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National Best Seller

The electrifying first novel of an all-new fantasy series from the legendary author behind the Shannara saga, about a human girl struggling to find her place in a magical world she’s never known

“Enticing ... Brooks’s fans will be thrilled to have a new series to savor.” (Publishers Weekly)

At 19, Auris Afton Grieg has led an...unusual life. Since the age of 14, she has been trapped in a Goblin prison. Why? She does not know. She has no memories of her past beyond the vaguest of impressions. All she knows is that she is about to age out of the children’s prison, and rumors say that the adult version is far, far worse. So she and some friends stage a desperate escape into the surrounding wastelands. And it is here that Auris’ journey of discovery begins, for she is rescued by a handsome yet alien stranger.

Harrow claims to be Fae - a member of a magical race that Auris had thought to be no more than legend. Odder still, he seems to think that she is Fae as well, although the two look nothing alike. But strangest of all, when he brings her to his wondrous homeland, she begins to suspect that he is right. Yet how could a woman who looks entirely Human be a magical being herself? 

Told with a fresh, energetic voice, this fantasy puzzle box is Terry Brooks as you have never seen him before, as one young woman slowly unlocks truths about herself and her world - and, in doing so, begins to heal both.

©2021 Terry Brooks (P)2021 Random House Audio

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Terry does it again

I have been reading terry brooks since discovering his books in a train station book shop way back in 1988 and have been reading them ever since , a content companion into imagination and escapism long may it continue, highly recommended

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Child of Light a fabulous new Terry Brooks series

I just love it. Another masterpiece from Terry Brooks who is my favourite fantasy writer. The narrator was new to me, but handled the difference characters very well. The story line was infectious from the first line, it hooked me in straight away. And the ending twist was just brilliant. Already pre-booked the next instalment. Happy days.

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starts ok but drifts away and ends up dull

the story is repetitive with the same events happening again and again. the 'twists' are seeable a mile off. as with terry brooks, there is strange sexual stuff which would be inappropriate for a minor. the narration is dull and lifeless and, although it is a new world, it seems very much like word and the void and shannara, his other books. i wish he'd go back and fill the gaps in shannara and leave the increasingly sexual elements of his work, some seeming inappropriate,


i won't bother with book 2

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Dribble

No depth, no characters, no feeling, no colour and no detail. First time I’ve not been able to finish a book on audible. Utter dribble

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I don't usually stop half way through an audiobook

I just couldn't get into this book at all. The constant whining of the main character drove me to quit. The narrator tries her best but she just sounds miserable because that's what the character is. The whole "I've just met this guy but I love him" trope is pretty ridiculous to me. Her knowledge, for someone with no memory of her life before being locked in prison, is just stupid and unbelievable.

Too many clichés, an instantly dislikeable main character, and side characters who annoy more than please, are not something I look for in a good audiobook. Every "twist" that happened could be seen by a blind man a mile away.

I'm sure some people will like the book. It's not badly written, if you like teen love fiction, but just not what I expect from a good fantasy novel.

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Wonderful

What a wonderful story exactly what you expect from Terry Brooks but also beautifully read by Jeremy I thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience

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  • Dawn G
  • 26-10-21

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This book was a mix of heartache and triumph. The twists and turns the story took were an amazing ride through a wonderful new view of what the battle between humans and Fae would be like. You really hated the bad guys, cheered for the good guys and cried for the fallen that were lost along the way.

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  • 22-10-21

Couldn’t Continue

It is written about a 19 year old girl but with a style more suitable to 14 year-old maturity. I love Terry Brooks, I have thrived on the Shanara series and all related novels. I’ve read them all, and anxiously await new arrivals. But I couldn’t get through more than 4 hours of this. Some may say I didn’t give it a chance. However I had to return it, because I could go no further. I gave it two stars out of respect for one of my all-time favorite authors. I think he missed the boat on this one. I sincerely hope that those who powered through it are rewarded with satisfaction. I judged it early I admit.

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  • Jesse
  • 19-10-21

Child of Light

Wow. From the maker of Shannara, comes this brilliant fantasy novel. The characters are rich and complex, the story fascinating. This is definitely top tier Terry Brooks. I hope to return to this world.

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  • Zero Calvin
  • 27-10-21

Overall Pretty Solid

This was a well written and pretty solid story. The bones of the story are nothing new, but the details were nice. The story was something of a soap opera, so if you enjoy tons of tension and a constant curiosity to understand certain facts about the main character's history, then you will like it quite a bit. For me, the constant threat of one boogyman or another spoiling her happiness prevented me from enjoying the story, but others may like that sort of thing. The ending, at least, was satisfactory and fit the story well. Overall, I liked listening to it but didn't necessarily enjoy it, if that makes any sense. I'd say overall it is worth a listen if it sounds interesting to you.

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  • Jonathan Clark
  • 16-11-21

Definitely not a typical terry brooks book

Has the feel of a young teen romantic book. Think along the lines of the twilight series. All done from first person of the heroine. Not for me. Have 3 hours left and can’t wait for it to be over. :(

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  • Brian
  • 27-10-21

Boring and late to the party in an overcrowded YA

Utterly uninteresting with boring characters in a boring world with predictable villains. The magic is bland. This feels like it could be set in between the fall of man and the beginning of the world of Shannara, but it simply fails to be interesting.

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  • Christopher Rios
  • 07-01-22

“Put it in reverse, Terry!!”

Never once in my Audible history have I hit the skip ahead button until this book. The endless droning on about how she’s drooling over the stick man is overkill. You can have a love story and still have THE story, but this was just a lot of her blabbing on about “Oh my, those eyes!” Shew lort… I never rolled my eyes so many times in a book. I’ve loved Terry for years, still do. The Landover series is my favorite. This book was just not his best. The other thing that drives me absolutely up the wall is the use of the word “save” instead of simply saying “except”. What do you have against the word except?! Lol The narrator drove me silly. Let me point out that she did her job, she pronounced words clearly, etc. It’s just that I was so aggravated with this character that it followed over to the narrator and I apologize for the low rating. This book just failed in so many ways.

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  • Janine
  • 05-01-22

Dissapointing...

Not what I expected from Terry Brooks. Struggled to finish it - as other reviews have said, mostly a whiny teen (or even pre-teen) romance story. Didn't like the narrator much either...

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-01-22

is this really a terry Brooks book?

this was extremely difficult to listen to. the story and antagonist were just dull. I tried to listen to it between various other books but just haven't been able to finish. I find it hard to believe that the author of the Shannara series and Knights of the Word wrote this. pass on this one.

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  • Nikki
  • 27-06-22

Incredible book

To date I have read every thing Terry Brooks has written, every time you step into one of the worlds Mr.Brooks has created you feel immersed in the story. The detail and overall heart put into this story is evident from beginning to end. Wonderful book , would overall recommend it if you are fans of his overall genres style! So excited for book two! Also the narrator for audible was incredibly talented, took you right along as each character so thoroughly and completely, just superb narration and use of voices- incredible. I especially loved the sisters, but the main character, you couldn’t help but root for her.