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Embers at Galdrilene: Dragon's Call, Book 1 | [A. D. Trosper]

Embers at Galdrilene: Dragon's Call, Book 1

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.
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*** Finalist in the Readers Favorite Reviews and Book Award Contest***

"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

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    Ashley Fontainne Malvern, AR 01-23-14
    Ashley Fontainne Malvern, AR 01-23-14
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    "A Magical Journey"
    Any additional comments?

    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.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Maria Citrus Heights, CA, United States 05-16-14
    Maria Citrus Heights, CA, United States 05-16-14 Member Since 2013

    To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.

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    "Fantastic Writing and Story Telling!"

    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!

    10 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Bob Nelson 07-07-14
    Bob Nelson 07-07-14 Listener Since 2008
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    "Worst reader I have ever heard"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    If you’ve listened to books by A. D. Trosper before, how does this one compare?

    It was the first. And last.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Valerie Gilbert’s performances?

    NO, NO, NO, NO, NO, NO !!!


    What character would you cut from Embers at Galdrilene?

    The reader.


    Any additional comments?

    Nope.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    David Wirtz Ithaca, NY United States 06-23-14
    David Wirtz Ithaca, NY United States 06-23-14 Member Since 2012
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    "OK"

    I had a hard time with the narrator. The story is good, but I don't think it was well told.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    John AUSTIN, TX, United States 11-27-13
    John AUSTIN, TX, United States 11-27-13
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    "Like listening to Siri read a book"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Teenage girls


    Would you ever listen to anything by A. D. Trosper again?

    No. Too simple. The characters have no depth and just go along with life altering paths without any questions.


    What didn’t you like about Valerie Gilbert’s performance?

    Sounded like they recorded sentences in no order and then pieced then together.


    What character would you cut from Embers at Galdrilene?

    Loki. Why bring the kid? Makes no sense.


    Any additional comments?

    I did not finish the book. When you can't even listen to it on the way home then you need to return it.

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    John ARLINGTON, TX, United States 11-26-13
    John ARLINGTON, TX, United States 11-26-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Ok for the right people."
    What was most disappointing about A. D. Trosper’s story?

    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.


    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Guy Gascoigne-Piggford Portland, OR, USA 02-26-15
    Guy Gascoigne-Piggford Portland, OR, USA 02-26-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Honestly don't know if I can finish this"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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...


    Would you be willing to try another book from A. D. Trosper? Why or why not?

    If it has a different narrator then perhaps.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    MaryEv 08-07-14
    MaryEv 08-07-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Story was just OK, reader was terrible"
    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    The story drags a lot and is really predictable. It seems as though A.D. Trosper has read a lot of Anne McCaffrey.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Valerie Gilbert’s performances?

    NO, not intentionally!


    Any additional comments?

    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.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Sylvia Marion, KS, United States 07-04-14
    Sylvia Marion, KS, United States 07-04-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Great storyline, but..."
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    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).


    Would you be willing to try another one of Valerie Gilbert’s performances?

    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."


    Was Embers at Galdrilene worth the listening time?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    I feel bad about slamming the narrator, but I spent money on this!

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    James Forest Grove, OR, United States 06-29-14
    James Forest Grove, OR, United States 06-29-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Promising new author, fast-paced story"

    Audra (A.D.) Trosper shared thef fantasies in her mind with a reading audience in her debut fantasy novel Embers At Galdrilene. Her work reminds me of Eursula K. LeGuin's early works combined with a heaping serving of modern gender-neutral fantasy. In the book, good and evil play outin the clash of colored dragons and shadow (black dragons - and their riders. If I had any criticism of this gbrilliant first novel it's that the only grey readers saw was a black dragon which failed to make a complete transformation to black from its natural silver. C.S. Friedman is one of the few fantasy writers who is adept at presenting good and evil as a dynamic, not a static state. All of this said, anyone who likes a fast paced, gripping story told with warmth an compassion will like Embers and its sequel Tears Of War. Ms. Trosper is at work on the last book in the trilogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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  • Mags16
    11/28/13
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    "difficult listen"
    Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

    Yes with a warning about the narrator. Incorrect emphasis on words and irritating and unnecessary pauses detract from the story which is a pity.


    Would you recommend Embers at Galdrilene to your friends? Why or why not?

    As above


    Would you be willing to try another one of Valerie Gilbert’s performances?

    No


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Arfan Ali
    West Midlands, United Kingdom
    11/25/13
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    "Gripping new saga"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Embers at Galdrilene?

    When rylin, emallya's dragon emerges from the lake is a good moment.


    Have you listened to any of Valerie Gilbert’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    No


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

    No too long for that


    Any additional comments?

    The dragons deserve more of the spotlight, I want to know what they are thinking.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Rosemary
    Wentworthville, Australia
    12/7/13
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • berenice
    JARROW, United Kingdom
    12/3/13
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    "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.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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