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Heir of Sea and Fire: Riddle-Master Trilogy, Book 2 | [Patricia A. McKillip]

Heir of Sea and Fire: Riddle-Master Trilogy, Book 2

By the vow of her father and her own desire, Raederle was pledged to Morgon, Riddle-Master of Hed. But a year had passed since Morgon disappeared on his search for the High One at Erlenstar Mountain, and rumors claimed he was dead. Raederle set out to learn the truth for herself, though her small gift of magic seemed too slight for the perils she must face. The quest led through strange lands and dangerous adventures. Only her growing powers enabled her at last to reach Erlenstar Mountain.
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By the vow of her father and her own desire, Raederle was pledged to Morgon, Riddle-Master of Hed. But a year had passed since Morgon disappeared on his search for the High One at Erlenstar Mountain, and rumors claimed he was dead.

Raederle set out to learn the truth for herself, though her small gift of magic seemed too slight for the perils she must face. The quest led through strange lands and dangerous adventures. Only her growing powers enabled her at last to reach Erlenstar Mountain. And there she discovered what she could not bear to accept. Accompanied by Deth, the High One's Harper, she fled. And behind them came a pursuer whose name was Morgon, bent on executing a grim destiny upon Raederle and Deth. Her only hope lay in summoning the Hosts of the Dead, led by the King whose skull she bore.

©1977 Patricia A. McKillip (P)2011 Audible, Inc.

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    Daniel 03-22-11
    Daniel 03-22-11 Member Since 2011
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    "Best Series I've Ever Read! Terrible narrator!"

    This is an excellent book! I gave it 5 stars based on the book. The narrator is terrible! Her pronunciation is horrifically annoying. She slaughters the names of the characters in the book to the point that you wish she would never make another audiobook! This book is excellent and desperately deserves a better reader. Thankfully, this book is good enough that I listen to the audiobook to enjoy the story in spite of the lame narration. It would be a great service for Audible to have Simon Prebble read this book and replace this pathetic excuse for narration with a talented, better suited voice.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Stow, OH, United States 04-07-11
    Diana Stow, OH, United States 04-07-11 Member Since 2004
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    "Here's a hint"

    Here's a hint to the folks who make audiobooks: If you are recording a fantasy series with fictional character and place names, settle on a consistent pronunciation for them over the entire series, and give the narrators a glossary! This narrator has chosen entirely different pronunciations from those in the previous book in this series (narrated by Simon Prebble). She also has difficulty creating distinctive voices for the individual characters, which makes some conversations hard to follow.

    That said, the book is excellent, and the full series is excellent. Once you have adjusted to the strange pronunciations, the story is well worth it. I am delighted that this series is available on audio at last!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Jennie Shingletown, CA, United States 04-28-11
    Jennie Shingletown, CA, United States 04-28-11
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    "Good 2nd installment"

    I enjoyed Ms Walsh's reading of Book 2 of the Riddle Master Trilogy with one item that really annoyed me. She pronounces the proper names of many of the characters and lands completely differently than the reader of the 1st Book. I don't understand why this was done; it was very jarring at first, and I never quite got used to it. Other than that, well done.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Diana Parker Stow, OH USA 04-07-11
    Diana Parker Stow, OH USA 04-07-11 Member Since 2004

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    "Here's a hint"

    Here's a hint to the folks who make audiobooks: If you are recording a fantasy series with fictional character and place names, settle on a consistent pronunciation for them over the entire series, and give the narrators a glossary! This narrator has chosen entirely different pronunciations from those in the previous book in this series (narrated by Simon Prebble). She also has difficulty creating distinctive voices for the individual characters, which makes some conversations hard to follow.

    That said, the book is excellent, and the full series is excellent. Once you have adjusted to the strange pronunciations, the story is well worth it. I am delighted that this series is available on audio at last!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    RM Wildwood, Missouri, United States 11-14-12
    RM Wildwood, Missouri, United States 11-14-12 Member Since 2005

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    "Great Book, Awful Narrator"

    McKillip continues the story of Morgan of Hed through the eyes of other characters, most notably, the woman he is supposed to marry, Raderle. As with the first book in the series, the story sucks you in. However, no matter how I tried to ignore the annoying narrator, it was very difficult. Her voice is fairly pleasant, but I can not get past her ignorance of the proper pronunciation of just about every name in the book. You'd think she'd listen to the first book to get some ideas. Every time she read "the Prince of Hed" as "the Prince of Heed", I wanted to bring her into my reading class and teach her the difference between long and short vowels. I recommend that you read the second book in the series and skip this recording. I'm looking forward to the third book, when Simon Prebble takes over the narration again.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Shelley 05-25-12
    Shelley 05-25-12
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    "Magical book, failed performance"

    I've loved this book, and the whole series, for 30 years. I needed every bit of that love to get through an entire audio recording about MorGOAN prince of HEED. "Heed"? Are you kidding me?! In what language anywhere is "Hed" pronounced with a long E? It's like fingernails on a chalkboard. (And it's not like she pronounces Deth or Hel with long E's, so it's clearly just some weird affectation.)

    I'm glad that Audible (or someone) sponsored the creation of this audio series: it's an excellent trilogy and deserves more publicity than it gets. I think it was a nifty idea to have this middle book recorded by a female reader, and I don't even mind if a few of the names are differently pronounced (is the Morgul's daughter LYE-ra or LEER-a?) by the separate readers, though that seems such an easy thing for the series editor to have coached.

    But to get the hero's name so befuddled is inexcusable. For the narrator not to remember from one scene to the next whether Raederle has a high girly voice or a lower one is guaranteed to frustrate readers, especially since Walsh has such a meager range of voice types (besides a mild working-class accent) to draw on. Great books deserve better voicing, and better quality control by the editors.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Karen Marlborough, MA, United States 03-13-14
    Karen Marlborough, MA, United States 03-13-14 Member Since 2011

    When will I write my book? No time for it with so many books to READ (or hear)! I'm an avid gardener/cook/needlewoman, a mediocre harpist.

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    "In a word: MADDENING!"
    Would you listen to Heir of Sea and Fire again? Why?

    See the additional comments section . . .


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Heir of Sea and Fire?

    The scene near the beginning, where Raederle hunts down her brother in a tavern, is priceless.


    What three words best describe Fiona Walsh’s voice?

    Sensitive, flexible, musical.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    My reaction to the narration was far more visceral than my reaction to the story, which I already knew very well.


    Any additional comments?

    This has been one of my all-time favorite series since I read it more than 30 years ago, and I have listened to the audio version many times. Sometimes I skip this middle book because of my frustration with Ms. Walsh's performance. Her voice is pleasant--musical, even!--and she clearly has an affinity for the tale. She does a really terrific job with accents and differentiating characters (although the pig-woman's voice should be less frail and quavering). Her pacing is excellent, and her inflection is generally good. There's obviously tremendous talent there, and I'd like to hear her narrate another book. Why, then, does her performance irritate me so profoundly that I deducted two stars? For all her skill with the vocabulary, she screws up on character names and places, which is a pretty dire failing for audio fantasy! She pronounces the heroine's name, Raederle, as "RAYer-dull" (the R in the wrong syllable) until Chapter 4; Herun is "heron" (like the bird) and Hed is pronounced "heed" throughout (but she doesn't pronounce Hel as "heel"--go figure), Mathom is "Muh-THOOM" . . . you get the idea. Yet she nails the evil wizard's awkward moniker (if you've read the books, you know the one: begins with G). Having heard Simon Prebble's delicious narration of the other two books, I'm inclined to think the way he says it, "Heh-ROON", is proper, as well as his take on the other people and place names. So why doesn't Book 2 follow suit? I blame the producers for (pointlessly) changing narrators midway through the series, and I am gobsmacked that they allowed/overlooked the bizarre, phonetically improbable, pronunciations in this performance. I can only assume they wanted a female narrator because Book 2 is mostly about Raederle, Lyra,and Tristan, but the shift to Ms. Walsh actually jars when you're listening to them in sequence. For lack of any other version, it's worth listening to if you grit your teeth through the massacred syllables, and until the producers correct their mistake by re-recording it with Ms. Walsh or (even better) just having Simon Prebble do it! But you have been warned.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Holly 07-14-13
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    "Mispronouncing names is a problem"
    Any additional comments?

    Loved the series, but the narrator for this section should have checked pronunciations of names. Hearing Heed instead of Hed was only the worse of her errors. Really a shame.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Sherry 10-06-14
    Sherry 10-06-14
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    "Reader choice was poor. Book otherwise great!"

    Reader choice was very poor. Pronunciation kept changing. Couldn't keep even the names of persons the same during performance. Other than that, the books are great but I'd rather they'd chosen, or at least guided, the person in their performance. Very annoying.

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    Amazon Customer 12-31-12
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    "Lovely reading of a wonderful book"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Heir of Sea and Fire to be better than the print version?

    I've loved the print version of this series since it came out in the 1970's. Like so many books I enjoy, I was hesitant to get it in audio--there is a gulf between reading and listening that can be hard to breach. Now that I've listened to it, I am very glad that I decided to get the audio books of the series.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Heir of Sea and Fire?

    Raederle's coming to power in the night, under the fearsome gaze of the dead of Hel is one of the most memorable moments of the book, and indeed the series.


    Have you listened to any of Fiona Walsh’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This was the first time I listened to Fiona Walsh. I thought her voice and characterizations were beautiful and moving.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The key conversation between Raederle and the woman known as Ariel was beautifully done. There is a lot going on in their conversation, much revealed about both of their characters and key plot elements. I felt that Fiona Walsh really did it justice.


    Any additional comments?

    Changing narrators from the first to the second books in the series was a bold move on the part of the publishers, and I think they pulled it off. With the second book of the trilogy being thoroughly dominated by female characters, it needed a female narrator.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    "Great follow-up to Riddlemaster of Hed"

    Having so thoroughly enjoyed The Riddlemaster of Hed, I was slightly surprised to hear someone different narrate Book 2. But having Fiona Walsh narrate Raederle's story makes perfect sense, and while the accents wobble a little during her narration and she pronounces some words differently from the first narrator, she reads well and with feeling. I have read this trilogy more times than I care to remember, but this reading is beautifully done and very moving.

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