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Crown of Coral and Pearl

Written by: Mara Rutherford
Narrated by: Amanda Dolan
Length: 12 hrs and 45 mins

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For generations, the princes of Ilara have married the most beautiful maidens from the ocean village of Varenia. But though every girl longs to be chosen as the next princess, the cost of becoming royalty is higher than any of them could ever imagine.

Nor once dreamed of seeing the wondrous wealth and beauty of Ilara, the kingdom that's ruled her village for as long as anyone can remember. But when a childhood accident left her with a permanent scar, it became clear that her identical twin sister, Zadie, would likely be chosen to marry the Crown Prince - while Nor remained behind, unable to ever set foot on land. 

Then Zadie is gravely injured, and Nor is sent to Ilara in her place. To Nor's dismay, her future husband, Prince Ceren, is as forbidding and cold as his home - a castle carved into a mountain and devoid of sunlight. And as she grows closer to Ceren's brother, the charming Prince Talin, Nor uncovers startling truths about a failing royal bloodline, a murdered queen...and a plot to destroy the home she was once so eager to leave. 

In order to save her people, Nor must learn to negotiate the treacherous protocols of a court where lies reign and obsession rules. But discovering her own formidable strength may be the one move that costs her everything: the crown, Varenia, and Zadie.

©2019 Mara Rutherford (P)2019 Recorded Books

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  • caylie
  • 2019-09-04

Beautifully Written with an awesome narrator!

I absolutely fell in love with the characters and the story! It is beautifully written and the narrator brings the story to LIFE!!! Mara did an amazing job with this book!

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  • McCall
  • 2019-12-06

Enjoyable but not perfect

The story was interesting and I was curious enough to finish the book but I will not being reading the sequel if there is one. The character all fell a little flat and the plot was a tiny bit predictable. It was a relief to finish so I could move on to put it simply.

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  • Lindy Thompson
  • 2019-11-12

Couldn’t stop listening!

Mara Rutherford is the next great YA author. The last time a book filled me with this much excitement and wonder was as a preteen reading Harry Potter for the first time. Also Mara is a beautiful writer, and I am so excited for the readers who will learn beautiful writing by reading this book. She is masterful in her use of symbolism and in painting pictures for the mind. It also brought me back to the gut wrenching extreme emotions of teenagedom. I can’t wait for the second book!

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  • Deborah
  • 2019-11-02

Woah

At first I didn’t know what to think about this book. Then I was wondering if this was going to follow all the other troupes out there but I was so happy to find out that it is unique and wholesome and simply breathtaking in its ability to be the same yet different.
I hope there is going to be a second book because I wasn’t quite happy with the ending, as it left too many questions and no answers. I would totally get the next book!

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  • Kathy Kuwano
  • 2019-10-25

A Wholesome Cinderella story

The thing I loved most about this book was the love between the two sisters. Despite how far apart they were (physically), Nor always drew strength and courage from her sister and always remained true and loyal. Nor was also a kick-a** heroine - she wasn’t afraid to do what was right. I also really liked the plot twist at the end.

My only complaint is that it would have been nice to listen to Zandie’s point of view while living at home without Nor. While reading/listening, I always wondered how Zandie was being treated.

I’d recommend this book to anyone who’d like a less gruesome/bloody and sexual version of game of thrones with a Cinderella twist (I got major GOT vibes while reading/listening to this book) revolving around a strong female character that has a refreshing and wholesome relationship with her twin sister.

I can’t wait for the next book (if there is one!!!)!

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  • Morgan
  • 2019-10-24

LOVE

This book was gripping from beginning to end! I thoroughly enjoyed it, and I hope we get a sequel!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-10-10

Amazing!

I loved this story so much! The character and narrator were amazing and I can’t wait for the second book! Sad that it’s over for now!

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  • Davides
  • 2019-10-10

Beautiful

Beautiful. This is a book about sisterhood, family and love, with a touch of fantasy. The narrator was perfect as well. I felt everything keenly.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-10-10

OMG THE SECOND BOOK CANT COME FAST ENOUGH!!!

This book was beyond amazing! It was so good i listend to it every chance i had! the people of the sea it was bh far one of the best books ive listened to In a long time!

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  • Dev
  • 2019-10-09

Loved it

This story was so much better than I had expected it to be. It was well written and the performance was pretty good as well. However the ending left a lot of questions and made the story feeling unfinished.