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The Godling Chronicles: The Sword of Truth, Book 1 | [Brian D. Anderson]

The Godling Chronicles: The Sword of Truth, Book 1

Darkness comes as a new power rises in Angrääl. The Dark Knight has betrayed the Gods and stolen The Sword of Truth, trapping them in heaven. With the power of the Sword he can reshape the world and bring death to all who oppose him. Only one thing stands between the darkness and the light. Gewey Stedding. Only he has the power to stand against the oncoming storm. Only he can mend the world. But only if he can discover his power....
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Darkness comes as a new power rises in Angrääl. The Dark Knight has betrayed the Gods and stolen The Sword of Truth, trapping them in heaven. With the power of the Sword he can reshape the world and bring death to all who oppose him. Only one thing stands between the darkness and the light. Gewey Stedding. Only he has the power to stand against the oncoming storm. Only he can mend the world. But only if he can discover his power....

©2012 Brian D. Anderson (P)2013 Podium Publishing

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    Bob-o CHARLESTON, SC, United States 04-29-14
    Bob-o CHARLESTON, SC, United States 04-29-14 Member Since 2015
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    "This is a great series!"

    I love this series. It's the story of a very young man who unwittingly becomes a hero and the story tells of his growth and of his heros journey. It's a story of sword and sorcery and love, and the love part is appropriate for all ages and not mushy, or over done. If you like sword and sorcery books with elves and monsters then this is a book you'll probably like as much as I do.

    11 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    Susan Boise, ID, United States 04-28-15
    Susan Boise, ID, United States 04-28-15 Member Since 2013

    I read for fun, multiple genre's. I review from a normal person perspective, not a fancy critic analyzing every nuance and writing style.

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    "Really happy I found this series"

    Easy to get into, has a good pace to it. The characters become well developed and are interesting. I felt invested in their lives. Fun story.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Jamie Suckiel CHARLOTTE, NC, US 04-09-14
    Jamie Suckiel CHARLOTTE, NC, US 04-09-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Excellent set of books"
    What made the experience of listening to The Godling Chronicles: The Sword of Truth, Book 1 the most enjoyable?

    The story, the reader, the relationships


    What about Derek Perkins’s performance did you like?

    He does a fabulous job with the voices of the people.


    9 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    AudioBookReviewer Madison, WI, United States 06-15-15
    AudioBookReviewer Madison, WI, United States 06-15-15 Member Since 2011

    All of my reviews are on my blog audiobookreviewer dot com

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    "This story makes me think of Hercules"

    First thoughts about the cover of The Godling Chronicles: The Sword of Truth, Book 1? Dark, ominous, haunting. That horse looks possessed and that rider looks like something out of a nightmare. His armor makes me think of a dark night from days long past. Digging the creepy vibe.

    The main character in this book is Dewey Stedding. He’s seventeen, but he looks like he’s in his mid-twenties. He’s also built like a hoss. Big, strong, sturdy. Sometimes he’s impatient and to inquisitive for his own good, but I think that’s a side affect of being a teenager. He’s also a god raised as a man and is earth bound. He didn’t know this till recently though.

    This story makes me think of Hercules in a way. Except, Dewey is full god raised as a man rather than a half god. Think of it as if Hades had won already and the world is going dark. Then comes in a teenage Dewey that is supposed to save the world. He’s being trained by half man-god, a servant, and an elf. It’s all very interesting. I dig the fights scenes and when they’re training Dewey. It’s very well read.

    The Narrator is Derek Perkins. I enjoyed his natural accent and his accents for the characters helped bring the story to life for me. They were very distinct and different. I didn’t have any confusions of what was going on or who was speaking each time. I did get a huge kick out of how he pronounced different words though. I think that has to do more with his natural accent. The author is Brian D. Anderson. This book is twelve hours and fifty-five minutes long.

    Warning – There are a some fight scenes in this book, some death, some blood, and some scenes that are not close to being PG13. Recommended age group, in my opinion, is sixteen and up.

    This book left me wondering about people from different cultures and their gods. It makes me curious about their beliefs and their different stories and histories. What makes each of these groups different than those that I know? There are always common things to tie all of them together. Those ties bring us together. They make us who we are, they make us human. What more can we ask for?

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    11 of 15 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 02-11-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Pretty basic."

    Fantasy books or any book can have three basic strengths or weaknesses.
    1) Characters
    2) Worldbuilding
    3) Story

    I'm sad to say this book fails on all three. That is not to say that this book is exceptionally bad, but as an avid reader of fantasy books I desire something more than merely adequate.

    1) This really is the worse offence. The characters in this book really don't have much depth, they behave in predictable clearly made-up ways and they are pretty blant. The hero is a basic goody boy without any complex feelings or personality traits. His "teacher" is much the same.
    2) World is really simple. Like many fantasy books the world shows none of the complex social and economical systems present in realistic and believable fantasy worlds. On top of that the author even does a poor job describing the world as-is in a rich and engaging way.
    3) The story isn't to good either, unfortunately. It's a pretty basic good vs evil story. Little nuance is presented. Everything progresses in predictable ways.

    Maybe it seems I am being overly harsh here, this books isn't really unique in it's flaws. In fact these are pretty common in fantasy books. Most of the time I don't review these disappointing books, but ever so often my disappointment builds up and gets released. I guess this book is the unfortunate recipient of it, not that it is undeserved.

    In summary, listen to this if you don't have high standards, maybe it is enjoyable then, otherwise don't bother.

    16 of 23 people found this review helpful
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    Harkanon 07-16-15
    Harkanon 07-16-15 Member Since 2013
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    "Gods, and elves, and Half-men. Oh my!"
    Any additional comments?

    Gewey has always been a God, only he didn't know it. Found by Lee Starfinder, who is a half-god, when Gewey was only infant; He was raised as a man by a simple farmer. An ominous Enemy known as the Dark Knight has stolen the Sword of Truth, thus putting the world in danger and the young God is the key to victory. Though it's a fairly unoriginal story, it's engaging and the storytelling is very good. I really enjoyed the story and where it was going. It's sort of a blend between Robert Jordan's Wheel of Time, Terry Goodkind's Sword of Truth, and the Hercules mythos.

    I'm a fan of Derek Perkins, the performer for this novel. I've enjoyed all the works I heard by him, his voice fits the genre very well. There's never any echoes or background noise, and he very well spoken and easy to understand. Look very much forward to hearing more from the man.

    It's a shame book 2 isn't included in Amazon Unlimited or their Whispersync service, if it were, I would go on to book 2. However, the ubrupt ending, or lack thereof, ruined what was a great book. I am an avid believer that every book should have a complete story and conclusion. This book left a brutal cliffhanger, leaving me with no satisfaction or closure whatsoever.

    I will note, they now have an Omnibus edition on Audible that includes books 1-3 that may be of better value, and with less open ended frustration. If you are a fan of Fantasy, I say grab it if only for Perkins' performance.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    M. McCormick Texas 04-13-14
    M. McCormick Texas 04-13-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Young Adult fantasy"
    What did you like best about The Godling Chronicles: The Sword of Truth, Book 1? What did you like least?

    I liked the story, I love the way the characters felt like family to each other. I didn't like how undeveloped the story was. This is why I think it is Young Adult. Great story idea, but it could have been deeper.


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    Andrew Stone San Diego 12-29-13
    Andrew Stone San Diego 12-29-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Great Epic Fantacy!"
    Any additional comments?

    Wow! Really lost of good action, characters, etc... Typically, I don't like stories with "gods"....

    Other books of this "Epic Fantasy" genre I highly recommend are:
    The Name of the Wind
    Eye of the world
    Game of Thrones
    The Warded Man
    The Way of Kings
    Mistborn series



    21 of 32 people found this review helpful
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    Larry Tyler, TX, United States 02-14-14
    Larry Tyler, TX, United States 02-14-14 Member Since 2012
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    "Great story"
    What did you love best about The Godling Chronicles: The Sword of Truth, Book 1?

    The way the story is written it is a true epic


    What did you like best about this story?

    The uses of mythology and action together


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When he joins with the elf


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

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    This is a good book

    8 of 12 people found this review helpful
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    chris 02-23-14
    chris 02-23-14
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    "Good story passable performance."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Ya. Good over all story. Performance is ok. His different voices meld together tomuch.


    What other book might you compare The Godling Chronicles: The Sword of Truth, Book 1 to and why?

    None


    What three words best describe Derek Perkins’s voice?

    Passable or ok at best.


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

    No


    Any additional comments?

    No

    6 of 9 people found this review helpful
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  • Brad Koehler
    8/10/15
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    "More Eddings than Tolkien"
    Would you try another book written by Brian D. Anderson or narrated by Derek Perkins?

    In short no. The main protagonist was whiny and not really likable. I think it is a combination of the performance and lack of character depth that causes this.


    Has The Godling Chronicles: The Sword of Truth, Book 1 put you off other books in this genre?

    Not at all, I love this genre and will continue to read book from it.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Derek Perkins’s performances?

    Probably not, I found that the performance was disappointing, Gewey in particular is performed in such a whiny way that it was quite annoying.


    What character would you cut from The Godling Chronicles: The Sword of Truth, Book 1?

    Salma'tia and also Lee's confrontation with the Elf.


    Any additional comments?

    This story would probably make a great introduction to the genre. For more well read genre buffs you will not find this in any way satisfying. I came to this book having just read (listened to) Elantris by Brandon Sanderson and The Skull Throne by Brent Weeks both of those books are fantastic and this book just couldn't live up to the precedent.

    Gewey is too whiny and snivelling for a protagonist, we get that he wants everyone to do the right thing, you don't need to reinforce it with wide-eyed innocence at every possible decision.

    The book ends in an odd place, there's not really a cliff hanger as the "big climax" happens quite a bit before the end of the book and then it just tapers off into a nothing side story.

    It's predictable at almost every point in the story, surprise! this character who appears kind isn't!

    I don't think I will buy the second novel. Which will be the first time I ever let a series of books go unfinished (and I bought book 11 of the Wheel of Time after the disaster that was book 10 !)

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • alan
    Liverpool, United Kingdom
    7/11/15
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    "Narrator is terrible"
    Any additional comments?

    A pretty good story really but the narrator lets it down by using the same voice for most of the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    COLWYN BAY, United Kingdom
    6/16/15
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    "If you wrote a book while stealing all your ideas"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Not really, i keep on hoping its a late bloomer but so far im still stuck with the poor spotty oik.


    What was most disappointing about Brian D. Anderson’s story?

    he feels like he has raped Chris P and Tolkien for ideas and with no clue or no decent publishers has vomited his gooey proceeds onto the pages. a poor info dumping mess i would say.


    What aspect of Derek Perkins’s performance might you have changed?

    altering your voice for different characters is seen a a good idea.


    Do you think The Godling Chronicles: The Sword of Truth, Book 1 needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

    im curious where will he go. like Geordie shore or keeping up with the Ks u cant look away from the drivel.


    Any additional comments?

    Only if your rich or have credits burning a whole in yore account buy this. only for the people with serious time or brain cell to kill

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Paul
    5/23/15
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    "Great book to listen to"
    Where does The Godling Chronicles: The Sword of Truth, Book 1 rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Great book to listen to. Very easy listen story runs at a fast pace


    What did you like best about this story?

    Never a dull moment


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • David Fasey
    5/13/15
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    "Just feels wet"
    What did you like best about The Godling Chronicles: The Sword of Truth, Book 1? What did you like least?

    The scope is good, there is plenty of story the get involved with. The book is just childish, the twists are barely twists, everyone is really nice to one another, no real character depth.


    What could Brian D. Anderson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Been a bit more gritty and no so weak.


    Any additional comments?

    I did read that this was aimed at teens but thought I would give it a try anyway, if you're in the same boat I would advise against it. The story has no bite and just plods through, they do this, they meet them, they become friends, no real excitement. The narration on the other hand was very good.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • tim
    farnborough, United Kingdom
    4/8/15
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    "a good start, i think this could be a long journey"
    If you could sum up The Godling Chronicles: The Sword of Truth, Book 1 in three words, what would they be?

    really strong start


    What did you like best about this story?

    this has the potential to grow into something very interesting. I Iike the way that even in the first book parts of the story elements twist together and hope to see it develop in interesting ways. This seeding of plots reminds of the early books in the songs of ice and fire series


    Have you listened to any of Derek Perkins’s other performances? How does this one compare?

    I really like Derek Perkins performances, i think that he adds a real something to a story. His performance is great a usual.


    Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Laugh or cry , not really but it did keep me engaged and i will continue with the rest


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Breen
    Bournemouth, United Kingdom
    3/6/15
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    "meh!"

    I probably wouldn't have finished this book if I was reading it myself. I found it very hard to care about the characters and the constant info dumps from characters narrating their own life events seemed dull. also the convenience of objects or characters turning up at the right time with no good reason just stank.... here have my hugely valuable magic sword. why? because you seem like a nice guy and it will be a plot point later in the story. oh come on!

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful

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