Huck Jones, the son of the admiral of the Soaker fleet, has a legacy to live up to. Haunted by the distorted memories of his mother's untimely death, he must face his demons and the man who raised him as he strives to take the courageous step forward into manhood. When he's transferred to the worst-performing ship in the fleet, everything he believes is called into question when he meets a lowly brown-skinned bilge rat girl. Huck walks a deadly rope.
Meanwhile, Sadie, destined to be a Rider in the Stormer army, seeks to avenge her brother's death at the hands of the Soakers. Trained hard by her mother, an experienced Rider, Sadie knows strength and determination more than most. Her father, a Man of Wisdom, has shown his cowardice more times than she can count. As her world and family fall apart, she must cast aside her anger and focus on the wisdom she's always brushed off as foolishness.
Amidst everything, a plague ravages all, discriminating against no one.
When four worlds collide, lines will be drawn, sides will be chosen, victory will be sought. Death will be wrought. The mysteries of the cure for the deadly plague will be uncovered. Who will survive? And what will those who do learn about themselves and the ones they love?
©2013 David Estes (P)2016 Podium Publishing
Single in Atlanta and loving Audible
While I have loved every single one of these books, what a surprise for me at the end with the link of a previous books I read with Adele and Tristan. I can't wait to listen to the next book
I just finished the audio having read this in print the first time. The performances of Kate Rudd as Sadie, Kirby Heybourne as Huck, and Khristine Hvam back as Siena (which seriously made me so happy!! And extremely emotional in Siena's first chapter!!). I'm a huge fan of both Kristine and Kate! This was my first time listening to Kirby and he was great as Huck. All 3 really captured the essence of their characters.
In this final episode of the Country Saga, we head to the land of the Soakers and the Stormers. Huck is the son of the admiral in the Soaker fleet, and this book opens with his coming of age as a Lieutenant in the Soaker fleet; and Sadie is to be a legendary Rider of the Stormers. Both of these strong characters tell their stories as each country wages war against the other.
Once again, I listened to this book with extreme emotions running gamut from extreme sadness and tears running down my cheeks to complete giddiness, to chuckling over a remark made by one of these beloved characters to pure elation and back again to tears, and then giddiness, over and over again. Estes delivers and tells his tale like no one else can. He has honed his mad talent to make it near impossible for me as the reader to pull out and realize that I’m not actually in the middle of a terrible storm, but actually driving in bright sunlight or wrapping Xmas presents.
Thank you for the honor, David Estes, of letting me live in your world (again) for the past six books. I'm downloading The Earth Dwellers right now so I can jump right back into this amazing world you've created. My absolutely favorite narrators are all back for the finale of this epic tale that ties both series together and I must run off now to start listening!
"good enough books, terrible narrators."
Note, review is for all 3 books as a whole.
I listened to this series of books as I enjoyed the dwellers saga and the 4th book of that series is also the 4th book of this series, so thought I might aswel listen to these. the books themselves are good enough, nothing that's going to blow your mind but ok really. I do quite like how multiple story's of several main characters all end up tying in together.
my main gripe would be the accents of the ummmm.... voice actors?? I don't know what they are called but they truly are awful. The replacement of curse words for "scorchin'" or "icein" is a tad annoying but a bit if a gimmick and not the end of the world but overall I find the reading, accents and pronunciations really annoying. but overall worth a listen I suppose but dwellers saga is far better.
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