After a harrowing escape from their first landfall in the southern lands and worse disasters in the city where they seek refuge, the crew of the Chathrand discover that the worst imaginable thing has happened: Arunis has stolen the Nilstone.
Now our heroes face a terrible choice. They can flee with the crew, and leave Arunis to do what he will - or they can pursue him into the wild, abandoning all but the slimmest chance of ever returning home, and travel the River of Shadows, a waterway rumored to be connected to the spirit realm. They are running out of time before Arunis masters the Nilstone - and unleashes the Swarm of Night into the world.
©2011 Robert V.S. Redick (P)2011 Tantor
Michael Page is, as usual, just a fantastic reader. He keeps all the voices the same over all three books, and considering these have been coming out once a year, it's just an amazing attention to detail that is the hallmark of a class A narrator.
Now, reviewing the third book of a series seems sort of silly. Either the first two books have hooked you, or they haven't. I suppose this would be for those of you who are on the fence, really. And if you are, I encourage you to continue on.
I don't wish to give anything away, so I'll be general and say that this book has a lot of sorrow, a lot of humor, a lot of things we've been waiting for, and many things we haven't; the scope of magic increases; the world expands; and our concept of what is happening becomes clearer. All in all, it's an excellent addition to the series, and the end makes it far easier to wait for the final installment than the previous book's cliffhanger.
A fan of epic fantasy...the darker the better!
Michael Page has become one of my favorite narrators! He has a variety of voices and makes character distinction easy. He also brings them to life in a way seldom found in other audio books. He is also consistent with the voices over all three books. That seems to be something that same narrators loose over time.
The story itself is of course fantastic! Epic fantasy without being tedious. Robert V.S. Redick breathes new life in the genre. The characters are ones you can connect with and cheer on. I have listened to several epic fantasy series and this has become one of my favorites!! More please!
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