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  • Where Shadows Lie

  • The Last Gift, Book One
  • By: Allegra Pescatore
  • Narrated by: Marian Hussey
  • Length: 24 hrs and 51 mins
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Summary

The chosen one is dead. Magic is going haywire. Time is running out.

When the King of Lirin murders Elenor's brother during a failed coup attempt, she must choose between turning a blind eye to her people's suffering or joining the rebellion and helping bring down the tyrant king. There's only one problem - the king is her father.

Helped along the way by a grouchy old doctor, a boisterous group of nobles, and a well-meaning assassin, Elenor is forced to dance between duty and defiance as she tries to save her kingdom.

Meanwhile, from the rainy streets of Lirin to the scorching dunes of the Mondaer Desert, the ripples of her actions have inadvertently broken a chain of events five centuries in the making. Ancient forces move in the shadows, calling in debts and striking deals. A monster with a thousand faces fingers his knife, ready to kill, and a pair of fugitives run for their lives.

Where Shadows Lie is a non-stop, epic fantasy ride featuring an LGBTQ+ and disabled protagonist and filled with court intrigue, sizzling romance, adorable baby dragons, and the battle between oppression and freedom. Dive in and get swept away!

©2020 Allegra Pescatore (P)2021 Allegra Pescatore

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  • Jolene
  • 27-05-21

Honest Review

Well, I thought the book would be better. It took me a long time to even finish the book. To me when you have to force yourself to listen, then it isn't keeping your attention. They wasn't a lot of back ground or world building. It was a fantasy, but a lot of the vital information was left in little clues here and there spread far and wide. It was like a bad mystery in a fantasy world. I lonely finished it, because I hate not knowing how things end. The pace was far to slow for me. The narrator did the best they could with what they had to work with.

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  • Patrik
  • 04-05-21

Don't miss out on this great tale!

This is by far one of the best books I've ever had the pleasure to listen to.

The narrator did this one justice and brought out the best of it. I can't wait for the next one to be released!

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  • Coreen
  • 09-04-22

wonderful world!!

This was so good I'm excited to go into the rest of the series! The world is vivid, the characters unique and the consequences high. I looooved this and can't wait to read the next one!

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  • Rachel
  • 10-11-21

Loved it!

I really liked this book. The beginning is a little slow, but makes sense for the story. Keep reading, it definitely picks up! I still can’t decide who my favorite character is, because there are so many great ones. Very excited for book two to come out. Also, the narrator is fantastic. I will definitely be looking out for books she has narrated in the future.

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  • Zenobia Riley
  • 29-10-21

What a book

In love with this book! There’s only one thing that disappoints me about this. That is, that none of the other books in the series are on audible yet! Why?!

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  • The ridiculous six
  • 07-06-21

Awesome world building

I like the diversity of the characters, their motivations, and the hidden drive of the gods behind them. The opening scene is an attention grabber and right off the rip you’re invested. The protagonist is disabled and at times seems weak and infuriating at first but the longer the story moves forward the more all of the characters change.

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  • Dash
  • 07-05-22

A stunning debut

I don’t really write reviews on. But this book certainly deserves it one. Is it a perfect book? Well, no book is perfect. But this one is a knockout. It’s got a deeply realized world with an interesting magic system, has a colorful cast of characters, and manages to weave an interesting, high stakes story as characters play games of politics, move across the chess board, and figure out their place in the world. It might not be a story for everyone, but it was definitely a story for me and I was hooked from start to finish. Also, the narrator is fabulous, she’s makes every character really unique and the songs that pop up are entertaining when she sings them.

The most important thing about this story though, and I cannot stress this enough, is how representative and diverse it is. The main character (much like the author) is disabled and, while her disability informs her character, it’s not all she is. Elenor is many things, but she is also brave and spunky. And I love how much she grows over the course of the story.

The continent of Carinn itself is vast and diverse and I cannot wait to see more of it in the next book! Every place we go to, from the rainy streets of Hardor to the tranquil beaches of Ayre Island, is beautifully described and leaps off the page. We see a fair bit of the map in this first book, but not so much that it becomes hard to keep things straight or we’re overwhelmed. But I hope, in the next installment, we might get to peek at some new corners of the map we didn’t get to see this time around.

The lore of the world is also fascinating and well-thought out, and each mystery that gets unraveled not only had me turning pages but asking so many more questions. The magic system is also well thought out (there’s rifters, who can do traditional magic, and the Gifted who have an ability). In particular, I really like the use of metal circuitry to augment “rifting” (there’s three metals in the books that can be used for circuits: copper, gold, and cerulean) but how there’s also circuits that allow for lighting or preservation of documents or for plumbing. It was a really clever touch!

As for the characters, there are a ton and to talk about the ones I loved would span a review of its own. But, let me just say, the main cast is amazing. The ladies of this group absolutely shine (all hail Fayrian Avilor! I also adore Elenor Lirion, with all my heart and soul). The gents may not be everyone’s cup of tea (Except Gabriel Navarl! He is a cinnamon roll and must be protected at all costs!) but, as the plot moves forward and things become clear, everyone gets their chance to show their mettle one way or another. The side characters are also fantastic (Claire Enica is the queen of my heart) and vibrant and the villains are so deliciously nefarious you will want to stab them…repeatedly.

As for the plot, there’s not a ton I can say without getting into spoilers. Like I’ve said…it’s a chess game. A big one. Just when you think you know what’s going on, you’ll find out the game board was at a completely different angle than you thought it was. Personally, I loved that about the story. It made it incredibly engaging to unravel this world down to the bones and figure out what was going on behind the scenes.

So, this is a 10/10 for me, and I will be anxiously awaiting the next installment with baited breath.

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  • TwoBoysMom
  • 31-08-22

Intriguing adult fantasy

Intriguing adult fantasy (some sexual content) that centers around a good hearted yet reckless princess, She loves her father, the king, and mother, the queen. When a death occurs, she’s whisked away into a world that she was unaware of, and must learn about the rebels, her family and most of all, herself. Lots of excitement and emotion. Good, consistent characters. Interesting magic use. Well told tale. The narrator is phenomenal! You can clearly hear every character as a unique tone, accent, way of speaking. It’s a long listen for a single book so you get your money’s worth on accounts.

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  • joyce ann miller
  • 26-06-22

Very good

This is a great story as the first part of a series. This narrator is fantastic and her voice changes fit the characters. She’s the best I’ve heard thus far. The ending leaves you impatiently waiting for the sequel. Well done.