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Aerisian Refrain

(Beyond the Sunset Lands #1)

4.64  ·  Rating details ·  61 ratings  ·  26 reviews
Following the prophesied Artan’s victory over the Dark Powers, the land of Aerisia is finally at rest, until ancient beings, long imprisoned, begin to stir…

Eight years after Annie Richards’ stellar voice and musical talents skyrocketed her from rural Oklahoma to international fame, haunting visions have begun threatening her sanity. While she’s returning to her childhood
Published July 13th 2018
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Janeen Ippolito
Aug 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is a phenomenal story that captivated my attention when I really should have been doing other things. Like cooking bacon for supper. Sarah Ashwood, this book was so good it had me willingly delay BACON! #highpraise

Excellent, clever world building with a tight focus. A sane, composed heroine who shows both strenth and vulnerability in equal measures. Also, a HUGE shout-out to a portal fantasy author who shows that not everyone who shows up in a new world needs to be gawking constantly. Inter
Angela Cuéllar
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This book hit me at just the right time, totally syncing with my mood! I was starting to fall into a bit of a reading slump but this fantasy totally whisked me away! It was a light read but full of substance, emotion, plight, and delight. I'm so glad Sarah Ashwood reached out to me about reviewing her work or I might never have stumbled across it.

Written in a voice of grounded reality while spinning a tale of enrapturing fantasy, Aerisian Refrain is an underrated story of
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book was an amazing read! I didn't think I would connect with the MC, Annie, who was a world-famous singer, but she had a depth of character and humility that made me wish she was real so we could be friends. She was strong, yet caring, and I hurt with her at all the losses and pain she suffered in the course of the story.

The fantasy elements were terrific! I had previously read the first Aerisian trilogy and already loved the fantasy world the author had created, but this book made everyth
A.K. Preston
Nov 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
For Annie Richards, music is not just a dream but her very life. It has propelled her to the very top as a star performer, sharing her songs and voice with millions every day. She is a woman fulfilled and fully alive.

Then the dreams come. Strange nightmares of an unseen Presence and nameless fear. They’ve become constant, consuming. Something wants her–and her voice.

Now, Annie finds herself face to face with a dark secret of her heritage and a destiny she could have never imagined. All to be rev
Infinity Sisters Reviews
Nov 27, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Aerisian Refrain by Sarah Ashwood is the first book in the Beyond the Sunset Lands series. Annie is a superstar with bodyguards and adoring fans, but lately her dreams have turned into nightmares, making her feel trapped. The dreams are the same each time with Annie losing her voice and a presence begging for her help. Convinced by her manager to return to the farm she inherited from her father, Annie boards a plane to return home, only to find herself in the land of Aerisia where she befriends ...more
The Mysterious Reader
It’s finally here. I read all of Sarah Ashwood’s fantastic The Sunset Lands Beyond books, but as wonderful as they are, they’re “just” the prelude for her newest series, Beyond the Sunset Lands, book one of which is Aerisian Refrain. The lead here, Annie Richards, internationally famed singer from Oklahoma, is thrust into the world of an Aerisia at peace thanks to the victory of the Artan over the Dark Powers (which is the story covered in that prelude series). That peace is at risk, however, an ...more
Philleys Peters
Jul 25, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am amazed at how much I enjoyed this book! The Aerisian world is enthralling, this being my first step into this spellbinding universe. I had the hardest time putting my reader down. Annie is wonderful and her Simanthe warrior is what makes reading so much fun! I love brooding and stubbornly protective heroes!

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Sharon Hughson
Jul 21, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jan 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
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After over half a year, I'm finished. After I've had time to let it stew, I will post my thoughts about it over on Reedsy. ...more
Jul 22, 2018 rated it it was amazing
She has risen to be a great singer but she began to have haunting dreams so she knew she needed to go for a rest. She decides to go to her childhood home to save herself. On the way her plans crashes and she end up in a parallel world. In this world her singing is based on magic. She is alone except for a warrior and a lady. Can she was she is not evil as they all think? Will it all work out? will end

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Donamarie Fournier
A beautiful story with unforgettable characters. I was swept up into a fantasy world that came alive. I felt the joy, sadness, fear, pain, and confusion that Annie faced. I could not put this book down and felt the wondering awe of a real experience. I became one with this book and the characters. I eagerly await the rest of this series. Thank you, Sarah, for this marvelous journey.
Kandi Wyatt
Jul 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It kept me entranced from start to finish.

Plot is fast paced and characters believable. I enjoyed digging deeper into favorite characters from the earlier trilogy. Loved the blend of modern and fantasy.
Sarah McConahy
Feb 28, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the kind of story that gets so settled in your mind that you dream about it at night. I legit got annoyed every time I had to put it down. Great worldbuilding, a sweet slow-burn romance, and a heroine who is intelligent and capable. Nice to see some other characters from the previous books make an appearance in a way that doesn't make them the heroes, but lets Annie take center stage (literally!). ...more
Charity Rowell
Dec 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
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I received this book as a gift and opted to share a review.

The world-building In Aerisian Refrain is outstanding! Whether Ashwood was following Annie's narrative on Earth or Aerisia, I was immersed in each and every moment. The descriptions of Aerisia are so intricate and detailed that I could literally paint a picture (if I was artistically inclined at all) of what Aerisia looks like, just by following Ashwood's depiction of the world. Ashwood doesn't just create a pretty scene though, there ar
Jul 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
The book is a good teen and young adult fantasy read. The characters are good and likable. The story has magic, action, adventure, fantasy, and romance.

I received a free copy of this book via Booksprout and am voluntarily leaving a review.
Kara Jaynes
Jul 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Wow. This novel was absolutely incredible. Packed with magic, adventure and all the feels, I was swept away in this story and was sad when it ended. Aerisian Refrain has basically everything you need in an epic fantasy: a compelling story, likeable characters, a *very* memorable villian, an intriguing magic system and great world building. Five stars out of five. I got an early ecopy of this book, but my opinions are my own. I have since purchased a Kindle copy to show my adoration and support o ...more
Gloria Kojakanian
This is pure art.

Loved it. I'm an Oke from Tulsa. Enchanted by Will Rogers and his connection to and his respect for his Indian roots. I loved the descriptions you wove into the story. I was able to be there too.
Apr 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
It’s been a long time since I read a book that surprised me at almost every turn. This book was it for me! I loved the magic, folklore, and paranormal feel of the book. Especially the Cherokee background. LOVED THAT! The book is a long but worth every minute. Annie is not your typical female lead and I loved it. She’s human and figuring things out. Not everything worked out the way the characters wanted. I loved that the author incorporated different paranormal creatures and different magic. Whi ...more
Sarah White
Jan 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
A gorgeous book that hits all the right notes! It has all the wonder and danger fans of epic fantasy could want, super shiny worldbuilding that draws from a diverse range of folklore, and the most adorkable, completely shippable couple I've read in ages. Highly recommend this one! ...more
Aug 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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3.5 stars. Pleasant and clean, more please.
Sep 02, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Annie is a singer well known throughout the world. But she has nightmares that feel so real but leave her helplessly confused. She;s been on hectic schedule for a long time and is now taking time out for herself. She;s heading home to Oklahoma. On the way the plane crashes and when she awakens, she is someplace she doesn;t recognize and eventually comes to realize that she isn;t on earth at all. Little things add up to an odd number and she is the oddest. She suddenly finds out magic is real and ...more
Dec 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Another great journey through the Lands of Aerisia! I read the firs trilogy and loved all the books. I have to say Annie's journey, her story, well, I finished the book in three days, could not put it down! I enjoyed every page! I'm still under the influence of the book and I'm sad it's over but the story for me is fantastic that's all I can say! Thank you Sarah for another great adventure in your fantastic world of Aerisia! I will wait patently for the next book! ...more
Cecilia Pulliam
Jan 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This fourth book in the Aerisian series is just as riveting as the others. I couldn't put it down. Didn't want to put it down or have it end. I am looking forward to other books with these endearing and enchanted characters. In fact, I rarely re-read books, but these are the exception. ...more
Aug 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

I was completely captivated by this story. The characters were strong and believable. The magic was grounded and real feeling. I had not read any of this author's other books but will now!
Shannon Johnson
Sep 29, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved it

What can I say? I enjoyed the book and can't wait to read more about Aerisia and more of Sarah Ashwood's books.
Dennis Moss
Jan 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book had a lot of twists and turns that kept me reading no matter where I was. I had read the original story about Hannah and Ilgard and could not put those books down. Annie and Cole just continued with the story. But in the end, all was well!! Go, Annie and Cole!! Looking forward to the continued story, because I know that this is not the end!!!
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