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Elseerian: The Chronicles of Lumineia, Book 1 | [Ben Hale]

Elseerian: The Chronicles of Lumineia, Book 1

The assassination of heroes was once a warning... for an invasion that nearly destroyed the world. Nations were slaughtered, cities were erased from existence, and defending armies were crushed into oblivion. In weeks, all life stood on the verge of extinction. But the end did not come. Instead the black horde vanished, leaving terrified survivors... and rumors. As the centuries passed the holocaust faded into legend, and finally myth. Across the southern sea a gifted young man is completing his training.
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Publisher's Summary

The assassination of heroes was once a warning... for an invasion that nearly destroyed the world. Nations were slaughtered, cities were erased from existence, and defending armies were crushed into oblivion. In weeks, all life stood on the verge of extinction. But the end did not come. Instead the black horde vanished, leaving terrified survivors... and rumors. As the centuries passed the holocaust faded into legend, and finally myth. Across the southern sea a gifted young man is completing his training. To him the war is forgotten. To the world a warning goes unheeded. And the killings have already begun.

©2012 Ben Hale (P)2013 Podium Publishing

What the Critics Say

"Well written... highly detailed." (Publishers Weekly)

"Ingenious and immersive." (Best in Fantasy)

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    Andrew Stone San Diego 10-06-13
    Andrew Stone San Diego 10-06-13 Member Since 2004
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    "Loved this book!"
    Any additional comments?

    I enjoy Epic Fantasy Books.... Wheel of Time Series, Wizards First Rule, George R.R. Martin, The Warded Man, The Name of the Wind...

    If you liked these books (above), then you'll also like this...

    24 of 28 people found this review helpful
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    tim lowell, IN, United States 12-13-13
    tim lowell, IN, United States 12-13-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Very Happy with this one !!"

    Characters, Storyline, Twists, Action, Blood, Fighting, Magic, Swords, Demons, Death, and a Sound Narrator to put it all together. Need I say More ??

    ... I will. Great, Great, Great.

    The Fights were of Joe Abercrombie quality, which is hard to match. Not as dark but close enough. Ben Hale makes it so very easy to imagine what is taking place, just enough description to see it in your mind, but not to much to lose interest in what is being described.

    Im very excited to continue this series, just try it out you'll be happy.

    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Las Vegas, NV, United States 10-05-13
    Daniel Las Vegas, NV, United States 10-05-13 Member Since 2011
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    "A gem out of nowhere!"
    Would you listen to Elseerian again? Why?

    Yes. I hope the next two book are as good.


    What does Derek Perkins bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Fantastic narrator. Very very impressed. I especially enjoyed his pacing - some narrators are slightly too slow or too fast. He gives the main characters thought processes a decisive and methodical approach which reflected the main character well.


    Any additional comments?

    Excellent action but WITHOUT loads of gore and shock and awe. Sometimes I felt the main character was a little too crazy awesome, but every time I started to think this, a vulnerability to his character would appear. Cannot wait for the next two books - already pre-ordered both!

    12 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Winter Houston 12-10-13
    Winter Houston 12-10-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Great Start!"
    Any additional comments?

    I love this type of epic fantasy series. Reminded me a lot of the Wheel of Time series but condensed.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Kim Auburndale, FL, United States 11-01-13
    Kim Auburndale, FL, United States 11-01-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Great Story & Great Narrator"

    This is my 1st time listening/reading Ben Hale's work and I LOVED it!!! Very thorough and very captivating. I loved this 1st book getting to know the characters and not leaving me hanging too much at the end. It left me knowing there is more to come and that the characters have even more developing to do.
    I am an AVID fan of Kevin Hearne's "Iron Druid" series...I did not think I would really want to read/listen to another "fantasy" type book of this sort, but after meeting Ben in Florida at Indie Book Fest and then deciding to give his books a try - I am definitely a FAN...
    GREAT story - interesting Characters and GREAT Villain...Perfect balance of human, magic & power...
    I plan to download the 2nd book right away!!!
    I look forward to finding out HOW it goes down...
    NOT a waste of time to check this one out...Worth every minute!!!

    Thank you Ben.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Sharon Tulsa, OK, United States 10-22-13
    Sharon Tulsa, OK, United States 10-22-13 Member Since 2005

    Love Sci-Fi, Fantasy and Romance books.

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    "Really Good Start to a New Series 4.5 Stars"

    I saw this one had good ratings, so I decided to give it a try. I have been looking for books to fill the time until the next Michael J Sullivan book comes out, and with this one, I was not disappointed. While not superb, it is really really good and worth a credit if you enjoy fantasy. I cannot wait for the next books in the series to come out and will definitely be getting those as well.

    7 of 9 people found this review helpful
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    Nathan W. Hiatt Bayfield, CO, United States 01-21-14
    Nathan W. Hiatt Bayfield, CO, United States 01-21-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Where did this guy come from (Ben Hale)????"

    Wow!!! After a few hours into this book I already had bought the rest in this series...It was that good. Plenty of action, solid story and surprisingly clean. I feel comfortable recommending this book to seasoned fantasy readers as well as young adults in my life (nieces and nephews). Very good book!!!

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Tracy Woodside, CA, United States 04-10-14
    Tracy Woodside, CA, United States 04-10-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Not what I was hoping for"
    What did you like best about Elseerian? What did you like least?

    I enjoy a story that includes plot twist, character flaws, and a bit of angst, but I still want it to be fiction so that I can escape. This story was too straight forward. The characters were all too perfect and fixed in their stereotype. If there was a challenge, that challenge would be solved before the next one came up, I enjoy a challenge within a challenge and got none of that in this story.

    The fight scenes were very well done and the author painted a good picture of this world and the story had promise, but it just fell flat for me.


    Has Elseerian turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, for the most part this is my favorite genre.


    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Tiffany United States 01-13-14
    Tiffany United States 01-13-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Great story with amazing characters - loved it!"
    What did you love best about Elseerian?

    Even though the story follows a classic Fantasy theme, I was entranced by the way in which the author wove well developed characters in a complex story arc without any fluff or unnecessary plot twists. Elseerian sets up the trilogy fantastically in such a way that the reader sees all the puzzle pieces presented but doesn't quite know how the author will turn each one and fit them together. I especially loved how the main character is flawed and has to learn along the way what his role in the final battle of good versus evil will be, without any of the frustrating back and forth that we see in a lot of other Fantasy heroes (ex: Rand Al Thor - Wheel of Time series).


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

    Absolutely. At the end of Elseerian I panicked because I had no idea if the other books in the series were published by Audible yet, but thankfully both Book 2 and 3 were! I even purchased extra credits so I could immediately listen to all of them.


    Any additional comments?

    Great listen and I can't wait until Ben Hale's other books become available on Audible!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    George San Juan Capistrano, CA, United States 11-20-13
    George San Juan Capistrano, CA, United States 11-20-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Very good escape book. . . But"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Very easy listening and an overall good nonsense escape book BUT the intro states it's the first of a series. It really is that only the story line doesn't end at the end of the book - it continues in book 2. Normally an author uses the same characters in a suspbsequent book with a different story line, plot, etc. Here the SAME story continues into the next book. A way to sell two books (or maybe three) instead of one long tomb. Recommended but know you won't know the end of the story unless you buy the remaining two books or so.


    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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  • nicole
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    10/11/13
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    "I've already pre-ordered the sequels."

    Being objective this isn't great literature and you have to totally suspend your disbelief about abilities and coincidences, even allowing for this being a fantasy novel. It is however, a really enjoyable tale vastly improved by the brilliant narration of Derek Perkins. Perkins acting is brilliant, he uses a variety of accents and tones of voice to give life to the characters and also has a really pleasant narrating voice. The plot is interesting, the characters engaging, varied and likable. Ben Hale is an author whom I would happily buy again.

    If you only listen to audio-books occasionally and don't use more than your one credit a month, I have to say that there are better stories out there by authors like Terry Pratchett, Patrick Rothfuss and Ben Aaronovitch. However, if like me, you use Audible a lot, have run out of stories by your favorite authors and just want to listen to something that is easy to get lost in, then this looks like a great series for you. I think this book was well worth the credit I spent on it and I have already ordered both sequels and am glad to see the same narrator is used for both.

    I wouldn't usually mention price but at the current time Audible is practically giving them away, so I would order yours as soon as possible. If you are reading this after Audible will have inevitably had to put the price up, have a look at the cost of buying 24 credits which you can use anytime (go to account details then click on Change my membership - you will not be obligated to change unless you click on one of these options). Each credit works out less than the price of most kindle books and they don't have the production cost of audio-books, so at this price each book still works out a bargain.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    Winchester, United Kingdom
    11/25/13
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    "Disappointing book narrated for kids"
    What disappointed you about Elseerian?

    Badly narrated and difficult to listen to. This is a book for kids.


    What could Ben Hale have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    It would help if Ben had made it clear he had written this story for children


    How could the performance have been better?

    By getting a decent narrator


    Any additional comments?

    I purchased book 1 and book 2 at the same time. I wish I hadn't as these books have tarnished my library with stuff I will not listen to and don't want in there.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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