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SHADOW SCALE
by Rachel Hartman | Read by Mandy Williams, W. Morgan Sheppard

A listener might get lost in Hartman's rich, complex plot and detailed world-building if not for Mandy Williams's captivating narration. With the kingdom of Goredd on the verge of war, Seraphina travels to gather her fellow half-dragons and struggles to understand her own heritage and abilities. Williams sweeps us along on the journey, never stumbling over Hartman's invented words or the panoply of dragon, half-dragon, and human characters. Williams's soft-edged English accent makes for an appealing Seraphina; she adds a lilt to her voice for Seraphina's mischievous young friend, Abdo, and makes it higher and sharper for her queen and confidante, Glisselda. It won’t take long for listeners to be drawn into the story's intrigue or to find themselves rooting for a happy ending. J.M.D. Winner of AudioFile Earphones Award © AudioFile 2015, Portland, Maine