The natural magic of the classic The Island of the Blue Dolphins meets the danger and courage of The Hunger Games in this dazzling, intricate stand-alone fantasy novel set in award-winning author Sarah Beth DurstA??s beloved world of Renthia.Life is precious and precarious on the islands of Belene. Besieged by a capricious ocean full of malicious spirits, the people of the islands seek joy where they can. Mayara, one of the islandA??s fearless oyster divers, has found happiness in love. But on the day of her wedding to the artist Kelo, a spirit-driven storm hits the island with deadly force.
To save her loved ones, Mayara reveals a dangerous secret: she has the power to control the spirits. When the storm ends, she is taken into custody by the queenA??s soldiers and imprisoned with other women like her.
They vary in age and social status, but to many they are heroes who will aide the country or witches that will sacrifice themselves trying. No matter who they are, the women are sent to a terrifying placeA??an island filled with bloodthirsty nature spirits, and left without food, water, shelter, or any tools except their own instincts and magic. Whoever survives the Island of Testing will be declared heirs to the queen. But no matter if she wins or loses, Mayara knows that the life she dreamed of is gone.
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by Sarah Beth Durst
by Sarah Pemberton Strong
by Amanda Stevens
"In this stand-alone audiobook related to the Queens of Renthia trilogy, Khristine Hvam returns to narrate the story of a complicated world surrounded by spirits who must be kept at bay. She succeeds in portraying the protagonist, Mayara, as strong yet vulnerable. Because Mayara displays her power to command the spirits, which she reveals while trying to save her village from a storm, she is taken into custody and forced to endure a test for the sake of her religion. It's a lose-lose situation--she will either die in the effort or succeed and be cut off from her family. Complex relationships and loyalties are central to this character-driven tale, and Hvam portrays them flawlessly. J.E.M. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine"
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