Isabel reaches Karth, tormented by the influence of the Wraith Queen, and quickly becomes embroiled in the conflict between the House of Karth and the Reishi Army Regency. Before she can form any meaningful alliance with the Karth family, she must first challenge a dark and sinister power that has kept the Isle of Karth in thrall for millennia. The harsh snows of winter have arrived, stalling open warfare in Fellenden, but Zuhl presses the attack, relying on the power of his dragons to carry the day and dealing a blow to Alexander that is as devastating as it is personal. Abandoned by the love of his life, Alexander wakes among the dragons of Tyr. Bedridden by a grievous injury, he struggles with the limitations of his magic in a desperate effort to help the two people he loves most survive the winter, while also preparing his allies for the coming spring. What he discovers about the true nature of his calling might change everything.
©2012 David A. Wells (P)2014 Podium Publishing
I’ve been meaning to write a review of each of the book in the Seven Isles series, but just haven’t seemed to get around to it. Now that I completed it, I have decided to write a review of the entire series instead. I guess as a whole I would best describe The Seven Isles as The Wheel Of Time Lite. With much of the same concepts, evil returns to the world, as a young hero and his friends take up the unwanted duties to save mankind, the Seven Isles doesn’t have quite the depth of Robert Jordan’s novels.
Books one and two are much the same, and center around the young hero Alexander. After his brother is murdered, he returns home to find that an evil Arch Mage has arisen from the dead, and Alexander is the long lost ancestor of an ancient king, the only person who can defeat the mage. Predictably, our young hero wants nothing to do with saving the world, but the Arch Mageforces his hand by sending evil forces to kill him. The story stays exclusively with Alexander’s character in the first two books as he and his friends run for their lives. The story almost becomes comical as they are repeatedly attacked by both men and creatures. It seems that our band of heroes can only walk mere steps before another attack comes from soldiers, wizards, demons, dragons, and wild animals. At one point they are attacked by a swarming hive of bees. Each time they barely survive and must heal themselves with magic or potions. It really became a bit ridiculous the amount of times characters should have died only to healed just in time. Despite these things, for some reason I still found myself enjoying the books enough to continue.
Books three and four of the series mark a vast improvement. After two books of following only Alexander, the book suddenly opens up to include the view points of other characters. The best of these are Alexander’s new wife Isabel, and his sister Abigail. The story improves greatly from this point as plots begin to take form, and the group does less running and hiding. Alexander begins to strengthen his magic, and his friends find they have some powers as well.
Books five and six form a bit of a lull in the series as Alexander is either injured or in the custody of one enemy or another for much of the two books. He learns to project his image to anywhere in the world, and spends much of these two books helping the others from afar. The other character blossom more in this book, which was a good thing, but waiting for Alexander to return to the action got a little old. Secondary plots are given more time as Alexander is away.
The seventh and final book is by far the best of the series as our heroes prepare for and execute the final battle with evil. The final battle is drawn out nicely, and most plots are put to rest nicely so the the world may live happily ever after.
Overall, despite this story not being the most complex or original, it redeemed itself with likable characters and an overall enjoyable feel to it. Yes the good characters were good beyond the point of saints, and the evil were predictably wicked, but I found myself enjoying the series more and more as I went along. I almost gave up on this series after book two, but for some reason I found myself wanting to continue on. By the end I found the Seven Isles to be very rewarding listen.
all books move at good speed amazing voice actor. he brings it to life and does a good job of separating the different voices
With a writer who has so much imagination, why oh why am sitting there grinding my teeth over the dialogue.
Get the point!
Come on David you've got to better than that?!
"Brilliantly captivating story line"
Would definitely listen to again because there is always something that you'll miss first time. Never boring.
Too many good characters. I have images of them all and i love their idiosyncrasies.
Derek Perkins.....one of the best!
Yes! I found myself commenting out loud often and it made me smile
Read the series!!
The writing gets better as the book goes on! I cannot wait to read the next one.
"Good story, but filled with repetitive and basic padding"
The relationships and conversations between characters are so basic and child like sometimes I feel like I'm reading a book aimed at young teenagers.
Fights seem to consist of people constantly rolling to the side miraculously and dealing killing blows. With characters besting the default experienced enemy that seems to be over 6ft, weighing over 250lbs and is barrel chester, even though they only started training with weapons at the age of 14.
The world of magic was interesting at first, but very little of the mechanics behind it have been explained and this is the 5th book!
The performance has some interesting voices, but the female parts are dreadful and bring me straight out of the story. I swear some of the voices were just impressions of Gollum in this volume. In fact, in the Witches section I could have counted over 100 "voice said" in the space of 5 minutes.
The only reason I keep buying books in this series is because I just want to find out what happens.
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