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Author: Mindy McGinnis Narrator: Robbie Daymond Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Given Duet Series Release Date: June 2017 ISBN: 9780525532682
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Kings and Queens rise and fall, loyalties collide, and romance blooms in a world where the sea is rising—and cannot be escaped.

Khosa is Given to the Sea, a girl born to be fed to the water, her flesh preventing a wave like the one that destroyed the Kingdom of Stille in days of old. But before she’s allowed to dance an uncontrollable twitching of the limbs that will carry her to the shore in a frenzy—she must produce an heir. Yet the thought of human touch sends shudders down her spine that not even the sound of the tide can match.

Vincent is third in line to inherit his throne, royalty in a kingdom where the old linger and the young inherit only boredom. When Khosa arrives without an heir he knows his father will ensure she fulfills her duty, at whatever cost. Torn between protecting the throne he will someday fill, and the girl whose fate is tied to its very existence, Vincent’s loyalty is at odds with his heart.

Dara and Donil are the last of the Indiri, a native race whose dwindling magic grows weaker as the island country fades. Animals cease to bear young, creatures of the sea take to the land, and the Pietra—fierce fighters who destroyed the Indiri a generation before—are now marching from their stony shores for the twin’s adopted homeland, Stille.

Witt leads the Pietra, their army the only family he has ever known. The stone shores harbor a secret, a growing threat that will envelop the entire land—and he will conquer every speck of soil to ensure the survival of his people.

The tides are turning in Stille, where royals scheme, Pietrans march, and the rising sea calls for its Given.

Praise for Given to the Sea:
"Star-crossed love is at the heart of this darkly vivid tale, woven with hypnotic prose and captivatingly intense characters [. . .] Readers will be hypnotized by their relationships as well as the allure of the created world in this first book of the Given duet."—Romantic Times

"[T]his book isn't just about love triangles (or squares): themes of duty and fate are thickly woven into the fabric of this tale as each character grapples with balancing moral obligation against desire."—Kirkus Reviews

"Four neatly interlocking narratives build a riveting story about destiny [. . .] There’s plenty of gore, romance, plot twists, and cliff-hangers, but readers will also find thoughtful challenges to racism, misogyny, and cruelty—plus a strong feminist element too."—Booklist

"Readers willing to look at the larger ensemble cast, the characters’ connections, and the subsequent political machinations may appreciate the world building and the disturbing but satisfying ending."—Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This ensemble cast gives a superb performance presenting the characters of the kingdom of Stille…Narrator Monika Felice Smith, as Khosa the Given, envelops herself in her role as the young woman who is doomed to be taken by the sea. Robbie Daymond infuses Vincent, the heir to the throne of Stille, with uncertainty and indecision as he searches for his place in the kingdom. Alex McKenna as Dara the Indiri is a fierce and determined warrior fighting to win Vincent’s love. Sunil Malhotra colors the voice of Witt the Lithos with intelligence and cunning as he schemes to invade Stille. Together, they reveal the events and characters in this first of two Given fantasies. Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”

    AudioFile

  • “Star-crossed love is at the heart of this darkly vivid tale, woven with hypnotic prose and captivatingly intense characters. The variety of personalities, from Khosa’s melancholy defiance to Vincent’s ardent heroism, Dara’s tough determination and Donil’s teasing devotion, prove a vibrant combination. Readers will be hypnotized by their relationships as well as the allure of the created world in this first book of the Given duet.”

    RT Book Reviews (4½ stars, Top Pick!)

  • “This book isn’t just about love triangles (or squares): themes of duty and fate are thickly woven into the fabric of this tale as each character grapples with balancing moral obligation against desire.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Four neatly interlocking narratives build a riveting story about destiny…There’s plenty of gore, romance, plot twists, and cliff-hangers, but readers will also find thoughtful challenges to racism, misogyny, and cruelty—plus a strong feminist element too.”

    Booklist

  • “Readers willing to look at the larger ensemble cast, the characters’ connections, and the subsequent political machinations may appreciate the world building and the disturbing but satisfying ending.”

    Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books

  • “The flawed heroes, relatable villains, and creative storytelling will pull in readers. The threads weave together, culminating in an eagerly anticipated conclusion.”

    School Library Journal

  • “McGinnis creates a lush, oceanic fantasy world, writing Khosa as a smart young woman with far more to offer than just her body.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “In a mythical land near the sea, five young people struggle to avoid their destinies…All relationships are complicated by rivalries, wars, and shifting alliances.”

    VOYA

  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award

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About the Author

Mindy McGinnis is the author of Not a Drop to Drink and In a Handful of Dust and is an assistant YA librarian who lives in Ohio. She graduated from Otterbein University magna cum laude with a BA in English literature and religion. Mindy has visited historic insane asylums, but they let her leave. You can visit her online at MindyMcGinnis.com.

About the Narrator

Robbie Daymond is an actor, voice talent, and four-time winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award. He graduated from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, with a master’s degree in acting and works primarily in theater but has made several forays into television, video games, and film.