Narrator: Elizabeth Phillips
Series: The Unseen Chronicles #1
Published by Rogue Bard Books on 28 June 2016
Length: 7 hrs and 56 mins
Genres: Fantasy, Young Adult
Source: Author, Submitted
Essie Brightsday has never heard a rock basilisk scream. She has never worn magical armor, stood up to a queen, or run from dragons. Instead, Essie, her sarcastic cat Tigrabum, (just call him "Tig"), and her secretive family struggle to survive on their small farm nestled against the forbidding cliffs of the Valley of Fire.
But all that is about to change when a rebellion against the cruel interim ruler is sparked. Forced to flee for their lives, Essie and Tig lose themselves in the twisting labyrinth of the ancient lava flow. When Essie finds proof that the missing King Mactogonii may be alive, she is given the opportunity to help restore stability to the kingdom. But the course of her journey will force her to face her deepest fears and unravel the mystery behind her own blindness. If Essie can survive the encounter.
©2015 Parker Broaddus (P)2016 Parker Broaddus
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A Hero’s Curse by P.S. Broaddus is the first novel in a series called The Unseen Chronicles. This story follows a young blind girl, Essie, who is accidentally set on an adventure with her talking cat companion, Tig, at her side. When Essie’s parents are taken away, Essie soon finds herself alone and away from home. With her heightened senses and the help of Tig, she traverses the land moving from one hazardous environment to another, meeting new creatures, and following, accidentally, in the footsteps of the missing King Mactogonii. She must overcome her own physical constraints that those imposed by her surroundings to try to find and save King Mactogonii and maybe even warn and save not only her parents, but also the people of her land, from an unearthly threat.
I felt that this novel was great for its genre. While I enjoyed the storyline, the story is really for younger young adults or even older children. Essie is a 12 year old girl who is faces a variety of physical and mental challenges throughout the novel. As the story progresses and Essie faces and overcomes a variety of challenges compounded by her blindness, she begins to come to terms with the reality of the world around her and her own blindness. Essie’s growth is really apparent as the novel progresses. The storyline is filled with a lot of action and interesting supporting characters as well, most importantly Tig. The end of the novel leaves the story open for the next challenges in Essie’s life, but provides a satisfying conclusion. However, while charming and exciting, it may not be a good fit for an adult reader not accustomed to reading children’s novels. As it is a novel for young adults, the writing is not overly complex and there are portions of the storyline that can be read as simplistic.
The narration by Elizabeth Phillips was good. I felt that the characters were distinct and the story came alive through her voicing. The production quality was good as well. I would recommend this novel to young adults or older children who like fantasy adventure stories.
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