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
"Well written... highly detailed." (Publishers Weekly)
"Ingenious and immersive." (Best in Fantasy)
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!!!
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.
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.
His voices for the elves were very similar and for lack of a better term, "wimpy"
This title was full of the worst cliches in fantasy. SPOILERS AHEAD
The main protagonist is incredibly powerful (but doesn't know it) but even though he is a master of weapons (he learns how to be a master with throwing knives in one session) he hates to kill. He hates it so much that when his ship of 40 is attacked by 700 (yes 700) pirates he does his best to not hurt them... and in the next book they need to gather EVERY LIVING PERSON from all the races into the elven city in SIX weeks, because then they can last seven days against the oncoming army of a Billion evil minions to give our guy a week to kill a god. The dialogue is very immature and funny, (but it is not intended to be so)
I do not recommend this title.
I would develop all of the characters a good deal more. There is only one distinct desire that anyone has in the book. Other than that, it's just a display of powers.
He had a wonderful voice, and fantastic cadence. It's how I got through the book, I would imagine.
The book was deeply shallow. It utilized the low hanging fruit of fantasy tropes without bringing them life. I could not tell you what any character wanted, beyond the lead. I could not tell you what any character looks like, or what their personalities are like. By the end, when they're announcing imminent doom for the land they live in, I rolled my eyes.
Okay so getting used to the narrator took a few chapters, but that aside the book itself is still as excellent as when I read it. Mr. Hale writes a story that reads more like an action movie instead of a book. It's awesome. However, the accent of the narrator after knowing the writer is American just - yeah that took a little bit of adjustment for my brain. Once I was past that and sucked back into the story though, it didn't really matter on the accent.
I'd still recommend listening to The List Unseen first though as it gives insight to things going on in this trilogy so it would make more sense. I mean you could read/listen to it after the trilogy, but you'd still have a lot of questions. Just my opinion there though.
I do have one slight complaint on the narration though. Just a small one that really doesn't detract from the story. The voices of the characters could have been better. Most sound so similar it's hard to tell which is talking or not. Also some younger characters sound much much older and some older characters sound much younger. This is more just my own personal preference for narration and nothing to do with the quality.
I love this book. It is an excellent beginning to a traditional fantasy, save the world story. It is clean and well thought out. The characters are fun and engaging.
not one original thought or idea. I was getting past this all powerful warrior then they had a perfect prophecy for the hero and talked about the four horseman. this could have been good but there is no originality to it.
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First thoughts about the cover of Elseerian: The Chronicles of Lumineia, Book 1? A man carrying a knife in each hand being stalked by red glowing eyes and a scythe. Interesting.
Is the man a hunter? A fighter? A mercenary? Is that death stalking him, or is it a sign that he brings death?
The main character is Taryn. He is part elf, part something else. He is stronger, faster, and is excellent with several types of weapons. Almost the perfect weapon in human form. What takes away from his perfection? He hesitates on taking a life. That helps make him that much better of a person. Less of an assassin type, more of a person that has faults and fears.
Liri seems to be the secondary main character. *Spoiler alert* She’s an elf princess. She’s also an absolutely great marksman with a bow. She’s Taryn’s best friend. Her ability to put people at ease and be social help show us how awkward Taryn is in social situations. It’s a lovely contrast. She is strong, witty, and a great partner for Taryn.
The Narrator is Derek Perkins. He has a lovely accent. It’s soothing and kind of poetic. Think favorite reading spot, warm tea and honey, and whatever favorite reading cookie that brings you comfort. That is his voice. That is how his voice soaks in and soothes.
And as for his voice being compared to a favorite reading cookie? You can never settle for just a little. The Author is Ben Hale. This book is 12 hours long.The story starts with a nice suspense, but then slows for awhile. Once it gets going again, it picks up the pace and helps hold the attention. Elves, Dwarves, Humans, Pirates, and many more different people are in this story. The back story of Taryn being an orphan and the story having the underlying of him trying to find answers of his heritage help keep the reader and/or listener hooked in and wanting more. Thankfully there are more books in The Chronicles of Lumineia storyline.
This book left me both impatient and content. Impatient for more of this story. And content because it made me happy. It is a great book. Loads of well written fight scenes, witty banter, and a young love lurking at the edge. Not a lot of gore, perfect for the mid-teen and up reader. Would definitely suggest it to others.
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