AudioFile - Find your next great audiobook
Get our Newsletter


by | Read by Kim Mai Guest

Young Adult Ages 12+ • 10.75 hrs. • Unabridged • © 2019

Kim Mai Guest, who has previously narrated Dao's Rise of the Empress fantasy series, returns with an engaging performance of the latest installment. Lan, a nobleman's daughter, and Bao, an orphaned physician's apprentice, become entangled in a time-bound curse that only a declaration of true love can dispel. Dao's rich world-building immerses listeners in bustling markets, sumptuous residences, murky river passageways, and other locales that bring the story alive. The teenage protagonists' palpable chemistry, drawn by Guest's emotionally attuned characterizations, evolves amid a world on the brink of war, a mysterious disease, and family secrets. References and characters from the previous novels appear, though new series listeners will have no difficulty following events. J.R.T. © AudioFile 2020, Portland, Maine [Published: FEBRUARY 2020]

Trade Ed. • Listening Library • 2019

DD ISBN 9780593105894 $27.50


Library Ed. • Listening Library • 2019

DD ISBN 9780593105917 $75.00

Advertisement Advertisement
The latest audiobook reviews, right in your inbox.

Get our FREE Newsletter and discover a world of audiobooks.


AudioFile Newsletter

Let us recommend your next great audiobook!

No algorithms here!
We pick great audiobooks for you.
Sign up for our free newsletter with audiobook love from AudioFile editors.

If you are already with us, thank you! Just click X above.


Thank you for signing up.



Thank you for contacting us!

Our group will review and follow up within 72 hours.
Thanks for your interest!

Back Home ×


Thank you for signing up!

Our group will review and follow up soon.

Back Home ×