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Storm Glass

(Harbinger, Book 1)
Written by: Jeff Wheeler
Narrated by: Kate Rudd
Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

From the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of the Kingfountain Series comes the first novel in a bold and richly imagined world.

Theirs is a world of opposites. The privileged live in sky manors held aloft by a secretive magic known only as the Mysteries. Below, the earthbound poor are forced into factory work to maintain the engine of commerce. Only the wealthy can afford to learn the Mysteries, and they use their knowledge to further lock their hold on society.

Cettie Pratt is a waif doomed to the world below, until an admiral attempts to adopt her. But in her new home in the clouds, not everyone treats her as one of the family.

Sera Fitzempress is a princess born into power. She yearns to meet the orphan girl she has heard so much about, but her father deems the girl unworthy of his daughter’s curiosity.

Neither girl feels that she belongs. Each seeks to break free of imposed rules. Now, as Cettie dreams of living above and as Sera is drawn to the world below, they will follow the paths of their own choosing.

But both girls will be needed for the coming storm that threatens to overturn both their worlds.

©2018 Jeff Wheeler (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Huntress
  • 2018-07-05

Immersive, Wonderful, Magical!

I am a bit obsessed about Jeff Wheeler's many book series. I started at the queens poisoner and read every Jeff Wheeler series novels available on Kindle and Audible.

I loved these characters that live vary different lives (socially and economically), and both share the need for knowledge, love, acceptance, family, freedom and a place to belong. They are seemingly destined to never meet each other, trapped by physical and social boundaries. Both having a mission to figure out how to better the world around them and find allies along the way. Will these girls break out of what is socially expected to help the suffering and ignorance of the population?



pros:

-An interesting start to the book!

-detailed world

-well developed characters

-minor ties to previous series worlds

- 2 strong female leads

-mystery and suspense

- Great "Villan" (with depth and mystery)

- visual descriptions

- enjoyable and creative plot

-great mix of antagonistic characters (including unknowns creating corruption in the society/government alongside the individual characters. It kept me wondering "What would happen next?")

Cons:

-First of a series, and that leaves some questions unanswered (I am impatient sometimes. lol)

- more ghostly and supernatural thing may be scary for little ones.

Other notes:

I rate at PG.

-violence

-Talk of infidelity, other than that there was little sexual content

-ghosts (May not be good for children that fear the dark)







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  • dawn Guenther
  • 2018-11-18

Slow...very slow!

I was intrigued at first, but after the first 5 chapters I was bored...!
Characters never really developed for me.
In fact, the waif boy that showed up in the last few chapters seemed a “throw in” to finish the book.
I was very disappointed and felt like I wasted my time.

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  • Dan
  • 2019-02-17

Boring for me

This book is not very fantasy to me, it’s mostly about politics and the somewhat normal life of two 12 year old girls who have conflicts with their elders. A bit of magic in a way is within, but only like 5% of the book takes that on. The story itself could have mostly done without the fantasy aspect and been the same. Overall boring and disappointing.

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  • Gigi
  • 2018-06-22

Yet another amazing book from Wheeler

Wheeler is such a great author. I enjoyed this book as much as I did reading the Kingfountain and Muirwood series. Wheeler is a master at character development and story. Reading his books often make me feel like I am on a roller coaster or other worldly adventure. Wherler is a true writer with an amazing gift. So grateful that he shares his gift with us.

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  • J. Ridpath
  • 2018-08-15

Beat a dead horse with a stick.

I was barely able to finish the book. It was a good book and good story with great characters and good narrator, but enough already. This book is over 11 hours long and these poor girls are beated on relentlessly until the last 20 minutes of the book. Needless to say that after 10.5+ hours of disappointment and frustration the ending was very anticlimactic and I walk away from this book with a bitter taste in my mouth.

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  • Jason Foster
  • 2018-08-06

A new beginning for Wheeler, just familiar enough

Jeff Wheeler has written multiple fantastic series, which all tie together in a series of creative parallel worlds. Some of them have felt more similar than others, with magics and social structures that feel like historical periods in Europe. This one feels a bit more recent, a bit more Victorian. It has magic, social structures, and the beginnings of science. Wheeler opted for more of a slow burn for this series, keeping many of the mysteries unsolved for now. It’s a great read, and I look forward to the next entry. Also, Rudd is s fantastic voice actress and you’ll love her performance as always.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-03-04

Loved it! cant wait to read the rest

Had me sitting on the edge of my seat! I was always guessing and excited what would happen next. All the characters have well written personalities as well.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-03-01

I am impressed!

I was skeptical to listen to it. I will be honest. I was sure not about the narrator.
I listened to a different audiobook performed by Kate.
That book was terrible so it took away from the performance.

This is worth listening to and it has great throughout.

well done Kate!

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  • Marie Vance
  • 2018-08-05

My first Wheeler

Such a wonderful story that I couldn’t stop listening to! I’m dying for number two! Kate’s performance was riveting and Jeff’s story was so enchanting. I can’t wait to find out the Mysteries with Cettie and Sara!

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  • Steve Remsing
  • 2019-04-20

Great from the entire family

We enjoy listening to Jeff Wheeler’s books as a family on car trips. We enjoy his blend of fantasy and mystery.