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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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Publisher's Summary

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 2011
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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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer Alblasserdam, Netherlands 02-11-14
    Amazon Customer Alblasserdam, Netherlands 02-11-14 Member Since 2013
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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.

    13 of 18 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.


    5 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    chris roseville, MI, United States 02-23-14
    chris roseville, MI, United States 02-23-14 Member Since 2013
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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

    5 of 7 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.


    4 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Julius washington, DC, United States 02-26-14
    Julius washington, DC, United States 02-26-14 Member Since 2002
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    "It's not bad.....but not really good."

    This is like someone followed a how to book on writing a fantasy novel. Character does this, insert name here. Its consistent and reminds me of The Goblin Tower. Your hero is the hero for a reason, and he and his friends have suffered. We'll tell you about it ..but the world the book is in always works out and things never go wrong enough for there to be a problem.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Janet Concord, NH, United States 02-17-14
    Janet Concord, NH, United States 02-17-14 Member Since 2007
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    "extremely slow cookie cutter fantasy novel"

    I think the title of my review says it all. There tends to be a basic formula for fantasy novels and this one follows that formula to a T. Young unwitting hero who is untrained but nobel at heart, wise older man who takes the hero on a journey and instructs him in combat along the way, elves (there are alway elves), quest for a magic sword, you get the picture - no surprises here.

    7 of 11 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew Stone San Diego 12-29-13
    Andrew Stone San Diego 12-29-13
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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



    16 of 26 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

    6 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    Cyndie Lincoln, CA, United States 07-02-14
    Cyndie Lincoln, CA, United States 07-02-14 Member Since 2004
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    "Very basic coming of age fantasy"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    The characters were all flat and no one, not even the main character, seemed to develop in any way.


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

    The fact that I purchased it.


    Did the narration match the pace of the story?

    The narration was good generally.


    Any additional comments?

    The book is written like many of the new Serial books you see on amazon, or which have 2 hour 'installments' for sale on Audible. It is formulaic and lacks any depth.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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