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Born of Aether

Elemental Origins Series, Book 4
Narrated by: Gabra Zackman
Length: 7 hrs and 21 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
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Summary

Thousands of copies sold, over a million pages read. Fans love the supernaturals of the Elemental Origins series.

They say if you tell a lie long enough, you'll eventually believe it, but Akiko will never forget who she really is.

Akiko Susumu is not what she seems. Her life as a normal teen living in a coastal Canadian town is a complete sham. The old man she lives with is not her grandfather, he's her captor. And Akiko isn't a teen. In fact, she isn't even human.

But Akiko isn't allowed to share the reality of her true nature with a single soul. Not even her three best friends know of the power she could wield, given the chance.

So, when she's sent back to her homeland to steal an ancient samurai sword, she jumps at the chance to secure her freedom, only to get caught in a deadly game of cat and mouse with the most dangerous crime syndicate in Japan.

Can Akiko escape with her life and her soul, or is true freedom as elusive as the Aether she was born from?

Born of Aether is the fourth book in the Elemental Origins series (which can be enjoyed in any order), a saga which follows four best friends over one magical summer. If you like incredible abilities, strong female characters, and a little romance, then you'll love A.L. Knorr's YA fantasy adventure series.

©2017 A.L. Knorr (P)2018 LMBPN Publishing

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Really enjoyed the intriguing story

Loved it, the twists and turns really got me excited to finish the book. The concept of the story was really interesting!

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Amazing

What an intriguing and unusual story. It is very different from all the other books in this wonderful series. It has lots of interesting cultural references and is a really gripping tale with amazing characters. The narrator really brings this book to life. I love this whole series and would recommend listening to this book.

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I didn’t want it to end!

Once again A.L. Knorr delivers another amazing elemental story. She makes the world she is fighting about come alive and I lived every minute with Akiko and didn’t want the story to end. Luckily it now on to Born of Air!

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Another gem...

This is the fourth book in the elemental series from A.L Knorr; this time following Akiko’s story in Japan.

Akiko is slightly different from the other girls, and I don’t want to share spoilers, but her background, history and past sparks a mixture of emotions, through a story of family life, tragedy, heartbreak and romance, as well as battles involving spirits and Demons, set in Akiko’s native Japan.

Your heart breaks over and over for Akiko as she faces the trials of her life, which has been way harder than it should have been for her. It is great to see how Abby his woven her story in with the lives of the other three girls, and I look forward to listening to born of air and the elementals books next.

I have read All of the elementals books and know that they are all fantastic, but I enjoy as ever listening to them as well, a lovely way to experience this fantasy world when I am too busy to sit and read a book for myself! Gabriela Jackman continues to do a brilliant job narrating. All of the elementals books and know that they are all fantastic, but I enjoy as ever listening to them as well, a lovely way to experience this fantasy world when I am too busy to sit and read a book for myself! Gabra Zackman continues to do a brilliant job narrating.

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Amazing!

This is Akiko's story - we find out that she's not a teenager like her friends Targa (Born of Water), Saxony (Born of Fire) and Georjie (Born of Earth), she is actually over 100 years old. Her tamashi was stolen and she was held captive for over 100 years. Fearing her sister, a kitsune, had betrayed her so that she could marry Akiko's fiancee, Akiko resigned herself to living as a captive for the rest of her life.

This book switches between present day and Akiko's past.

Akiko has to steal a sword for her captor and once she has recovered it, he will set her free. We see Akiko travelling to Japan in the Aether, transforming between different birds and her human form. She finds allies in Japan and learns more about her true self.

This is truly an amazing book - I initially read the Kindle book and loved it. Gabra Zackman really brings the story to life with her narration.

Definitely well worth listening to. I can't wait to listen to the next book (Born of Air).

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  • Melissa B Hurley
  • 05-12-19

Akiko took my breath away!!!

Akiko just blew me away. Her story was full of heart break and joy, love and answer, and every emotion in between. This is one of my favourite stories in the series for this reason. I love the way it is narrated, and moments of it left me holding my breath in anticipation. Simply a must read!

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  • richard joesten
  • 04-12-19

Born of Aether

A Fantastic read that intriqued me right from the start to the finish. This Audio is Fantastic the Author does a fabulous job at building the scenes so as you listen you can pucture them in your mind. It had me on the edge of my seat. The Narrator brings out the characters fantastic as well. This is definitely a must listen.
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  • Kindle Customer
  • 18-11-19

Power!

Loved it another great story of a young girl finding her powers! Narrator was great!

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  • 18-11-19

Different but excellent

Each book of this series has a different feeling and flavor. Born of Aether is different from all them by one major component. It has a more mature subject while maintaining a young adult quality.
The audio version was a great voice adaptation. It has a seamless retelling of the story with a pleasing voice (not always guaranteed).

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  • 🐺 SCARLET PIMPERNEL 🐺
  • 12-11-19

BORN OF AETHER

BORN OF AN ENERGY
STRONG AND FIERCE,
DIFFERENT YET SPECIAL
BEYOND THEIR REACH
FORCEFUL YET FREE IN SPIRIT.

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  • Mich Monk
  • 10-11-19

Hard To Pick The Best, But It's BOA

I have enjoyed every Origin book. I really really love this author's voice that is poetic and authentic to each story. I'm not the emotional type, but this story hit me in the heart. Maybe it's great that I'm reading this as an adult because I would've missed school or got caught reading in class to soak up this series during my teen years. Thank you for the cultural ride through old and contemporary Japan and it's folklore.

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  • B L Foster
  • 08-11-19

Love this series

I have loved every book in this series. AL Knorr does a fabulous job of developing her characters and Akiko is no different. Her story is filled with love and betrayal. You want everything to work out for Akiko only it keeps going wrong until the end. It had me in tears at the thought that she was reunited only to have to say good bye the love of her life. She learned of the ultimate sacrifice that her sister made for that reunion. I couldn’t stop listening. The story pulls you in to the very end and leaves you wanting more.

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  • Kat Yeargain
  • 06-11-19

Amazing!

Wow. Just wow. Hearing her story just made everything seem better. I love audiobooks for the reason of it helps me understand what’s going on and the details I miss with ADHD.

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  • Leslee Lusk
  • 04-11-19

Amazing

This was an amazing listen. Was great how it brings more life to the story as it starts to bring the characters together.

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  • DRBlevins
  • 01-11-19

Akiko!

Akiko’s story is one of my favs in this series. I’m actually impressed with this entire series so far. Knorr is awesome with the way she is able to weave her stories and so glad Gabra has the honor to tell us all about them. She captures each character perfectly.