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Dream of Empty Crowns Audiobook

Dream of Empty Crowns: Chosen King, Book 1

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A new leader....

In need of a new king, the choosing tower fills with names, and Gordon is relieved he has no chance at the crown. He hopes his sweetblood illness takes him out of the running; making it all the more shocking when he's chosen. The beginning of a nightmare that forces Gordon to flee his own kingdom.

A new enemy....

In Gordon's new world of danger and betrayal, true authority over the kingdom lies with one whose pursuit of absolute power stretches beyond his own borders. Someone intent on wresting control from the new boy king by any means.

A new courage....

Pursued by the airships, and the very soldiers sworn to protect him, forced to align with great warriors and face even greater enemies, Gordon's fate lies in finding strength enough to save not only his land...but the entire world.

©2015 M J Sewall (P)2016 M J Sewall

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    J.E. Johnson Central Coast CA USA 05-11-16
    J.E. Johnson Central Coast CA USA 05-11-16

    Independent Author of Fantasy and YA Paranormal Romance. Besides writing, I enjoy reading (and listening to) books, camping and sewing.

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    "Solid First Book in a new Middle Grade Fantasy!"
    Would you listen to Dream of Empty Crowns again? Why?

    Yes! The story is interesting, but moves at a nice pace for listening to while driving, walking or doing chores.


    What other book might you compare Dream of Empty Crowns to and why?

    I was first reminded of Garth Nix's 'The Seventh Tower' because of the way the new kings are chosen at the beginning. I also found the author's use of the sweet blood illness similar to the way Rick Riordan incorporated dyslexia into his Percy Jackson series.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I don't know if I had a favorite scene, but I enjoyed seeing Asa, Gordon's friend, prove his merit by standing up to Trunculin.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No. I was happy taking breaks in between chapters and scenes.


    Any additional comments?

    M J Sewall has done a wonderful job of setting the foundations for what I feel will be a great fantasy series for readers of all ages. Although geared toward a younger reading crowd (I would say ages twelve and older), this story will also appeal to the child in all of us. There is a charming cast of characters on both sides of what is considered good and evil, and we get some insight in to each of them. I found Gordon’s sweet blood illness a very unique twist as well (another challenge our young hero must overcome in his epic journey) and I especially liked Aline. Every Middle Grade/YA book should have both strong male and female characters and Aline definitely fulfills my personal requirements for a strong female character. Battle-trained and fearless, Aline valiantly protects her friends as they encounter one challenge after the another.

    The light use of steampunk elements (the airships and some of the weapons) and the interesting creatures (the Jhalgon that attack the ships) also added depth to the world Sewall has created. My only complaint is I would have liked to learn more about each character and what drives them, but their stories do begin to unfold toward the end of the novel and I expect to learn even more in books two and three. Overall, a tale well told!

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    Eric Reeves Raleigh, NC 07-13-16
    Eric Reeves Raleigh, NC 07-13-16
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    "Pretty good story. Good narration!"

    Overall I thought this was a pretty good story. Set in a time where Kings are chosen, but the choosing is an illusion while those in power retain their power through deceit.

    Gordon was thrust into an unimaginable set of circumstances at the early age of thirteen. But he along with his companions find ways to deal with the chaos as Gordon leans on the teachings of his uncle to help get him through and attempt to prevail over widespread corruption and steer clear of those hunting him.

    Lots of plotting, scheming and betrayal, but also lots of redeeming qualities are found in this book as well.

    I received a free copy of this audio book for an honest review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    lomeraniel Spain 07-09-16
    lomeraniel Spain 07-09-16
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    "Political intrigues in a fantasy world"
    Any additional comments?

    I have received a copy of this book in audio format from the author in exchange for an honest review.

    In the kingdom of the 13, every so many years, a 13 year old boy is randomly chosen to be king. This time it is the turn of Gordon, a child with the sweet blood sickness, who never expected or wanted to be a king. But Gordon will soon discover that the choice is not random at all, and that there are many dark forces at play.

    This book if full of political intrigues in a world where just one kingdom is able to build flying ships. The politics are corrupt and Gordon and his allies will have to find a way to restore fairness and ensure the peace.

    I quite enjoyed this book. The characters and the story are well built, and the dialogs feel natural and fluid. There were though some things unexplained but I guess we will know more in future books.

    The book ends on a cliffhanger, which disappointed me a bit, because none of the stories are closed at that point and it was like stopping listening in the middle of the book. This was the one aspect I did not like about the book.

    The narrator does a very good job, and despite his short range of voices, he helped differentiate the characters using different accents. The only complaint I have is that we can hear him breathing all the time, and it is like he is not getting enough air. I think this could have been edited out. It becomes a bit stressful at times.

    I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fantasy book with political intrigues. Just make sure that you have the next book available too.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Samuel 04-25-16
    Samuel 04-25-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Fantastic read, quick paced & unique story."
    If you could sum up Dream of Empty Crowns in three words, what would they be?

    Protagonist is one-of-a-kind.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's the kind of story you could listen to as told by a grandpa, or a story teller at bedtime. It's not bogged down with so much detail that it becomes tedious. The story is simple and flows nicely.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When you find out they can fly. And by they I don't mean the humans. It's scary! When you listen to the book you'll know exactly what I mean. I couldn't believe it!


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    I empathize with the protagonist. He is on a grand adventure with a genetic illness that he must deal with on top of everything else. He does so admirably. It is inspiring.


    Any additional comments?

    Worth the listen. Not only is the book really good but the gentleman who reads it has a voice made of silk and a tongue made of silver. According to Audible I have listened to 1 month and 26 days worth of time in books (I think I am at almost 60 books in my audio library). He is one of the best voices I have listened to. No joke. He is defiantly playing on a fantastic talent. I look forward to more.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Caleb 05-13-16
    Caleb 05-13-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing book!"
    What did you like best about this story?

    I loved the characters and the pacing of the story. It seemed a bit fast paced at first but mellowed out to a very well developed story.


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

    Things are not always what they seem.


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was given by the author, narrator or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

    This book was fantastic. It's the story of a kingdom that chooses it's kings through a random drawing of all the 13 year old in the kingdom every few years. When the new king is chosen things start to happen and it leads into a spiral of deception and all kinds of different things. All in all the book was amazing. The narrator was great. The only problem I noticed with him is that towards the end of the book you can hear him taking his breaths at certain points and they are very noticeable. Other than that the book is amazing and I highly recommend this audiobook.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew 04-19-16
    Andrew 04-19-16 Member Since 2013

    I'm a sci-fi and fantasy nerd, a fan of all things theology and an adjunct professor of political science.

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    "Solid, fun story."
    What was one of the most memorable moments of Dream of Empty Crowns?

    When Asa started standing up to the first counselor.


    Have you listened to any of Christopher J Mayer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No, but he's good.


    Any additional comments?

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review courtesy of audio book blast.

    This is a solid, fun coming of age novel with political intrigue, airships and a taste of magic. There's some light parallelism to modern political events but it's not overwhelming or preachy. Could have used a copy editor, but on the whole the small rough patches don't distract from a good story. Also, it gives a fairly realistic picture of some of the difficulties a diabetic hero would face in a gas-light fantasy type setting, which is something I haven't really seen done much before. I would recommend Dream of Empty Crowns, particularly for a young audience.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 07-14-16 Member Since 2011
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    "Amazing book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I'd recommend it, it was well done.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Gordon, He finds himself on a self discovering journey.


    Have you listened to any of Christopher J Mayer’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I haven't. It was well narrated with varying voice interpretation


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    jean doe 05-14-16
    jean doe 05-14-16
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    "I did not like the Cliff Hanger..."
    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Who likes Cliff Hangers?


    What three words best describe Christopher J Mayer’s performance?

    He did well


    Do you think Dream of Empty Crowns needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    Yes, I believe there are two other books.


    Any additional comments?


    I liked that the chapters were short, it made it easier if one needed to stop reading or listening for a moment.
    The main lead, Gordon is 13 years old when the book starts.
    He finds himself on a self discovery journey.

    There was a good main lead as well as villains(s).
    It was almost as though the villain was more interesting than Gordon.
    I think it might have to do with Gordon's age.

    Gordon has this Sweet Blood Illness that sounds alot like Diabetes.
    I became a little tired of hearing about the "Sweet Blood Illness", over and over again.
    He had to watch what he ate, and had to eat often, etc..

    I think this is an interesting read for younger people around 8th or 9th grade.
    However, I repeat, I did not like the abrupt ending.

    The narrator did well.

    Note:"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast."

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    mani 05-07-16
    mani 05-07-16
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    What made the experience of listening to Dream of Empty Crowns the most enjoyable?

    The different kingdoms were fun to learn and I how they were each was described differently. I really loved Asa's character and really felt for him in this book.


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    Rose 04-23-16
    Rose 04-23-16
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    "Can't wait for Book 2!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book! It holds your interest, and you want to know what happens next. Very fun!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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