On a fateful night five centuries ago, three mages made a desperate last stand, sacrificing everything to preserve the only hope of goodness in the beautiful, doomed land of Alasea. Now, on the anniversary of that ominous night, a girl-child ripens into the heritage of lost power. But before she can even comprehend her terrible new gift, the Dark Lord dispatches his winged monsters to capture her and bring him the embryonic magic she embodies. Fleeing the minions of darkness, Elena is swept toward certain doom - and into the company of unexpected allies. There she forms a band of the hunted and the cursed, the outcasts and the outlaws, to battle the unstoppable forces of evil and rescue a once-glorious empire.
©1998 Jim Czajkowski (P)2014 Audible Inc.
There are five books in this series, which I have both read and listened to. Elena Morin'stal is a beautifully imagined character that takes many a hard road on her journey to save her homeland. Beginning as a scared young girl and reluctant savior, she grows throughout the story into much, much more. It's a wonderful ride with tons of magic, monsters and adventure.
There are parts of these books that are predictable, especially if you are an avid fantasy reader and/or if you are a table top role-player. The language is not always perfect and sometimes you may wish for a few more details but the story is truly amazing and worth the time.
I do have to say that I do not like the reader for this particular series. I feel her voice was not suited to the story or the characters. Her reading does not lack feeling, mind you, only a quality that allows you to lose your awareness of the 'Reader' while they are reading. I had a hard time becoming immersed in the story because of this.
Overall, though, this is a great read and I highly recommend it to fantasy lovers. If you do not want to listen to it, I definitely recommend buying it (it is available for the Kindle). Following Elena and her entertaining, sometimes infuriating, group of misfits will not be a trip you regret.
The best fantasy novel I have ever read plain and simple as that. The audio book was well performed and the voices she does are enchanting and give the story even more life.
Yes, the story keeps you involved and entertained.
The Four Forges has a lot of the same type of characters. The two stories are full of excitement and keep the reader waiting to see what new twists are coming. Who is friend and who is foe.
Excellent job, I could tell who was talking without the introduction, each voice took on its character and never lost the connection!
The death of Joche and Elaina's family!
Yes because the reader was GREAT with her character changes.
I had a few, but the when the Elf found the queen instead of the King, The writer and reader kept you engaged through the Fighting.
Very big cry at certain times.
I'm very glad it took me so long to buy this series. I don't think I could bare to stop and wait for the next installments.
James Clemens sumersaulted into my list of favorite authors with this series. He manages to capture these characters in such a way that you feel a connection with each and every one of them. When they feel pain, something inside of you wails right along with them, when one of them dies, a piece of you goes with them. His writing is intense, and unforgiving, and he should be proud of his ability to ignite a story that burns deeply into your brain until you finally finish it. Not just the one, but all 5 of them.
I love merricks voice. I loved the book and I think I have a new favorite narrator. I hardly ever buy anything but the on sale items but I am leaving this review to go and get the next book. I wish the author were nicer to the horses but other than that it is such a great and grand adventure. I liked it that the scoutem got his guts splayed also!! He he
In the beginning you might have the feeling you have heard this story before. Give it time, you have not. Delightful story, characters begin to flesh out. We are shown the duel nature that resides in all of us. I am planning to purchase all of the books in this series.
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