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Summary

When free-spirited Merisande flees into a cursed wood to avoid an unwanted marriage to Sir Avry, she finds herself in a hidden kingdom full of winged people who keep human slaves. Her betrothed follows her there, and they are both captured and enslaved. Having learned that the fae king plans to attack their people and gather more slaves, Avry and Merisande must learn to work together to escape and save their country from impending doom.

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

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Slow to start but worth the wait…?

It took me a long time to get into this book, but once the story gels, it becomes more engaging and the plot then moves along at a brisk, adventure filled pace. It is a book that is probably more suited for younger readers… in terms of content and style of writing as well as the narration, which is reminiscent of a teacher reading to a class of young children.

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slow start but nice!

it took me a while before i could "feel" this book, but then it became a very nice adventure. i really enjoyed it. loved the characters and narration was good.

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Thoughtful

This book is about two young people who become involved in an adventure neither of them would ever have suspected. It would not have occurred to either of them as they were unlikely allies. The story develops as they discover a shocking truth and attempt to escape to warn their people of the danger.

The story line develops well and the characters develop throughout. The narration is good except where she begins to whisper and at that point one must listen very carefully to catch the context.

This book was provided free of charge with the expectation of an honest review.

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story within a story

The book felt like a slow burner at first, but damn did it escalate! lots of adventure and action - I especially liked a side story of a white doe that was weaved into the main storyline. Lovely book - highly recommend!

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Enjoyed this book

I’ll be honest it took me a little bit of time to get into the story, however once I got the hang of the characters I really enjoyed the book. Really good at creating vivid images of the story in your mind. Narrator also did a great job

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Great Series

This book started a bit slow it took me a bit to get into it once I did I couldn't stop listening to it. There were so parts to this book. I really enjoyed it. It had a very captivating story and was well written. I'm really looking forward to what happens next in White Bird. The narration was excellent too Krista fantastic job.

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Unique

This story was completely unexpected. While some of it became predictable, there were some pretty big twists that held my interest. Can't wait to listen to the next book!

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Must Read

Could not hit stop, sometimes just sat in the truck listening because I wanted to see what happens next. End kept me wanting more but luckily already had book 2.

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Great story, unpredictable and well paced

Really enjoyed this audiobook, it was so different from anything else I’ve read/listened to. It didn’t follow the same trope of damsel in distress getting rescued and immediately falling in love with the rescuer which I also respected. Really well paced and made me jump to listening to the second one straight away.

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I secretly wished she loved Gandel

Through the entirety of the story I had a feeling that Mer will end up with Avery but I hoped beyond hope she fell in love with the beautiful winged man. The story was captivating, kept me at the edge of my sit with how energetic and full of life the author describes every scene. I'm hoping for more lore about the fae and what happen with their homeland. I was especially impressed on what an awesome father Mer has and secretly wishing that's how mine was.. At times I was so impressed with the description of the forests and the farms that I could swear I was apart of the story that took place in the real world, made me feel a part of the whole story.

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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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  • Mae
  • 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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  • Lina
  • 04-06-20

Fantastic story

I really enjoyed the story which is in a great fantasy world, story is good to follow, I could not stop and finished audio book in a few days, also the speaker did a great job, I really enjoyed this book

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  • Jess H.
  • 22-04-20

Excellent fantasy paranormal story

This was an Excellent fantasy paranormal story. Not sure which classification is best. Interesting story line, great character development, great narration.

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  • jhanami
  • 10-03-20

Enjoyable and original

This review is for both books in this series as I listened to/ read them back to back.
I initially started with the audio version of Beneath The Roots but just couldn’t get into it - there’s nothing wrong with Krista Nicely’s narration as such, it just starts rather slowly and my attention kept wandering. I then switched to the ebook and got quickly drawn into the story - once that had happened I could alternate between reading and listening and enjoyed both.
The second volume is narrated by Tim H. Dixon who I found easy to listen to right from the start - by then I was invested in the characters of course and wanted to see what was going to happen to them.
The story itself is at the darker end of the fairy-tale spectrum (think Grimm rather than Disney), there’s plenty of original elements in both the plot and world building, the characters are layered and interesting and largely manage to avoid the typical fantasy stereotypes and tropes (a few of those we all want of course!) and the whole thing culminated in a satisfying ending. Great stuff!

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  • Thrones for ever
  • 01-03-20

Awesome

loved it was worth the wait characters well defined loved the narrator getting ready to give book two a listen

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  • Lindsay Smith
  • 29-02-20

Enchanting

This was a very enjoyable story. Like all fantasy books, it took a bit to acclimate to the world; however, the author managed to create a world that was interesting without being overly complicated. The main characters were likable and flawed in a relatable way. The narrator’s tone and pacing matched the story well, but I wish that there was more variation in her voice when she voices different characters. Overall, I really enjoyed it and am looking forward to the next book!

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