It just sounded childish. Maybe it was supposed to be her feminist answer to women her age being called "girls" by men; maybe it was some linguistic fad from recent years that I missed (I'm forty-something, not twenty-something). Either way, it was annoying, but not enough to ruin the book.
"Heirs of Grace"
Loved it! Now that you have the characters worked out, where is the second book? I would love to see more of the house and the world mages grew up in.
"My Favorite Read"
Long lost relatives, fabulous beasts, romantic comedy! Unconventional, yet very satisfying plot. I sincerely hope there's a sequel.
Magic, a little southern romance and an old house full of secrets. I've read and listened to hundreds of books and can honestly say this writer has (in the words of Agatha Christie) "Originality of Mind." I was very impressed by the narrator as well. She took on the various voices of the people and creatures in the story like she was putting on their identity. She was perfect. Really hope there are sequels to this one!
"Quirky and unique"
This book moves at a fast pace with a unique storyline and resolution. Fun characters and quirky family ties made it a very entertaining listening experience.
"love this magical fantasy"
this story of a magic family and the history behind it really captured me from the beginning!! I haven't read a story as good as this in a long time!! check it out!! you won't regret it!!
"Not What I Expected"
What a trip! It's like a hidden puzzle, Clue game, with good and bad guys and a bit of snogging. The narration is spot on! Try it. I believe you'll love it.
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