Old things come again and new things surface.
Faced with a looming war, the riders have no choice but to leave the safety of Galdrilene and reach out to the nations for help. But the Shadow Riders are doing the same and not all nations are opposed to their rule. New discoveries are made, old wounds are reopened and betrayal hides among welcoming smiles. As one nation begins to unravel it's clear that some choices, even those made with the best of intentions, can have devastating consequences.
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Few fantasy books explain how those on the side of evil got there. In
War, we see the further evolution of children born normal but who led psychologically brutalized lives into fighters of the dark. Apparently in ages past Galdirene and the non-magic human world lived in peace under "dragon law" until an evil wizard (think Lucifer, et al.?) turned his magic away from light and betgan anepic struggle that eventually destroyed both sides. But it did not completely destroy
Galdrilene, as much of it was underground and survived the final battle. Galdrilene and its dragon law represent equal opportunity and universal literacy, mutual respect for all regardless of social class, gender equality, and other values which bind together a utopian society. The dark side, on the other hand, offers elites a chance to preserve their exploitive rule. All of this said, Tears Of War is a fast-paced and cleverly written epic fantasy in which ordinary people who have magic are trained to perfect it and, in the process, have life-changing experiences which thrust them into roles they had never before contemplated. Trosper's clever plot and imaginative characters belie that Tears is only her second book Narration is very capably done. Valerie Gilbert differentiates her characters well with accented speech. Yet the audiobook begged for a male narration partner to handle the male voices. In all, the book's plot and its development and characterization merits a very solid 4. The book held my interest throughout . However, I did wish for a more highly strategic and organized war effort. Galdirene may be somewhat of an egalitarian society where authority is lightly administered, but the good guys fought the dark without a well defined strategy and proper planning. All of the combatants were very new in their roles, so maybe it's understandable that their efforts were born of trial anderror. This said, for most of the first two books, two 600 year old people and a very mature dragon were nominally in charge, but seemed to provide only mentoring and aid when someonewas in need. The citizen turned wizard happens too quickly to be really believable. Even with these minor flaws, I look forward to the lastbook in the trilogy with relish.
Tears of War is the second book of Dragon's Call. The story shows two sides: the Shadow Riders and the Guardians of Galdrilene. Both sides are gearing up for an upcoming war between dragons that cannot be avoided. The Shadow Riders have discovered a weapon, a collar that would destroyed the link between the dragon and rider and to kill them both. Each side are recruiting nations for alliance. The Shadow Riders coerced rather than to give each nation to choice to chose.
This story has so much actions and characters that the readers/listeners will love this story. In some way there isn't a right or wrong way. The characters of the Shadow Riders, each has been wrong and each seeks vengeance for the pains that have been inflicted upon them. The characters of the Guardians of Galdrilene go beyond the wrong and still chose to do what is morally right. There is also the misconception of magic that each nations believed as the cause of insanity for those who uses magic.
Readers/Listeners would need to listen to the Embers at Galdrilene first. Starting the second book of this trilogy would leave a lot of questions of what have happened in the first book. The story is very enjoyable and will hook the readers/listeners right into the story. I can't wait for the next book in this trilogy.
The narrator, Valerie Gilbert does a wonderful job of narrating the story. It is amazing how the narrator provides so many voices for so many characters in this book. Hopefully, the narrator will come back for the rest of the trilogy.
I was given this book by the author/narrator/publisher via Audiobook Blast in exchange of an honest review. I was not compensated or influence in any way for writing this review.
No. Only because the narrator's tone and timing are terrible. She is capable of many different voices but in general reads way too slow and often sounds annoyingly snobby in an out-of-character way. I wish I had read these books.
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