Thursday 18 April 2024


Dragon's Reach by JA Andrews
Book 1 in the The Keeper Origins series
Narrated by Kate Reading
Genre: fantasy
Format: ebook & audiobookAudiobook

Sable would do anything to protect her younger sister Talia from Kiva, the ruthless gang boss — including keeping secrets: a money stash, a family secret, and her own magical ability to sense the truth in people’s words.

But when Sable disobeys Kiva and he begins to unravel her secrets, her entire world unravels with them.

With Talia torn from her and Kiva’s henchmen at every corner, Sable stumbles into the most unexpected help — a traveling theater troupe. Far more than a means of escape, the mismatched band of actors quickly becomes the family Sable so desperately needs.

And with their help, the true power in her magic begins to awaken.

When Sable and the troupe come face to face with a looming danger that threatens the entire land, they risk everything to return and warn the city. Against time and her own self-doubts, Sable must perform the lead role in a play powerful enough to gain the attention of the entire city — including Kiva, who’s still hungry for her blood.
Source: Info in the "About Dragon's Reach" was taken from amazon on 18/04/2024.

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My Thoughts:
At the first sign of too stupid to live (tstl) element in the story, I was very apprehensive! But, I continued on reading in the hopes that it won't appear again...

Unfortunately that is not to be...

The story telling quality is good enough for me to keep reading. However, I also needed frequent breaks from it. Some breaks are longer than others. When I have forgotten my annoyance, I'd pick this book up again. Because the world building is beautiful!

And then there is Purnicious. The best way to describe her is Harry Potter's Dobbie. Same character. Only this time Purn is a kobold instead of a house-elf.

Might not be the most original of ideas. Might be a Harry Potter rip-off. However, Purn is still loveable as all get-out!

Then the ending is a cliffhanger. I don't like cliffhagners!

I am an old Kate Reading fan and she gave a wonderful performance with this book!

Quantitative Evaluation:
Story telling quality = 3
Character development = 4
Story itself = 3
Writing Style = 3
Ending = 3
World building = 4.5
Cover art = 4.5
Pace = 3
Plot = 3
Narration = 5

Overall Rating: 3.5 out of 5 cherries

Books In The Keeper Origins Series:

Meet The Author

About JA Andrews:
A Andrews is a writer, wife, mother, and unemployed rocket scientist. She doesn't regret the rocket science degree, but finds it generally inapplicable in daily life. Except for the rare occurrence of her being able to definitively state, "That's not rocket science." She does, however, love the stars. She began writing stories and creating coloring books because these sorts of things need an outlet. And now good markers are a deductible business expense. She spends an inordinate amount of time at home, with her family, who she adores, and lives deep in the Rocky Mountains of Montana, where she can see more stars than she ever imagined.

The Narrator

Kate Reading
About Kate Reading:
Kate Reading is an Audie Award–winning narrator who has recorded hundreds of titles in many genres. She has received numerous Earphones Awards from AudioFile magazine, in addition to being named Narrator of the Year and Best Voice in Science Fiction and Fantasy. She has been recognized as Reader of the Year by Publishers Weekly and has appeared on Booklist's 2019 Top of the List for the American Library Association. She and her husband, narrator Michael Kramer, record at their home studio in Maryland, Madison Productions.

Born: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Spouse: Michael Kramer
Children: Vivian Kramer, Henry Kramer

Our home studio, Madison Productions, is located in Maryland.

FTC Disclosure:
The ebook and audiobook were bought with private funds.
No money received for this review.

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