Mother and warrior. Scholar and spy. Rebel and hero. Set in a magical world of terror and wonder, this audiobook is a deeply felt epic of courage and war, in which the fates of these three characters intertwine - and where ordinary people become heroes, and their lives become legend.
I love the Iron Druid books. They are funny and a light read or listen. This book has absolutely nothing to do with that kind of book. This is about war and loss and sacrifice, (though there is also a wonderful mix of humor in it as well.) So don’t buy this book if you are looking for something on par with the iron Druid.
What you will get if you purchase this book is, in my estimation is Kevin Hearne’s best work to date. His characters are incredibly rich and real people with well understood motivations and feelings. only the bone giants are underdeveloped at this point, and I think that is completely by design.
This new world of his is highly imaginative and wonderfully fleshed our by the different characters perspectives. The magic, the Kennings, of this world is well thought out and was wonderful to explore. I felt incredibly immersed in this story and when I would take a break, I found myself still in a state of wonder and feeling my emotions stirred by the characters plights.
Though it does not resemble this book much, I have to say that this story moved me to a sense of wonder and emotion, similarly to how I felt listening to George RR Martin’s, “a knight of the seven kingdoms.” (I can speak no higher praise than that really)
As for the narration. Like Daniels is one of my favorite narrators, he has so many voices and so incredibly engaging a delivery. I laughed out loud many times and his tongue in cheek delivery of the bards singing was, though a bit painful to hear, quite funny.
This is my only real criticism of this book. I do wish that Kevin could have spent a little more time developing his understanding of music, maybe work with a songwriter who could help him understand rhythm, meter, and tempo and how to construct lyrics to fit . He would further enrich his prodigious writing skills and he would of then been able to write songs that can set to music. Then he could have helped Luke know what tune to set the lyrics to and they might have been less painful to listen to, though I did laugh many times at their delivery! (Luke, I love you man! )
As for Xe Sands performance. I had some difficulty with her accent and speedy delivery at first and can understand why others didn’t like it, but once I grew accustomed to her accent I found her performance to be perfect. She does not have the range of voices that Luke has, but there is great emotion and sincerity in her delivery. I am unfamiliar with her accent, so it fit very well into this fantasy world for me. There are moments in this story where I found myself with tears in my eyes and that was largely due to both Kevin’s very deeply developed characters and to Xe’s narration.
I loved this book! If you try it, I hope you will find it to be as enchanting as I did.
I can’t wait for the next in the series
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For centuries the vast Ironship Trading Syndicate relied on drake blood - and the extraordinary powers it confers to those known as the Blood-blessed - to fuel and protect its empire. But now a fearsome power has arisen - a drake so mighty that the world will tremble before it. Rogue Blood-blessed Claydon Torcreek, Syndicate agent Lizanne Lethridge, and ironship captain Corrick Hilemore embark upon perilous quests to chase down clues that offer faint hopes of salvation.
I know that people get hooked on their narrators, but it is ridiculous to say that this Narrator did not do an excellent job. I agree with the others who like to here more characterization in a narrators delivery. I fully enjoyed the richness of this narrators voice and speed of delivery.
As to the story, I enjoyed every minute of it. It brought a greater depth to the characters and world. Well worth my time spent listening to it.
I highly recommend it to any that enjoyed the first book.
Throughout the vast lands controlled by the Ironship Trading Syndicate, nothing is more prized than the blood of drakes. Harvested from captive or hunted Reds, Greens, Blues, and Blacks, it can be distilled into elixirs that bestow fearsome powers on the rare men and women known as the Blood-blessed. But not many know the truth: that the lines of drakes are weakening. If they fail, war with the neighboring Corvantine Empire will follow swiftly.
I enjoyed this book. I like the narrators voice, but at the same time wonder if a more animated narrator, someone who could do different character voices, wouldn't have added a greater color and dimension to this book.
Whether they choose to take my suggestion or not, I enjoyed this story enough to know that I will most definitely purchase the next installment in this series when it comes out.
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Tensions are mounting after a devastating battle before the walls of Shaliyah, birthplace of the Prophet. The East is rising, bringing equal measures of hope and despair to the magical world of Urte. For some, Salim's victory is a call to arms; for others it is evidence of a world gone mad. While the armies of East and West clash in brutal conflict, emperors, inquisitors, Souldrinkers, and assassins all have their attention turned elsewhere as they hunt the Scytale of Corineus.
David Hair is an incredible author and is doing an amazing job with this quartet of books so far. I rate his skills as a writer and the quality of this story right up there with George RR Martin and Patrick Rothfuss's works. The real difference is that Mr. Hair seems to share Brandon Sanderson's writing regimen and Has been putting out his books quite quickly, which is absolutely wonderful.
Don't miss out on this series of books it is highly entertaining.
I forgot to mention the slam dunk narration of Nick Podehl. He is so damn good at what he does!
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Taking place nearly a century before the events of A Game of Thrones, A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms compiles the first three official prequel novellas to George R. R. Martin's ongoing masterwork, A Song of Ice and Fire. Before Tyrion Lannister and Podrick Payne, there were Dunk and Egg. A young, naïve, but ultimately courageous hedge knight, Ser Duncan the Tall towers above his rivals - in stature if not experience. Tagging along is his diminutive squire, a boy called Egg - whose true name (hidden from all he and Dunk encounter) is Aegon Targaryen.
It has been a very long time since I have read any George RR Martin. You tend to forget just how brilliant of a writer he is when you are away for a time. You lose a bit of the wonder and only remember that you really loved that story and that he is one of the best writers out there. I am so glad that I have had the chance to be brought back under his spell again with this book. I felt fully emersed in each of the three stories,
And was left with a deeply contemplative mood at the end of each story. The characters were rich, believable and interesting.
The shaping of the history of Westeros by the victors, the what could have beens were very interesting to contemplate.
Dunk felt like flesh and blood to me and yet a true knight.
Harry Loyd did a brilliant job of bringing this book to life for me.
Masterful work all around.
I recommend this book highly
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A scarlet tide of Rondian legions is flooding into the East, led by the Inquisition’s windships flying the Sacred Heart, the bright banner of the Church's darkest sons. They are slaughtering and pillaging their way across Antiopia in the name of Emperor Constant. But the emperor's greatest treasure, the Scytale of Corineus, has slipped through his fingers and his ruthless Inquisitors must scour two continents for the artefact, the source of all magical power.
This guy can write! Amazingly good plots, intelligent conversations, characters well developed, intelligent intrigue, and a wonderful world to explore.
Hair's story is every bit as good as Martin's, Rothfuss's, or any other of the top fantasy writers best works that I have read.
As I said with the first book, Nick Podell is an amazing narrator at the top of his form with this book.
A brilliant job.
Most of the time the Moontide Bridge lies deep below the sea, but every 12 years the tides sink and the bridge is revealed, its gates open for trade. The Magi are hell-bent on ruling this new world, and for the last two Moontides they have led armies across the bridge on "crusades of conquest". Now, the third Moontide is almost here, and this time the people of the East are ready for a fight... but it is three seemingly ordinary people that will decide the fate of the world.
This is truly a story worth the credit. It is written by someone who has obviously mastered his craft. The characters are complex, the east and west cultures are richly envisioned. (I really enjoyed imagining what these peoples lives are like, especially the eastern culture, because it is so different from my own. )
The jihad/crusade idea is thought provoking. The ebb and flow of the plot development is very engaging.
This author simply doesn't make a bad move in this story. I never felt disengaged from the story due to implausibility, not even once.
If you like epic fantasy you should read this marvelous story.
The narration is masterfully done by Nick Podell. His voices are just so well realized. Though I am no linguist, I felt that his accents were wonderful.
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It has been 20 years since the end of the war. The dictatorial Augurs, once thought of almost as gods, were overthrown and wiped out during the conflict, their much-feared powers mysteriously failing them. Those who had ruled under them, men and women with a lesser ability known as the Gift, avoided the Augurs' fate only by submitting themselves to the rebellion's Four Tenets.
Yes, I enjoyed this book quite a bit.
It fits nicely into a "Wheel of Time" lovers collection.
Yet it is not a copy cat of it.
There are some moments where I was jarred out of full emersion in the story due to plotting issues, but it only happened a few times and most if the book was written quite expertly. I will certainly follow this author and his story!
I recommend it!