When the Royal Wizard of Westland poisons the king so that his puppet prince can take the throne and start a continental war, a young squire is forced to run for his life carrying the powerful sword that his dying monarch burdened him with from the death bed.
Two brothers find a magic ring and start on paths to becoming the most powerful sort of enemies, while an evil young sorceress unwillingly falls in love with one of them when he agrees to help her steal a dragon's egg for her father. Her father just happens to be the Royal Wizard, and despite his daughter's feelings, he would love nothing more than to sacrifice the boy!
All of these characters, along with the Wolf King of Wildermont, the Lion Lord of Westland, and a magical hawk named Talon, are on a collision course toward Willa the Witch Queen's palace in the distant kingdom of Highwander. There the very bedrock is formed of the powerful magical substance called Wardstone.
Who are the heroes? And will they get there before the Royal Wizard and his evil hordes do?
Whatever happens, the journey will be spectacular, and the confrontation will be cataclysmic.
©2010 Michael R. Mathias Jr (P)2012 Michael Robb Mathias Jr
Clearly narrated with good diction. The narration could have been more dynamic at times but fortunately the character's voices shine through. Dialogue is a definite strength in this book and it comes across strongly in the audio version.
It was great revisiting this story and being able to lie back and listen to the narration. Love the opening cliff scene.
Without giving away spoilers, the Loudin kite scene.
Clear. Paced. Versatile.
Sprawling epic fantasy written with a deft hand and an eye for the little details that make the characters -- even the non-humans -- recognisably human. Mathias has a knack of surprising the reader with twists and turns and character foibles.
Yes Great story
I really like the book. At first the style of Mathias writing confused me. He would go from one persons view point to anothers in a blink but I cuaght on quickly. The story was great and if you like fantasy you will like this book. I hope they don't do what has happened with a couple other books. Put out the first one and then no more are made. For a person who gets 2 credits a month and buys more one top of that I feel cheated. Please bring us the next two books!
I am from the Shire.
This is a grand listen. I used to buy from a different audio book retailer, but maybe I will start listening here. This was well narrated and as I read the story (for the 4th time) along with the audio. I once again fell in love with Mathias' characters. I simply can not wait for books two and three of this series to be available. They are my favorite fantasy series of all time.
The characters are so relatable and fallible.
The narrator has clever voices for the witch, the characters, and even the dragon at the end.
The first two times I read it I cried. One of my favorite fantasy characters of all time dies in this book and it is heart wrenching.
Mathias has climbed over a lot of indies on his rise to the top. Expect many of them to be bitter and small. Just listen to the free audio sample and judge for yourself. So many people have an opinion about Mathias, but that is what happens when you get famous.
Another person reading it without the stilted, monotone voice
Anybody would be better than this!!!!!
I wouldn't know. I couldn't listen to more than 15 minutes of this audio due to the lousy narrator.
Follower of new and unusual authors
Yes, FINALLY - the great M.R. Mathias is in audio form! I can understand why he wanted the talent of Chris Dorman, an animation voice artist to narrate this story - Mr. Dorman can certainly do great character voices.
However, the narrator parts were alittle stiff - but being this is Mr. Dorman's first audiobook, he will hopefully get better as he goes along :-)
But even so, the strength of the story and its many wonderful characters made this still a great entertaining experience for me, just like reading the book did.
It is so hard to think of just 3 words to describe this amazingly written story but let's go with magical, fun and thrilling :-)
This is such a masterpiece of imagination and high adventure, I cannot pick one particular moment that is more memorable than another. I love Claret and the sword Ironspike (yes, the sword has a name :-))
I liked how Shaella, the beautiful daughter of the wizard, keeps things interesting for the main heroes ;-).
Pael is such an evil, evil wizard - I'm so impressed with the author in making all the characters (heroes and villains alike) seem so real with their thoughts and feelings.
I did feel really sad at times - people do get killed off, but I actually liked that nothing in the story is sugar coated. It's a real adult story!
Kudos to Mathias for bringing his best selling story into audio - hopefully the rest of his great writing will also be put into audio form :-)
Here's the deal, his narration for voice characters isn't terrible, just the narration between characters. He sounds almost like a computer narration.
I think this book would be better if you read yourself instead of had to listen to it.
I couldn't even listen for more then 10 minutes. I skipped through the book and it was terrible narration throughout.
I was intrigued by the reviews. I wanted to like this reading but only a few minutes in I can't listen to the narrator anymore. It's just awful, monotone dreck. I found the kindle version is only a buck. Complete waste of my credit. Read it yourself, you'll do a better job.
I believe a story should be interesting enough to absorb me, not bore me. I live reality daily. And many times reality is brutal. So I look for a book that makes me forget. It has to absorb me into the pages. Kind of like going on a mini vacation. I like stories that make me laugh. I like stories that make me look for the next episode.
What a pleasant surprise! Not exactly your typical dragon story. Started off a bit slow, but not terrible. And, it wasn't what I expected, but it was surprisingly well done. Good enough to keep my mind engaged to see what would happen next. Narrator was a bit on the nasal side, but it didn't bother me too too much. I felt the plot was very well thought out. I do wonder if another part of this trilogy will be written in my lifetime. Since this was off to a good start, I'd give the second book a listen.
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