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Sara's Review: Ynyr (Tornians #3) by M.K. Eidem, Ian Gordon (Narrator), Jennifer Gill (Narrato

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Publisher: M.K. Eidem

Released: February 24, 2015

Genre: Science Fiction, Romance

Length: 352 pages

Format: ebook, paperback, audiobook

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Ynyr was a third male, and while he was a fit and worthy Warrior, he had always known that no female would ever Join with him. Too many looked down on his family because of his mother’s refusal to leave his manno. He knew Ull would be able to overcome this because he was a first male and would one day be a Lord. Maybe even Vali, since he was a second male, but neither Ynyr nor his younger brother Zev would ever be acceptable to a female. The most they could hope for was to serve their House with honor... that all changed with the arrival of the females from Earth.

Abby's life had not been an easy one, especially after the death of her family when she had been sixteen, but she had thought things were finally looking up. She was a year away from achieving her dream of becoming a teacher. Soon she would be making a difference in the lives of children others had given up on... that all changed when she was abducted by the Tornians.

Ynyr and Abby had come together in the most unusual of ways, but that was just the beginning of their unique relationship. Together they had to do something no other Lord and Lady had... They had to take a House that had been destroyed by deceit and evil and turn it into the shining example demanded by the Emperor. Will the secrets left behind by Bertos and Risa tear them apart? Or will it be Abby's secret and Ynyr's reaction to it that does?

2.5 Boundless stars

This is one of those times that it pains me to write a review. I have really enjoyed the other 2 books in the series, but this one just got on my nerves; I almost didn’t finish it. I think at first, it was the narration throwing it off. Where Ian did a wonderful job, sadly Jennifer did not. The beginning of the story, the female roles sound like they were read by a computer; like Suri was reading them. There was hardly any inflection, and the delivery was flat, with no discernible voice change from one character to the next. I can get by without voice changes, as long as the narrator is lively. At least the story had Ian.

For the story, I don’t think reading it would have helped much. The dialog was making me crazy, and it seemed like there wasn’t much to the story. Then Eidem throws in the parts with the interactions with the gods, which was just weird and really lost me. The only saving grace to the whole thing was Bryce and Abby’s interaction with him, and then her entire back story came out. She finally became a real person at that point. It’s just bad that it happened almost at the end of the story.

Overall, I still really like the sound effects that are done in the audiobook, and this is my favorite format. However, a monotone narrator will break a good story and make a “meh” story horrible. I am giving Ynyr, 2.5 Boundless stars, it could have been better, but I did like parts.

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