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The Heir to the North Audiobook

The Heir to the North

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"Caenthell will stay buried, and the North will not rise again until I freely offer my sword to a true descendant of the High Kings, or until one takes it from my dying hands!"

With this curse, the Warlock Malessar destroyed Caenthell. The bloodline of the High Kings disappeared and the kingdom faded into dark legend until even stories of the deed lost their power. But now there is an heir to the North.

Cassia hopes to make her reputation as a storyteller by witnessing a hardened soldier and a heroic princeling defeat Malessar and his foul curse. But neither of her companions are exactly as they appear, and the truth lies deep within stories that have been buried for centuries.

As Cassia learns secrets both soldier and warlock have kept hidden since the fall of Caenthell, she discovers she can no longer merely bear witness. Cassia must become part of the story; she must choose a side and join the battle.

The North will rise again.

©2015 Steven Poore (P)2016 Grimbold Books and Steven Poore

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    Troublemer 09-16-16
    Troublemer 09-16-16 Member Since 2016

    Say something about yourself!

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    "adventure"
    Would you listen to The Heir to the North again? Why?

    Maybe. It was pretty good a true fantasy story


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    I liked Cassia


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The fight scene at the end with Baum and Melasser


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

    It was about 15 hours. I am not sure i could do it in one sitting.


    Any additional comments?

    I receive this book from audio boom for an honest review. if you love fantasy then this book is for you. The start was a little slow but once it got started it was WOW. The story is about Cassia, who wants to be a story teller and she gets involved with Baum and Meredith who's mission is to bring back the North and the High King that was destroyed by an evil warlock, named Melasser. But things are not always what they seem. This book has a surprise ending to this adventure. But the adventure is not over. I look forward to reading the next adventure in this tale.

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    Jason Engler 09-07-16

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    "Rooting for the underdog."

    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 did a fantastic job expressing both characters and emotions.

    The story was predictable, but I still enjoyed it. At times it is somewhat slow with subplots, but that's normal for epic fantasy. I was a little annoyed by the sexism, which I felt was unnecessary, but I dealt with it.

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    MelHay Adamsburg, PA 09-06-16
    MelHay Adamsburg, PA 09-06-16
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    "Stories in stories about the past & finding heir"
    What did you like best about The Heir to the North? What did you like least?

    We come across places that Baum tells of Malessar's magic, but we don't see them in action as he tells they can be. We get the lay of the land here, setting up for what's to come. (feel at 6 hrs, 15 mins) Doesn't feel as there's any high stakes danger, just curiosity from Cassia as they travel. We don't even know the plan Baum has in mind to rise the North again.

    I liked the ending, how it all comes together, but I felt most of the story was overly predictable, even the ending. It felt slow too, with the style of stories told and learned. It's not that it's bad, it's just not my pacing.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    These people kept me a bit curious in the book. I had my thoughts about them and wanted to know for sure if I was right.

    Meredith comes across odd. There is something different about him. He doesn't know about traps to get food, yet after Cassia tells him about it the next night he bring food in. Though he didn't set traps... How?

    Baum is the wise old mind here. He is special, and you get a hint as to why from the prologue. He does believe that the North can rise again, and he's put things into motion over the last few years to make it so. Baum wants a storyteller along to watch and recite what they witness to the world, so the world may know the truth.

    Karrak is a character I came to really like. He's learned many things over the years and as we see more of him we see that he cares.


    Would you listen to another book narrated by Diana Croft?

    This is the first time for me listening to Diana narrate, I would gladly try more of her work. She has an accent that lends to an older feel of the story. It feels to fit the time and characters. Diana does make slight tone and scratchy differences to her voice for the characters, though they are mostly similar in tone. The audio is clean and clear, nothing disrupting when listening.


    Any additional comments?

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

    With Cassia being a daughter of a storyteller it gives the author a way to tell the past to the reader. We get stories of long ago, though those told by the tellers now are not always right. Baum helps clarify those tales and the way of old. We don't see a lot of action in this story. We get more story of the characters and history of the High Kings and Malessar. I know this will all come together somewhere, but it doesn't all fit together perfectly for me yet, at 4 1/2 hours into the story.

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    Koolaid53 09-06-16
    Koolaid53 09-06-16

    I'm retired USAF and fully retired with a lot of time to read now. Read my whole life so thought I'd give some of that knowledge back.

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    "Building a World"

    I received this audiobook from Audiobook Boom in exchange for my honest review.

    If you want details of a place, then this is the book for you. You definitely know where you are. After all that, the story proceeds at a fairly good pace. Cassie wants to be a story teller and she gets her way along as being part of the story.

    I can see this turning into an epic fantasy series right up there with the best.

    Not bad for a first book. Keep up the good work.

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    JJLarson 08-27-16
    JJLarson 08-27-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Brilliant Story"

    The Heir to the North is an epic tale about a girl, Cassia, a storyteller's daughter, who's biggest dream is to become a storyteller herself. A quest isn't what she wanted, but a chance meeting with Baum, a solider, and Lord Meredith, seems to change her mind. As she grows into a woman, she learns to be strong and brave and becomes fierce. The best part is that she doesn't realize how incredible she is. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I can't wait to get into the second one!
    The performance by Diana Croft was flawless. She had me mesmerized throughout all of it. I will definitely be rereading this book in the future.
    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andrew 08-23-16
    Andrew 08-23-16 Member Since 2013

    I'm a sci-fi and fantasy nerd, a fan of all things theology and an adjunct professor of political science.

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    "Enjoyable start to a series."
    What did you love best about The Heir to the North?

    Relatable characters and good world-building.


    What does Diana Croft bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Exceptionally good with character voices; narration was crisp and clear throughout.


    Any additional comments?

    I received a free copy of this audio book from the author, narrator or rights-holder in exchange for an honest review courtesy of audio book boom.

    It's clear this is the jumping-off point for a more substantial series. I thought the plot and world-building were very solid and the pacing was good. It has the feel of a young adult fantasy, but is still enjoyable for other readers. The big plot twist at the end isn't super hard to guess, but that doesn't detract from the quality of the book. Over all, a very enjoyable read.

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    Amazon Customer Wichita, KS USA 08-19-16
    Amazon Customer Wichita, KS USA 08-19-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Compelling, but slow"

    I sincerely enjoyed this book, but I must admit that it took a bit to get hooked. Though the characters were really quite relatable, the simple fact is that the names of people and places made it hard to follow up front. After listening for a few chapters, I was able to assign names, which made things much easier.
    The story itself was compelling and I look forward to the next part of the story. Likewise, the narration was excellent. It really made the characters and story come to life. Thanks for the entertainment.
    This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

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    Krista Gimeno 08-16-16
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    "Good, solid epic fantasy"
    What did you love best about The Heir to the North?

    I liked the combination of epic fantasy elements, the coming-of-age plotline and characters, and especially the narration. Great stuff!


    Any additional comments?

    I received this audiobook free in exchange for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 08-12-16 Member Since 2014

    Audiobook crazy!

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    "A young girl with a very tough childhood grows up."
    Would you listen to The Heir to the North again? Why?

    Yes, It was a good story.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The paradox of her relationships


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

    No. This is the first story I have read by Diana.


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

    No, but it was an interesting and engaging story.


    Any additional comments?

    I will look into other books written by Diana. Good work!

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    Ammon Anderson 08-11-16 Member Since 2015

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    "Skip the first 2 hours... Then it turns into a wonderful tale..."

    I actually really ended up enjoying this book a lot. It's not groundbreaking fantasy. But it's a fun tale set in an epic fantasy world.

    The beginning is dreadfully slow and slated with description. It's totally different from the rest of the book. It should have been edited or cut. I almost gave up on the book.

    But after getting through the blunt world-building the story begins and it turns to more dialogue rather than description.

    Throughout is lots of overly flowery description. And not enough dialogue until the second half where the story finally begins to drive the book. And the story gets good.

    The narrator did an excellent job with the material, and the characters. If not for her I wouldn't have finished the book.

    The story really began getting good when the main character earns her passage on a ship. I truly enjoyed that part of the story, and I began to care about the main character until it had a brief,confusing and abrupt ending that was frustrating. I checked my time on the book and noticed I had less than 30 minutes left and no hint at an ending. Not a good sign. Then, the last 20 minutes of the book slam into an unsatisfying ending.

    I'm going to get the next book because I want to know what the heck happened.

    I received this audiobook in exchange for my honest review.

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  • Tony Bough
    9/24/16
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    "Epic fantasy"
    What made the experience of listening to The Heir to the North the most enjoyable?

    A very likeable main character thrown into exotic locations and a world brimming with magic, politics, intrigue armies of ghosts. Brilliant!


    What other book might you compare The Heir to the North to, and why?

    Think of your favourite high fantasy series. Think of the first novel. This is it.


    Which character – as performed by Diana Croft – was your favourite?

    Cassia, our young heroine, is a great main character and by far my favourite. Although who doesn't like a sarcastic dragon!? We have some great characters in the book but the main character steals the show for me.


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

    There's plenty going for this book and I hate spoilers so lets go for a simple statement. It's great. Cassia's journey with a great cast of interesting characters takes us on a journey. It twists and turns and the end which sets us up for the next instalment was great. Really good!


    Any additional comments?

    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
  • Nia Wright
    8/25/16
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    "Narrator and Author: A Match Made In Heaven"
    What did you like most about The Heir to the North?

    I loved the traditional storytelling feel to the book


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Cassia, by a long shot.

    She's a girl who's had a rough time of it and has spent her life being convinced she won't amount to anything. She's taken it graciously enough but now she's finding her own worth and making her own way in the world.


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

    I've heard her performance in Ashes by Philip Hemplow, this one has a much wider array of characters and accents which really lets her show off her talents. I was really impressed!


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

    'Things are not as they seem'


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • J. Cornah
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    8/24/16
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    "The North will rise again!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes! The performance is top notch, with each character's voice distinct and clear as well as full of life. The story is packed with intrigue, mystery, action and more.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Don't be fooled by the seemingly standard epic fantasy you might think this is. Heir to the North is a surprising and beautifully crafted book that will no doubt stand apart from the crowd if enough people give it the chance it deserves.

    There's much to be said about this book. A story about stories. There's a lot being done with the idea of how powerful a story can be, with how they can affect one's outlook on the world, and with how they can twist the choices people make. There's subtlety, depth, and areal sense that the author has spent long and hard crafting each and every tale into this larger tale.

    Overall, this is a grand adventure and fully deserving of your attention


    What about Diana Croft’s performance did you like?

    Diana Croft has so much talent! This is a brilliant performance. Stunning, emotional, and dripping with depth.


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

    I wish I could have listened to it in one sitting!


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • A. Reader
    8/11/16
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    "Wow! What A Book!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Heir to the North the most enjoyable?

    This was fantastic. The narration gripped me from the off, and I utterly loved the story. I can't wait for the 2nd book!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Heir to the North?

    The twist at the end ;)


    What about Diana Croft’s performance did you like?

    Her pacing, clear speech and use of emotions and accents


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Ali
    Yorkshire,UK
    8/10/16
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    "Leads you along without effortless grace"

    Great listen, the narrator brings the story alive. In my mind I could see the courtyards, the mist rolling in. Its one of those books that you could see being made into a mini series along the lines of Merlin.

    "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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