The Elf Tangent Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
As a princess in the impoverished kingdom of Delantria, it’s Aldari’s job to look pretty, speak little, and marry a prince.
Studying mathematics and writing papers on economic theory in an effort to fix her people’s financial woes? Her father has forbidden it. With war on the horizon, they must focus on the immediate threat.
Reluctantly, Aldari agrees to marry a prince in a neighboring kingdom to secure an alliance her people desperately need. All is going to plan until the handsome elven mercenary captain hired to guard her marriage caravan turns into her kidnapper. His people are in trouble, and he believes she has the knowledge to help.
But with an invasion force approaching Delantria, Aldari’s own people need her. She must do everything in her power to escape the elves and make it to her wedding in time.
Never mind that her kidnapper is witty and clever and offers her a challenge that intrigues her mind even as his easy smile intrigues her heart….
Aldari can’t let herself develop feelings for him. To fall in love and walk away from her wedding would mean the end of her kingdom and everyone she cares about.
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|Listening Length||12 hours and 11 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com Release Date||May 13, 2022|
|Best Sellers Rank|| #7,156 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
#107 in Fantasy Romance (Audible Books & Originals)
#554 in Epic Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
#1,099 in Romantic Fantasy (Books)
Reviewed in the United States on May 2, 2022
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Chaos ensues, with a generous mix of humor, derring-do, imaginative settings, and a “slow burn” romance to enjoy. Moreover, Ms. Buroker’s talent for sustaining a fantasy world and set of characters over the course of a multi-book series promises there will likely be more adventures to come.
I really hope the author develops this world into a series. Certainly would be interested to hear about the briefly mentioned adventurer grandfather, what happens to the princess/prince couple, the looming encroaching empire that threatens to take over others, the young prince who doesn't want to rule, etc. Lots of story potential!
While it is a standalone story, here is to hoping we get to visit these lands again soon.
The romance is an obvious conclusion, but the couple does have some major challenges to overcome, even though you can see where it’s going fairly quickly. I like how the lead character is smart and driven but not constantly sarcastic. She lets her intelligence shine without being rude or snarky. The elf she falls for is noble though secretive. It takes a while for his whole story to come out.
The enemies in this novel are varied. Some are just bad guys, while the elf enemies blend fearsome zombies with dearest loved ones using magic. There are zealots who sabotage progress for their own beliefs, and a mercenary captain who is clearly dangerous but is more than meets the eye. I think the scariest character is the foreign ruler who promises military aid but only in exchange for a signed, sealed, and delivered young virgin princess.
Maybe we will see more from these characters in future novels. I’d be curious to see what else the elves uncover in their crystal city, and how the protagonist solves her kingdom’s struggles with dwindling resources and elven tree sap. And now that magic is reawakened for the elves, will they know how to use it well?
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Well done Lindsay,a totally different read but every bit as enjoyable as all your other tales.
There's no cliff hanger, but I really hope that it develops into a series and that we will get a chance to come back to this world. I would like to know what becomes of Hawk and Aldari and their kingdoms. Do they create a true alliance? Open trade routes? Popularise a sustainable alternative to whale oil? It would be interesting to know Hysithea's (Hawk's sister) story (past and present) and how she deals with the trauma. Perhaps even get to know their older brother better. As an academic, it was refreshing to see a bookish and publishing herione, but I would also happily read dedicated books on characters as brazen as Shydena and as tough as Theli!
Don't get me wrong, I love Lindsay's snappy dialogue, but I do think it is being used too often as an alternative to good plot and character development. Might be brave to pull that back a bit and try for a more multi dimensional story.