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Summary

Jalia hasn't ever played a game she can't win.  

The promise of a queen's ransom is too much for lifelong gambler Jalia to pass up. The untouched planet of Minos is rumored to be so wealthy, one can walk along the beach and pluck diamonds from the sea. According to the contract, all she has to do to win is solve a few puzzles and navigate a labyrinth or two. Simple! But she didn't read the fine print....

She isn't competing to win treasure, she's competing to become queen of Minos. Marriage to the king: mandatory. A king who sends men to their deaths by the dozen kills anyone who dares speak against him, and his people live in fear of his wrath.  

Bound by the contract, Jalia has no choice but to try or die while the challenges grow evermore deadly. Even if she wins, marrying the monstrous king of Minos may be a fate worse than death.  

Contains mature themes.

©2018 Isabel Wroth (P)2019 Tantor

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  • 10-06-19

Best book I've listened to in years!!!

Seriously, this story is so well written that I'm devastated it's over! Please write more stories set in this world!

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  • Savvy
  • 19-02-21

Diamond in the rough

Listen to this book. Read this book. The story is fantastic. The writing is superb. The descriptive writing take you into the strory. The lead female character is bad a**. Most fiction stories you read the female lead is physically advanced and can do unimaginable things. Well, unimaginable to me, anyway. This female lead, however, has an amazing brain, is witty with a smart mouth and good soul. No “magical”abilities other than being able to change the color of her hair and eyes and skin. This book brings humor, anticipation, panty melting, and sci-fi. I’m so glad I found this gem. The story does drag on at the end. But no complaints from me. The writer had more to tell about her characters and the worlds they live in. Well done and thank you.

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  • Dolly
  • 11-11-20

Loved it

I enjoyed this audiobook so much. The narration and the story are both beautiful! Definitely recommend it. 💗

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  • AMP5
  • 14-05-21

Unique story and entertaining

Unique story and good world-building. Simple but entertaining. Narration was okay. I could see future story possibilities but appreciated that author actually tied up the main story for once, while throwing out crumbs for future stories. To me I prefer that in a series, versus splitting one story into 2 or 3 books.

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  • Addicted to Audio
  • 02-04-21

Worth the credit

This feel-good sci-fi/fantasy romance story is worth your time and credit. I enjoyed the action and the love story. Everything ties up a little too nicely in the end and the climax of the book happens about halfway through. I wish there were more clues for some of the revelations that happen towards the end. Overall this is a great story, okay narrator and leaves you satisfied in the end.

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  • Selma
  • 08-09-20

Good plot, ok written, mediocre narration

Interesting plot with meetings and integration of future different civilisations. Also one where the human world isn’t (for once) the ones technologically in a disadvantage-that’s cool.
A nice love story, but I just felt a bit bored by the end, kind of a never ending story, last hour of the book I could of been without, but I’m guessing she’s building up for a second book so I get it.

Narration ok for some characters, but way to dramatic when crying or in “pleasure”.
Unfortunately her narration for some male parts where just horrible. The description of Naveer was a pretty sympathetic and manly guy, but she made him sound like an annoying cheerleader..?

But overall a good sci-fi- romance in a pretty cool setting, although a bit too long and one to many side plots going on.

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  • 13-08-20

Best sci-fi Adventure

This was so good! The author did an amazing job. I hope there is a second book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-05-20

So glad I found this!

I loved this book. It was the perfect mix of sci-fi alien worlds, fantastical creatures and, royal court society. I highly recommend. :)

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  • Memeke
  • 19-02-20

Unexpectedly Awesome!

I really didn't know what I was getting myself into with this book. Was it science fiction? Fantasy? Well you know what? It was all of that an then some! We have a witty and compelling main character who overcomes her past and grows. Our love interest is equal parts smart, strong, and kind. The clashing worlds of science fiction and a developing planet is fascinating to learn more about, and I love that we are able to expand the story to different characters and their journeys. I do have to say, at first, there are a few characters that are a bit over the top, and if they had stayed in the story, I would have given this a lower rating. Thank goodness that wasn't the case. As soon as these almost two-dimensional characters are removed, we could focus fully on the main character and kingly love. Please, do this a try!

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  • Booklight
  • 18-02-20

How refreshing, a complete story.

Action, drama, romance. This book gives you everything. I disagree with the people that said it dragged on. Wroth gave us a complete story and didn't cliffhanger it out for three books, which could have been done with ease. I dare say the epilogue was a bit rushed. The two side characters blazed to a conclusion eventhough it seemed a little out of character for them.

Narration was fine. This book had more than enough characters to warrant multiple narrators. I felt there were times Young was struggling to make them all sound different.

On a side note, the pretend cursing seems juvenile. Tou can write sex scenes but you draw the line at cursing? If it was a character quirk that's one thing but that was not the case.