Agnieszka loves her village, set deep in a peaceful valley. But the nearby enchanted forest casts a shadow over her home. Many have been lost to the Wood, and none returns unchanged. The villagers depend on an ageless wizard, the Dragon, to protect them from the forest's dark magic. However, his help comes at a terrible price. One young village woman must serve him for 10 years, leaving all she values behind.
Agnieszka fears her dearest friend, Kasia, will be picked at the next choosing, for she's everything Agnieszka is not - beautiful, graceful and brave. Yet when the Dragon comes, it's not Kasia he takes.
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Von Luis Am hilfreichsten 25.02.2018
Comfortable Fantasy Fairy-Tale
First up I think it's important to note, that I wasn't bored or struggled to continue throughout this 19h audiobook - that is an achievement in and of itself.
However, I do have some criticism. First is the awkward tonal shift near the beginning of the third act. In the first half of the book, the story has this wonderful Fairy-Tale feel to it, with a small cast of characters and stakes that are never raised beyond the survival or happiness of these characters. Unfortunately, the book then seems to change its mind and drifts more into a tolkienesque high fantasy affair. Which still works, but wasn't what originally drew me to the book. I'm also not a huge fan of the reveal of what the antagonist actually is.
All in all it is still a pleasurable experience read by an extremely pleasant actress.