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Serena knows a few simple things. She will always be owned by a warlock. She will never have freedom. She will always do what her warlock wishes, regardless of how inane, frivolous, or cruel it is. And if she doesn't follow the rules, she will be tarnished. Spelled to be bald, inked, and barren for the rest of her life - worth less than the shadow she casts.

Then her ownership is won by a barbarian from another country. With the uncertainty that comes from belonging to a new warlock, Serena questions if being tarnished is really worse than being owned by a barbarian, and tempts fate by breaking the rules. When he looks the other way instead of punishing her, she discovers a new world. The more she ventures into the forbidden, the more she learns of love and a freedom just out of reach. Serena longs for both. But in a society where women are only ever property, hoping for more could be deadly.

©2013 Janeal Falor (P)2013 Janeal Falor

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Flawed on every level

I've been listening to audio books for at least 10 years and this has to be the worst I have encountered in terms of plot, delivery and even technical production.

The author has sacrificed plot for commentary on dresses, hair, makeup and kissing even the very rare appearance of magic is dominated by its pretty colours. The feeble plot might be acceptable if this were a character study but unfortunately the characters are thinly sketched at best. The author even fails to create a credible universe for her characters to inhabit and what little their is spoilt by drifting into modern idiom, names and objects.

The narrator has a pleasant enough voice but struggles to distinguish characters clearly, making some conversations confusing. Sentences are often misread or misattributed and she seems to have no grasp of the characters or how given the situation, they might deliver their lines.

To cap it all the production is appalling. A background hiss permeates the book except between chapters when the sudden, glorious silence reminds you of what you are enduring. Volume levels are inconsistent and part way through the book data corruption causes it to loop, stutter and skip.

For me that was the final straw and I gave up. The only positive thing I can say is that the marketing people must have done a good job because their is no other excuse for me having bought this book.

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  • Sarah
  • 20-01-16

Screwed up audio

The audio began skipping and repeating and becoming unintelligible when there was an hour and 43 min left.

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  • elizabeth
  • 18-01-16

Enjoyed the story

I loved the story line however at the end of the book it started skipping so I missed the last part. I had to skip two whole chapters because a glitch kept either repeating the same work for a few minutes or skipping words all together.

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  • T Felkner
  • 29-08-16

Wonderful Story

This is a wonderful tale. The narrator did a wonderful job. My only complaint us that there were several hiccups in the recording about 2/3rds of the way through and it made it difficult to understand what was being spoken. It lasted for an entire chapter. Fortunately, I owned the book and was able to manual read that chapter to get the full story.

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  • Stephy
  • 27-04-16

Very displeased, bad audio

Skipping and jumping through chapter 35 was very irritating. Just glad it was only one chapter and the ebook was free so could at least read what happened.

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  • happyjo
  • 10-09-17

Women need loving treatment

This was a roller coaster of emotions for me. Having grown up in a society where women didn't have equal rights this fantasy book was difficult to read. I loved the book.

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  • VERB
  • 31-07-16

just so slow

I read it because I bought it. It was very slow moving. It lacked creativity. The storyline was too predictable. It always seemed like it was going to develop into something that but did not. The story was written dependent upon a second book.

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  • Cschwindt87
  • 17-06-16

Loved every second of it!

Gripping story line that had me unable to stop listening! So many surprises and plot twists! Loved every single character!

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  • Ashley Grace
  • 17-05-16

Loved the book but not the audio.

The audio was good till I got to chapter 36 then it started to skip and did not get any better after that.

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  • James R. Wharton
  • 19-04-16

Emotionally intense

Any additional comments?

First book in the Mine series. This is suitable as a stand-alone book.

The author does a very good job of conveying the effects of physical and psychological torment without graphically describing these events. The story shows us a world where women are considered property and their only value is their ability to produce magically endowed male children. The world building is terrific.

The protagonist is a rebellious 17 year old whose perception of self-worth was worn down by her abusive father. This book is not for the faint of heart but may be suitable for an advanced placement English course.

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  • Bekka
  • 11-04-16

Interesting Story!

Good reader. A little young sounding, but she differentiates her characters well. Love the how the clothing shows how restricted women were in all aspects of their life. The way things really were in our own past. Highly recommend