From "a new master storyteller" comes the beginning of an epic fantasy saga of blood, honor, and destiny....
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.
Vaelin’s father was Battle Lord to King Janus, ruler of the unified realm. Vaelin’s rage at being deprived of his birthright and dropped at the doorstep of the Sixth Order like a foundling knows no bounds. He cherishes the memory of his mother, and what he will come to learn of her at the Order will confound him. His father, too, has motives that Vaelin will come to understand. But one truth overpowers all the rest: Vaelin Al Sorna is destined for a future he has yet to comprehend. A future that will alter not only the realm, but the world.
©2013 Anthony Ryan (P)2013 Penguin Audio
A different take on an early epic. Like in our world, religion and greed bring death and destruction. Can a man rose above what he thought to be true to overcome evil?
Slow, monotone, dull
No. It was very slow to get going. The first couple of hours were painful, the next 8 were not great. It had a good ending, but the narration still wasn't great.
He just didn't show enough emotion. He did have a soothing voice. He might have worked for a different type of book, but there was just no excitement.
I will probably read the second book on my kimdle, since the ending was good, bit I won't listen to it.
Yes, I will enjoy this story in it's entirety.
The flow of this story is nice. I enjoyed the main character and his conflicting ideas. The setting is well done and the formula is well done.
Steven Brand has a very unique voice, it brings character to the book. However, his voice is so distinct that it can be difficult to ascertain which character is which (especially in the beginning). His inflection or characters need work. I had trouble in the beginning with understanding which characters were speaking. He does have accents that you experience later in the book that are well done, however with so many characters it can be hard to find accents and inflections for this book- so for him I would ask for more inflection and accents to discern characters to the audience. Hope to see improvement!
Try new books.
A bit more character development could be made but it was still an entertaining book. Thanks.
We've all read stories before that follow the early lives of heroes-to-be through their arduous training as youths, through the tragedies and hardships that forge them into the amazing characters that they will someday become. Although there is nothing new or unique about the formula this story follows, the author has crafted it into an entirely new experience. The harmony of an exceptionally well-written story, believable characters with depth and personality, and a narrator who is a pleasure to listen to, created an experience that was so engaging and compelling that I listened to the book again as soon as I finished it! There is so much complexity and subtlety woven into this story that I enjoyed it even more the second time. I am impatiently awaiting my next monthly credit so I can start the sequel! A solid 5-star rating to my new favorite author!
I did not read the print version, I can't imagine it would be better than the audio.
Game of Throne, has the intrigue and diverse characters as Game of Thrones
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