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Harbinger: Fate's Forsaken, Book 1 | [Shae Ford]

Harbinger: Fate's Forsaken, Book 1

Seventeen years ago, a long and bloody rebellion wracked the six united regions of the Kingdom. Now the new King wields the vast and unvanquished army of Midlan with his right hand, and with his left has granted a small group of thugs, the nobles he calls his Sovereign Five, unbridled rule over the other regions. As if this weren't bad enough, the King has also outlawed the practice of whispering - which is a problem for Kael.
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Seventeen years ago, a long and bloody rebellion wracked the six united regions of the Kingdom. Now the new King wields the vast and unvanquished army of Midlan with his right hand, and with his left has granted a small group of thugs, the nobles he calls his Sovereign Five, unbridled rule over the other regions. As if this weren't bad enough, the King has also outlawed the practice of whispering - which is a problem for Kael.

It's not like he asked to be born a whisperer: He didn't ask for his strange healing powers any more than he asked to be the village runt. And when he rescues a wounded girl from the perils of the Unforgivable Mountains, his luck only gets worse. She couldn't have been just any girl: She had to be Kyleigh - the sword-wielding renegade knight with all of Midlan on her trail. Then one miserable, snowy evening, things go from bad to worse, and Kael is left with no choice but to follow Kyleigh down the mountains and into the tumultuous lowlands. She leads him on one mad quest after the next - eventually pulling off an act of such mischievous proportions that it threatens to change the Kingdom as they know it.

©2012 Shae Ford (P)2014 Podium Publishing

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    I am a avid reader and I listen to many genre's of audio books.

    I have over 4,000 in my Audible library...

    I really have been finding it hard to find new books that are really, really good...

    This book and the sequel I liked a lot. Enough to write a small review.I highly recommend this book. And, if you are looking for books of this genre here are just a few books that are excellent but may not come to the top of the list on a audible search...


    1) Eye of the World - Robert Jordan
    2) The Name of the Wind - Patrick Rothfuss
    3) The Way of Kings - Brandon Sanderson
    4) A Game of Thrones - George R.R. Martin
    5) The Warded Man - Peter V. Brett
    6) Harbinger - Shae Ford
    7) Wizard's First Rule - Terry Goodkind
    8) The Sword of Shannara - Terry Brooks
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    What is great about this book / series... is that their are perfect amount of character's that come to life without being overwhelming. At the same time leaving room for you to see each one of them as a large role in the story line...

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    I liked it, nothing nasty nothing to put you off. It's a great book.

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    gotta say i wasn't impressed with the 'prequel'...but the first book doesn't seem to have much if anything to do with it. good thing. i like this book, and the narrator. it took a minute to stop looking for it to continue the prequel, but after i realized the two didn't have a lot in common, i started enjoying this book.

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    Sample does not give a good example of the maturity level of the book. I found it difficult to identify with some of the main characters. I think it was the mix of the over simplistic description of teen emotions while alluding to a complex maturity of characters. It's hard to put my finger on it exactly but I felt in some places it did not work while at other times the author pulled it off. Over all I enjoyed it enough to listen in one sitting and purchase the sequel. It is a light read/listen.

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    I was very entertained by this series of books. I cannot wait for the next book in the series.

    I am very happy it will be available in about another week :-) I am counting the days!!

    If you're looking for a good series, I suspect you might like this one. It was almost as enjoyable as Sorcerer Ascendant Sequence - Almost.

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