Audiobook Review: Between Ink and Shadows – Melissa Wright

Author: Melissa Wright

Narrator: Mary Jane Wells

Length: 6 hours and 22 minutes

Series: Between Ink and Shadows, Book 1

Publisher: Melissa Wright

Released: Apr. 25, 2022

Genre: Epic Fantasy; Historical Romance

She’ll win back her freedom, even if she has to steal it. Nimona Weston has a debt to pay. Her father’s dealings with the dark society known as the Trust cost Nim her freedom. There’s one way out of the contract on her life and that’s to bide her time and pay the tithes. But when the Trust assigns Nim to a task in the king’s own castle, her freedom is not the only thing she’ll risk. Warrick Spenser has a secret. As king’s seneschal, he should be the last soul in Inara to risk association with dark magic, but long-hidden ties to the Trust are harder to shed than simply cutting the threads. When the Trust sends a thief to his rooms, Warrick thinks he’s finally found a way to be rid of them for good. But Nimona Weston is hiding secrets of her own. Magical contracts, blood-debt accountants, and a deadly game. An epic fantasy with Regency flair, an improper and slightly stabby heroine with a penchant for trouble, clean slow-burn romance, and a dark and twisty plot that pits magic against kings, love against power, and a gothic underworld against a kingdom desperate to survive. Perfect for fans of Sorcery of Thorns and The Shadows Between Us.
  Melissa is the author of more than a dozen YA and fantasy novels including The Frey Saga and BETWEEN INK AND SHADOWS. When not writing she can generally be found talking about a book, painting something from a book, or tucked between headphones listening to a book. It’s kind of a theme. She loves reasonable heroines in unreasonable situations, noble–if brooding–heroes, slow burn and sweet kisses, a lot of havoc, and a little magic. Stay updated on works in progress at Instagram or contact her through the web at
Mary Jane Wells is a British actress, writer, voice-over artist, and Earphones Award and Audie Award–winning narrator. A graduate of the Royal Scottish Academy of Music and Drama, she held a recurring role on the BBC’s Half Moon Investigates and narrated the BBC Three television show My Children, which won a Scottish BAFTA.
  4.35/5 stars! Between Ink and Shadows brought me into a world of mystery, dark and magical adventure. Nimona had to navigate many obstacles in this story; it only made her a stronger and likable heroine. I usually do not prefer many novels with magic, however, this story’s splendidly written that I didn’t care about the magical element. The way that Nimona had to go through society, and navigate, blew my mind. How she went through all the social avenues, with all the twists and turns, only a true heroine would be able to find her way through all the different obstacles. Something else I’d like to note is that made me happy was that the story didn’t expand on a love interest or have a “happy fairy tale ending.” (However, I love happily ever afters, and most of the time are my favorite.) There is more of her story that needs to unfold for me because the story feels a little unfinished, which is why I gave the lower rating (it actually means that I wanted More!! (Smile)), but cannot wait for the next book! Mary Jane Wells’ Narration 4.8/5 stars! It always astounds me when I find a new narrator because sometimes when I search for audiobooks, I search through the narrators, and there are some that I do not care for, but Ms. Wells is not one of them. I loved her dark voice, it reminded me of a gothic movie or something like that, so it is perfect for this area and takes me thru the story with a smile on my face. I cannot wait to hear another story from her! Unfortunately, this is late due to storms, taking out power and internet for almost a week , thank you for understanding!! I received this audiobook as part of my participation in a blog tour with Audiobookworm Promotions. The tour is being sponsored by Melissa Wright. The gifting of this audiobook did not affect my opinion of it.
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