I wish that I could give more than 5 stars. This reader knows the work and does not distract from the story at all.
The first series of Valdemar came way before Harry Potter but they still had many things in common. Magic. Friendship and loyalty winning over the odds. Pain and lonliness endured because enduring was all you could do.
The baby with no name became named Magpie until it eventually shortened into just Mags. He was an orphan presumed to be the child of bandits. Dispite being a child and being good with all the jobs they gave him he was treated worst of the worst. Bad blood. Until he is rescued and taken into a life he literally, could not have imagined due to his complete ignorance of how the world should be run.
The narrator did an excellent job of creating distinct character voices although some have said it is hard to understand the Mags. Reading the actual book is much the same way but the voice and form of speaking is keeping with the character. I got a feel for the Mags accent and didn't have much trouble understanding him.
This series is a bit heavier than Hogwarts with sexual themes (very non graphic), as well as physical and emotional abuse. A little slow paced with action befitting the scenes (Curball Games).
Try the sample and see if it sucks you in. It did for me.
I like paranormal fantasy, romance historical fiction and some kinds of mystories
that's a toss up between herald trainee mags and King's own Herald Nicholas
King's own Herald Nicholas
The hidden herald
I think Nick Podehl did a very nice job with his work on this entire series and should be among the first under consideration to be asked to read all future Heralds Of Valdimar books that require a male reader.
yes. I like the story and the narration is nicely done with no bothersome quirks.
There are several but the moment Mags finds Dalen, the moment he meets Lena and then Bear, All are written well and not overdone.
No. This narrator did a nice job.
The sequence of word images moving Mags forward toward finding his place within the Collegium and within himself are too many to just isolate one. The best is probably comes with the Winter celebration.
Good book which I would think most people would enjoy. No sex, and limited violence. The supernatural nature of the Companions is not so overt as to offend.
There was nothing wrong with this book at all - the performance was fine and the production was good - but this particular book was just a bit too coming of age/young for me personally.
All new characters, set in the time of King Kiril of Valdemar; quite a while before the Arrows of the Queen happenings. Talks about the building of all three collegiums, the new classroom base for training Heralds. Great character and world building with wonderful characters from all three collegia and a continuing story of how Mags, an orphan, becomes a trainee Herald.
Very good voice and character narration and quite entertraining.