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The Dark Levy Audiobook

The Dark Levy: Ten Tears Chronicles, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

In this epic dark fantasy adventure story, Shannon and Dana visit their wise old grandmother in Wales, and finally learn why their lives have been strangely tormented and cursed. There is a family secret, old as time itself, and that secret might kill them if they try to ignore their destiny. They also learn that there is a dangerous way to embrace that secret, because on that day, a harrowing creature of an alien world calls out for the few and the special, talented humans of the tenth world. Our world.

Dana performs an irreversible murderous deed that opens the gate to the Jewel of the Nine, the world of Aldheim, and they meet the strange creature calling for them. In this world they find their true calling, their special talents, the truth of the gods and also a world of mystery, danger, and adversity. Shannon and Dana struggle with their previous relationship as one grows cruel and power-driven, while the other learns to value friendship. Much is demanded of Shannon, who struggles with her loyalties.

Despite the many dangers and their apparently hopeless situation in the brutal, mage-filled world of monsters and dragons, there is hope, for Shannon has special, coveted powers of healing, reserved for the chosen of the gods. If she perseveres, she can change the past and bring back the gods.

But the price will be great.

©2015 Alaric Longward (P)2016 Alaric Longward

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    Jonathan Newton 09-09-16

    I listen to 6.5-8 hours week days so if you would like me to read and review/rate send me a copy :)

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    "Looking forward to book 2"

    The dark levy is a great fantasy with giants, dragons, gods and gorgons but at its base is an age old story line of how the weak become the strong through a gift/ability and those thought to be untouchable are less so.
    There are many satisfying twists and turns but I have to admit I hated the ending of this story. It literally feels like the Author just picked a point half heatedly in a large book and said this will be book one and this will be book 2.
    Otherwise this was a great book.
    Please note I was given this book free in return for an unbiased review and that is what I have given.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    SP 09-02-16
    SP 09-02-16
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    "Captivating magic and myth!"

    I love this book and it's captivating characters and the surprising way the story goes! Great fantasy!!

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Steve H. Caldwell Tacoma, WA 12-06-16
    Steve H. Caldwell Tacoma, WA 12-06-16 Member Since 2016

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    "Amazing Dark Fantasy"

    This is a truly original Dark Fantasy, mixing mythologywith an original tale that brings you engaging characters, both good and not so good, great worldbuilding and a fast paced plot that keeps you on your toes. Kristin James, who I had never heard prwviously, does an outstanding job bringing the story to life.

    I voluntarily received a review copy of this Audiobook from the Author, publisher or narrator through AudiobookBoom.

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    Jason Ross BURNET, TX, US 11-22-16
    Jason Ross BURNET, TX, US 11-22-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Great Listen and Interesting Story"
    Would you listen to The Dark Levy again? Why?

    Yes, I have listened to the story again after listening to the second book, Eye of Hel. I was interested in finding the subtle hints tying together elements of the overall plot.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Dark Levy?

    The main character, Shannon, finds a book that she isn't supposed to read which throws the lives and safety of the Ten Tears into complete chaos.


    Have you listened to any of Kristin James’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    No I have not listened to any of her other performances but I found her presentation to be enjoyable.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    I found the main character to be very relatable and feel affected by the various tragedies she endures.


    Any additional comments?

    I thoroughly enjoyed this story, while I feel that it had a bit of a slow start it does a great job on laying the ground work for the following story, The Eye of Hel. The story was magical and dark; incorporating mythology and legend into a distant world full of violence and deception. The characters are relatable, with different flaws and backgrounds that keep you engaged and interested in learning more.


    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    DANIEL Felkel 11-08-16 Member Since 2016
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    "A brilliant new spin on Norse mythology."

    A beautiful tale of trial and tribulation and the ever stalwart underdog that no one can help rooting for.

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    Jason Engler 10-26-16

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    "A welcome dark epic fantasy"

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.


    The narrator was fantastic. I'm not Irish, but I really enjoyed her character accents. She did a great job portraying all the emotions, anger and grief and passion.


    The story starts off a bit slow, but once you get into it it becomes worth it. The only downside is the sudden ending. It feels like the author might have written one really long book and had to pick a spot to separate them, as opposed to writing a one-off story then struggling to come up with an idea for a sequel later. After listening to a few books with shallow characters, this book was refreshing. I haven't read anything else from this author before, but I'm looking forward to it now, especially if his stories are paired with this narrator.

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    Robin Rains 10-14-16
    Robin Rains 10-14-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Fantastic!"

    I'm not a huge Dana fan...she's really evil but I'm excited about Shannon & the gang & I can't wait to start the next phase of the adventure! A fantastic twist of historical myth & fantasy woven as only mr longward can do

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    Lori 10-14-16
    Lori 10-14-16 Member Since 2014
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    "The Dark Levy"
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    3.5 stars

    Interesting, creative and entertaining story. For me this was not one of those stories that grabs you right away. It took me a while to get really interested and while I enjoyed the story, at the same time I could not listen to it all at once. Especially in the beginning it didn't hold my attention. As the story progresses it pulls you in slowly until your hooked. By the end you are ready and can't wait to jump right into the next book.

    A great mixture of fantasy, magic, myth and legends all set in another/alternate world. A world full of death, betrayal, violence, creatures, battles, rivalry and slavery and more. You are never quite sure what is going to happen next. Overall a very enjoyable story.

    Kristen James does a really good job with the narration. Great character voices, and there are a lot of characters. Accents for characters were good. Smooth even pace. Clearly spoken. She brought the characters and story to life. Very enjoyable listen

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    livetodream 10-12-16
    livetodream 10-12-16
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    "Great Dark Fantasy"
    What made the experience of listening to The Dark Levy the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the development of Shannon's character. This kept me wondering, especially when she starts questioning about the past.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, for me it was easier to follow if I took a break from the listen. I had to figure things out and try to put them in order. This is a great dark fantasy with many different elements, but I couldn't sit in one sitting. It had too much information to follow along.


    Any additional comments?

    This listen has great moments, bad moments, and just moments. I couldn't listen all at once because it got complicated at times. I enjoyed the complication of following this god did this and that one this. How Shannon was going to do this to do this, but took a while to get there. This is one I will certainly listen to again, just slower this time. I like the author and narrator. Sometimes too much detail or explanation isn't good. I would recommend and will listen to the second one. It is overall a good book.




    “I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    kai 10-02-16
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    "Can't wait for more!"

    A talented writer who knows his stuff. The plot is compelling and includes many unexpected twists and turns. The narrator is colorful and gives nice stamp on a great book. In short, the book is very much worth of listening to.

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  • Tony Bough
    11/3/16
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    "Great narration meets great story."
    Would you listen to The Dark Levy again? Why?

    Yes. It builds slowly and then draws you in. I really liked the characters so I will revisit it soon. In fact I will probably revisit it soon before getting the next one and then jump straight story. I love the premise of the 10 worlds once ruled by Odin. The scope for the series is massive. Really good.


    What other book might you compare The Dark Levy to, and why?

    It's hard to compare. It feels really creative and is a brilliant mix of magic, mystery and legends. Like an epic fantasy style back drop.


    Which character – as performed by Kristin James – was your favourite?

    The narration is amazing between all of the different character. Absolutely amazing accents and a real feel for each character. If I have to pick one as a favourite I will go for Shannon.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    10 worlds to explor, but who can harness the power of a God.


    Any additional comments?

    This review copy audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • CJ Rutherford
    10/6/16
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    "A truly unique and enjoyable listening experience"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! This book is unlike anything I've read or listened to before. It's an epic dark fantasy, but set in the lore of the Norse legends. Most people will be familiar with the mainstream gods, Odin and Thor, etc, but Mr Longward delves deep.


    What did you like best about this story?

    It's clear that the author has done a ton of research here. There are characters from other lores, such as Greek, but they are all firmly tied to the Norse mythology. The characters are also well developed. You will care about their well being by the end of the book. I did, so much so that I've just bought book two.


    What about Kristin James’s performance did you like?

    Her performance blew me away. Along with the background narrator voice that carries the main story, each character has such a unique voice and accent that you know who is talking even without the dialogue tags.
    Can I mention the accents again? There are characters from Russia, Wales, Austria, France, and America. The narrator captures them all. Okay, the Welsh accent sound more Irish, but I'll forgive her as she captures the emotions of the characters perfectly.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    I have to say that it did take me a little while to get into. The first third was mostly world building, which is no bad thing. Once past this however, I couldn't stop and had it done in two days.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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