Rebecca Lee portrays characters of various social classes as she narrates this Sapphic fantasy. When the queen dies, religious prophecy declares that 13-year-old Brianne is the new queen--although her bossy older sister, Elodie, believes Brianne is unfit to rule. In a Cockney-like accent, commoner Sabine wrestles with her "darkness," a depression-like affliction that speaks to her in hissing sinister tones and produces magical tears. When Elodie buys a sleeping potion for childlike Brianne, Sabine accidentally gives Elodie her tears instead. Softness emerges when Sabine and Elodie flirt in low voices, and raspiness reflects the old age of an archivist. This production captures the nuances and tension of the story. L.M. © AudioFile 2023, Portland, Maine [Published: OCTOBER 2023]
Trade Ed. Hachette Audio 2023
DD ISBN 9781668628751 $24.99
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