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A Labyrinth of Scions and Sorcery

Book Two in the Risen Kingdoms
Narrated by: Erin Bennett
Series: The Risen Kingdoms, Book 2
Length: 18 hrs and 35 mins
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A Labyrinth of Scions and Sorcery is the masterful second audiobook in Curtis Craddock's critically acclaimed high-fantasy Risen Kingdoms series, continuing the engrossing tale of courtly intrigue and breathtaking magic and starring our fiercely intelligent heroine Isabelle des Zephyrs with her loyal musketeer Jean-Claude.  

Isabelle des Zephyrs has always been underestimated throughout her life, but after discovering the well of hidden magic within her, unveiling a centuries-long conspiracy and stopping a war between rival nations, she has gained a newfound respect among the cutthroat court.   

All that is quickly taken away when Isabelle is unfairly convicted of breaking the treaty she helped write and has her political rank and status taken away. Now bereft, she nevertheless finds herself drawn into mystery when her faithful musketeer Jean-Claude uncovers a series of gruesome murders by someone calling themselves the Harvest King.  

As panic swells, the capital descends into chaos, when the emperor is usurped from the throne by a rival noble. Betrayed by their allies and hunted by assassins, Isabelle and Jean-Claude alone must thwart the coup, but not before it changes l’Empire forever.  

The Risen Kingdom series: 

  1. An Alchemy of Masques and Mirrors 
  2. A Labyrinth of Scions and Sorcery 
©2019 Curtis Craddock (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 22-03-19

Loved it!

Isabelle is an absolute delight! The narrator did a fantastic job and the story is really engaging and well thought out. One of my new favorite series.

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  • Frostyboy
  • 12-03-19

Wonderful and full of fantastic imagry.

just amazing, I hate that it's over. tempted to do it again. strong recommendation from me!

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  • gzander
  • 19-03-19

An unexpected delight

I really love this series. It's one of those rare things where I slowed down listening as I got closer to the end because I was sad that there were no other books in the series (yet? seems like there's room for more if the author wants to continue it). The world building is great, the characters are fun, and the style is swashbuckle-y and political all at the same time. A real delight!

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  • Chuck
  • 12-09-19

Not nearly as good as the first

The majority of this book was information dumps, description, and filler. It is missing the feel that the first book had. You could literally cut out 3/4 of this book and not notice. The writing was different like someone trying to be very verbose and eloquent but just sounding silly. The characters were all pulled out and remade differently. They weren't the same as the last book and they lost their 3 dimensions. I had high hopes for this, as the first book was very good, but it just fell flat. The plot could have been very good but it was executed so poorly. The author should have spent time developing Isabel's sorcery. He should have used more points of view than just Isabel and Jean Claude. Their points of view were identical and we spent a lot of time figuring the same things out twice. There wasn't very much about the steampunk cities or the ancient technology. Also, the author kind of undid everything from the first book rather than take it further and make it grow. Very disappointing. Read the first one, skip this one.

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