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
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
9) The Farseer - Robin Hobb
10) Imager - L.E. Modesitt Jr.
The Final Empire - Brandon Sanderson
Poison Study - Maria V. Snyder
Luck in the Shadows - Lynn Flewelling
Based on the picture art I was a little skeptical. I know, "do not judge a book by its cover", but sometimes I can't help it. The story was fun and had some fun characters. There are some predictable points to the plot, but I still liked the book.
Why do author's take the lead hero, give superpowers,and then have them whine about using them, or fail to use the powers given until the last moment. The story line had great potential, so I listened to the next book hoping the hero would step up. Some use of his powers, maybe the third book! If I decide to continue.
This book is not designated as Young Adult. Thus, my expectations were not aligned with the story. I was not in the mood for a YA book, and had spent about an hour listening before I realized its category, Very annoying.
The story is a good one (keeping the above caveat in mind) ~ the most interesting part is the beginning. The middle parts are somewhat tedious. Some immaturity, lack of skill or practice are likely reasons for this downturn.
This narrator brings texture and ambience, helping when the plot and/or wording aren't quite right.
No tears, though I laughed once or twice.
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.
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.
Find out what others say before you decide, though.
This mountain of books isn't going to listen to itself.
It would depend on the person. If they love the YA demographic I would recommend this book. As for a Epic Fantasy reader no I would not.
I don't think so. I really have no interest in reading the second book. I almost turned it off near the end but I dredged through it.
There are a couple books that are on my wish list with this narrator. I didn't like him for this book. I felt that it was a bad pairing and would tell Derek to try and stay away from young characters. The whine in the protagonist voice just starts eating at you. It could be the writing as well. I am going to give Derek another chance.
It has a couple more books in this series. I will not be partaking in that adventure.
My vote is to pass on this book. Its just so average I cant really say anything nice about it. I mean, I tried to like it.
I think I might have liked this a little more if a different narrator had read it. Might be a better book to read in print.
Really enjoyed this listen. Gripping story and excellent narrator. Immediately purchased the sequel and am eagerly awaiting the 3rd.
"Fairy tale like fantasy"
Fine book. Has a quality about it that makes me think more of a fairy tale than fantasy. I would recommend this to my boys age 10 and 12.
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