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
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.
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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.
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
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
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I enjoyed the development of Shannon's character. This kept me wondering, especially when she starts questioning about the past.
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.
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.
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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.
Strange Days indeed.
First time listening to a story from Alaric....He did a good job carrying the story.
Yes, although he did a fair job, I think more emotion would have made the story better.
No.....It had moments of excitement and then it had moments that was slightly boring.
I enjoyed this story....I did receive this book for free, with AudioBoom, in exchange for a unbiased review.
Dark, fantastical, addicting.
Near the end when Shannon is talking to the dragon, her attitude and confidence finally coming alive.
I loved the character voices, especially the voice of Shannon and Dana.
At first I was not sure if I would get through it, about 20 minutes in however I was hooked.
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I like a wide range of genres. Favorites include Horror, SciFi, Fantasy, Thriller, LGBT, classics and history.
This was a great epic fantasy. My only complaint is the rather abrupt ending. It was jarring and didn't feel right. Other than that the story and the characters grabbed me right away. Loved the dark grim feeling of the book.
The narrator did a really good job. Great performance.
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"A truly unique and enjoyable listening experience"
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.
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.
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.
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.
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