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  • Hummingbird

  • Charade of Magic, Book 1
  • By: Helen Harper
  • Narrated by: Ruth Urquhart
  • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (10 ratings)

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Hummingbird

By: Helen Harper
Narrated by: Ruth Urquhart
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Summary

There are three absolutes in Mairi Wallace's world:

  1. The Mages rule every city in Scotland with terrible, violent authority.
  2. It is not physically possible for any woman to wield magic.
  3. Mairi does not have a voice.

She is about to learn that none of these things have to be true.

From twisted wynds and tartan shops to a dangerous daemon and malevolent ravens, the future of a tattered nation might lie with one solitary woman.

©2022 Helen Harper (P)2022 Tantor

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Slightly boring and rushed

Narration was good but the story felt a empty, boring, not fleshed out, the world building and magic system were just grey and easy…

It’s a series but probably won’t get book two as don’t really care what happens next, didn’t feel invested in the characters at all.

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Wow

As always fast paced, great characters and story. I can't wait for the next book

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  • Cynthia Larry
  • 04-12-22

dnf

really only listened to a few chapters. Narration was difficult for me, couldn't grasp the story. I think, dystopian

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  • Lady
  • 06-09-22

A First

I have listened to every one of Ms. Harper's series and have loved them all. It is a first for me to not like this one. It just didn't work. The story idea was good. In fact, the concept was exceptionally creative. Unfortunately, the follow through logic was weak. The character bumbles her way through danger, somehow escaping each situation, despite there being no logical way for her to do so. Slouch Witch, Fairy Godmother Series, Highland Series, and the many other exceptional series by Ms. Harper are all worlds above this one. A caveat, I have a personal connection with the main character's name and really didn't enjoy the story from that aspect as well. I don't think I'm conflating the name with my dislike of the story, but there is a slim possibility that such might be the case.

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  • Imaginethat
  • 22-07-22

Maybe the author should have hummed the words

For such an accomplished writer it was disappointing to listen to the "f" word continually throughout the story. It seems as if she ran out of imagination and substituted the easy, albeit lazy word for every frustration, surprise, hostility, and...well you get the picture. I usually enjoy Ms. Harper, especially the Spirit Witch series. Let's hope she gets her vocabulary back with future endeavors.