"You cannot sculpt a piece into a Player. A Player must mold himself out of fortitude and conviction." (Bjorn van Gelderan)
After the events the first three books in Melissa McPhail's award-winning epic fantasy series, A Pattern of Shadow and Light, the realm of Alorin remains unbalanced. The Fifth Vestal, Bjorn van Gelderan, has cast his Players on the field. Now they must hold their positions against Malorin'athgul as well as their immortal allies.
In Kandori...Prince Ean val Lorian is bound to Bjorn van Gelderan's game and to his sister Isabel, but Ean would rather be free of both of them. Yet he fears the game won't let him - nor will the man he used to be. Chained by guilt on one side and duty on the other, Ean chases memories through three kingdoms in an attempt to become a Player on his own terms.
In Hallovia...Tanis of Adonnai has discovered his true identity and his nature as an Adept of four strands. He's bound himself to the Malorin'athgul Pelas and in turn bound Pelas to his uncle Bjorn van Gelderan's game. But will Pelas' ability to bend Fate to his will be enough to oppose the intentions of his brothers, Darshan and Shail? And will Pelas be able to keep Tanis safe from the immortal Warlock Sinarr, who vowed to go to any lengths to make Tanis his concubine?
At the First Lord's sa'reyth...Prince Trell val Lorian has been rescued from the island of Darroyhan and the mor'alir Adept Taliah hal'Jaitar and is recovering at the First Lord's sanctuary. But while Trell is enjoying an overdue reunion with his betrothed, Alyneri, he suspects he cannot long remain off the field. If the game doesn't summon him back, his conscience will, for he owes his life to too many others. Primary among these is the Water Goddess Naiadithine. Trell can't help but wonder what the goddess will require of him in return for Her many graces...and if it will be a price he's willing to pay.
As Bjorn's game intensifies and wars escalate, those serving the Fifth Vestal must mold themselves into more than mere Players. They must become his Kingdom Blades.
©2016 Melissa McPhail (P)2017 Podium Publishing
Great story, great narrator, the books get better and better as the story goes on. Definitely way up there with Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss, and Robert Jordan.
Every book has captivated me from right from the start. Easily in my top three for epic series. Nick Podehl does an amazing job again. I've listened to many books he has done and he keeps getting better as a narrator.
This story is full of philisophical questions as it builds this amazing world, where concepts and ideals become real. I have loved this series since Book 1 and I can't wait for the next one!!!
This series has me hooked and brought me back from giving up on fantasy and wholly moving to LitRPG. I am in love with the writing style & at first the narrator's choice of voices seemed close to the Moontide Quartet (another favourite) but the character development has blown my mind and soon the voices made perfect sense.
If you have read Melissa's blog on her writing style, she allows each character and chapter to evolve and has no plan for them. With all of the turns and the intricate development I am in awe of her creative technique.
I without a doubt am getting every book of this series. its really easy to connect with the charictors on an emotional level.
and as for the nararator, He never seizes to amaze me with his ability to read a story.
My favorite part has probably yet to come. Not that this book wasnt absolutly wonderful, More that I know that no matter how she decides to end it, it will be in my top 3 reads list for a very long time.
Also I dont want to give spoilers, just get it, its more than worth it.
Melissa is my top 10 author now. She continues to amaze me with her many universes, while perfectly capturing the blur between fantasy and sci-fi so enjoyably. Space, time and energy never sounded so entertaining before.
Yes, I would recommend this audiobook.
When Tennis reconnected with his mom.
One of the concept I connect with from this series is that we all have a path to walk and how we walk it is up to us.
Nick you are one of the best narrators there is, 5star*. I have listened to a number of series you have narrated and never am I disappointed. You did a great job . Melissa I love your writing style it is deep and meaningful. You write beautifully and is a wonderful storyteller. Can't wait for the next book.
"This series just get better and better"
Yes, because the story is detailed and the narration is awesome. I have actually re-listened to Book 1,2,3 while waiting for book 4. I will most likely re-listen to all 4 books before book 5 comes out.
The way enemies become friends and the paths to forgiveness for characters. Also the vastness of the warlocks existence....
Nick brings colour and so much personality to the characters. Truly fantastic.
When the next book coming out? i can't wait.
Another flawless and ingenious book. Incredibly crafted, with such intricate plot lines! Sterling job once again.
This series just keeps getting better and better! The storyline is incredible. So well thought out! And the narration is fantastic. What a great series! I cannot wait for the next instalment.
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