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A Quest of Heroes: The Sorcerer's Ring, Book 1 | [Morgan Rice]

A Quest of Heroes: The Sorcerer's Ring, Book 1

A dazzling new fantasy series. A QUEST OF HEROES (BOOK #1 IN THE SORCERER’S RING) revolves around the epic coming of age story of one special boy, a 14 year old from a small village on the outskirts of the Kingdom of the Ring. Thorgrin senses he is different from the others. He dreams of becoming a great warrior, of joining the King’s men and protecting the Ring. When he comes of age and is forbidden by his father to try out for the King’s Legion, he journeys out on his own, determined to force his way into King’s Court and be taken seriously.
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Publisher's Summary

A breathtaking new epic fantasy series. Morgan Rice does it again! This magical saga reminds me of the best of J.K. Rowling, George R.R. Martin, Rick Riordan, Christopher Paolini and J.R.R. Tolkien. I couldn’t put it down!” (Allegra Skye, Bestselling author of SAVED)

The #1 Bestselling book, with over 300 five star reviews on Amazon, now available on audio!

A dazzling new fantasy series. A QUEST OF HEROES (BOOK #1 IN THE SORCERER’S RING) revolves around the epic coming of age story of one special boy, a 14 year old from a small village on the outskirts of the Kingdom of the Ring. Thorgrin senses he is different from the others. He dreams of becoming a great warrior, of joining the King’s men and protecting the Ring. When he comes of age and is forbidden by his father to try out for the King’s Legion, he journeys out on his own, determined to force his way into King’s Court and be taken seriously.

Thorgrin comes to learn he has mysterious powers he does not understand, that he has a special gift, and a special destiny. Against all odds he falls in love with the king’s daughter, and as their forbidden relationship blossoms, he discovers he has powerful rivals. As he struggles to make sense of his powers, the king’s sorcerer takes him under his wing and tells him of a mother he never knew, in a land far away, beyond the Canyon, beyond even the land of the Dragons.

With its sophisticated world-building and characterization, A QUEST OF HEROES is an epic tale of friends and lovers, of rivals and suitors, of knights and dragons, of intrigues and political machinations, of coming of age, of broken hearts, of deception, ambition and betrayal. It is a tale of honor and courage, of fate and destiny, of sorcery. It is a fantasy that brings us into a world we will never forget, and which will appeal to all ages and genders.

Book #2—A MARCH OF KINGS—is also available in audio, and books #3--#11 in the series will also be available in audio soon!

©2013 Morgan Rice (P)2013 Morgan Rice

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    Samuel DARTMOUTH, MA, United States 01-12-14
    Samuel DARTMOUTH, MA, United States 01-12-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Hackneyed, *and* repetitive"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    This book isn't for anyone who pays attention to what they're reading or listening to.


    What could Morgan Rice have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I don't think a single page of this has ever been introduced to an editor. There are strings of sentences that all repeat the same thing - and using the same words! The author is too lazy to come up with different phrases and just uses the same ones over and over. E.g., the main character is "burning with indignation". Then two sentences later, "Indignation is burning in his veins." And in the next paragraph, he's "burning with indignation" again. As a result the characters have no depth and it's very difficult to immerse yourself in the story. The plot is also relatively unimaginative, but I expected that.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator is a good fit for this author. They both have a very small, shallow bag of tricks to work with. The vast majority of sentences in the story are all voiced with the exact same inflection, as if the writing were metered or in verse. It usually doesn't suite the actual content of the text, and becomes terribly annoying very quickly.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    I was very disappointed with the whole book almost immediately. And depending on my mood otherwise, listening would sometimes make me so frustrated with the stupid mis-steps by the author and narrator that I had to stop.


    22 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Newburyport, MA, United States 02-14-14
    Kathleen Newburyport, MA, United States 02-14-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Good reading if you're 12 yrs. old."

    This isn't fantasy, it's a fairy tale. Very simplistic and predictable. I read about 2 hours and stopped. I can't understand the good reviews, except that they must be kids. If you are a kid, you'll enjoy it. If you are an adult, don't waste the credit or your time.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Bob-o CHARLESTON, SC, United States 03-22-14
    Bob-o CHARLESTON, SC, United States 03-22-14 Member Since 2011
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    "I love these books!"

    I love these books! Take a George RR Martin Song of Ice and Fire novel and shrink it from 40 something hours to 7 and this is what you get. They're so good I do wish they were longer, but I'll take what I can get. The narrator is fantastic! The only problem is that I've listened to the 3 they have online and I have to wait for the rest.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Joe Lake city, Florida, United States 02-14-14
    Joe Lake city, Florida, United States 02-14-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Good but..."
    Where does A Quest of Heroes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    The story is well written and very well performed but there is 11 books out in the series and only two in audio format I do not recommend getting this title until the rest of the series is out in audio format. The second book seems unfinished and stops at a bad point leaving the listener hanging.


    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Cory Orem, UT, United States 10-28-13
    Cory Orem, UT, United States 10-28-13
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    "Don't waste your money or credits"
    Would you try another book from Morgan Rice and/or Wayne Farrell?

    No.


    What could Morgan Rice have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    I usually don't review books I listen to. Just usually don't care to take the time. Sorry. But I had to warn other listeners to stay away from this book. Poor writing. Predictable and bad plot. Inconsistencies in the plot. Inexplicable story lines. Shallow characters that you can't engage with. No depth to the characters. I kept listening hoping that it would get better. It didn't. I didn't have any other books to listen to and wasn't where I could download more so I was stuck wading though this book. Would have been better turning it off.


    What didn’t you like about Wayne Farrell’s performance?

    Tempo and reading style hard to listen to. I listen to about one book each week and I could not recommend his reading.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    Just avoid this book. If you decide to listen to anyway, your choice, but you have been warned.

    20 of 26 people found this review helpful
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    zach derby, United Kingdom 10-01-13
    zach derby, United Kingdom 10-01-13
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    "Outstanding performance"
    Would you listen to A Quest of Heroes again? Why?

    Yes, I've already read the book several time, but this audio book really helped bring the characters it to life.


    What other book might you compare A Quest of Heroes to and why?

    Eragon, both books create a wonderful world that you can picture yourself living in.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I particularly enjoyed the scene where Thor was accepted into the legion


    Any additional comments?

    Morgan Rice should be really proud of this audio book, an already fantastic book was really brought to life by this performance.

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Liz 09-26-14
    Liz 09-26-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Good for what it is - a young adult novel"
    What do you think the narrator could have done better?

    The narrator was probably my least favorite thing about this book. I think he portrayed the voices of different characters well- but he has a tendancy to be overly dramatic and he elongates words - it kind of sounds like he's trying to read poetic verse sometimes instead of a novel. "Soldiers" became "Soooldiers." I will admit that I'm partway through book two and he's kind of growing on me- but every now and then I want to shake my tablet and be like "YES, YES I KNOW YOU HAVE AN AMAZING BRITISH ACCENT! QUIT TRYING SO HARD TO SOUND LIKE YOU HAVE AN ACCENT!"


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Actually I listened to this book strictly during my commute and while at work during mind-numbing data-entry sessions. I didn't feel the need to listen to it while doing more enjoyable activities- and it wasn't one that I just HAD to listen to RIGHT NOW to see what happened next. That being said, I DID enjoy it- I just wasn't rivited by it.


    Any additional comments?

    Please don't buy this expecting it to be a brilliant example of fine literature. Don't buy it if you're looking for the next Medieval Harry Potter, WOT or the next LOTR. Don't expect sweeping story arcs and completely developed characters.
    DO consider this book if you're looking for a simple story and the cliche of "country boy makes it big at the king's castle" appeals to you. I enjoyed this story. I LIKED the characters (even if they were silly teenage kids for the most part and the "older" characters - at 25 years old or so - were either complete asshats or ridiculously melodramatic.) Yes, there were plenty of places where I quite literally rolled my eyes at things the characters said to each other or events that transpired. Yes, there were instances where I giggled at some pretty bad writing ("He was going to face death- in the face!") But I have a 14-year-old kid at home, and this book reads like a Disney movie- it's entertainment, but not a whole lot of substance. It's about a boy having every other young boy's daydreams come true.
    So if you're willing to give this a shot- be willing to overlook it's flaws, quit being so uptight with all the "this would NEVER happen like this, not in a million years" overthinking, and just enjoy it. Let Thor have his moments of greatness without whining about all the rest- for the sake of every young person out there who ever thought "wouldn't it be cool if this happened?"

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Kelly Little river sc 08-07-14
    Daniel Kelly Little river sc 08-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Wonderful story loved every minute"
    Would you listen to A Quest of Heroes again? Why?

    Yes I would listen to the book again it was great and there was not one boring part in the whole book


    What was one of the most memorable moments of A Quest of Heroes?

    It was all good I can not just pick one part


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The first and 2nd scene was my favorite


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jonathan Sandgate, Australia 07-30-14
    Jonathan Sandgate, Australia 07-30-14 Member Since 2010
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    "A bit too simplistic"

    The book started off really well. I was looking forward to a good listen, but it didn't really live up to the expectation.

    I think that the problem I discovered was the simplicity of the story line. The line is too thin and too straight. There's no real branching. Nothing much happens in parallel. There's not too many twists. The plot develops simply. The main character suddenly and inexplicitly rises to the next level after each challenge.

    There are holes in the plot which just leaps ahead without much in between and there is a rush of events. For example the protagonist arrives at court and is suddenly the centre of attention. Everything seems to happen within a handful of days, with almost no intervening time for thoughts or emotions to develop. Just struck me as odd

    The story had a lot more potential which could have been realised with just a bit more attention. I'm glad that it only cost me half a credit. Not sure that I would pay a full credit for others in the series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    ANNIE BROOKLYN, NY, United States 01-11-14
    ANNIE BROOKLYN, NY, United States 01-11-14 Member Since 2007
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    "I love the coming of age and quest fantasy books"
    Where does A Quest of Heroes rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love this epic story it give me all that I need in a fantasy trilogy. the coming of age and discovery of self is magnificent. Though some actions are predictable I love it. there is not long details just action in every chapter.


    What other book might you compare A Quest of Heroes to and why?

    Terry Brooks Shannara books.


    Have you listened to any of Wayne Farrell’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I don't believe I have; but I will be looking for him from no on.


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

    Yes!! I found my self holding my breathe with hand over month and eyes wide open with fear. Self splitting laughter I like these books and am waiting with bated breathe for the last one.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish I could find more like this.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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