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Blood and Steel: The Cor Chronicles | [Martin Parece]

Blood and Steel: The Cor Chronicles

Blood and Steel begins the story of Cor Pelson. You see, Cor is a Dahken - a race of magical warriors long though dead by both the beneficent priests of the Shining West and the necromancers of the Loszian Empire. Shortly after he was born Cor changed - the coughing attacks came, and his skin changed to the gray of a corpse. He is different, and there were those who took notice.
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Publisher's Summary

A non-stop fantasy action thrill ride full of swords, magic and battle! Once the blood starts flowing, it just doesn't seem to stop.

Blood and Steel begins the story of Cor Pelson. You see, Cor is a Dahken - a race of magical warriors long thought dead by both the beneficent priests of the Shining West and the necromancers of the Loszian Empire. Shortly after he was born Cor changed - the coughing attacks came, and his skin changed to the gray of a corpse. He is different, and there were those who took notice.

Cor comes to realize that there are those who would control the power in his blood. Frightened and determined to protect those he loves, Cor steals away from home. He quickly finds that the world is not what he thought it was - the world is not full of happy farmers in a bountiful kingdom, living in peace and freedom. It is in fact a cruel, brutal place where blood flows readily and the ability to protect himself is paramount.

Those that would control the power in his blood follow him to the sea. Cor must accept that he is different, learn to unlock his strength and take revenge upon the Loszian necromancer who has wronged him.

©2012 Martin V. Parece II (P)2014 Martin V. Parece II

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    John Zukley 07-13-14
    John Zukley 07-13-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Worst Narrator EVER"
    What would have made Blood and Steel better?

    A different person reading it.


    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Don't know couldn't get past the horrible dragging out of the last syllable, especially anything that ended in the letter R. So, on the constructive side - send the Narrator to speech therapy?


    How could the performance have been better?

    read above


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

    disappointment and... revulsion?


    Any additional comments?

    Honestly couldn't tell if this was a decent story or not, because I only lasted less than an hour with the narrator - perhaps will try & pick up the book itself. Honestly the first book i ever tried to return.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    SCOTT Baltimore MD 06-26-14
    SCOTT Baltimore MD 06-26-14 Member Since 2002
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    "First, lose the sinusitis, then narrate the book.."
    What disappointed you about Blood and Steel?

    I'm sorry to have to rate the content as average because for all I know it's an excellent story. Unfortunately I'm forced to rate it. I was simply unable to suffer past the auricular dissonance of the first chapter. I feel bad for authors who get stuck with simply awful narration. It's not just that bad narration can hurt a good book; sometimes it can render it inaudible.


    Would you recommend Blood and Steel to your friends? Why or why not?

    Maybe in Kindle format


    What didn’t you like about Andy Babinski’s performance?

    It wasn't just the heavy nasal inflection that made this narration so irritating. Babinski has this annoying tendency of drawing out the final consonant of certain words (seemingly at random). Is there really such a dearth of decent narrators that publishers have to hire Mr. Snuffleupagus? And is Sesame Street ok with their characters moonlighting?


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Atli 06-19-14
    Atli 06-19-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Finally !"
    Where does Blood and Steel rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It's definitely one of the better books i have listened to this year.


    What other book might you compare Blood and Steel to and why?

    I would compare this book to similar ones such The Renegade Series, The Sorcerer's Ring, The Godling Chronicles and so on. It is quite unique in some ways but it has the same feel as those books.


    Any additional comments?

    It has quite a unique storyline with good/bad people and the ones that are "neutral". I would recommend this book to anyone who likes Epic Fantasy stories and i hope they release the rest of this series soon.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Even Fitjar, Norway 06-10-14
    Even Fitjar, Norway 06-10-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A great and unique story!"
    Would you listen to Blood and Steel again? Why?

    I will probobly do that when / if a sequel comes.
    Because the story is exciting and fun.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    The main character Cor.
    He was pretty much everything you want your main protagonist of a fantasy story too be, while still being unique.


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

    No I have not. He is a good narrator, tough it took me 30 minutes or so too get used too him.


    Any additional comments?

    I loved how he made up the world, he hit the perfect combo by Light fantasy and Dark (Imo) I realy don't like the stories too get too dark.
    I especialy liked how he made even a good god's followers seem abit like christianity in the past. You either follow our way or you're a blasphemer and evil etc. It made it seem much more real too me. Even so they aren't bad guys just ignorant and conceited.
    How the magic of this world worked was especialy enjoyable too me because it was unique, atleast Cor's magic is, the priests and necromancers are quite normal Light vs Dark and all that.
    The one tiny miniscule complaint I have is that the story had a way of going abit slow at times (Tough never ever boring, just slowly building). And It cought me hook line and sinker despite of it.
    I reckomend this too anyone who likes fantasy.

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