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5+ stars for Golden Healer: The Curse of Time by M.J. Mallon #yafantasy #audiobook #bookreview

Title: Golden Healer: The Curse of Time, Book 2

Author: M. J. Mallon

Narrator: Kerri Hiebert

Genre: Coming of Age, YA Fantasy, YA

Book Blurb:

I didn’t think my life could get any weirder, until the dreaded rollercoaster....

Amelina Scott's destiny is to be a Krystallos: a magician of light, chosen to learn the ways of crystal magic on her 16th birthday. Located on a river pathway in a mysterious part of Cambridge, the Crystal Cottage is guarded by mythical beings.

Unfortunately, there are those who seek to harm this haven of light. Learning of Ryder, a Shadow Sorcerer with hypnotic powers, Amelina discovers that her own magic is now threatened, and that the Curse of Time might be unleashed again.

As secrets abound and the creatures of the Chronophage come alive, can Amelina become the true magician she needs to be?

A unique, imaginative mystery full of magic-wielding and dark elements, Golden Healer is a riveting adventure for anyone interested in fantasy, mythology or the world of the paranormal.

NOTE: this book contains mention of self-harm, mental health issues, and alludes to the potential dangers of sexual attraction, which may trigger younger/sensitive listeners.

My Review:

Story Impressions –

The author is a magician with words. She crafts scenes of sublime fantasy that are clear and easily pictured in the mind of the reader. The gift of description is also present. The scenes are very easy to understand, and the reader is swept into the story.

Narrator’s overall voice –

Kerri Hiebert’s voice has a personality all her own which she applies to the various character voices. It has a smoothness and lilt I thoroughly enjoyed.

Does the narrator fit the characters?

Yes, Kerri Hiebert fits the characters. I’m astonished at how well she evokes the different characters.

Narrator’s reading style –

Kerri Hiebert has an relaxed reading style but with enough dramatic flair to keep the listener entranced.

Narrator’s impact on reading experience –

Kerri Hiebert has an intrinsic ability to draw a listener/reader in without any effort. The scenes are so well narrated, I had to stop what I was doing to focus on the story.

Narrator’s pacing –

Kerri Hiebert’s pacing is flawless, blending fantasy, mythology, coming of age themes with ease.

Audiobook flow –

Kerri Hiebert lets the audiobook develop naturally through the use of dialogue, action, and world-building.

What makes this audiobook unique –

Kerri Hiebert and M.J. Mallon partner up to bring readers/listeners an engrossing YA fantasy adventure. The plot is full of intrigue which adds to the enjoyment while listening. Kerri’s narration brings Golden Healer to life.

Would I recommend this audiobook –

YES! One-click this audiobook right now.

My Rating: 5+ stars

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Author Biography:

M J Mallon was born in Lion city, Singapore, a passionate Scorpio with the Chinese Zodiac sign of a lucky rabbit. MJ spent her early childhood in Hong Kong and her teen years in Edinburgh, enthralled by her parents’ stories of living and working overseas. Her experiences sparked her current desire to travel and see the world from her two favourite places, Edinburgh and Portugal. She often returns to her old home in Cambridge, the inspiration for her YA Fantasy series, The Curse of Time.

Standing by the world-famous Corpus Christi Clock in Cambridge, watching it in awe, she ponders what might happen next!

MJ loves to write magical stories, sprinkling them with a liberal dollop of extraordinarily imaginative magic!

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Reviewed by: Nancy


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