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  • Crown of Renewal

  • Paladin's Legacy, Book 5
  • By: Elizabeth Moon
  • Narrated by: Susan Ericksen
  • Length: 21 hrs and 58 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 408
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 374
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 379

The mysterious reappearance of magery throughout the land has been met with suspicion, fear, and violence. In the kingdom of Lyonya, Kieri, the half-elven, half-human king, struggles to balance the competing demands of his heritage while fighting a deadly threat to his rule: evil elves linked in some way to the rebirth of magic. Meanwhile, in the neighboring kingdom of Tsaia, a set of ancient artifacts recovered by the former mercenary Dorrin Verrakai may hold the answer to the riddle of magery’s return.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Soooo.... that's it?

  • By Anita on 06-05-14

Great series but this narration is terrible

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 11-22-18

This is a fantastic series and I loves the first three books and will most likely think the fifth is also great; BUT this narration is just nerve wrenching. I can get past the overly long pauses but the mispronunciations of main character names and places is almost too much to bear.
I don’t know why brilliance decided to Change narrators, but they made a bad choice.

  • Arrow's Flight

  • Heralds of Valdemar series, Book 2
  • By: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: Christa Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 301
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 268
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 265

Talia could scarcely believe that she had finally earned the rank of full Herald. Though this seemed like the fulfillment of all her dreams, it also meant she would face trials far greater than those she had previously survived. For now, Talia must ride forth to patrol the kingdom of Valdemar, dispensing Herald's justice throughout the land. But in this realm beset by dangerous unrest, enforcing her rulings will require all the courage and skill Talia could command - for if she misuses her own special powers, both she and Valdemar will pay the price. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Can I give 6 stars?

  • By Amy Lee Milner on 05-27-18

Again a Fantastic Story and Performance

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 05-11-18

As I have said before, Mercedes Lackey's telling of Talia's story was always fantastic, from the first time I read it in the late eighties. But Christa's reading brings the story alive in such a way, I am enjoying her story all over again. Her version of the character Conversations reflect all the emotions of the character, from Talia's depressing self doubt to her sheer joy and playfulness. Each Character has a voice and Christa does and excellent job of maintaining continuity of the voices.

I will tell you now, the worse part of this book is knowing we have to wait for the last part of Talia's story. but when it comes, I am sure I will be as pleased with Arrows Fall, as I am with Arrows of the Queen and Arrow's Flight.

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  • Arrows of the Queen

  • Heralds of Valdemar Series, Book 1
  • By: Mercedes Lackey
  • Narrated by: Christa Lewis
  • Length: 9 hrs and 19 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 391
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 352
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351

Chosen by the Companion Rolan, a mystical horse-like being with powers beyond imagining, Talia, once a runaway, has now become a trainee Herald, destined to become one of the Queen's own elite guard. For Talia has certain awakening talents of the mind that only a Companion like Rolan can truly sense. But as Talia struggles to master her unique abilities, time is running out. For conspiracy is brewing in Valdemar, a deadly treason that could destroy Queen and kingdom. Opposed by unknown enemies capable of both diabolical magic and treacherous assassination, the Queen must turn to Talia.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • absolutely brillant

  • By Mark Taylor on 04-07-18

Fantastic, Best performance

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 04-16-18

If you could sum up Arrows of the Queen in three words, what would they be?

Talia's story was always fantastic, but Christa's reading brings the story alive in such a way, I am enjoying her story all over again. I also have the Carole Edie Smith reading and this is much better.

Which scene was your favorite?

There are so many, but one that stands out is when Talia meets a crying Elspeth in the garden, Christa treatment of the Crying child is more acted then just read, with stuttering and sniffles. it just brought that seen to life in my mind.

Any additional comments?

I hope that Christa also reads the two other volumes in this Trilogy, Arrow's Flight and Arrow's Fall.

11 of 11 people found this review helpful