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Bride of the Shadow King

By: Sylvia Mercedes
Narrated by: Emily Lawrence,Tim Campbell
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Summary

A shunned princess. A reluctant king. A marriage that could save both their kingdoms...but destroy their hearts.

Though she is the oldest daughter, Princess Faraine lives in the background, shunned from court and kept out of sight. Her chronic illness makes her a liability to the crown, and she has learned to give place to her beautiful, favored younger sister in all things.

When the handsome and enigmatic Shadow King comes seeking a bride, Faraine is not surprised that her sister is his choice.

Though not eager to take a human bride, King Vor is willing to do what is necessary for the sake of his people. When he meets the lively Princess Ilsevel, he quickly agrees to a marriage arrangement.

So why can’t he get the haunting eyes of her older sister out of his head?

Passionate and alluring, Bride of the Shadow King is an arranged marriage tale with dual points-of-view (his and hers). The first book in a new fantasy romance series, this sweeping tale of love and betrayal is perfect for listeners looking for a touch of spice to go with the sweet in their next swoony, slow-burn romance.

©2022 Sylvia Mercedes (P)2022 Podium Audio

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Stunning narrative

Amazing!! Wow! I loved every moment of the ‘Bride of the Shadow King’

Such a gorgeous story that kept me captivated!

It has everything I like in a good fantasy romance:

> Marriage of convenience
> Forced proximity
> Slow Burn Romance
> Sizzling chemistry
> Princess in a tower
> Handsome Troll Fae
> Swoony characters
> a spellbinding world
> Thrill and angst

Favourite moments:
> the heart fasting (engagement)
> the marriage ceremony
> the beautiful first night
> the two sisters

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  • Jhege
  • 08-01-23

Awesome

I usually don’t like the duel readers audio books but I loved this one. Waiting patiently for the next one

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  • TA
  • 24-12-22

Action packed

Here it is 3:51 a.m. and I’m still listening; this book is so good 😊 The storyline is amazingly interesting and different. The author has a wild imagination. Narrators did a great job.

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  • Tess
  • 21-12-22

loved it

I really loved this book. I could not put it down it took me only 2 1/2 days to read it.

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  • Sheila Lim.
  • 07-11-22

the Bride of the Shadow King

there was a lot going on in this story. from a psychological point of view of understanding what it's like to be different and ostracized for your difference and not seen as Who You Are or who you could be and because of that you start to believe and self doubt yourself and your own possibilities. and then not standing up for what you know is right because you don't have the ability to what others who pretty much rule you in a sense but you have Choice even in the times when you don't think you have a choice and I think that's a lesson that's kind of learned in this story that when you think you're oppressed you still have a way to fight even if it's a freedom physically but

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  • E Ivet Q
  • 26-10-22

This story was tragic

If you are looking for a romance like I was, this is not it. The cover picture is very deceiving. Two people did fall in love however no happiness came from it. There is only heartache and tragedy in their love. Ignorance and feelings of betrayal twist that love and distort what is right. I can't wait for the next audible book. I couldn't put it down.

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  • JD
  • 24-10-22

Great listen!

Kept me on the edge of my seat, need the other books ASAP! I need to know what happens!!

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  • JulesG
  • 13-10-22

Tremendous

Not only is this book well written, but, listening plays out into an ever bigger picture in my mind by the narrator's
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This is a Tremendous Story. A must Read!

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  • Jennifer
  • 23-09-22

This is the first book I've read by the author.

This is the first book I've read by Syvia Mercedes and I have to say I really enjoyed it. I like a slow burn in a series that is introducing a new world to me. I really enjoyed this new take on the fae realm and customs and I'm looking for more. I can't wait for the next book to come out. A review I read before listening complained about the book going back and forth between points of view but I really like this approach because, the reader gets a glimpse into the thoughts each protagonist. The reviewer also complained about cliffhangers and unanswered questions, well without those why would there need to be another book? That's the nature of reading a series rather than a stand alone novel. I look forward to reading more by Sylvia Mercedes. I feel like I found a hidden Gem! The narrators: I loved their voices and I just got lost in their performance and I enjoyed listening to this book so much! If you love fairy stories, court intrigue and enjoy a slow burn , then you will love this book!

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  • Nyhree
  • 19-09-22

plot holes, plot armor, and a cliff hanger

slow burn is cool when done right. This story doesn't do it well. in the first half it was good, the slow burn was building and worth it. But then half way through you have the FMC lying for no reason. There was genuinely no reasoning for the FMC to go along with her families lies at all. especially since he, the MC, had already established that he originally wanted to marry the FMC.

like I'm good with drama, but not imaginary drama, used to create length to a book that ends on a cliff hanger. you added 5 hours to a book that weren't needed.

also the female lead is written inconsistently, one sec, in the beginning she's wise and loving enough to make the hard decision for him and his people in regards to her father. the next, she's cowering before everyone at the drop of a dime mid and end of the book.

save your money on this one and possibly your credit too.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 14-09-22

Great read! Can't wait to read the 2nd book!!!!

The story line keeps you guessing
and entertained. It reminded me of my favorite married to magic novels. Very passionate scenes only wish there more. In my opinion, the story ended too soon, it leaves in a weird place. Can't hardly wait for December for book 2.

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