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5+ stars for The Stolen Tower: The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles (Audiobook) #fantasy #audible

Title: The Stolen Tower: The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles, Book 3

Author: Alexandra Butcher

Narrator: Matt Jenkins

Genre: Fantasy, Epic Fantasy

Book Blurb:

What stalks the land cannot be, but is.

Where magic is outlawed a troll Shaman calls from her deathbed to her heiress, Mirandra Var, daughter of the storm. Mirandra vows to find her missing kin, sort friend from foe, and claim the dangerous secrets guarded by unthinkable creatures. If she succeeds, she will become the leader of her tribe. If she fails there will be no tribe to lead.

Please note 18 and up rated. This contains scenes of violence and sexual situations.

My Review:

Story Impressions –

In an epic battle for power, Miranda answers the call but will she have the strength to succeed? As an avid fantasy reader, I was hooked from the beginning. The world-building, descriptive narration, character development work together to make The Stolen Tower an incredible audiobook. If fantasy is your weakness, you need to listen to this audiobook.

Narrator’s overall voice – Matt Jenkins has a gift for bringing stories to life through his interpretation. I think his voice works really well for such an exceptional book. He genuflects the sensitive subject matter using a variety of inflections and tones. Does the narrator fit the characters? Characters so real and accurately portrayed, you'd think you were experiencing it for yourself. So yes, the narrator fits these characters, even the evil ones. Narrator’s reading style – He uses different voices for each character in addition to the narrator to make the story come alive. Narrator’s impact on reading experience – Matt Jenkins makes Butcher’s impactful fantasy come alive. It’s a wonderful partnership and makes for an unforgettable listening experience. Narrator’s pacing – The pacing is well done with just the right amount of dramatic flair. Audiobook flow – The audiobook flows really well. There are times when I got so caught up in the story, I stopped what I was doing and just listened to the story. What makes this audiobook unique – The different voices Matt Jenkins uses make this a unique listening experience. His talent for orating really comes across in this audiobook. Would I recommend this audiobook – YES! It’s one of my favorite audiobooks and with the help of Matt Jenkins, this has become a gem I will read again and again.

My Rating: 5+ stars

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Author Biography:

British-born A. L. Butcher is an avid reader and creator of worlds, a poet, and a dreamer, a lover of science, natural history, history, and monkeys. Her prose has been described as ‘dark and gritty’ and her poetry as ‘evocative’. She writes with a sure and sometimes erotic sensibility of things that might have been, never were, but could be.

Alex is the author of the Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles and theTales of Erana lyrical fantasy series. She also has several short stories in the fantasy, fantasy romance genres with occasional forays into gothic style horror, including the Legacy of the Mask series. With a background in politics, classical studies, ancient history and myth, her affinities bring an eclectic and unique flavour in her work, mixing reality and dream in alchemical proportions that bring her characters and worlds to life.

She also curates speculative fiction themed book bundles on Pubshare - for the most part - the Here Be Series

Alex is also proud to be a writer for Perseid Press where her work features in Heroika: Dragon Eaters, Heroika Skirmishers – where she was editor and cover designer as well as writer – as well as Lovers in Hell and Mystics in Hell – part of the acclaimed Heroes in Hell series.


Outside the Walls, co-written with Diana L. Wicker received a Chill with a Book Reader’s Award in 2017.

NN Light Book Heaven awards:

The Kitchen Imps and Other Dark Tales won the best fantasy for 2018

Echoes of a Song - one of her Phantom tales – won the best fantasy in 2019

Tears and Crimson Velvet won the best Short Story category in 2020

Dark Tales and Twisted Verses – won the best Short Story Category in 2021

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Reviewed by: Nancy

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