Author: Kim Fielding
[xrr rating= 5/5]
Narrator: Joel Leslie
Ennek, the son of Praesidium’s chief, has rescued Miner from a terrible fate: suspension in a dreamless frozen state called Stasis, the punishment for traitors. As the two men flee Praesidium by sea, their adventures are only beginning. Although they may be free from the tyranny of their homeland, new difficulties await them as Miner faces the continuing consequences of his slavery and Ennek struggles with controlling his newfound powers as a wizard. In this sequel to Stasis, the fugitives encounter challenges both human and magical as they explore new lands and their deepening relationship with each other.
There’s very little I like better than a Kim Fielding story, but the addition of Joel Leslie’s narration is like putting the finishing touch on the banana split. I loved the voices he gave these characters and the emotion he brought to the story. I met and fell in love with Ennek and Miner in Stasis, but I read the e-book and there really is a difference between reading it and having an outstanding voice actor tell the tale.
In this installment of their adventure, Ennek and Miner are adrift at sea when the story opens. Full of despair, Miner prays that Ennek will live, given the injuries he sustained in their escape at the end of Stasis. He’s so desperate, in fact, that when a seagull speaks to him and tells him she’s a wizard who can heal Ennek, he takes the deal, regardless of how poor the outcome might be. And it is indeed a poor outcome as this wizard, whose element is air, can suck the breath out of him on a whim, and does so, nearly killing him in the process. Ennek capitulates to her desire to have him bring destruction to the nearby kingdom so that she can rule all the area. She doesn’t realize he plans to negotiate with the king first, but he gives it his best shot—to no avail. In fact, Miner and he are separated, both gravely wounded again, with Miner chained in the holding pens with other slaves and Ennek taken from his sight.
This is a complex, but rewarding, tale of two lovers who fight through the worst disasters possible to get to each other’s side and to prevail over the wizards who seem determined to beat their spirits down. I can’t wait for the next installment. I’m hoping Ennek comes into his own powers as a wizard and that he can find a way for he and Miner to live peacefully and happily together forevermore. Call me an optimist, but I think Kim Fielding has some surprises in store for us and I have every hope that all will end well. These characters have come to life for me through the pen of Kim Fielding and the voice of Joel Leslie.
I highly recommend this series. Plus, the author plans to donate proceeds from the sale of this audiobook to Doctors Without Borders, making it a win-win for those who buy this audio.