Lifelong friends, they went their separate ways. Now they are together again, though each holds secrets from the others in his heart. They speak of a world shadowed with rumors of war. They speak of tales of strange monsters, creatures of myth, creatures of legend. They do not speak of their secrets. Not then. Not until a chance encounter with a beautiful, sorrowful woman, who bears a magical crystal staff, draws the companions deeper into the shadows, forever changing their lives and shaping the fate of the world.
No one expected them to be heroes.
Least of all, them.
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Great story, bad reading. The narrator who loses you at so many points because of his boring way of reading I guess you could say but the story is still amazing and definitely worth it love the series
I really enjoyed the book not one of my favorites but it was still a good read. I didn't like the immersion reading cause the way the reader voiced the characters was always different from the way it sounded in my head and that irritated me immensely. I suppose that's a personal problem not really much they can do to fix it but still good book I recommend it.
Epic, Beauty, Death
The companionship and characters make every event that happens important to you. You care about the events because the characters care about the events. The world becomes you.
I think Paul did his best for a book with so much dynamic and I appreciate and enjoy this audio book performance to the fullest.
the most chilling description of a wound in the first dragon attack against the characters is burnt into my mind.
If you have read these books and appreciate these books the story alone makes the narration worth it.
Narrator was excellent, sometimes a bit Shatner-esque, though. :-)
This is the beginning of a series of books that changed my life as a child.
If you are a fan of the fantasy genre, don't deny yourself this!
Starts off a little slow. Seems to borrow from J.R.R. Tolkien too much, though it try's to change around the obvious references. Vocabulary is really inconsistent, mixing modern phrases with supposedly ancient phraseology. Nonetheless, I'll try book 2. No promises about book 3.
As tales of fantasy and daring-do go, this one is no surprise. That is blessing and curse. The story has its moments but the flat, monotone even, narration makes listening a valiumesque task.
These books have been out for a while but I would always read the reviews and decide against it because they would say the narrator was horrible. I did not honestly have any problem or difficulty with the narrator's voice. I did not find him flat and his voices for the characters did not leave me confused as to who was talking.
As to the disparity between mine and others reviews, I would chalk it up to difference of opinion. However, I came into this book fully expecting to dislike the narration and was pleasantly enthralled.
I came to this series after reading the "soul forged" and "brothers in arms" books that prequel this in the series. I also recommend doing so for a bit of context on the story if you have the time because they are also great stories.
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