Elizabeth Moon is back with the fourth adventure in her best-selling fantasy epic. Moon brilliantly weaves a colorful tapestry of action, betrayal, love, and magic set in a richly imagined world that stands alongside those of such fantasy masters as George R. R. Martin and Robin Hobb.
The unthinkable has occurred in the kingdom of Lyonya. The queen of the Elves - known as the Lady - is dead, murdered by former elves twisted by dark powers. Now the Lady’s half-elven grandson must heal the mistrust between elf and human before their enemies strike again. Yet as he struggles to make ready for an attack, an even greater threat looms across the Eight Kingdoms.Throughout the north, magic is reappearing after centuries of absence, emerging without warning in family after family - rich and poor alike. In some areas, the religious strictures against magery remain in place, and fanatical followers are stamping out magery by killing whoever displays the merest sign of it - even children. And as unrest spreads, one very determined traitor works to undo any effort at peace - no matter how many lives it costs. With the future hanging in the balance, it is only the dedication of a few resolute heroes who can turn the tides...if they can survive.
©2013 Elizabeth Moon (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
Here in Paksenarrion's world many story lines continue their development. All worthwhile. All engrossing. As usual, Elizabeth Moon thrills and rewards her readers with excellence and humanity (even for Elvenkind, Kapristi, and Dragon.)
Despite the quality of the writing this was a difficult "listen". The reader's voice is grating and whiney, the characterizations unconvincing, and the cadence identical, over and over and over and over, the exact same rhythm. Dying, loving, learning, speaking, doesn't make any difference. I could only listen in short increments before the sameness of the raspy voice and the bizarre pronunciations would exceed my tolerance. Please do not use this reader for any more of Moon's wonderful work.
Kieri's sojourn in the glade. Arvid's acceptance of his inner "voice." Stammel's protection of the villagers.
We hear that the 5th volume will complete the tale (at least for now). I can hardly wait. Surely with a different reader.
Thank you, Ms. Moon, for writing for us!
For those of us who listen in order and know the proper pronunciations, listening was a bit painful. The story was very good, but the constant mispronunciations of names and places were off putting.
I will have trouble ever listening to this books again. I've un-recommended the series just because of this one reader.
Elizabeth Moon's imagination and story telling is as enjoyable as any Anne McCaffrey or David Weber stories
For an 8-book series, it would've been nice to have Jennifer Van Dyke read the entire series, even though there was decades between the start & finish.
Stammel's heroics brought tears to my eyes
When listening to any performance, there is a rhythm and flow to the story -whether book, opera, song, play. Every time Angela Dawe pronounced a town, country, character wrong it jarred the story. And she seemed to pronounce about 75% of the words wrong. Angela Dawe was very good in "Maybe This Time" by Jennifer Cruisie, but 3 years between books should've left her enough time to at least listen to ONE book if you're going to take on the 7th of 8 books, and she didn't. I kept thinking she was going to call one of the characters "Southy" since this performance had all the same "voices".
Listening to Angela tell this story was as difficult as listening to a 7 yr old take on the reading of Macbeth. Same level of pronunciation and story understanding. She almost ruined this book, it's only Elizabeth Moon's amazing storytelling skill that saved it at all.
I'm committed to finishing the series, but I almost switched to print due to the poor voice performance. The narrator is not the worst I have ever heard, but she is not far from it. Definitely preview before you buy.
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Elizabeth Moon is an amazing writer. Too bad they hired such a terrible reader for this novel. The first three in the series were well read but this one sounds like the reader is trying to force a frog out of her throat every time she speaks for a man. And her pronunciations? Blech!
Never if I could get another version of the rest of the series.
The story line and characters.
Continuity of the story line and characters. E. Moon always tells an enjoyable tale for me.
I have thoroughly enjoyed this series, and have always liked E.Moon. This was the first audio book I have bought that was difficult for me to complete listening to the end. I had read a previous review that said "read the book", and I now know why. The story is great, but it was a very difficult listen. The voices kept changing, and not always the same voice with the same character. It got a little better toward the end. The pronunciation of some of the characters and places took me awhile to connect with the other 3 books.
good story, I've read and listened to them several times. but this narrator didn't even bother to listen to the previous books to hear how things should have been pronounced.
Had I read the book myself then perhaps I would know if this narrator or the other narrators mispronounced so many names and titles...
Still it is a good story, even if it jumps around in what I can only guess is time and space to try to get things to line up chronologically.
Another outstanding addition to the series. I've listened to this book many times and it never gets old. The narration is good, but not up to the quality of the first three in the series.
I really wish they had not switched narrators up every book in this series. Especially since each one pronounces names differently! The narrator for this one is so bad. She sounds so wooden!
This book is great in terms of building the plot line and the tension of where it is all going. You can really see in these how much Moon has grown as a writer since the Deed of Paksenarrion. It's a shame it's hard to listen to.
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