Audiobook Review: The Beginning of Everything (The Rising #1) by Kristen Ashley

I can't begin to tell you how excited I was to start The Rising Series. Kristen Ashley has officially made me a fan of fantasy romance. This was thrilling to listen too! The story, the narration, everything was phenomenal!

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The Beginning of Everything (The Rising #1) by Kristen Ashley

Once upon a time, in a parallel universe, there existed the continent of Triton. The land was filled with beauty, but it was also splintered by war. Out of the chaos grew a conspiracy to reawaken the Beast, a fearsome creature who wrought only tragedy and devastation. The only way to stop him was to fulfill an ancient prophecy: Triton’s four strongest warriors must wed its four most powerful witches, binding all nations together and finally bringing peace to the land.

This is the story of their unions: the quiet maiden Silence and the savage king Mars. The cold warrior Cassius and the fiery witch Elena. The steadfast soldier True and the banished beauty Farah. And the pirate king Aramus and the mysterious queen Ha-Lah. Their unions will not be easy, but each couple must succeed, for the fate of their world is at stake….

This book is an Audible Original, available only in audio. The digital and print books will be released in Summer 2020.

5 out of 5 stars

What an incredibly thrilling and epic tale! I am blown away. Kristen Ashley did an amazing job creating an elaborate and detailed world for me to get lost in. It was phenomenal! The narration was incredible with such distinct voices and different dialects. It was extremely well done. I loved this!

Fantastic start to the series. There was a wonderful build as everything was laid out. All the pairings are fascinating and I love all the different dynamics and politics taking place. The focus is on all the couples equally and what's going on in ever-growing hard times. I loved the overall storyline and the conflict presented and all the different forces at work as well as the smaller stories woven in. There was emotion, intensity, drama, and heat. Some parts are raw and violent, it was gripping. From good guys to bad guys, alliances, and loyalties I was mesmerized by all the interactions. There is a very full cast of characters, I suggest downloading the glossary from the authors website. It helped me keep people and countries straight when needed.

I loved the pairings of each couple, they each have such diverse and unique personalities. I really liked watching them learn about the other and all the nuances taking place. Attractions grow, trust is formed, and bonds are happening. All the men are strong-willed and definitely alpha males, I loved seeing them soften towards their women a bit. Each woman is strong in her own right and all bring something different to the table. I am absolutely fascinated by all their different traits and beliefs.

The story was exciting to listen to and I was on the edge of my seat. The narration was stellar! It flowed so well from one voice to the next and each narrator did such an outstanding job. The different dialects and voices within their chapter were perfection. The voices alternated each chapter and sometimes within the chapter but each person was identified so there was no confusion. I thought it was really well done.

This was an extremely clever and well-crafted story. It’s multilayered and multifaceted with an awesome cast of characters that’s intricate and rich. Killer ending too! This is a serial so this story does end with a cliffhanger. I cannot wait for the next story in The Rising series!

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The Plan Commences (#2) - Amazon Audiobook | Audible (Releases 12/17/19)
The Dawn of the End (#3) - Amazon Audiobook | Audible (Releases 1/21/20)
The Rising (#4)  - Amazon Audiobook | Audible (Releases 2/25/20)

Note: The Rising Series is a spin-off series of Kristen Ashley's Fantasyland Series. I did not learn this until I finished The Beginning of Everything. It is not necessary to have read the Fantasyland Series to enjoy this new one.

I want to you know your favorite fantasy romance books, my new found love for it has me craving more. Leave a comment and let me know!

Audiobook Review: The Beginning of Everything by Kristen Ashley | About That Story

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