Briarheart Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
From a beloved fantasy author comes this fresh feminist retelling of Sleeping Beauty about one girl destined for greatness - and the powerful sister ready to protect her by any means necessary.
Miriam may be the daughter of Queen Alethia of Tirendell, but she's not a princess. She's the child of Alethia and her previous husband, the King's Champion, who died fighting for the king, and she has no ambitions to rule. When her new baby sister, Aurora, heir to the throne, is born, she's ecstatic. She adores the baby, who seems perfect in every way. But on the day of Aurora's christening, an uninvited Dark Fae arrives, prepared to curse her, and Miriam discovers she possesses impossible power.
Soon, Miriam is charged with being trained in both magic and combat to act as chief protector to her sister. But shadowy threats are moving closer and closer to their kingdom, and Miriam's dark power may not be enough to save everyone she loves, let alone herself.
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|Listening Length||12 hours and 9 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||October 05, 2021|
|Publisher||Little, Brown Young Readers|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #70,337 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#159 in Dark Fantasy for Teens
#211 in Fiction on Family for Teens
#376 in Teen & Young Adult Siblings Fiction
Reviewed in the United States on October 6, 2021
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I got to the end of the book wishing that there was more, and I would love it if there were a sequel detailing more adventures from Miriam and her friends (Aurora's Companions), and perhaps also featured Aurora as a child and not as a baby.
Finally, I bought this despite it being advertised as a “fresh feminist retelling” of anything. If the story cannot stand on its own, adding political propaganda will not save it. And if it can, why drive off half the potential audience by shoving the writer’s personal politics in their faces? Not to mention that imbuing the female lead with slyness, dangerous impulsivity, and emotional self-indulgence is about as anti-feminist as any male chauvinist could want.