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
I have over 250 titles in my library. The story seemed to be fine what parts I heard. However,I just can't get past the narrator. He is slow and monotone and 23 hours of listening to him would be unbearable. I would review ths differently othewise. Audible has spoiled me with exceptional narrators.
Yes, I truly enjoyed this book and will definitely be listening to the second one. The narrator is a little difficult to get used to but he grows on you.
There were many memorable moments
The narrator has great voices for the characters. Anytime a character isn't speaking, the narration is a bit odd. It sounds sing songy and can be distracting at times.
The narrator's tendancy to draw out the last syllable of a sentence for words that didn't end with a stop consonant was very distracting - even more so than the general monotone of the overall narration. However, he did a decent job of creating distinctive voices for the various characters without any of problems of the general narrative. I later discovered that if I sped up his narration slightly, I could get past the his distractions and get lost in the story.
I can't think of anyone that would want to listen for hours to a monotone speaker that drags out the last word of every sentence or phrase.
I think the story was pretty good. Not sure because my mind kept drifting off.
If I saw this series in a bookstore, I might buy the books.
Monotone. Always dragged out the last word of each statement. Very, Very poor attempt at changing voices for each character.
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.
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