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  • The Stormcaller: The Twilight Reign, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (18 hrs and 28 mins)
    • By Tom Lloyd
    • Narrated By David Rintoul
    Overall
    (82)
    Performance
    (73)
    Story
    (74)

    Isak is a white-eye, feared and despised in equal measure. Trapped in a life of poverty, hated and abused by his father, Isak dreams of escape, but when his chance comes, it isn't to a place in the army as he'd expected. Instead, the Gods have marked him out as heir-elect to the brooding Lord Bahl, the Lord of the Fahlan. Lord Bahl is also a white-eye, a genetic rarity that produces men stronger, more savage and more charismatic than their normal counterparts. Their magnetic charm and brute strength both inspires and oppresses others.

    Elaine Flavin says: "Starts out slow but quickly builds momentum"
    "Starts out slow but quickly builds momentum"
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    Performance
    Story
    What did you love best about The Stormcaller?

    While it does follow the standard fantasy formula Stormcaller puts some unique spins on the genre. First while the main the character is definitely the hero of the story for most of the story he is surrounded by people who loathe and mistrust him just for what he is not who he is. This lays the groundwork for a really rich character who is very multi-dimensional, at one moment the baddest solidier on the field and the next a young man doubting his own place in the world. That said I think I like the internal conflict the main character deals with throughout the story and seeing him develop through the book I am anxious for the next novel in the series.


    What other book might you compare The Stormcaller to and why?

    I would say it mixes elements from Chronicles of Amber and Warhammer 40k. On the one hand the character really grows throughout the novel and on the other he given similar abilities and weaknesses enjoyed by the space marines (specifically the Sons of Fenris).


    What about David Rintoul’s performance did you like?

    I really loved his ability to develop the scene he gave each character its own voice and really acted as though he were experiencing what the characters did. One of my favorite scenes was when he described a battle in which the main character lost himself to battlerage and you could here the concern in the supporting characters voices as well as the stress and rage in the main character's.


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

    There were points I was pumping my hand up and down cheering for the main character as well as one scene where I nearly lost it (very emotional).


    Any additional comments?

    Wish Audible would let us know when the next one is coming out, would love to be able to subscribe to an alert for it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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