In a land of forbidden magic, a mysterious cave holds both riches and danger for three adventurers who discover a mighty treasure and a terrible secret.
A short fantasy tale set in the world of Erana - the world of The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles.
©2014 A.L Butcher (P)2015 A.L Butcher
I have long loved Alexandra Butcher's Erana Tales: they are smart, sometimes sexy, and always transcend the everyday. The new "Tales of Erana: The Warrior's Curse" shows us Butcher at full power, teamed with exactly the right narrator for her tale, one Rob Goll. Through their efforts, Erana's world of elves and prejudice and love and human foible becomes so real you can reach out and touch it.
I'm not sure this book has a comparison to anything done today. Those who loved Tolkien will love this, but the action is much closer to hand, more visceral, not only a tale of war and love but of eroticism: everything you treasured about Lord of the Rings and nothing you didn't like. Those who loved Canticle for Leibowitz will also love The Warrior's Curse, by reason of its arch social commentary and fully realized world view. If you like your fantasy laced with thoughtful allegories that lay bare the human condition, yet never are preachy, you'll want to own this book -- both the audiobook and the ebook; having both ebook and audiobook enhances each. I got both: the audiobook companion to the e-book, and now I can switch back and forth from reading to listening without missing a beat or a word.
Rob Goll brings to the audiobook of The Warrior's Curse an elegant, perfectly executed style, a great relief after too many hyper-active comic-book readings. Goll always delivers the story, never makes the story merely a commercial for himself. He sounds exactly the way the narrator for a fantasy of such refined taste SHOULD sound. Give a listen, and you'll want to hear more. He delivers story with easy and grace, always applying just the right amount of emphasis to lines and phrases to make me forget everything else. Bravo, Mr. Goll!
I did, but I can't. So I had the joy of pleasures deferred until I finished listening. My husband is listening to Goll read Butcher now, and then I'll listen again. If you ARE able to gobble up an entire audiobook in one sitting, I recommend this one highly: it keeps you immersed until the very last word.
I loved this. Butcher's world is truly a world that readers from new adults to the most experienced will want to revisit time and again. In a time of such blunted sensibilities and crass blood thirst, it's a joy to find a story that gives you every story value in proper proportion, narrated by a voice you'll never forget.
In The Warrior's Curse, a lively and interesting tale is woven with the help of Rob Goll's rich, perfectly nuanced, and well-paced narration. A good narrator sets the tone for an Audiobook and should sweep you into the story from the get-go. This novella, with its descriptive imagery, compelling plot and distinctive characters doesn't disappoint. I spent a satisfying hour caught up in the myths of Erana and enjoyed each minute of the adventure.
I will be recommending this to friends I know will enjoy it.
This story moved somewhere beyond traditional myths without leaving that wonder behind.
Rob Goll used his vocal talents to draw me into this tale. He seemed true to the magic and respected the story.
I listened to this story in one sitting...actually I have listened to it several times and felt the story differently each time. That is one of the marks of a good story in my opinion.
I look forward to listening to other tales by this author.
It is the first Alexandra Butcher's book I read. I enjoyed this spooky 'story within a story' that takes you on a journey with lots of trouble ahead and a final surprising turn.
It's a powerful, classic tale with subtle touches of Beowulf but an original story. I enjoy a variety of genres, including fantasy so yes!, I will be reading/listening to about Ms. Butcher's monsters, magic and myths with gusto in the future.
Definitively one feels the books could not possibly have been read by anybody else. Rob Goll's melodic reading is a fitting combination of voice and style. Butcher's characters play to Goll's strengths, and he uses various tones in dialogue. His distinctive voice confidently guides listeners through the story.
I've listened to all of Mr. Goll's work and everytime he surprises me with his originality, dramatising unusual characters with clarity and deliver natural-sounding dialogue.
Alexandra Butcher shows us how decisions taken in the past can become the beast that comes around to destroy those in the present.
Team Butcher-Goll creates an atmosphere that draws the listener into this compelling tale.
"A fantasy tale of human nature's greed."
I am quite new to audiobooks, but the story lent itself well as a listening experience.
Although the warning of greed in the story could translate to any era, I think that the historical setting gave it a darker slant. It is a very descriptive story, making it easier to picture the people and the events taking place.
Rob Goll's performance brought the descriptive narrative to life, subtly highlighting changes in pace and very much enhanced the experience.
Be careful what you wish for.
This is not my usual genre, but now that I have been introduced to it, I would definitely recommend it to others. Thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook.
"Rich fantasy tale with the perfect narrator voice"
The characters, the dialogues and the imagery of the tale truly come to life with the voice of Rob Goll.
A very pleasant first audiobook experience.
"A great story, brilliantly written and narrated."
The imagery created by the description of the place and the dialogue between the characters. All very realistic and true to this genre.
The main fight scene with the realistic description of death and destruction.
Brilliantly narrated. Clear and well paced bringing all the emotion and excitement of the tale to life.
"For me, a new author and a new genre..."
Not being a reader of magical, mysterious, fantasy tales, I started listening with a degree of scepticism...I needn't have, as Alexandra Butcher's Tales of Erana: The Warrior's Curse, narrated by Rob Goll, caught my imagination and immediately pulled me into a very different world. The strong writing and crafted narration about an unfamiliar place and strange characters, soon became familiar and of concern...what was going to happen and how would those involved fare?
Then themes became apparent that exist closer to home and in the present day...fear, lust, betrayal, ignorance and how tragedy repeats itself from one generation to the next.
Rob Goll's tone is rich and powerful yet at the same time understated, giving the story voice without overwhelming it.
I intend to listed to more by this talented author and her well chosen story teller...
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