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Call of the Herald: The Dawning of Power Trilogy, Book 1 | [Brian Rathbone]

Call of the Herald: The Dawning of Power Trilogy, Book 1

Echoes of the ancients' power are distant memories, tattered and faded by the passage of eons, but that is about to change. A new dawn has arrived. Latent abilities, harbored in mankind's deepest fibers, wait to be unleashed. Ancient evils awaken, and old fears ignite the fires of war. Call of the Herald is book one of The Dawning of Power trilogy.
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Publisher's Summary

Echoes of the ancients' power are distant memories, tattered and faded by the passage of eons, but that is about to change. A new dawn has arrived. Latent abilities, harbored in mankind's deepest fibers, wait to be unleashed. Ancient evils awaken, and old fears ignite the fires of war.

Call of the Herald is book one of The Dawning of Power trilogy.

©2008 White Wolf Press, LLC (P)2013 White Wolf Press, LLC

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    KJ Roelke 08-09-14
    KJ Roelke 08-09-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Decent Book, Ok Audiobook"
    Would you try another book from Brian Rathbone and/or Chris Snelgrove?

    Chris Snelgrove was not that good as a narrator, but he had enough skill with the other voices that there was enough separation to know what was going on.


    Would you be willing to try another book from Brian Rathbone? Why or why not?

    I would definitely read the next book in this series because the book was free as a digital download and the story wasn't terrible and I'm a fantasy fan.


    What didn’t you like about Chris Snelgrove’s performance?

    His voices for one type of people group all sounded the same, and his narration was monotone and over-enunciated.


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

    Overall I enjoyed the book, and especially by the end I was really invested in the story. It was a drag getting started, but overall I found I enjoyed listening/reading it.


    Any additional comments?

    It's definitely worth the $2 I spent to download the companion audiobook for a free kindle ebook…but otherwise I wouldn't pay much more that $2. For either.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Yette Spokane, WA USA 03-25-14
    Yette Spokane, WA USA 03-25-14 Member Since 2012
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    "An okay start, hope the series improves"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    It's quite short, which was actually a draw to the book. However, it seems like it's really only a good outline or start to a story. More details are needed - it's as if the author is giving a re-cap summary to the real story.


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

    Characters need to seem more life-like with greater depth. I'm interested to see what happens next, but not emotionally invested in any characters. Much of the dialog seems aimed at just explaining things to the reader (listener), but does not seem realistic.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm listening on with the trilogy hoping that this title is just a first effort and the writing and story improves.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Lynoth Ames, IA 08-08-13
    Lynoth Ames, IA 08-08-13
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    "4.5 out of 5 stars"

    Technical stuff:

    The good: great quality recording, no hisses, pops, etc.

    The bad: the whole book is one track, so listening in multiple sessions can be tricky.

    The story:

    The good: this is an amazing and amazingly absorbing tale of how the lives of a group of young people become transformed by events totally beyond their imagining. Catrin Volker is a wonderful strong female lead who doesn't fall into the "male" pattern - she remains herself throughout. A great read that I highly recommend for adults and teens!

    The bad:

    Um, I can't think of anything bad to say about this book.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Clay Hewitt, tx, United States 07-26-13
    Clay Hewitt, tx, United States 07-26-13
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    "Engrossing tale that leaves you wanting more!"
    Would you listen to Call of the Herald again? Why?

    Yes.

    In fact, I plan on reading the entire series to date again now that I've been reintroduced in a new way.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Call of the Herald?

    At one point, Catrin is chastised playfully by her companions. This literally brought a smile to my face and, believe it or not, a chuckle I could not adequately explain to my wife.


    Which character – as performed by Chris Snelgrove – was your favorite?

    Simply put, Kenward. I never thought to voice him with a British accent.

    Worst? Catrin and Miss Marin... Can't blame him though!


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

    Of this, I am not certain, though I do know that each trilogy in this series could very easily be made into a film. I would be more than happy to see it in theaters... I normally wait until movies are out for rental via Amazon.


    Any additional comments?

    Maybe consider another voice actor, if not 2. There are many females coming into the story soon as well as an ever growing cast of males. Snelgrove surely found it painfully difficult giving all of the characters in this opener a unique voice. It would be near impossible to do the same for the rest of the series.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kristina Puyallup, WA, United States 07-24-13
    kristina Puyallup, WA, United States 07-24-13
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    "Awesome book - Definitely a must read."
    Where does Call of the Herald rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This is my first fantasy audio book so I would have to say #1.


    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved that the story had really great characters that you could relate to and being able to feel the way they do for some of the situations. The story really brings you in.


    What about Chris Snelgrove’s performance did you like?

    He did amazing. I loved the voices he gave each character. Wonderful job.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The entire book was fantastic, but if I had to choose one part, it would have to be when Catrin decided to stand against the ships and call out to them, giving them a second chance , making them citizens of her homeland. Showing her power by destroying the ships, but also showing the consequences of using so much force without knowing how to control it.


    Any additional comments?

    If I had to critique this book in anyway I would love a little bit more character development as regards to what they look like. I love having to use my imagination to fill in details, but some small picture should be painted for what some characters look like.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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