Very good story! Highly recommended, especially if you have an interest in New Age and alternative religion.
Imogene Pembroke is a precious seven year old girl who was born to take her place in the Avebury Guardians, a group of eight women who are the descendants of a group which has guarded a mystical stone circle near Stonehenge for over 5000 years.
On a school nature trip to a local island near her home, Imogene is brutally murdered by a deranged religious fanatic named Ezekiel who believes that God has called him to cleanse the world of sinners who refuse to repent and turn to his God. Imogene’s only crime is being the daughter of Zanterra, a woman whom Ezekiel believes to be a witch, and witches are sinners who are condemned to death. Since Ezekiel’s God punishes sinners and their descendants to the third and fourth generation, both Zanterra and her children must die.
This book is very well written. The plot never drags, and the characters are very well developed. I found them easy to connect with and care about. My one complaint about the story is that the conclusion is not very satisfying. It leaves the reader hanging without really ending the story. Of course I actually started listening to book two before book one without realizing it so I quickly figured out that book two, Extreme Consequences – Imogene’s Past Lives, picks up right where this book ends so I am not too disappointed. I look forward to starting book two tomorrow and continuing the story.
The narrator, Timothy McKean, was okay but not great. I give him three stars. One of my biggest problems with the narration, other than Mr McKean’s apparent lack of training, is that the book is set in England and there is not a single British accent in the entire audiobook. The narrator is North American and so are all of the character’s voices. The overall score for this audiobook loses points because of this.
The story gets five stars. The narration gets a generous three stars, and the overall score is four stars. A book set in the UK needs a British narrator or a narrator who can do believable British accents.
I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.