Books on Tape. Apr. 2023. 9:51 hrs. ISBN 9780593677131. $85.50. FANTASY
Skye (Cloak of Night) beautifully creates a world where a bargain with an ancient dragon keeps the country of Aurea wealthy and healthy. Elodie, the daughter of an Inophean duke, agrees to marry Prince Henry of Aurea to ensure prosperity for her suffering people. Elodie believes she is making the right choice but is asked to sacrifice more than she ever imagined. Prince Henry and the Aureans require her to give her life as a ritual sacrifice to a dragon, but Elodie will not go quietly. After Prince Henry throws her into the dragon’s lair, she must use her wits and the clues left by previously sacrificed princesses to save herself. Elodie won’t be the stereotypical damsel in distress. Readers will enjoy this twist on the classic fairy-tale trope. Told in alternating points of view, the narration by Imani Jade Powers and author Skye brings the characters of Elodie and the dragon to life, allowing listeners to experience the complexities of their friendship, love, and grief.
VERDICT This unique twist on the damsel-in-distress story is sure to delight listeners. A perfect listen for fantasy and adventure lovers alike.
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