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  • The Priestess and the Dragon

  • Dragon Saga, Book 1
  • By: Nicolette Andrews
  • Narrated by: Dawn Cromwell
  • Length: 16 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Summary

The Cruel Prince meets Inuyasha in this slow-burn romantic fantasy. You won’t be able to put down this action-packed fantasy adventure!

Exiled to a mountain shrine, Suzume trains to become a priestess serving the god of the mountain. As she toils at the temple, she longs for a life beyond its walls. Until she awakens the slumbering god and unmasks the temple’s centuries-old secret. 

The god is a fake. Five hundred years ago, the shrine’s founder sealed a dragon in a stone. And now that he’s free, he wants revenge. Unleashing the dragon wasn’t an accident. As Suzume learns, she’s the first priestess’ reincarnation. 

He spirits her away and Suzume plots to kill him before he kills her. But the more time they spend together, she starts to question her feelings for him. Tangled threads of fate bind them together and Suzume must decide: will she follow her heart or will history repeat itself? 

Start the adventure today with this epic romantic fantasy sure to please listeners who enjoy aching slow-burn romance, twists and turns, complex characters, and villains you love to hate!

©2015 Nicolette Andrews (P)2022 Nicolette Andrews

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magic

Loved the narration of Dawn Cromwell, kept me interest and wanting to find out what happens next.

This book has it all magic, romance , betrayal , humour , complex characters and power
It’s a good book, At times I wanted to hit the main characters.

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Great but heavy going at times

This story was very heavy going at times but im glad i stuck with it. There is a good set-up for further stories. The gang is now established to move on, and the enemy clearly defined, but the gods need freeing. This task wont be easy. The twins, their father, and the kitsuani will join the priestess princess and the dragon in freeing the eight who were sealed by the human priestess who held the love of the dragon orginally and who sought immortality to see a life in eternity with him. Her desire fractured her soul and leads to the current priestess the princess having a piece of that soul as does the enemy. The quest to do the right thing is their role in serving the world right now.

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loved this

can't wait for Book 2.
I thought the story was enjoyable and the narrators voice made the book, and kept you wanting to listen chapter after chapter.

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  • Terri
  • 06-09-22

There Be a Dragon Here

This is my first book by the author, Nicolette Andrews and I enjoyed it. She is a good story weaver and I appreciated her research of Japanese history and Mythology. The Priestess and the Dragon is a good fantasy for tweens on up. Nothing too graphic or sexual.

I totally enjoyed the strong female characters along with being multidimensional for both the sexes & other species. Seeing main characters, Suzume & Kaito, slowly start to trust one another and let down their guards occasionally was more realistic timewise than most books. I look forward to future audiobooks from this series.

Narrator, Dawn Cromwell did a wonderful job, especially for her first book. Good voice variations, rhythm & timing.

True Story: My daughter & I attended a showing of the Last Unicorn during 80s week at a local theater. She aided a couple wanting their picture by the poster & they reciprocated. Walked in to our pre-bought assigned seat & miraculously ended up sitting next to them. The chatting commenced until movie time and it turns out the woman was Narrator, Dawn Cromwell who was trained by a familiar narrator to us, Jeffrey Kafer. Kafer will be proud.

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  • KDS/BJD
  • 06-09-22

Great Narration! Good Dragon Priestess Fantasy

In this fantasy tale, suitable for adults and teens, Suzume, an Eastern princess is shipped off to train as a priestess when her mother's adultery is discovered. She realizes her temple is not legitimate and leaves with the dragon. Thus starting a long journey with the dragon-man, during which she will discover her self and her special powers as she battles giant spiders and other foes. This would be a great animated film and is book 1 of a much longer series.

But, the best part of this book was the 5 star A+ narration. Dawn Cromwell is one of the best I have heard. She varies tone, pitch, pause placement and rate in a pattern that enhances the story. Characters could have been more dramatically differentiated in some placed, but overall, a great piece of audio performance

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  • CuteAsADaisy
  • 01-09-22

Great Start to YA Japanese Dragon Romance Series

Great Start to YA Japanese Dragon Romance Series

Parents- PG13- more young adult +17 and up
Language: some but no f-bombs
Violence: moderate violence with murders and fight scenes but not overly graphic
Sexual Content- undertones and insinuations, desires, seduction attempts, this book stays clean but sets the stage for future interactions in the coming books

An interesting first book to a Japanese mythology based fantasy romance. I really liked how the author twined in some of the characters from her other books. This starts out a bit confusing and slowly pieces come together and then it is staged quite well for book two without being left on a cliffhanger. The character and world building was wonderful and even through I really didn't like the bratty spoiled princess character I did still enjoy the story, and loved the in actions with the dragon. I'm looking forward to see where this tale goes.

The narrator was great although I thought it was better at 1.3x speed. She had good differentiation between characters and the overall acting was well done.

—I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Korra II Baskerville
  • 27-08-22

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The 2 most stand-out things about this story…. are both told up front in the summary, which I didn’t read. It’s slow as all hell, good god, it’s nothing, if not slow. And I noticed it was extremely similar to the anime version of Inuyasha. (I can’t comment on the manga, I haven’t read it yet and anime/manga aren’t usually my thing.)

It may leave this review a bit lacking, but I genuinely have been struggling to find anything else to say about it. Every time I think of the plot, I think of how slow it is and make a bunch of Inuyahsa crossover references. But I know not everybody will have watched that show, so a list of meaningless references isn’t going to help.

It’s a good book. It’s slow as a crockpot (to steal a line from Aron Beauregard), I didn’t struggle as much with the Japanese cultural references as I did with the …. whatever the other series was called by Nicolette Andrews. The Snow White, Little Red Riding Hood and Little Mermaid retellings. Which are a separate series, but set in the same world. I’m also unsure of the timeline of these stories, but I think this might be set prior.

I didn’t find any issues with the narrator, or the audio itself. I never had trouble telling who was speaking. Everything was clean and clear, easy to follow along and slow as all hell. I really can’t stess that enough.

NOTE: This copy was provided to me free of charge as a digital review copy. The opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone, I was not paid or requested to give this book a certain rating, suggestion, or approval.

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  • Jackie T
  • 22-08-22

Outstanding

Suzume trains to become a Priestess even though she wishes for a different life With the Narrator’s help you are part of her world for awhile. Definitely enjoyable.

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  • Daisy
  • 18-08-22

Good book

I enjoyed listening to this story narrator did a wonderful job. The main characters at the beginning were a little hard to like but as the story went on they grew on me and ended up enjoying this book.

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  • BigT
  • 12-08-22

Very well done

This is a great entertaining story that will thrill you and make you cheer and the main female character is top notch and knows what she wants

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  • Laura
  • 08-08-22

Fascinating Fantasy

I really enjoyed this first book in the "Dragon Saga" series. The story was convoluted. The characters were complex. Magic, betrayal, power, humor, and romance peppered the tale. I liked that the fantasy included beings that exist in Asian folklore. I am looking forward to the next book in the series. Dawn Cromwell's narration was great, and she kept my attention with her performance. I was given a free copy of the audiobook, and I have voluntarily posted this review.

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  • Donna
  • 07-08-22

Long but excellent book

It’s a good book but it’s definitely interesting in more way then one. There was definitely a few times I would have liked to hit the main characters. The narrator was wonderful as well.

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  • jennine.
  • 06-08-22

The Value of self verses love and success

The Value of self verses love and success. When your life's goal is to become powerful in the eyes of your peers by marrying a high ranking man then your life needs a real BIG shake up and boy is Suzume in for a life changing adventure. This is a good value story of adventure,emotions, and surprises galore. Well narrated and a good 16 hours of entertainment. Recommended clean story.

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