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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!
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.
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.
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 !!!
As cliche as this sounds, I really don't ever write reviews on books. I felt I would be doing potential listeners an injustice by NOT warning them about this narrator.
I guess I am going to have to find it at the public library, but that is already becoming a hassle. I was really excited about this book! I really do think the book itself holds great promise, although I couldn't make it very far without wanting to bang my head on my steering wheel. I do look forward to reading this book the old fashioned way. This storyline is right up my alley and I refuse to let a horrible narrator stop me from a new series. :)
Definitely not. She sounds like Siri! She makes stops between the middle of words and it frustrated me to no end. I know I would have liked the book and I tried to tough it out, but I couldn't make it even to chapter 4.
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If you like dragon fantasy a good read. The narrator is robotic for one character but my theory is there is a reason for this and it deals with deep loss. Don't let that stop you from listening. Search for the second book under Tears of War it is not linked in the series. I don't see any mention of the third book yet. If you like Robin Hobb's Dragon books you might like these books.
I might come back and edit this since I've only listened to the first 40 minutes so far. The story is interesting at this point and I want to continue, but the narration...
If it has a different narrator then perhaps.
Her reading is slow and stilted. She reads sentences with the weirdest pauses interjected seeming at random. It's as though there are commas between every third word. I get that some people like a slow delivery but this is too much, add the weird pauses and I'm not sure that I'll carry on and finish this.
If I wanted it to sound as though a robot was reading this, I'd have just had my kindle read the book out loud.
The story drags a lot and is really predictable. It seems as though A.D. Trosper has read a lot of Anne McCaffrey.
NO, not intentionally!
The story drags a lot and is really predictable. It seems as though A.D. Trosper has read a lot of Anne McCaffrey. The story is good and the premise is sound, but the characters are shallow and under developed and there is very little detail about anything. I bought both book one and two at the same time and I'm having a hard time finishing the second book. I'm just bored with the whole thing.
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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