Authors: Megan Linski & Alicia Rades
Narrators: Jennifer Jill Araya & Graham Halstead
Length: 16 hours and 1 minutes
Series: Academy of Magical Creatures, Book 2
Publisher: Tantor Audio
Released: Sep. 10, 2019
Genre: Young Adult Fantasy
Fire and water are forbidden.
Liam and I survived the Elemental Cup, but the tournament was only the beginning. The Koigni Elders were impressed by my performance and believe I can help them take over the entire tribe.
But they’re asking me to fight for a cause I don’t believe in, and forcing me to use my magic in ways that feel wrong. I must learn how to use my powers to contact the ancestors – or I’ll lose everyone I love.
Sophia Henley’s now my girlfriend. And, oh yeah, I’m supposed to kill her.
The water council has promised they’ll bring my familiar back from the dead – my literal soul – if I take Sophia’s life. But I love her more than I love myself. How can I make such an impossible decision? Even worse, how could I possibly live without her?
But this isn’t about us anymore. If don’t fulfill my mission, thousands will die…and Sophia and I are both keeping secrets that will change everything.
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Megan Linski and Alicia Rades are two best friends and the authors of the Academy of Magical Creatures series. Both are USA TODAY Bestselling Authors and award-winning novelists for teens and young adults. Megan Linski is a disabled author who loves laughter, adventure, and fantasy worlds. She is a proud member of Koigni House. Alicia Rades is a mother who enjoys exploring paranormal realms and trying new recipes. She is a champion from Toaqua House. Both girls love nature, animals, sexy romances, and eating cheese.
Jennifer Jill Araya has been listening to audiobooks since she was a young child, and the fact that she now gets to narrate audiobooks for a living is a dream come true. Jennifer’s training as an opera singer and orchestral cellist lend a musicality and depth of understanding to her narration that help bring her authors’ stories to life. She loves nothing more than giving life and breath to the printed word. When she’s not narrating, Jennifer can be found hiking, biking, running, or generally exploring her home city of Cincinnati with her husband Arturo (aka “Partner in Crime”) and their two children.
Two-time Audie Award winner and recipient of five AudioFile Earphones Awards, Graham Halstead has narrated 180+ titles for Audible, Recorded Books, Penguin Random House, Macmillan, Hachette, Harper Collins and many more.
I chuckled, though it was hard to do while holding my breath. Beneath us, a curious sea serpent swam up to see what we were doing. Her scales were a mixture of pink and purple, and two large fins stuck out on the sides of her head like ears. Her black eyes glittered as she observed us without fear. She was young and unbonded, not much bigger than a car. I skimmed my hand over the scales of the sea serpent, and she cooed within the ocean deep before she turned downward, most likely to go hunting at the bottom. I told the water to lift Nashoma and I upward, and we broke the surface.
If you could control one of the elements, which one would you want? There is fire, water, nature, air and spirit, but which one would be the strongest or weakest? Which one would be harder or easier to control? In this story, Linki and Rades have already established this whole new world of magical creatures from the first installment, but this one dives a little deeper into what happens when those elements mix. Both authors have come together to provide a sensational second installment that is a direct follow up to The Fire Prophecy, where four unlikely friends have been named champions and survivors of the Elemental Cup.
Sophia and Liam have made it through the Elemental Cup, but it took a toll. Everyone is now suspicious of Sophia being the prophesied one. That makes Liam and Sophia’s relationship so much more dangerous. Everyone knows that Elementi are supposed to stay with their own, but Liam belongs to the Toaqua tribe and Sophia to the Koigni tribe. Consequences for interrelations or marriage between tribes are grave and often end in death of one or both individuals. The Water Elders have promised Liam that they would bring Nashoma back if he agrees to end Sophia’s life and Sophia’s familiar, Esis inconspicuously continues to heal Liam from his terminal illness. Both are hiding something from one another, but how long can they really keep it a secret. The day when Sophia will have to fulfill the prophecy is coming closer, which means that Liam will be forced to make a choice. Can he find evidence that will turn the water elders away from Sophia or will he have to kill her in order to save thousands.
Both Linski and Rades write well together. This collaboration appears effortless and flows quite smoothly. The characters are all developed nicely, but the real creativity and visionaries are the magical creatures that are introduced in the story. They bring life to the pages, especially the main familiars that were introduced in book one. This is a fast-paced story and readers will find themselves absorbing the words rapidly and with fervor. The narration was virtually impeccable also. Araya and Halstead make an impressive team and their vocal relay of the story is engaging. With this being the second installment in the Hidden Legends: Academy of Magical Creatures, readers are recommended to read the first book prior to this one as it is a direct continuation of The Fire Prophecy. If you are a reader of young adult fantasy, you may be interested in reading Liam and Sophia’s story.
An audiobook was purchased by Turning Another Page. We provide a five-star rating to The Water Legacy by Megan Linski and Alicia Rades.
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