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Katherine

Katherine St. Johns, FL, United States Member Since 2009

I'm the managing editor of the Fantasy Literature blog. Life's too short to read bad books!

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  • "Really pleasant"

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    Zoe Ardelay and her father, once the king???s closest advisor, have been in exile for ten years. After her father dies, the king???s new advisor, Darien Serlast, shows up in Zoe???s village to escort her back to court because she???s been chosen to be the king???s fifth wife. At first Zoe is numb with grief and shock, but by the time they reach the capital city her ???water??? personality asserts itself and she begins to flow around the obstacles in her way ??? obstacles such as Darien himself, a man of ???wood??? who???s strong, stubborn, and immovable.

    Filled with vivid characters, beautiful scenery, sweet friendships, surprising destinies, political intrigue, mystery, a slow satisfying romance, and an interesting take on personality types, Troubled Waters by Sharon Shinn is a book that just feels good. I listened to the audio version produced by Audible Frontiers and read by Jennifer Van Dyck. It was 14 hours long, but I enjoyed it so much that I finished it over a weekend, which kind of annoyed my family. I even considered trying to extract myself from a couple of social engagements so I could spend time with Zoe instead.

    Troubled Waters is definitely a romance ??? and some of the verbal sparring felt a bit contrived, as if set up just to create that tension ??? yet mostly the romance brews in the background as Zoe navigates her way through her changed world. Some readers won???t believe in the romance, and others might feel that things work out too easily for Zoe, but I enjoyed this low-stress novel. It features a strong and likable heroine, a love-interest who???s my kind of guy, a diverse supporting cast, a leisurely pace, and it focuses on a variety of human relationships. It is likely to appeal mostly to women.

    Troubled Waters can be read as a satisfying stand-alone story, but there may be more books to come. If so, I???ll definitely be picking them up. Meanwhile, I???ll be trying out some more novels by Sharon Shinn.

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    Troubled Waters: Elemental Blessings, Book 1

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    Zoe Ardelay receives astonishing and unwelcome news: she has been chosen to become the king's fifth wife. Forced to go to the royal city, she manages to slip away and hide on the shores of the mighty river. It's there that Zoe realizes she is a coru prime, ruled by the elemental sign of water. She must return to the palace, not as an unwilling bride for the king, but a woman with power in her own right.

    Katherine says: "Really pleasant"
  • "Immediately caught my eye"

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    Paolo Bacigalupi and Tobias Buckell offering linked fantasy novellas that take place in a shared world? Bacigalupi's story read by Jonathan Davis? What could be more promising? (It turns out that had I been familiar with Katherine Kellgren, who read Buckell's story, I would have been even more excited about this one!)

    In this shared world, the use of magic causes the growth of bramble, a fast-growing, pervasive, and deadly plant that has taken over cities, making them uninhabitable. Crews of workers must fight back the bramble daily, burning it and collecting its seeds. Magic is forbidden and those who are found using it are executed, yet some citizens are willing to risk their lives if a bit of magic might help them. Who cares if a patch of bramble sprouts in a stranger's garden if a magic spell might heal their only child?

    The Alchemist is about a metal and glass worker who has given up all of his riches and is building an instrument which he hopes will destroy the bramble, restore his fortune, and give him the license to use magic to cure his daughter's wasting cough. When he presents his invention to the city government, things start to go wrong.

    I liked Bacigalupi's characters ??? the focused scientist who's so task-oriented that he misses important social cues and the strong woman whose support is crucial but mostly goes unnoticed ??? and I enjoyed the laboratory setting because it reminded me of my own frustrating days at "the bench." It was intriguing to explore the idea that small and secret lawbreaking, even for a good cause, can accumulate to destroy a nation or, as one of Bacigalupi's characters says: "If we grant individual mercies, we commit collective suicide." That got me thinking of all sorts of current political, economic, and social parallels.

    With The Executioness, Tobias Buckell becomes the hero of middle-aged mothers everywhere.

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    The Alchemist and the Executioness

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    It is a world where magic is forbidden – yet practiced in secret every day. But each small act of magic exacts a dreadful price – for it brings the bramble, which chokes farmland, destroys villages, and kills with its deadly thorns. In this world an alchemist believes he’s found a solution to the curse. But will the cure be worse than the disease? And a woman is forced to take up the mantle of her father, the Executioner. But it will not be the only death that she faces.

    Rand says: "Not What I Expected..."
  • "Best plotless book ever."

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    Gene Wolfe???s The Sword of the Lictor essentially contains no plot, but it???s the best plotless book I???ve ever read. It???s one of the best books I???ve ever read, period. I loved every moment of it! This third installment of The Book of the New Sun continues Severian???s journey from apprentice in the torturers??? guild to Autarch. He doesn???t seem to be getting any closer to his exalted position (if anything, I???d say farther) and we???re no closer to understanding how he???s going to get there. But that???s totally fine. Unburdened by a need to be anywhere or to achieve any goals or deadlines, Severian wanders the earth almost aimlessly, and it???s this wandering that???s so fascinating. For a reader who???s only anxious for action and story progression, The Sword of the Lictor is not likely to work and, indeed, I usually get annoyed with authors who take too long to tell their stories. However, when I???m reading Gene Wolfe, it not only works ??? it is pure delight. For Wolfe???s old earth, set in a far future when the sun is dying (similar to Jack Vance???s Dying Earth), is full of wonder and amazement and he tells us all about it in his simple but elegant style... I wish I could be there with Severian as he climbs down the steep cliff overhung with a waterfall and embedded with the fossils of earth???s lost architecture, and explores the round metal building that we recognize (but he doesn???t) as a spaceship??? I???d love to tell you more and to discuss what it all means (there???s so much symbolism here), but then you???d miss the jaw-dropping, eye-widening, brain-expanding experience for yourself. I???ll just say that what Severian experiences on his journey perfectly captures the essence of excellent speculative fiction ??? it???s the reason I love SFF.
    Nobody creates such a sense of wonder and amazement, such truly unique and bizarre ideas, and relates them in such a beautiful way as Gene Wolfe does. I want to spend a lot more time exploring his world.

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    The Sword of the Lictor: The Book of the New Sun, Book 3

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    The Sword of the Lictor is the third volume in Wolfe's remarkable epic, chronicling the odyssey of the wandering pilgrim called Severian, driven by a powerful and unfathomable destiny, as he carries out a dark mission far from his home.

    Gene Wolfe's "The Book of the New Sun" is one of speculative fiction's most-honored series. In a 1998 poll, Locus Magazine rated the series behind only "The Lord of the Rings" and The Hobbit as the greatest fantasy work of all time.

    Darwin8u says: "Shone brilliant @ times, but muted in the middle"
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A Peek at Cliff's Bookshelf

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madison, MS, United States 178 REVIEWS / 232 ratings Member Since 2009 42 Followers / Following 1
 
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  • Paladins II: Knight Moves

    "Ok, but with a warning"

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    The first book in the series is better but this is a solid read. It isn't going to be anything impressive but a good solid book, the literary equivalent of comfort food. The problem is it ends on a bit of a cliff-hanger and I don't believe he ever followed this book up before he died so you will be left hanging. Because of that, I'd advise passing just because you will never get closure more than being based on the quality of the book. The first book in the series was a stand alone and you might be better off leaving it there.

  • The Hero of Ages: Mistborn, Book 3

    "A satisfying conclusion to the series."

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    This is the last book in this series. It is great just like the others. If you already read the other two books I probably couldn't make you stay away from this one if I tried and I definitely wouldn't. This novel kicks the action up several notches and the scale of the powers involved goes up several orders of magnitude. The novel answers all the questions and finishes the series off nicely. The only downside is that this series is so good I wound up with post book depression. You know it is the last of the series and it is like losing old friends. The only downside is that there aren't several more books in the series. Although, in the age of super long seriesh it is nice to see someone actually finish a series.

  • Jhereg: Vlad Taltos, Book 1

    "A good start to a great series"

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    If you could sum up Jhereg in three words, what would they be?

    Fun, action, mystery


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Jhereg?

    When he frist bonds to the Jhereg at the start of the book.


    Have you listened to any of Bernard Setaro Clark’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first one I have listened to from this narrarator. He did a good job.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    No this is a fun, easy read.


    Any additional comments?

    If you like Glen Cooks garret PI sereies you will like this. It isn't deep but a fun action filled story.

  • Fated: Alex Verus Series, Book 1

    "If you like Dresden or Iron Druid check it out!"

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    This is an excellent series. I have read all the books and was glad to see it finally come out in audio format. The world is well definied and has a very deep, well organizes system of magic. In fact, the author's website has an encyclopedia online discussing all the different types of magic in this world and how it works.

    The characters are easy to like and get behind. The main character is powerful, just not in a straight up fight, so there is no sense of him being over-powered. Everyone else can throw fireballs and the like, but he can see future probabilites. While that is really powerfull it makes certain the main charachter has to really use his wits to get the job done.

    The narration was fine and compliments the book. As the title says, if you like Dresden Files or Iron Druid you will enjoy this series. It is more on the serious side than the other two series with less pop culture references.

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DCinMI Fairview, MI 09-12-13 Member Since 2010
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  • "Review of First 5 Books"

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    I understand that there are to be 7 books in this series, but as of this writing there are only 5. I listened to them all, one right after the other, so it is difficult for me to review them separately. Besides, I think anyone new to the series should know what they're getting into right up front. However, there are no spoilers here.

    I'm going to use the word "read" instead of "listen" because it's all the same to me and "read" is shorter.

    My sons, both of them "men grown," have been nagging me for at least two years to read these books. Recently, they both accosted me about it from different parts of the country on my birthday, so I grudgingly agreed to try the first book. I have now read them all, as I said. My sons have been disinherited several times during the reading process. They had better hope that the last two books come out before I die.

    I have read a number of reviews comparing Martin to Tolkien. This might be true if Tolkien had been a warped, sadistic bastard who enjoyed tormenting his readers. During the course of reading these books, I have called Martin everything but a good guy. Lucifer, Beelzebub, and Spawn of Satan top the list, along with accompanying adjectives. But I read all the books and am biting my nails waiting for the next one. True to his nature, however, Martin is making no promises about when that will be. Judging from the spacing of these first 5 books, I may have no fingers left by the time book 6 hits the presses. (This would help me relate better to some of his characters, I guess.)

    So, for those of you who have not yet begun this series: If you are very squeamish, you'd better not start. There is a lot of torture, violence, explicit sex, and explicit violent sex. Even worse, there's some really bad language.

    It is set in a world that seems to be based on Medieval England, but is not England nor any other place on this earth. The number of characters and story lines that are converging on each other seems daunting at first glance, but I was surprised at how easily I could keep the major ones straight in my head.

    There are some characters that you will love and others that you will love to hate, and still others that you will hate to love. Some of them you will hate and then come to love or pity, and the other way around, too. Some of them, mostly Tyrion Lannister, are very witty and humorous no matter what the situation, so that provides a little relief sometimes. Some of them you will forget about entirely, as a whole book might go by before they pop up again.

    If you like to feel safe and secure when reading a book, this series is not for you. Nothing is sacred, no one is safe. Bad things happen to good people, and vice versa. If I had been reading a paper book, I would have a lot of holes in my walls from repeatedly throwing the books against them. However, reading them has given me plenty of practice climbing the walls. (Unfortunately, as a woman, I would still not be able to become a Black Brother.) No one is happy in any of the seven kingdoms. The only joy comes from vengeance or, more rarely, justice. I hate books like that! But I read all the books and am biting my nails waiting for the next one.

    I have given the series 5 stars because I could not stop reading once I had started, no matter how angry it made me. I would never have read these books if my sons had not hounded me into it. But wait--no--I have no sons. That was that other woman who lived before she embarked on the torturous journey that is Game of Thrones.

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    A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

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    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
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    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"

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    Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2

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    In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

    D says: "Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radieance" shines"
  • 4.8 (180 ratings)
    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Volume 2: The Ring Goes East (






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    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Volume 2: The Ring Goes East

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    Frodo and the Companions of the Ring have been beset by danger during their quest to prevent the Ruling Ring from falling into the hands of the Dark Lord by destroying it in the Cracks of Doom. Now they continue their journey alone down the great River Anduin, alone, that is, save for the mysterious creeping figure that follows wherever they go.

    Sivitrii says: "Quite the run-around"
  • 4.8 (174 ratings)
    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Volume 1: The Treason of Isengard (






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    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, Volume 1: The Treason of Isengard

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    Frodo and the Companions of the Ring have been beset by danger during their quest to prevent the Ruling Ring from falling into the hands of the Dark Lord by destroying it in the Cracks of Doom. Now they continue their journey alone down the great River Anduin, alone, that is, save for the mysterious creeping figure that follows wherever they go.

    Catherine says: "third book of the series"
  • 4.8 (144 ratings)
    Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2 (






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    Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2

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    Book two of the Stormlight Archive. From the best-selling author who completed Robert Jordan's epic Wheel of Time series comes a new, original creation that matches anything else in modern fantasy for epic scope, thrilling imagination, superb characters, and sheer addictiveness. Return to a planet swept by apocalyptic storms, a world tipping into war as aristocratic families move to control the shard blades and shard plates, ancient artifacts from a past civilisation that can win wars.

    Jack says: "Enthralling"
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  • 4.8 (37 ratings)
    Reaper's Gale: Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 7 (






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    Reaper's Gale: Malazan Book of the Fallen, Book 7

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    All is not well in the Letherii Empire. Rhulad Sengar, the Emperor of a Thousand Deaths, spirals into madness, surrounded by sycophants and agents of his Machiavellian chancellor, while the Letherii secret police conduct a campaign of terror against their own people. The Errant, once a far-seeing god, is suddenly blind to the future. Conspiracies seethe throughout the palace as the empire edges closer to all-out war with the neighboring kingdoms.

    Patrick says: "This series just keeps getting better!!"
  • 4.8 (33 ratings)
    Mindbender: Sovereign of the Seven Isles, Book 3 (






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    Mindbender: Sovereign of the Seven Isles, Book 3

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    War has erupted across the Seven Isles. Alexander has recovered the Sovereign Stone, and much to his surprise, it has bonded to him, revealing the truth of his bloodline and his duty. He is the Seventh Sovereign of the Seven Isles and champion of the Old Law. Fleeing the wrath of Prince Phane, Alexander has traveled through the Reishi Gate to Ithilian in search of an alliance, only to discover that Ithilian is facing the threat of invasion as well.

  • 4.8 (16 ratings)
    Sword-Sworn: Tiger and Del, Book 6 (






UNABRIDGED) by Jennifer Roberson Narrated by Stephen Bel Davies

    Sword-Sworn: Tiger and Del, Book 6

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    Legendary fighters and fugitives from both the North and the South, Tiger and Del continue their quest to uncover the mysteries of Tiger's origins and discover that he is heir to a powerful magic that could hold the key to his ultimate fate.

  • 4.8 (14 ratings)
    Sir Bentley and Holbrook Court: The Knights of Arrethtrae (






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    Sir Bentley and Holbrook Court: The Knights of Arrethtrae

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    The People of Holbrook are suffering under the rule of the greedy Lord Kingsley. Will greed destroy the kingdom the way it destroyed Lord Kingsley? Sir Bentley, an honorable young knight, abandons his calling in order to seek the truth of the Prince. Choosing to live as the Prince did, he forsakes his former lifestyle and wealth to live as a pauper. His travels take him to Holbrook, where the townsfolk live in poverty, paying high taxes to support the lavish lifestyle of Lord Kingsley and his court.

    Richard Wessinger says: "A Treasure!!"
  • A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by George R. R. Martin Narrated by Roy Dotrice

    A Game of Thrones: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (33 hrs and 50 mins)
    • By George R. R. Martin
    • Narrated By Roy Dotrice
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    In a time long forgotten, a preternatural event threw the seasons off balance. In a land where summers can last decades and winters a lifetime, trouble is brewing. As the cold returns, sinister forces are massing beyond the protective wall of the kingdom of Winterfell. To the south, the king's powers are failing, with his most trusted advisor mysteriously dead and enemies emerging from the throne's shadow.

    DCinMI says: "Review of First 5 Books"
  • The Hobbit (






UNABRIDGED) by J. R. R. Tolkien Narrated by Rob Inglis

    The Hobbit

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    Like every other hobbit, Bilbo Baggins likes nothing better than a quiet evening in his snug hole in the ground, dining on a sumptuous dinner in front of a fire. But when a wandering wizard captivates him with tales of the unknown, Bilbo becomes restless. Soon he joins the wizard’s band of homeless dwarves in search of giant spiders, savage wolves, and other dangers. Bilbo quickly tires of the quest for adventure and longs for the security of his familiar home. But before he can return to his life of comfort, he must face the greatest threat of all.

    Darwin8u says: "Victory after all, I suppose!"
  • A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4 (






UNABRIDGED) by George R. R. Martin Narrated by Roy Dotrice

    A Feast for Crows: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 4

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    Few books have captivated the imagination and won the devotion and praise of readers and critics everywhere as has George R. R. Martin’s monumental epic cycle of high fantasy that began with A Game of Thrones. Now, in A Feast for Crows, Martin delivers the long-awaited fourth book of his landmark series, as a kingdom torn asunder finds itself at last on the brink of peace . . . only to be launched on an even more terrifying course of destruction.

    Pi says: "Jarring change in Dotrice's performance"
  • A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3 (






UNABRIDGED) by George R. R. Martin Narrated by Roy Dotrice

    A Storm of Swords: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 3

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    As opposing forces maneuver for the final titanic showdown, an army of barbaric wildlings arrives from the outermost line of civilization. In their vanguard is a horde of mythical Others, a supernatural army of the living dead whose animated corpses are unstoppable. As the future of the land hangs in the balance, no one will rest until the Seven Kingdoms have exploded in a veritable storm of swords.

    Troy says: "Chapter and part breaks are incorrect"
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  • A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2 (






UNABRIDGED) by George R. R. Martin Narrated by Roy Dotrice

    A Clash of Kings: A Song of Ice and Fire, Book 2

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    • By George R. R. Martin
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    A comet the color of blood and flame cuts across the sky. And from the ancient citadel of Dragonstone to the forbidding shores of Winterfell, chaos reigns. Six factions struggle for control of a divided land and the Iron Throne of the Seven Kingdoms, preparing to stake their claims through tempest, turmoil, and war.

    Teddy says: "Did not disappoint..."
  • A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5 (






UNABRIDGED) by George R. R. Martin Narrated by Roy Dotrice

    A Dance with Dragons: A Song of Ice and Fire: Book 5

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    Dubbed the American Tolkien by Time magazine, George R. R. Martin has earned international acclaim for his monumental cycle of epic fantasy. Now the number-one New York Times best-selling author delivers the fifth book in his spellbinding landmark series - as both familiar faces and surprising new forces vie for a foothold in a fragmented empire.

    Ryan says: "Enjoyable, but a lot of setup"
  • Tower Lord: Raven's Shadow, Book 2 (






UNABRIDGED) by Anthony Ryan Narrated by Steven Brand

    Tower Lord: Raven's Shadow, Book 2

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    • By Anthony Ryan
    • Narrated By Steven Brand
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    Vaelin Al Sorna, warrior of the Sixth Order, called Darkblade, called Hope Killer. The greatest warrior of his day, and witness to the greatest defeat of his nation: King Janus' vision of a Greater Unified Realm drowned in the blood of brave men fighting for a cause Vaelin alone knows was forged from a lie. Sick at heart, he comes home, determined to kill no more. Named Tower Lord of the Northern Reaches by King Janus's grateful heir, he can perhaps find peace in a colder, more remote land far from the intrigues of a troubled Realm.

    Jack says: "The Great Swampy Middle!"
  • The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (






UNABRIDGED) by J. R. R. Tolkien Narrated by Rob Inglis

    The Fellowship of the Ring: Book One in The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 11 mins)
    • By J. R. R. Tolkien
    • Narrated By Rob Inglis
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (4606)
    Performance
    (4143)
    Story
    (4226)

    The Fellowship of the Ring, the first volume in the trilogy, tells of the fateful power of the One Ring. It begins a magnificent tale of adventure that will plunge the members of the Fellowship of the Ring into a perilous quest and set the stage for the ultimate clash between the powers of good and evil.

    Ellen says: "At last - The Definitive Recording!"
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  • Blood Song: Raven's Shadow, Book 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by Anthony Ryan Narrated by Steven Brand

    Blood Song: Raven's Shadow, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (23 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Anthony Ryan
    • Narrated By Steven Brand
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2218)
    Performance
    (2097)
    Story
    (2095)

    The Sixth Order wields the sword of justice and smites the enemies of the Faith and the Realm. Vaelin Al Sorna was only a child of 10 when his father left him at the iron gate of the Sixth Order. The Brothers of the Sixth Order are devoted to battle, and Vaelin will be trained and hardened to the austere, celibate, and dangerous life of a Warrior of the Faith. He has no family now save the Order.

    JPaladin says: "Wonderful Epic! Mature and well-written."
  • The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1 (






UNABRIDGED) by Patrick Rothfuss Narrated by Nick Podehl

    The Name of the Wind: Kingkiller Chronicles, Day 1

    • UNABRIDGED (27 hrs and 58 mins)
    • By Patrick Rothfuss
    • Narrated By Nick Podehl
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (11854)
    Performance
    (9517)
    Story
    (9634)

    This is a tale of sorrow, a tale of survival, a tale of one man's search for meaning in his universe, and how that search, and the indomitable will that drove it, gave birth to a legend.

    Joanna says: "Wow!"
  • Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2 (






UNABRIDGED) by Brandon Sanderson Narrated by Michael Kramer, Kate Reading

    Words of Radiance: The Stormlight Archive, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (48 hrs and 15 mins)
    • By Brandon Sanderson
    • Narrated By Michael Kramer, Kate Reading
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (6734)
    Performance
    (6395)
    Story
    (6414)

    In that first volume, we were introduced to the remarkable world of Roshar, a world both alien and magical, where gigantic hurricane-like storms scour the surface every few days and life has adapted accordingly. Roshar is shared by humans and the enigmatic, humanoid Parshendi, with whom they are at war.

    D says: "Book !!; no let down- "Words of Radieance" shines"
  • The Magician's Land: The Magicians, Book 3 (






UNABRIDGED) by Lev Grossman Narrated by Mark Bramhall

    The Magician's Land: The Magicians, Book 3

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 27 mins)
    • By Lev Grossman
    • Narrated By Mark Bramhall
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (144)
    Performance
    (135)
    Story
    (136)

    Quentin Coldwater has been cast out of Fillory, the secret magical land of his childhood dreams. With nothing left to lose he returns to where his story began, the Brakebills Preparatory College of Magic. But he can't hide from his past, and it's not long before it comes looking for him. Along with Plum, a brilliant young undergraduate with a dark secret of her own, Quentin sets out on a crooked path through a magical demimonde of grey magic and desperate characters.

    Geo says: "Oh no not again!"
  • Clyátomon: Die Schlacht um die versunkenen Reiche (






UNABRIDGED) by Andrea Bannert Narrated by Andrea Bannert

    Clyátomon: Die Schlacht um die versunkenen Reiche

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 5 mins)
    • By Andrea Bannert
    • Narrated By Andrea Bannert
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    Die jungen Studenten Andreas, Marc und Manuela zieht es mit unerklärlicher Macht an und in die See. Immer unerträglicher wird ihnen ihre Existenz an Land, bis schließlich eine sternklare Sommernacht die Wende in ihrem Leben bringt. Die drei Freunde geraten zwischen die Fronten in einem seit Generationen andauernden Krieg, den fremdartige Geschöpfe in einer fantastischen Unterwasserwelt austragen.

  • Conan and The Queen of the Black Coast (






UNABRIDGED) by Robert E. Howard Narrated by Phil Chenevert

    Conan and The Queen of the Black Coast

    • UNABRIDGED (1 hr and 27 mins)
    • By Robert E. Howard
    • Narrated By Phil Chenevert
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    (0)
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    Conan finally meets his match in Belit, the fierce, bloodthirsty and scantily clad pirate Queen. She also is unable to resist the huge, blue eyed, iron thewed barbarian who literally sweeps her off her feet. Together they become pirates of legend and are the scourge of the Black Coast.

  • The Nameless Dwarf: The Complete Chronicles: Nameless Dwarf, Books 1-5 (






UNABRIDGED) by D.P. Prior Narrated by Bob Neufeld

    The Nameless Dwarf: The Complete Chronicles: Nameless Dwarf, Books 1-5

    • UNABRIDGED (19 hrs and 51 mins)
    • By D.P. Prior
    • Narrated By Bob Neufeld
    Overall
    (1)
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    (1)
    Story
    (1)

    The dwarves have gone! Thousands have been slaughtered in the blood-drenched streets of their ravine city by one of their own wielding a demonic axe. The survivors have fled beyond the mountains, heading into a realm haunted by the nightmares of a twisted god.

  • The Sacred Band (






UNABRIDGED) by Janet Morris, Chris Morris Narrated by Christopher Crosby Morris

    The Sacred Band

    • UNABRIDGED (31 hrs and 16 mins)
    • By Janet Morris, Chris Morris
    • Narrated By Christopher Crosby Morris
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    (2)
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    (2)
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    (2)

    In 338 BCE, during the Battle of Chaeronea that results in the massacre of the Sacred Band of Thebes, the legendary Tempus and his stepson cavalry rescue 23 pairs of Theban Sacred Banders, paired lovers and friends, to fight on other days.

    Kevin says: "Better Seen, Than Heard"
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  • The Lore of the Evermen: The Evermen Saga, Book 4 (






UNABRIDGED) by James Maxwell Narrated by Simon Vance

    The Lore of the Evermen: The Evermen Saga, Book 4

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By James Maxwell
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (2)
    Performance
    (2)
    Story
    (2)

    The Lord of the Night is coming. The future of civilization is at stake. Miro, high lord of Altura, is in the Imperial capital to prepare the Empire for the onslaught. He knows his homeland lies directly in the enemy's path but struggles to form the alliances he needs. As the high lords bicker, Ella seeks the help of the newly crowned emperor, Killian. But, amid the growing tensions, their responsibilities drive them apart and, as emperor, Killian can't be seen to favor Ella's homeland.

  • The Broken Eye: Lightbringer, Book Three (






UNABRIDGED) by Brent Weeks Narrated by Simon Vance

    The Broken Eye: Lightbringer, Book Three

    • UNABRIDGED (29 hrs and 34 mins)
    • By Brent Weeks
    • Narrated By Simon Vance
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    (4)
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    (4)
    Story
    (3)

    As the old gods awaken and satrapies splinter, the Chromeria races to find the only man who might still end a civil war before it engulfs the known world. But Gavin Guile has been captured by an old enemy and enslaved on a pirate galley. Worse still, Gavin has lost more than his powers as Prism - he can't use magic at all. Without the protection of his father, Kip Guile will face a master of shadows as his grandfather moves to choose a new Prism and put himself in power.

  • Emityon: Evolve: Seasons of Light, Book 2 (






UNABRIDGED) by S.J. Saunders Narrated by Lee Strayer

    Emityon: Evolve: Seasons of Light, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (14 hrs and 49 mins)
    • By S.J. Saunders
    • Narrated By Lee Strayer
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    A new threat emerges, and the darkness can no longer be contained. Under the command of its bloodthirsty general, the Supremacy joins forces with a deadly new ally, unleashing carnage with fanatical precision. With war spreading to all corners of Atala, Nadon undergoes a dark metamorphosis; one that threatens to fracture the already-cracking continent and to undermine Nadon's very humanity.

  • Cast in Flame: Chronicles of Elantra Series, Book 10 (






UNABRIDGED) by Michelle Sagara Narrated by Khristine Hvam

    Cast in Flame: Chronicles of Elantra Series, Book 10

    • UNABRIDGED (16 hrs and 42 mins)
    • By Michelle Sagara
    • Narrated By Khristine Hvam
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (37)
    Performance
    (33)
    Story
    (33)

    Kaylin returned from the West March in one piece. Now that piece is fraying. She's not at home in the Imperial Palace - and she never intends to be. All she wants is normal garden-variety criminals and a place of her own. Of course, normal in her new life involves a dragon as a roommate, but she can handle that. Kaylin can't as easily handle the new residents to the city she polices, because one of them is Nightshade's younger brother. On a night when she should be talking to landlords in perfectly normal buildings, she's called to the fief - by Teela.

    Cheri says: "still a good listen...but..."