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
The story and characters. They are really good, as is the plot. I usually stay away from dragon fantasy but this one is not the same.
The narration is truly terrible. He's ok when applying voices to 'other' characters but his general narrative is terrible. He's monotone and every sentence ends in an upswing in his pitch, almost like he's asking a question or leading into something else. It's kind of hard to describe but anyone who has listened to this knows where i'm going.... It actually ruins the story.
You'd get a lot more listens if you re-recorded it with a new narrator.
The story is not bad, but the storytelling should either be an adult story, written for adults, or a YA book. The writing is too juvenile for adults to really enjoy, but the story has adult parts I wouldn't want youngsters to read. The narration for the first 18 chapters is horrendous! At chapter 18 it seems like a different person reading. I will not bother with the rest of the series, it did not hold my interest enough to care what happens in the next books.
I was unable to listen to the first chapter of the novel because of the narrator, he put all the wrong inflections in all the wrong places in the sentences, and was completely monotone. It was unbearable. Worst of all I won't be able to listen to the other 2books in the series until I get around to "reading" book 1 now, cause I refuse to jump around in a series. And if the same narrator is on the others I won't be able to listen to them either.
Used a different narrator.
Alexander Edward Trefethen would have been a good choice as narrator.
Unable to get past first couple paragraphs to find out about any scenes.
I haven't been able to listen to this book because the readers' monotone voice sets my teeth on edge. I honestly couldn't stomach to listen to him. I think I might like to read the book instead.
Mystery or Sci Fi, not sure still hunting.
Made the book unbearable. I didn't make it past the first few chapters.
I see the same person reads the series and I'm opting out.
The narrator is trying way to hard to make every moment of the book sound like an epic adventure. You get used to him over dramatization after a while, but the entirety of the book was poorly written & extremely predictable.
I dont know if the story is good or not, I just cant get past this narrator. He speaks with a monotone that is mind numbingly boring.
If it had a snippit of audio from this book on the order page I would have never bought it!!!
only as long as it is another narrator
dissappointed over the lousy narration
use a different narrator!
A good narrator would help 100%. He's so bad I didn't make it through the first chapter.
Yes, with someone else doing reading.
No way. He should never narrate another book.
Couldn't read past the first chapter.
Get a good narrator. He lost my reading the rest of the series too.
I was starting to get interested in the story, but I just couldn't get over the narration. I will have to read the book instead.
I could not finish listening to this book. The narrator literally made me sick to my stomach. It was just something about the tone of his voice and how he dragged out the last word of every single sentennnnccceeee..
Try out the sample audio before you download! Play it a few times in a row. It won't get any better than that!
In my opinion, a good story evokes emotion. It'll make me laugh, angry, or cry. But it can't just be words on a page. It has to do something
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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