The war is over, but there is a void of power that must be filled and no shortage of souls eager to fill it.
Tarah Woodblade was the best guide and tracker in the land, but she ran away from the war. She returns to Dremaldria expecting to be labeled a coward, but finds herself lauded as a hero. It seems a hero is needed too, because someone is hunting rogue horses....
©2013, 2015 Trevor H. Cooley (P)2016 Trevor H. Cooley
I enjoyed the fact that this brought in new characters from the bowl of Souls world. Trevor offers immense character depth when it comes to each of character traits, so you feel like each of the characters are fully fleshed out with a very interesting background. Each of Trevor's components to a story offer the breadth of what you expect from any interesting fantasy action novels. I had a very high hopes for the story especially from what the previous books offered and I definitely wasn't let down.
A reader of Science Fiction, Fantasy, and non-fiction Christian books. A reviewer for Audiobookboom.com
Terah Woodblade is the sixth book in the “The Bowl of Souls” series and the first book in the “The Jharro Grove” saga, however it is the first book I have read in the series. Because this was my entry into the series, there were a few plot items I believe I missed had I read the previous five books. The author does a good job of providing enough backstory to assist readers with some high-level details to better understanding events from the earlier books. After reading this book, I will defiantly go back and read the others in the series; I enjoyed it that much. It is cliché, but I would say that you can judge this book by its cover, both are great.
Fantasy is one of my favorite book genres, but I have often stuck to more traditional or contemporary fantasy books written by authors like Brandon Sanderson. I was unsure what to expect from this book as it appeared to be more fantasy focused. Wow is all I can say after finishing the book. It exceeded all my expectations and it had me engaged from start to finish. The pace of the story was well done and at no time did I feel I wanted to skim over sections to get past slow periods. The author is able to tell a great adventure story by including flashbacks, dream sequences, and even a few twists and surprises. For me, the book was enjoyable and unpredictable; which is not an easy thing to accomplish with so many other fantasy books available. There was a good amount of excitement, humor, sub-plots, etc. to give the reader a deep experience. The regular battle between good and bad, but it is well told on this book.
The author painted a very believable story and included many fantasy character types while injecting a few unique creatures. The development of the main characters in the story was done very well; not too much or too little. Terah in my opinion would be classified as either a ranger or huntsman (huntswoman) based on simple RPG type classifications. And I would say that her adventure did not disappoint. One aspect I found strange was that she often would refer to herself in the third-person when speaking with others. This took some getting used to, but stick with the story as you will learn a few reasons why nearer the end of the book.
The author is able to tell a very compelling and exciting story without having to resort to the use of vulgar language as many other contemporary fantasy authors do. Language of this type would not have existed in the time the book takes place, which for me keeps it more realistic. I would like to personally thank the author for providing a deep and adventurous story that my teenager can read and enjoy and I feel comfortable allowing her too. The author expresses his characters through other means than stooping to such words. It is not a big deal, but a word that somewhat grated on my nerves was used by one of the main character. It is not a crass word, but again more a modern word which I would not think used during that period.
Regarding the audiobook narration. Andrew Tell does an excellent job of reading the book and bringing the many characters of the book to life. For a story that could have been read in a monotone way, Mr. Tell reads in a way that is expressive, inflective, and flowing. Even with the main character being female, Mr. Tell does a good job of voicing her which does not seem overly breathy or falsetto; like other narrators do.
Andrew is one of my new favorite narrators, and I will be listening to more material by him. He seems to do many other fantasy narrations along with other genres.
Disclaimer: This book was provided to the reviewer by the author, narrator, or publisher in exchange for a non-bias review.
Character development is always a huge factor in my enjoyment of a story. Tarah doesn't know who she is in the beginning, and is trying to live her life by other people's rules. As you journey through her story, it's very entertaining watching her learn about herself, and evolve as an individual.
The relationship between the two main protagonists is a lot of fun.
Well... there's the whole being able to do two things at once thing... kinda hard to pull off while reading a paperback. (Not that I haven't tried...) I do enjoy the narration though, the voices and inflections bring life to the world.
I loved the pillow.
Tarah isn't very likable in the beginning - this is mostly a function of her upbringing, give her a chance - and she'll grow on you. It's a terrific book, and the whole series is well worth reading.
I originally got Audibles to listen to Hunger Games and Lord of the Rings Series. I ended listening to more books like LoTR and HG.
Tarah has a very unique personality. She generally is an introverted person and begins to evolve as a character throughout the story. This is Post-war and Tarah finding her place.
If they were to start the Jharro Grove Saga, then yes. This is a biography and set-up for Tarah and to tie her into the universe.
Andrew Tell is good as ever.
Make a moonrat armor and wield a Jharro Staff. :)
FYI: Jhustan doesn't show up until the Epilogue. Book 2 of Jharro Grove Saga has 3 stories going on. One of which is the continuation of Tarah Woodblade and her further growth of skills and character.
I thought the Mother of the Moonrat was the last of the Bowl of Souls books, because the war had ended, but I was pleasantly surprised to see this audiobook on Audible yesterday, and so I bought it immediately, downloaded it, put the current book that I was listening to aside, and started listening to Tarah Woodblade right away. This book takes place after the war, during the rebuilding process. It introduces us to brand new characters and tells the tale of their adventure. There are only cameo appearances of the regular list of players, and most of them are at the end, signaling their return in the followup books to come. I was just a little bit disappointed that the regular cast and crew were not heavily involved in this story, but at the same time it was good to meet the new team players and the new evil antagonist(s). Andrew Tell did an excellent job narrating, as usual! I can't wait for the next installment. Based on the very ending of this book, things could get very interesting indeed!
New reader, just starting to dive into the adventures of books and the mysteries they hold. Believe it or not.
This book is the first of a new Saga and is from the perspective of a new hero ( Tarah Woodblade) I had trouble at first because I was use to the previous main characters and felt that I was being forced to take in a whole new character, who's personality and characteristics I didn't quite care for. I was actually happy to get a break every once and awhile and experience some of the events Arcon and (no spoilers) another person with him.
Near the end though I learned why Tarah did the things she did and grew to like her a little more, once I saw she wasn't just some over powered individual who was thrown at me.
I'm glad to be on the next book of the saga, but I wouldn't roll this one out as a miss.
It's a hurdle to get over at first with new characters and events but it gets back on path with the previous characters and current events near the end!
Not to mention there are some amazing fight scenes and even some AMAZING Gnome fighting ;)
Some books may be better written and genres differ. So I rate on how mush I enjoyed a book, I am not a book critic.
Yes, this was my first in the series and it did well as a stand alone story. You don't have to read the previous book.
She has internal dialog,''Tarah Woodblade, doesn't give-up..." and it was interesting to find out why. It give the character depth.
I liked 'Jerry". I enjoy most of the characters, they all have fears and flues. No perfect self confident heroes saving the day.
It is a fun, fantasy adventure with believable characters and an interesting plot.
I like the writing style and will listen to the other stories in this series, because of this book. But, I would prefer a more conclusive ending. I don't like it if they extend a quest into the next book. "This audiobook was provided by the author or narrator at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review."
It is not my custom to read books that have goblins, dwarves, orks, and wizards. This was a break for me out of my normal routine. I doubt seriously that I will read any more in this series, but however I did very much enjoy this book. If you are a fan of fanciful magical novels you would probably enjoy this book very much.
I received this book at no cost to me for an honest review
This was a good listen. The pace was steady and the narration excellent. The epilogue hints at what I assume is the beginning of the next book in the series.
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I have loved every book in this series so far. I would rate this in my top ten series of all time. It was nice to have new people to follow. The narator does a brilliant job as always. Time for me to start the next in the series. If you want a good fantacey with good action,magic interesting creatures and a great storey line then give these books a go.
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