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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
Tempest of Bravoure: Kingdom Ascent is a work of fiction in the fantasy, adventure, and action subgenres. It is best suited to mature readers owing to scenes of fantasy violence, some explicit language, and moderate sexual situations. Penned by author Valena D'Angelis and narrated for audiobook by Kathryn Vinclaire, this engaging fantasy novel immerses readers in a world filled with magic, prophecy, oppression, and rebellion. The story unfolds in the once-glorious kingdom of Bravoure, now under the tyrannical rule of an elven prince. The failed prophecy predicting the prince's downfall sets the stage for a compelling tale of resistance and hope. The character Ahna, a runaway mage, takes center stage as she joins the ranks of the Resistance, a group determined to free their kingdom from oppression.
Author Valena D'Angelis offers readers a pacy and exciting fantasy novel with well-crafted world-building and intricate relationships between the characters. As the story unfolds, secrets and personal demons come to light, adding deep layers of intrigue that lock together fantastically to show Ahna’s character development as her strength is tested time and again.
In terms of its audiobook presentation, narrator Kathryn Vinclaire intensifies the atmosphere and emotional resonance of the story all the more with her dedicated portrayal. The editing is smooth, and the pacing is enjoyable, delivering well-read elements of backstory that contrast nicely with the more emotive, dialogue-driven scenes. Overall, Tempest of Bravoure: Kingdom Ascent is a captivating fantasy novel that offers a richly imagined world, compelling characters, and a story that keeps you eagerly turning the pages, and it's a must-read for fans of epic fantasy and tales of resistance against tyranny.