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
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.
He is as good as Michael Kramer
I liked it, nothing nasty nothing to put you off. It's a great book.
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.
I have been with audible long before they had an app for your phone. I no longer have Insomnia... what a blessing!!!
Wow, I have fallen in love with all of the character's in this book, from the cheeky bard to the blind man in book 3.
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...
This book has everything a fantasy novel should have. Adventure, Dragons, Magic, Evil King, etc. My only problem with this whole book is Kael as a whole. He's a whinny little blank who needs to get a back bone and man up. There are also little things about either the book or narration that will drive you crazy, but for the most part this is a good fantasy book. Not really going to win any awards, but pretty good.
Definitely keep going with the series!
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.
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.
Really enjoyed this listen. Gripping story and excellent narrator. Immediately purchased the sequel and am eagerly awaiting the 3rd.
"Fun fantasy, bit too much emotion for me... :)"
Great book but the story hangs a bit too much off the emotional tie between two characters, it's like watching your favourite series carry into another season with the story arcs never quite closing... Shae has more than enough craft and creativity so it's just a teeny bit frustrating. I enjoyed the book though and escaped into hours of well written story. I definitely recommend it old fantasy fans. One more thing to mention while I think about it, the scenes which include our red headed hero were often an anti climax the way they were described, there is very little explanation about how the magic works so it's difficult, at least for me, to paint the picture fully, I've just bought the second book though, so hoping it's just a case of stringing me along :)
"Average standard fantasy"
Pretty standard predictable fantasy. Lead character kale is quite annoying, a sullen moody 17 year old, love story with him and dragon girl (400 years old) is frustrating with her also acting like a teenager. It's ok, but I'm not interested in listening to the rest of series as I know what will happen already! Have just listened to age of iron and clash of iron which are great books, amusing and intriguing and a complete contrast to this inane drivel
"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.
it's such a good fantasy. ... I want more!!! listened to them all!!! mooorreee... amazing
"A Good Twist on the Fantasy Genre"
The characters make the book. Each character has their own flaws and redeeming features. The interaction between the characters is very slick and well managed.
This is the first book I have listened to. I have since listened to two more. Each book stands well against the others.
His ability to give each character their own voice.
I just enjoyed the book as a good story.
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