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
Enjoy the adventure
An excellent medieval fantasy book and entertaining from the beginning to end. I enjoyed the theme of personal sacrifice as the cost of loyalty. Best shown when the main character is mislead by the government to do their bidding vs. pursuing his own plans. Reminded me of the Mark Twain quote - “Loyalty to the country always. Loyalty to the government when it deserves it.”
Very Good Listen!!
It kept my attention the entire time. I kept thinking it was going to end, and got more and more excited when it kept going. Very Happy with this Listen.
No, but will be looking into them.
I throughly enjoyed this story! As others have stated, the performance is really good but Mr. Brand doesn't provide enough inflection in is voice to easily distinguish between different characters. Because of this the narration takes some getting used to. Please don't let that discourage you though, I was completely enthralled by the excellent story! Highly recommended!
The tale is rich and well imagined. It leaves you wanting to know more about the world, characters, and religions. The reader, however, is terrible. There are many characters in this tale and they all sound the same or nearly the same. He puts no effort into performing the voices even when the author clearly outlines the accent. I will not do more of his work.
I was very surprised at the depth and breadth and quality of the story. I felt that it contained a "completeness" that you only find in the really best epic adventures. I don't think the narration was spectacular, but his voice and consistency was very good and, although there were is some confusion at times mainly due to the narration, I think some of that was driven by how the dialogue and such was written putting him at something of a disadvantage
At least for me, this was well worth the money and time invested and I have already bought the second one.
The story is captivating right up until the finish, which of course isn't the finish as there is a book 2.
The performance I deem mediocre due to the lack of difference in voices of different characters. Makes it difficult to know who is speaking, when they all sound more or less the same.
Loved the characters and the intrigue. Can't wait until the next journey. I am grateful to Audibles for introducing me to this author. Not one of my Fantasy reading friends had heard of this author or this story. I have already recommended this book to any who will listen to me....and the ones who have read it have also enjoyed it. Yay!
Maybe, I have so many new books to listen too, but if those run out, I would reach for this again.
I can't think of 3 words without sounding harsh. I enjoyed Brand's voice well enough, and his reading cadence, but he doesn't do different voices, so at times I found it difficult to follow who was talking. Everyone once in a while he threw in a different accent, but that was, I think, the only other accent he could do.
Laughed at a few parts. :) But its hard to make me laugh out loud at a book.
I really enjoyed the writing in this one. It was descriptive enough, and the pace was lovely. I am looking forward to the next two books.
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