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.
I like to read just about everything. I especially like to get lost in large series, like Robert Jordon's Wheel of Time or Diana Gabaldon's Highlander series. If anyone has suggestions of this type I'd sure like to hear from you.
It was hard to put this series down. Bold characters and a very strong story.
Duke Vericai - A strong female heroine that has MANY obstacles to overcome and handles them beautifully. Plus she has magery.
Ms Dawe's performance was ok, she has a great voice and can bring pictures into my mind which is important. BUT..... She should have listened to the earlier books to get the name pronunciations the same this was difficult for me to switch back into my memory and deciding who she was speaking of.
This series had 3 different readers and that was a MISTAKE. I’m sure there is a reason for this that I don’t know about but Jennifer Van Dyke was my preference.
This is a very enjoyable performance, once you adapt to a new way of pronouncing names and locations by this narrator. I actually found her voice characterizations to be quite good. The author continues to develop the contributions of many characters and groups as they deal with the reappearance of magic and the growing threat from an ambitious outside conquerer.
This is obviously an installment in a large unfolding story, especially in the way it ends, so I anxiously await the next book. This is a very involving series, and I really like the way it mainly follows the story from the good peoples points of view.
The key players from the series returned and the author brought out more details of their history. Events are slowly building to what promises to be a great ending.
The narrator used distinctly different pronunciations for many key terms in the series.
The book started out slowly and it took me the first third of the book to get drawn back into the story.
I would recommend the book to friends, but I'd advise anyone I know NEVER to buy the audiobook version of the story. The reader was horrible! She emphasized every single word like a 5-year old telling about recess. And she mispronounced names so badly that I had to go back and listen - sometimes twice! - to understand what she meant.
I had gotten used to the reader for the last couple of books, and then the publishers changed readers again. Each successive reader became worse throughout the series. It is like they get you hooked on the story-line and then start cutting corners to make more money. I think they picked up the last reader in a Starbucks or something.
The funny thing was that she'd actually do the dialogue better than the narration. Her voice choices, however, were poorly considered. And, some of them were just nasty sounding. The reader tends to make all the women characters (and Moon writes STRONG female characters - sound like they are incessantly whining.
Bottom line: buy the book; NOT the audio version. Don't let this reader ruin the story for you as she did for me.
The question was: How could the performance have been better? My answer: They could have gotten my 8-year old grandson to read it.
Elizabeth Moon's stories are always engrossing, but the reader really sucked much of the joy out of the experience for me.
At this point, I will not purchase ANY other series from Audible without first ensuring consistent narration. The shift in voicing from book to book is impossible and unacceptable.
Any single narrator across ALL the books in the series
The story and characters continue to develop and engross, but this reader is monotonous and irritating. I really wish they'd stuck with Jennifer Van Dyck or Susan Ericksen. The only good thing I can say about Angela Dawe is her voices are good and distinct, but both the others are as well.
The book is a solid and consistent part of the two Paksennarion series. It continues a great saga set in an utterly believable world.
The monotonous tonal rhythms of the reader could have been varied, but I'm not sure she could maintain such a change of style. Her reading is a disappointing penance after the other two women.
Don't listen to this book unless you have read or listened to the previous in this series, and the Deed of Paksenarrion before that. If you pick this one up before reading the others in this series you will be entirely lost and probably bored!
I also recommend reading the Legacy Of Gird series, a prequel to the Deed, which is in turn a prequel of this series. If you read them all you will be immersed from start to finish of this book as well.
Legacy of Gird, then Deed, then this series - enjoy! :)
A different narrator would have made this better. I think probably any narrator, but maybe that's not true?
The only books that I know of that are similar to this one are the others in the series.
There may be genres in which she is competent, but this experience has left me so scarred and traumatized that I don't think I could listen to her again.
I was offended by this performance. I can't believe that any professionals thought that any of this was appropriate to offer to Elizabeth Moon's fans or potential fans.
I am going to request a refund. If it's not too late for you, don't buy this version. Hopefully, our combined outrage will inspire someone to re-record this. Spare yourself!
The correct narrator.
Pretty much all of it.
Um... all of it?
Yes indeed. Anger, sadness, huge disappointment, frustration, irritation, regret. The story was great, but the "performance" was hugely disappointing, etc.
Jennifer Van Dyck isn't perfect, I disagree some with of her pronunciation, but her voices ARE the characters. The switch to Angela Dawe can be compared directly to let's say... if during the middle of a season of Seinfeld, they had changed ALL of the cast to different people, all with different accents, who all had the same names, but were pronounced differently. The locations were all changed, but called the same things. None of the new cast had ever watched any of the prior episodes of the series, they simply showed up and recited their lines using their own interpretations of how the characters should be. The character personalities were all different, with only the writers staying the same. The series would be un-fucking-watchable.
No offense to Angela Dawe personally, but this was terrible. I will be returning this book for certain and hope for two things:
1. Jennifer Van Dyck reads the next book and all following books
2. This book is redone with Jennifer Van Dyck reading
I thought I'd give this a try despite the very accurate reviews stating essentially the same things mine does, which was a mistake. I should have bought the paper version.
Unless this book is re-recorded with Jennifer Van Dyck, don't buy the audio version, buy the paper version.
If the next book is read by Angela Dawe I will certainly not buy the audio book and will be forced to buy the paper version.
If you agree with my review, please contact Elizabeth Moon and/or her publisher and beg for a remake of this book, and return this audiobook version to Audible.
For the love of God, keep the same narrator in a series, if they must be replaced, don't use an amateur hack who has no variable persona of voices to use.
The series is fantastic, but if this narrator is used again I will be reading future books in print form.
She has poor separation in voice between characters and almost the same with narration. The speech is halting and varies in pronunciation.
This is definitely a middle book in a series. It is better than book 3, in that it gives more purpose to some characters that felt like Deus ex Machina things in book 3. And, the author didn't pull any punches. I'm still not sure the Legacy series will make anyone fall in love with this world (I recommend the Deeds series for that), but it is more of a good thing.
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