Dante the necromancer is the most reviled man in Sabria, indicted by for crimes against the living and the dead. He salves bitterness with a magical puzzle - a desperate soldier's dream of an imprisoned sorceress and a faceted glass that can grant one's utmost desires. But the dream is a seductive trap. Haunted, blind, driven to the verges of the world, Dante must risk everything he values to unravel a mystery of ancient magic, sacred legend, and the truth of the divine.
©2012 Carol Berg (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
"Enthralling and not to be missed." (Kirkus Reviews)
If your player allows it, reset the speed for Dante's character to double speed. Not a perfect solution but it does help.
I listened to the other 2 books in this series with great pleasure. I started this one with the same hopes and was unfortunately let down by the Dante chapters. I'm persevering to find out what happens in an engaging story but will never listen to it again.
Devotee of multi-tasking, keen gardener and cross-stitcher. Now able to do both AND listen to stories at the same time. Bliss.
Unfortunately, I feel very let down by Audible over this book. While it states in that it is narrated by Angele Masters (yay!) and David DeVries, it is in fact also narrated by two other people - Eric Brooks and Daniel May. I'm four hours into this edition and am nearly weeping at Eric Brooks constantly shouting the text at me and feeling lost at places because of his complete inability to place correct emphasis on some of the text. It is as if he is doing a cold reading and is totally unfamiliar with the story. Or he is drunk. Or both. To be fair, he can do a variety of different voices, but the majority of the time it is as if he is talking to you as if you are an idiot. A deaf one, at that.
I know there is respite to this torture; I've flicked forward through the chapters and discovered the lovely calming voice of Angele Masters further on, so I will struggle on to the end because I do enjoy Carol Berg's story telling. I'm just at a loss as to how they could have released such a poorly narrated version of it.
Haven't read the print version.
The climax is good, and the conclusion was excellent.
David is a great reader but he was the wrong choice for Dante. Aside from the minor annoyance of sounding too old, he sounded FAR too cheery throughout the whole book as he reads the part of a very unpersonable character who is tortured (by himself and others) throughout the book. There was no anger, which is probably the single most defining quality of the character.
I hold a BA in History from York University of Toronto; a 3yr Diploma in Computer Networking from Sheridan College in Oakville Ontario. I have been "reading" audio books sinces the late 80s and a member of Audible back to 2004. What a really like is a good long story preferable over 30 hours. :)
There is nothing wrong with the story. Ms Berg does a wonderful job and gives a great end and eplioge. The problem I had with this story was the narrated any (and it is most of the book) part from Dante view. I never mind Will Stater as Capt Kirk but that voice of saying EVER word like it is it's own sentence...that what you get from the reader for Dante. The other voices are just fine.
The story is well thought out, just twisting itself into a end without changing the rules of the world and if a finally sadness hang over the end it is only at the lost of the story. I hope that Ms. Berg will continue to write stories in this world and that Audible will carry them. Just pick someone else to read Dante!
When the gentleman who read Dante's part was NOT reading.
The ending, when Dante is lead back into the living world.
Great Book. Bad Reading.
Say something about yourself!
Spirit Lens is Book One
Soul Mirror is Book Two
Daemon Prism is Book Three
They make a LOT more sense if you read them in order, although Book 2 is the best
of the three.
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