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Queen's Ransom

The Golden Bulls of Minos
Narrated by: Marnye Young
Length: 13 hrs and 27 mins
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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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  • 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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  • Alex
  • 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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  • Amazon Customer
  • 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.

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  • Liesel
  • 28-12-19

A very good story

The book was a very nice read. Way towards the end it got a bit draggy but overall gripping storyline and can recommend to read.

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  • Noudles27
  • 02-11-19

good plot

The only thing I liked about this story was the plot and the HEA. Some parts of the book felt rushed and it just jumped from one thing to another, making me feel like I missed something; however, it happened more than once during the story. The narrator didnt do a very good job with the voices of all the characters in the book. Some manly characters had girly voices and the hero's voice wasn't very well done.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-08-19

Unespected loved this!!

I had never heard of this author before but the story sounded interesting and I thought what the heck, let me try it. It ended up being very entertaining and a gripping story. There are some details that I feel were left out and I was a bit confused at times, but for the most part it's an amazing story with lots of adventure, tons of humor, and lots of romance. You can't help but fall in love with the love story between Dega and Jalia. I would definitely recommend to anyone who loves fantasy romance novels.

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  • Jonella A. Moore
  • 15-07-19

A different but entertaining romance!

I enjoyed this audiobook very much. The characters were interesting and made me want to keep listening to the story. The setting is the planet Minos, where the king ants to find a wife. His advisor goes out and brings back a group of different alien women who will compete to become queen. The heroine is a human who signed up thinking she was winning a valuable prize, only to find out the conditions after she arrives. The king is gorgeous, but the contestants are problematic. The contests consists of 9 maze challenges, with each one becoming more difficult. The king wants her to win, but can’t just stop the contest and declare her queen. This story has action, humor and sexy bits. Narration was well done, but I think a male voice could have added to its overall appeal.

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