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Beneath the Roots

The Aure Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Krista Nicely
Length: 9 hrs and 39 mins
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Summary

The isle of Aure is an odd place. Half is buried under a perilous “cursed wood”, the other half is speckled with the ancient remains of a lost civilization. Aure’s newest inhabitants have made their homes on top of those ruins. Myths and legends abound. Stories about "the fae” are widespread, but never taken seriously. Soon, though, everything is about to change....

When 12-year-old Merisande happens upon a young fae prince, he gives her a summoning stone she can use to call him if she’s ever in need of help. 

Nine years later, Merisande is at a crossroads when her younger brother releases a bull from its pen and it damages the neighboring lord’s flock. The lord offers to set aside the damages if she’ll marry his son, a knight named Sir Avry. 

Despite Avry's deep love for Merisande, she despises him. Years ago, he helped give her brother a severe beating. The memory of that violence has stayed with her, and she decides it’s best to flee. Using the stone, she summons Gandel and begs him to take her to his land, Thorsault. 

But the fae kingdom turns out to be a dreadful place. The only humans living there are mute, sickly slaves who labor all day for their fae masters. Though Merisande is under the protection of Prince Gandel, she does not feel safe. 

Then, by chance, she encounters Sir Avry, who has followed her into the kingdom. Avry had nothing to do with the letter his father sent and refuses to marry a woman against her will. Merisande realizes that she may have prejudged him. But this problem is greatly overshadowed by much bigger ones: Gandel is unable persuade his father to free Avry, and the slaves are dying from a terrible plague. With no one to replace them, the fae king prepares to harvest more, and his target is none other than Merisande and Avry’s own people. Can they escape and warn their country before the unimaginable happens?  

©2018 W.K. Greyling (P)2018 W.K. Greyling

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Loved it!!

Beneath the roots was amazing the narrator's voice just like any other audio book takes a moment to make sense of. I loved how detailed and movie like the story was I loved the unique twist on fair folk I loved the dark woods what I disliked most about the book was that the main character wasn't the most relatable but because of the way the story is told it didn't bother me after I was fully absorbed into the story! I can't wait to get to the sequel!!

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Intriguing Book

A book full of brilliant characters, intrigue, knights ... damsels in need of saving,danger and action. The Fey world was vivid in its description, the narrator did a fantastic job with clearly defined voices for the characters, the only downside was the amount of whispering which became a little tiresome.

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Good intro to this fantasy world

I quite enjoyed this one, I was a big lover of fantasy novels many years ago, but in more recent years have taken to reading crime fiction and thought never to go back to fantasy but this book intrigued me, and I'm glad that I took this opportunity to dip a toe back into a world of fantasy, it was very enjoyable, albeit a little slow to start. Once Merisande found herself in Thorsault things became more intense.

Krista Nicely is a pleasant narrator, although she does narrate at rather a leisurely pace but this is better than speeding through at breakneck velocity, so I give her, and the story a fab four stars.

I recieved a free review copy at my own request and am delighted to leave this review.

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Wonderfull fantacy

I loved this book. So mysterious and believable without being over the top. Great twists which you cannot even begin to think pf untill you read it. Great end!

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Enjoyable

Something a little different for me, but an enjoyable story that feels as if it will build into an epic adventure. I shall look forward to listening to book 2

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Loved it

Great book, loved listening to it. The writer captivated me with this story and I enjoyed the narrating by Krista. Can't wait to listen to the second book.

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An enjoyable book.

I was given a free copy of this book and I'm leaving an honest and voluntary review.

I enjoyed this book, it's quite unique, very well written, the books keeps you engaged and always wanting to know more. The stories of the fea, the mysteries and myths are intriguing.
The narration is flawless, giving each character individualailty.
Over all a very good 1st book in the serise.

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Great storyline where you don't know whose side your on.

Hooked from the start but then it didn't go as I expected. This kept me enthralled and listening. There are two types of people, human and winged humaniods. You can't decide which are good and which is evil. But that's not what this about. This isn't a typical them and us. It isn't a typical romance. I couldn't wait to start book two.

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It's very good i give it 9 out of 10 one of my fav this year

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Enjoyable listen

Really enjoyed not the usual book I like but it kept me interested. Would recommend

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  • JEYCEE
  • 03-04-19

Beneath the Roots

The story moved along at a good pace not rushed, although I would have liked them to stay longer in the Fae land of Thorsault, as I found it very captivating.

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  • Austin
  • 30-06-19

Enchanting

This book was captivating. My favorite theme was the love story. W.K. Greyling has woven a beautiful love story that made my heart soar. A love story that was not shallow or contrived. In that, it was so refreshing.

I am eager for the next book. I want to know more about the hidden Fae Kingdom and their ultimate plan. I want to know about the lost civilization and what brought its demise. Are the inhabitants on the Isle of Aure going to be able to survive what seems like an imminent attack? What caused the creation of the cursed woods? What is the story behind the White and the red deer? Did the noble Fae, Gandel, survive? Will Merisande see him again? Is there any hope for the slaves of the Fae? Will the plague spread?

Here is a fantasy I can recommend wholeheartedly to the young and old. It is without bad language and is without sex.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request, and have voluntarily left this review. I thoroughly enjoyed it.




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  • Leelo
  • 09-02-19

An original and fun fast paced novel

This story is the perfect mix of clear detail and plot speed so, while it creates beautiful imagery in your mind, it moves fast enough to keep you interested. It's an unusual story and it's fun and exciting. The characters are well developed and stay true to their personalities. The narrator's voice is pleasant and peaceful to listen to. I highly recommend this book! Looking forward to more from W.K. Greyling!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 04-02-19

Loved it! I wish the next book was available now!

Narration was well done. Very compelling story. kept me listening for hours wanting to know what was going to happen next. Wish I could share my most memorable part but I dont want to give anything away.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 29-01-19

hard to stop listening!!

It was a great book, I am looking forward to listening to the next one! The story is well thought through and I found no story or character paradoxes, which always helps keep you in the story

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  • Stephen C McNerney
  • 20-02-20

Unique book

I read (listen to ) a lot of different books. This book is a real stand out. It starts as a medieval Fantasy with an interesting look at small village life. Great characters. Then the story takes a turn and becomes uniquely interesting. Gutting ready to start the second book. Well worth a credit.

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  • Paisley Heart
  • 10-01-20

Do you have a story

I was irritated every time I was interrupted while listing to this story. I didn't want to answer the phone or reply to a text or leave the house. I was a bit irritated with the female character at first, but she quickly got on her feet and stopped whining. So all the characters were well developed. The fantasy world made sense and worked within the story.. This did not end on a cliff hanger but the story resolved itself in a great ending. I do want to listen to the next book in this series.

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  • CD Rey
  • 01-01-20

Fantastic

I really enjoyed listening to this. It is the start of the journey for Merisande and Avry. This pulls you in keeps your interest through the whole thing. The story is wonderful it is very well written and the narrator brings it to life. You can see and feel what's going on. I couldn't put it down. I recommend it to all. I received it as a gift and this is my voluntary review.

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  • Jessica flores
  • 30-12-19

Amazing start to series

This book is fantastic! I thoroughly enjoyed the writing style of the author and the interpretation the narrator took on each character. i highly recommend this book!

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  • brisy
  • 29-11-19

A Wonderous Delight

Captivating... This is not my normal Genre but I took a chance and wasn't disappointed. I'm quite fond of Krista Nicely. She has a voice that makes me think of Disney narration, very familiar and comforting.

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