Narrator: Julia Emelin
Page Count/Length: 17hrs & 44mins/435
Publisher: Del Rey
Summary: Agnieszka loves her valley home, her quiet village, the forests and the bright shining river. But the corrupted Wood stands on the border, full of malevolent power, and its shadow lies over her life. Her people rely on the cold, driven wizard known only as the Dragon to keep its powers at bay. But he demands a terrible price for his help: one young woman handed over to serve him for ten years, a fate almost as terrible as falling to the Wood. The next choosing is fast approaching, and Agnieszka is afraid. She knows – everyone knows – that the Dragon will take Kasia: beautiful, graceful, brave Kasia, all the things Agnieszka isn’t, and her dearest friend in the world. And there is no way to save her. But Agnieszka fears the wrong things. For when the Dragon comes, it is not Kasia he will choose.
There is plenty to enjoy in this book if taken slowly, because this has its ups and downs. So time to list my thoughts out on how this book effected me.
+I love Dragon. He is such a sarcastic character, and also he’s known as a great wizard yet he doesn’t show off about it. Also he’s a major bookworm so that’s always a perk to me. He keeps the woods from taking over everything, and seemed very serious at times. However when needed he helped Agnieska when she ask or lets her do her own thing. He is also a perfection while Agnieska is his total opposite.
+I highly enjoyed Dragon and Agnieszka interactions especially when he was teaching her magic.
+The fact that Agnieszka does magic differently from the other wizards. She pretty much took what Dragon tried to teach her, and make it her own. loyalty that Agnieszka has for her town, her family, and her friendship with Kasia. Her first and last thought always go to others than her own. Yes she did get scared however she still showed lots of backbone when things got tough.
+Kaisa is such a selfish less character. Yes she has her dark moments however she gets over it pretty quickly. Also she does have a backbone and not afraid to look people in the eye. Kaisa becomes quit a badass later on in the book making her my favorite over the main character.
+How the woods was the portrayed as the evil thing haunting these land. Its not just one place but can effect all the kingdoms. Watching Agnieszka and her friends fight it and its creatures got really dark and just made me want to see how they got out of it.
+The pace made sense to me though yes it did have some slow moment which is a good use of the audible to get through it faster. Also the ending with how they tamed the woods and what get the where are they now was satisfying.
-I didn’t like the romance how little it actually was. It just seemed like a after thought something to just put in. I said this because when it happen it was short moment and then it was never talked about.
-Also Ageniesza seemed a little obsessed with her best friend Kasia. It maybe for the fact that she was pretty much her only friends. However as much as I love really good friendships it did get a little over done for me.
-I hated the court life, and how two face everyone is. I didn’t start liking it until shit hit the fan and events afterward. I couldn’t wait until they got back to the valley.
-Disliked Marek and hated Falcon. Marek is really self centered to me and though he does have some good moments. He shows that selfishness in the next instant. I get he’s motive however it really blinded him along with wanting to fight all the time. Then we have Falcon and he’s such a peacock who is a big shot at court. However he’s like that because he is a butt kisser and likes to take credit. I didn’t like him at all and wished more happened to him.
-Names are not my thing which is why I did the whole listen and audible book it. Not only was the names hard to pronounce but some run together for the men names. Especially when they dropped their wizard names and use their real names.
+-This book is a 17 hours listen so I thought listening to it would help me get through it a bit faster. However I found myself reading the physical book more than listening to the audible. As much as I love ascents this one was not my favorite. Plus how she read it was slow talking, and just something I couldn’t get behind 100%.
+-Also I kept forgetting that this is a very light retelling of Beauty and the Beast. When I did read a part or a character reminded me of someone from the retelling it was a awe moment. However I forget until the next moment.
This book took me forever however I kept up with it because I simply enjoyed this fairytale story. I did have ups and downs with this book and glad to have finally read it.