In A Charge of Valor (Book 6 in the Sorcerer's Ring), Thor continues on his quest, deeper into the Empire, to retrieve the stolen Destiny Sword and save the Ring. As he and his friends meet unexpected tragedy and lose a member of their close-knit group, Thor and his remaining friends become closer than they ever were, learning that they must face and overcome adversity together. Their journey takes them to new and exotic terrains, including the desolate Salt Fields, the Great Tunnel, and the Mountains of Fire, as they face a host of unexpected monsters at every turn.
Thor's skills deepen as he undergoes his most advanced training yet, and he will need to draw on powers greater than he has ever used if he is to survive. They finally discover where the Sword has been taken, and they learn that, to retrieve it, they will have to venture to the most dreaded place in the Empire: the Land of the Dragons.
Back in the Ring, Gwendolyn recovers slowly and grapples with deep depression after her attack. Kendrick and the others vow to fight for her honor, despite the impossible odds. There follows one of the great battles in the history of the Ring, as they struggle to free Silesia and conquer Andronicus.
Meanwhile, Godfrey finds himself in disguise behind enemy lines and begins to come into his own, learning what it means to become a warrior, in his own, unique way. Gareth manages to stay alive, using all his cunning to avert capture by Andronicus, while Erec fights for his life to save Savaria from the oncoming invasion by Andronicus - and to save his love, Alistair. Argon pays a precious price for doing the forbidden: meddling in human affairs. And Gwendolyn must decide if she will give up on life, or take up the secluded life of a nun in the ancient Tower of Refuge.
But not before, in a shocking twist, Thor finally learns who his real father is.
©2013 Morgan Rice (P)2015 Morgan Rice
"The Sorcerer's Ring has all the ingredients for an instant success: plots, counterplots, mystery, valiant knights, and blossoming relationships replete with broken hearts, deception and betrayal. It will keep you entertained for hours, and will satisfy all ages. Recommended for the permanent library of all fantasy readers." (Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos)
Can't tell you how many times someone is about to die and at the last spit second is miraclely saved. Its like the author can't stand for any one character to see their doom.
If I had read this as a normal book on my kindle, I might have felt differently about the overall story thus far. It's a good enough story, but not the next big thing in fantasy. However, as a narrated audio book, it's far better. The storyline is rather simple and though the characters are many in number, they aren't very dynamic. They fit archetypes that are well known and used, and villains are very villainous. Yet, the narration is where this book comes to life for me.
I enjoyed the performance of Wayne Farrell, and that is simply what keeps me going in this story. The story is nothing new under the sun, but the performance combined with the story is what makes it enjoyable to me.
Interesting story, the audio books are good for long drives. The level of writing is suited to grade-school readers. The story itself makes it palatable to adults; however, as noted by others, the painful frequency the characters are "overwhelmed" and "amazed" by witnessing events seen previously, you would think the author was describing an infant playing peek-a-boo. There are moments while listening that are, and I paraphrase the author, "more painful than I ever though possible."
but I didn't like the 5th book, and this book that much. The reason for that is because there are too things that happed which made it very difficult for me to suspend disbelief, and it ruined it for me. After listening to book 5, I thought I would let it slide, and would give book 6 a chance when it became available. Well, suspending disbelief was a problem with book 6 too. I think I'll stop here and not get anymore books in this series. The narrator was excellent. I really like him.
This story is mediocre at best. So many cliches and predictable out comes. The narrator is excellent keep me wanting to find out what happened, even if I can guess. I will call this entertaining, it kept me busy and did have very good parts.
"Gripping challenging mission"
Could the plots and intrigue get any better? Well, yes it does this book was the best so far and builds on what has gone before in the series. Thoroughly enjoyable and culminates in a potential victory against the dark forces.
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