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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (11,261 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Gail Carson Levine Narrator: Jenna Lamia, Oliver Wyman Publisher: Scholastic Inc Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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Falling in love is easy … even for Kezi, though she knows her days are numbered. And head-over-heels, come-what-may love is inevitable if her heart’s desire is Olus, the Akkan god of the winds. But accepting death is hard, especially when romance is new.

Falling in love is easy for Olus if his beloved is Kezi, a beautiful mortal, a dancer and rug weaver from the city of Hyte. But facing Kezi’s approaching death is unbearable. Love brings Kezi the will to fight her fate. Love gives Olus the strength to confront his fears. She questions her faith and seeks truth in dark places. He suffers a god’s trial when she needs a champion.

Together—and apart—they encounter spiders with webs of iron, the cruel lord of the land of the dead, the mysterious god of destiny, and the tests of the Akkan gods. If they succeed, they will be together; but if they fail, Olus will have to endure the ultimate loss, and Kezi will have to make the supreme sacrifice.
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Quotes & Awards

  • “Levine’s original mythological tale works as romance, adventure, and exploration of faith…Levine conducts a riveting journey, offering passion and profound pondering along the way.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Levine has crafted a mythical realm where a god’s pottery, thrown in frustration, causes earthquakes; Olus’ winds herd goats, dictate prophecies, and carry loved ones to safety; and magical potions have the power to change the characters’ fates. The story is filled with suspense, action, and challenging philosophical questions: Would one truly wish to be immortal? What is the price of following a deity’s commands? An action-packed love story set in an elaborate, challenging world, this richly imagined story will engage fantasy and romance readers alike.”


  • “In this masterful fantasy told in two voices, Levine has created a mythology and society as rich and nuanced as the one portrayed in Megan Whalen Turner’s The Thief…The power of love and courage to overcome seemingly impossible odds and to bridge ostensibly untraversable differences are at the heart of this compelling, intensely satisfying fantasy.”

    School Library Journal

  • “The love story of Kezi and Olus is told through their eyes in alternating first person viewpoints from chapter to chapter. This allows readers to see the evolution of their love. Kezi and Olus keep readers on the edge of their seats as the two of them battle conflict and doubt through quests for Kezi to become immortal.”

    Children’s Literature

  • “Told in the alternating voices of Kezi and Olus, the story develops the Akkan and the Admat religions, the faith with which the mortals live, and the classic quest the two young people must accomplish in order to live as they choose…The issues of belief, promise and redemption are well developed and will provide much for readers to think about and discuss.”


  • “Levine strikes a somber and more contemplative note with this book than in previous outings, pondering the nature of faith alongside her usual romancing…Strong and good.”

    Kirkus Reviews

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Anika Vandenberghe | 2/11/2014

    " i love all her books so i think i am gonna love this one!! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Sharon | 1/31/2014

    " Cheezy, shallow, and very boring. Interesting how you can like some books and hate the others of the same author. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Helen van Dalen | 1/30/2014

    " Wasn't so sure if I liked this one. Really, I just read it for the author.... :) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 by Virginia | 1/29/2014

    " The story was very good, but in my opinion the writing had no depth. Levine alternated between the perspective of the wind-God and the girl Kezi. In this case, I believe the story would have been better if she stayed with one perspective or wrote in third person. There was no character development, and it is very difficult to relate to them or to even feel like they were human, this is especially true in Kezi's case. I was expecting for a twist in the plot near the end but the story carried on exactly as planned, which was boring. I also found it disturbing that the author portrayed God as cruel or unreal. I delighted in Ella Enchanted, so I was surprised that the author didn't make me fall in love with her characters as she had in Ella Enchanted. I also did not like the epilogue and I wish the author would have left the future of Kezi and Olus more to the imagination. However there was a happy ending and I'm a sucker for happy endings =]] So just for that the book was enjoyable "

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