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"A ray of light, a stain of shadow, shall endure to breathe life and death into the future."
The war between the Guardians and the Shadow Riders ended in total devastation. The final battle killed all the dragons and left nothing but fields of ash. A small clutch of dragon eggs was all that remained to provide hope for the future.
Five hundred years later, the ability to use magic is a death sentence and dragons are remembered as a curse. But the unhatched dragons sing for their riders...and six lives will be changed forever.
The elements of magic are drawn together as the dragons' call leads them on a journey where they learn everything they've been taught to believe about magic and dragons is wrong. With the last of the dragons and the world at stake, they will risk everything to heed the call. But an evil from the past rises again. Shadow Dragons ride the dawn once more...
©2012 Audra Trosper (P)2013 Audra Trosper
Get ready to lose yourself inside the enchanted world of Galdrilene, full of magic, dragons and engaging characters.
I am not a lover of fantasy books, however, this audio version captivated me from the minute I began to listen. The narrator does a fantastic job of bringing to life all the characters and describes the make-believe world in such a fashion that you can’t help but find yourself immersed inside the story.
A land full of people of who for the last 500 hundred years, have been taught lies about their world, handed down from the ruling powers, bent on keeping the knowledge of magic and dragons hidden. Magic is forbidden and punishable by death and the fear of going insane if magic is used or cultivated by a user is drilled into the minds of the masses.
But six people from various regions cannot quell the hum that pounds in their heads. A pull to head east gnaws at them though none of them understand why or where it comes from. It isn’t until the appearance of a strange woman who offers each of them a chance to journey with her that they will all understand what calls to them, and why.
Full of vivid descriptions and enjoyable dialogue, this book by A.D. Trosper will appeal to lovers of fantasy as well as those who normally don’t read (or listen) to this particular genre. I found myself eager to be in the car listening to the magical tale unfold.
To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
WOW...just let me say it again....WOW!!! I love dragon stories, but this one, is just AWESOME. The characters are so fleshed out and introduced with such an attention to detail that I never once got lost. Each one was unique and their abilities was so well suited to their personalities.The story is slowly built up; had me holding my breath at what was coming and it did not disappoint. You get to see the story from the POV of the characters and the dragons, it is so intricately woven that you don't even realize what is happening.
Of course there is Evil and you even get to see the story from their POV as well, which was very different, normally the Evil is just that mindlessly evil, not this time, its Evil, very Evil and can easily suck you in.
Even though the ending was more than satisfactory, ( the battle) you know there is more to come. I believe this is a trilogy.
Totally worth a credit. I am downloading the second book now!
books are my drug of choice :D
I picked up this story because it was narrated by Valerie Gilbert, one of my fave narrators.
I was not disappointed. Loved how the story evolved pulling me in deeper, engaging my mind. I laughed, I cried, I cheered and booed a few times too. The 6 main characters are very likable and their dragon call was unique to each as was their journey to Galdrilene. The surprise of the 7th Guardian was welcome, I am glad she escaped the Shadow Rider fate. Looking forward to the next book for which I got a taste of at the end of this one. I can't wait.
Thank you for a great listen.
Cut out all the extraneous descriptions of clothes, rooms, movements. Or maybe it's for teenagers, I don't know. I had to stop listening.
It seems most of the story is describing the surroundings, clothes they wear, etc. Get on with the story!!!
Anger, just get on with it!!!
I would recommend this to anyone who is not a grammarian. The author really needs to learn how to use adverbs correctLY. It hurts my soul to know that such a creative storyteller is unaware of basic grammar (or doesn't care).
I would not recommend this narrator!!! Ironically, the passages where she uses an accent are smoother than the narrative passages in American English. It took a dozen chapters before I thought I could get through to the end. Portions are so stilted, that is sounds robotic (as another reader said, Siri would be better). And her pronunciation is odd - for example - she says "ruin" as "rune" and "ruined" like "runed."
I was painting a room most of the time, so my hands were too messy to turn it off, which is probably why I made it to the end. However, the story itself, minus the flaws of the grammar and narration, was OK.
I feel bad about slamming the narrator, but I spent money on this!
No. Too simple. The characters have no depth and just go along with life altering paths without any questions.
Sounded like they recorded sentences in no order and then pieced then together.
Loki. Why bring the kid? Makes no sense.
I did not finish the book. When you can't even listen to it on the way home then you need to return it.
I don't know what the story is worth. I stopped listening after a half-hour. That beginning was standard "dragonlore". Neither wonderful nor awful. But the performance was so catastrophic that I will never know.
It was the first. And last.
NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO !!!
The world crate in the story was to black and white for my. No real shades of gray, and because of this I could not get into the story.
Yes with a warning about the narrator. Incorrect emphasis on words and irritating and unnecessary pauses detract from the story which is a pity.
"Gripping new saga"
Very few of my friends read books of this genre, that being said I would still recommend this to them. The premise of this story shares similarities with the inheritance cycle, but the characters the world in which this is set sets it apart from eragon. I like the diversity of the characters, they all have stories of their own to tell. However I think it would've been better to have a smaller core of characters to work on. I really liked the way the magicians had their powers split between the elements, this was also refected in the dragons.
When rylin, emallya's dragon emerges from the lake is a good moment.
No too long for that
The dragons deserve more of the spotlight, I want to know what they are thinking.
"Magic & dragons, possibly."
I feel very sorry for A.D.Trosper for whoever chose Valerie Gilbert as the narrator, did a major disservice to the author. Her style is appalling. She puts strange and unnatural emphases on words and has an odd cadence that in the end distorts the meaning of the sentence and makes the detail difficult to absorb. Its a real shame because there's probably a good story there somewhere but as I can't stand to listen to Valerie, I shall never know.
"Very much a diluted Anne McCaffery"
It has dragons, a plot and if this author has not read a great deal of Anne and Todd McCaffery work I would be surprised.
It is okay you can put it down and go back later without losing your place. If you are a fan of Anne and Todd this book is not to that standard it is white bread rather than warm scones.
It was okay I will not return it but I will not buy the next.
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