An ancient artifact that must be found... Terrifying creatures from dark and dangerous Incendin... And long-forgotten elementals again unleashed on the world. As an earth senser, Tan is tasked with helping guide the king's servant through the dangerous mountain passes in search of the artifact before Incendin can reach it first. But after losing his father to the war, Tan wants nothing to do with the king's demands. When everything he knows is lost, he is forced to risk himself to save the one person who can find the artifact - a beautiful girl who has lost as much as Tan. In doing so, power the world hasn't seen in nearly a thousand years is awoken, and a warrior long thought dead returns to claim the artifact for himself.
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I liked this series. I completed the five books currently on Audible in about 4, or 5 days. There has to be more volumes coming out, because of all of the loose ends, and because of how the last book ended. The novels have a steady pace until book 3, when the pace really increases. The thing I like the most about the series was the unique approach to an Elemental Magic System. The thing I disliked the most about the series is that the books are too short, and had to have been the minimum word count to fit the definition of a novel, and not a short story. Btw...the last 30 minutes of each novel is the first 30 minutes of the next book. The narrator did a great job, although he talks fast, and every now and then I had to go back a minute, or more to catch what he said. There is also a love story in the series, but it isn't gushy and there are only a few stolen kisses in it, which is a plus for me. Overall, even with my few complaints, I give the series and the narator 4 Stars overall.
The reading order for the series is:
Chased by Fire
Bound by Fire
Changed by Fire
Fortress of Fire
Forged in Fire
Loved the world and the characters but I kept getting distracted by the authors lack of an extensive vocabulary. I felt like I was reading a book written by a 12 or 13 year old. If the author learns to not use the same words over and over again to describe something, often in the same sentance, he/she would go far in the realm of sci-fi fantasy writing. Can't bring myself to buy the next book because of this reason.
world was interesting, but the characters were annoying and lacking depth. the author doesn't write a believable relationship (whether it is mother/son, friendship, or lovers). The main character constantly narrates about his affection for another character being a major motivator, but you don't actually see it in the interactions between the two.
I'll keep this short. The author needs to learn to 'show' more and be more descriptive, and the 'he turned' 'she turned' 'it turned' is SO repetitive. The story itself is meh.
The story is enjoyable. Its in a series of books(which audible has not tagged as of yet), so the end of the story leaves a bit hanging. My only nitpick, and this is from having listened to the second book in the series before writing this, is that the main character's self doubt slowly begins to wear on the listener. In the first book, however, the self doubt feels justified.
If you want to disappear into another world full of excitement and adventure, this is the book for you. The perfect balance of fantastical believabilty. Well written. Looking forward to more of the story
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