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  • Dyndaer

  • The Kaelandur Series, Book 2
  • By: Joshua Robertson
  • Narrated by: Fred Wolinsky
  • Length: 10 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars 5

Branimir emerges from the Netherworld as a living legend and learns the Ash Tree is still in danger from the cursed dagger, kaelandur. An old friend compels Branimir to finish what they started at Melkorka. Once again, the former slave must keep kaelandur out of uncertain hands, while struggling to separate heroes from villains and friends from foes. Some evils never lessen.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • The Little Hobbit Demon Strikes Again

  • By CAP on 07-03-18

The Little Hobbit Demon Strikes Again

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

Reviewed: 07-03-18

Joshua definitely has a darker style of writing to his fantasy. There is very little hope in each book, and like George R R Martin, you cannot get attached to too many of his characters. The narration still isn't my favorite, though it was admittedly better than the first book. I don't know if the narrator improved, or if I just got more used to him after a total of 20 hours of his voice now with this series. Some voices he does very good, like Dorofej and a few others, but a lot of his voices and the standard narration I don't particularly care for.

I've read this book before the audio and enjoyed it. The story is good for its style, though as I said in the beginning, it's definitely dark. There is little to no hope in each of Joshua's stories, and it's very unclear if anyone is actually a hero. The adventure continues, and Branamir, the little red-skinned demon hobbit, is doing everything he can to help Dorofej and Kaelandur from utter destruction. He wants to protect the Ash Tree, but he begins to wonder if he's on the right side. Plenty of action, battles, and death. If you like your fantasy with a bit of a darker tone, and don't mind a bit of a different narration, you'll enjoy this book.

  • Journey of Fate

  • By: Brian D. Anderson
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 221
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 208
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206

It has been 18 years since the fall of the Reborn King, and Jayden Stedding, son of Gewey, dreams of adventure. Life as a farmer in Sharpstone offers very little excitement. But like his father before him, fate will descend like a storm and soon he will learn that with adventure comes peril. And when you are the son of a god, that peril can shatter worlds. Heaven is once again in turmoil and Gewey Stedding is missing. And it falls to Jayden to find him. But his journey will take him places even the gods fear to tread. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • The Journey continues

  • By Karen on 09-12-18

Brilliant Opening to continue the series!

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

Reviewed: 06-28-18

A brilliant start to continue the series!

This takes place many years later after books 1-6. Gewey Steding now has 3 full-grown kids. And he is missing. It's up to his son to try and find his father, and save his mother. The problem? Half the Gods are on his side, the other Half ... want to see him fail. The plot is great, and the entire story has you on the edge of your seat. It's great to revisit some old characters, as well as see some new ones! This is one of my favorite series by Brian D. Anderson, and I'm very excited to see him revisiting it!

I can't wait to read the next book. The narrator of the audio book, as always, does a fantastic job! I think there's only one more planned in this series, but Brian can just keep on going, and I'll keep on reading this series!

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  • The King Is Dead

  • By: Al Burke
  • Narrated by: Brian Clarke
  • Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 1
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1

Etruvia has known peace for 20 years. But this time of peace has brought corruption and greed. The nobility has taken control, and the memories of great victories of old have faded. Crime is rife, and the once proud people are little more than peasants. As a great evil rises in the desolate North, can a forgotten king and an embittered former war hero wake a nation from its stupor and build an army strong enough to give it a fighting chance?

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Political Military Fantasy

  • By CAP on 06-27-18

Political Military Fantasy

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

I enjoyed this book, though it was a slow beginning. The audio book narration was a little slow, and a lot of the narrative was telling rather than showing, with a lot of things happening either out of the timeline, or behind the scenes. I would have loved for a lot more of this to be included front and center. This is definitely a political fantasy with more of a historical feel to it. It is full of Politics, Nobles, and Vigilantes. I would have enjoyed it a whole lot more if there was more attention given to a few of the characters, and the vigilante. The story was great, and the ending was completely unexpected. It leaves room for a potential followup novel, one which I'd look forward to checking out.

  • Oathbreaker

  • Legend of the Gods, Volume 1
  • By: Aaron Hodges
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 8 hrs and 45 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 27
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 26

A century since the departure of the Gods, the Three Nations are now united beneath the Tsar. Magic has been outlawed, its power too dangerous to remain unchecked. All Magickers must surrender themselves to the crown or face imprisonment and death. Alana's mundane life has just been torn apart by the emergence of her brother's magic. Now they must leave behind everything they've ever known and flee - before the Tsar's Stalkers pick up their trail.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Funtasy with a dark edge

  • By Al on 07-08-18

Slow Start turns into Loads of Action

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

This book had a really slow start, with a bit more telling on the background of the world instead of showing. After a few hours in, this book really picked up. The narrator for the audio book reminded me of the narrator for Game of Thrones, though he was a bit too slow. When I changed the speed from Normal to Fast, it was much better, but even then a touch too slow.

I liked the characters, and the trials they faced along the way. It's your standard quest fantasy with a touch of underlying romance and separation of characters. The end was satisfying, though with a touch of a cliffhanger, still it felt complete enough to not bother me. I look forward to checking out the rest of the series.

  • Power of Five: Reverse Harem Fantasy

  • Power of Five Series, Book 1
  • By: Alex Lidell
  • Narrated by: Victoria Mei
  • Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 351
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 329
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 325

Orphaned and sold to a harsh master, Lera's life is about mucking stalls, avoiding her master's advances, and steering clear of the mystical forest separating the mortal and fae worlds. Only fools venture into the immortal realms, and only dark rumors come out... Until four powerful fae warriors appear at Lera's barn. River, Coal, Tye, and Shade have waited a decade for their new fifth to be chosen, the wounds from their quint brother's loss still raw. But the magic has played a cruel trick, bonding the four immortal warriors to... a female. A mortal female. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • More PNR fantasy than sexy-times fantasy

  • By JaxJournalist on 06-06-18

A bit too fast, and a bit too trusting

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

Reviewed: 06-27-18

This book was enjoyable, however I never really felt invested in the characters. It was a short novel, and the narrator was done well on audio, if a little slow, but once I sped it up, I enjoyed the narration. The plot seemed to move real quick, however, it was a bit too quick, with too much happening before I knew what all was transpiring. The main character put trust into the people she barely knew way too early to make it believable, and the plot wasn't clear, with so many things moving, all so fast, that I had a hard time keeping a grasp on what was going on. Overall though, I did like the story and characters, but I felt there was a lot of opportunity to slow it down and do a bit more characterization to really feel for all the characters.
3.5/5

  • Dragon School: Initiate

  • By: Sarah K. L. Wilson
  • Narrated by: Jigisha Patel
  • Length: 2 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 19
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 15
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 15

With First Flight behind her, 16-year-old Amel believes she can finally settle into her studies and learn to be a Dragon Rider. But when a friend is brutally injured, another has a dark secret, and Amel is entrusted with a vital message, she must question where her loyalties lie. Worse, Magikas have arrived at Dragon School and they bring both change and new prejudice against Amel. With the home Amel found at Dragon School quickly disappearing, will she know who to trust or will her new friendships disappear as quickly as her safety?

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Exciting!

  • By Cory Reynolds on 10-31-18

Another Great Adventure!

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

Reviewed: 06-26-18

Just like the first book in the series, this one is short, and action packed! The bond between rider and dragon grows, as does the political intrigue and action. Again, I wish these weren't so short, but the series is too great to pass up, and besides, did someone say Dragon?

  • Dragon School: First Flight (Volume 1)

  • By: Sarah K. L. Wilson
  • Narrated by: Jigisha Patel
  • Length: 2 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 55
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 46
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 46

Sixteen-year-old Amel arrived at Dragon School just like everyone else - with a dream to ride dragons and join the Dominion Dragon Riders. But Amel has a crippled leg, and Dragon School training is grueling. Before she can even become an initiate, she must complete her First Flight on a dragon. Can Amel survive First Flight and become a Dragon School initiate, or will her dreams dash on the rocks below? 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Down to earth!

  • By Gabriele George on 07-31-18

Dragon + Crippled Girl = Dragon Rider

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

Reviewed: 06-26-18

This was a great introductory story to this series. This series is done as serials, and while I wish each episode contained more, everything that was there was great. I listened to the audio books and the narrator did a fantastic job. Well, she was a bit slow, but once I increased the speed to Fast on my mp3 player, it was perfect.

I love dragons, and having a crippled woman who can't walk without crutch become a dragon rider was a nice touch. Being a shorter work of fiction, the pacing was fast and the book passed by in no time. I look forward to continuing this series!

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  • Tracing Shadows

  • Scout, Book 1
  • By: Alex Lidell
  • Narrated by: Hayden Daviau
  • Length: 6 hrs and 21 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 25
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 25

Orphaned and trained on a spymaster’s remote estate, Kali is a scout who works alone in the shadows. But when a terror group threatens the Dansil throne, the king forces Kali to accept a mission at the palace or forfeit her sister’s life. Suddenly thrust into the light, Kali must infiltrate high society as the royal Lady Lianna while penetrating the servant ranks as Kal, a male guardsman trainee. It doesn’t help that Trace, the harsh and enigmatic captain of the king’s guard, is soon assigned as both Lady Lianna’s palace escort and Kal’s commanding officer. 

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • A entertaining story.

  • By cosmitron on 06-30-18

Female Warrior, posing as a Male Guard

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

Reviewed: 06-13-18

I really enjoyed this book. The narration in audio was a bit slow, but once I sped up the audio, the pacing went well. The narrator did a good job with the characters, and I enjoyed the tale. It uses the trope of a woman wanting to prove herself as good as a man in combat, and gets tasked with a mission to hide herself in the men's royal guard. The magic system is simple and revolves around crystals. I can see a lot more expanded on it if desired. Although the main character cannot use magic crystals, it seems it can, or she can affect it in some way.

My largest complaint of this book is the fact that she keeps changing from being herself (she's someone important in royalty as a woman) to being the male "guard" in the army, and I had a hard time keeping straight what role she was playing in several different spots. I think it could of used a bit more clarity at times which role she was playing.

Other than that, it does end in a pretty harsh cliffhanger with unresolved story without much resolution at the end.

Overall, I really enjoyed the book, and it looks like I may have found another fantasy author to keep an eye on. =)

  • Blood Ties

  • Book 1 of the Blood War Chronicles (Volume 1)
  • By: Quincy J. Allen
  • Narrated by: Charles Kahlenberg
  • Length: 8 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 5
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 5

When assassins jump half-clockwork gunslinger Jake Lasater, he knows the Chinese Tong wants to finally settle an old score. Unfortunately, Jake has no idea the Tong is just the first milepost on the road toward a destiny he refuses to believe in. With his riding partner, Cole McJunkins, in tow and his ward, Skeeter, secretly hidden away, Jake squares off against a deadly clockwork mercenary from his past and a troop of crazed European soldiers who want him dead. 

  • 1 out of 5 stars
  • Pretty awful.

  • By Matt on 07-05-18

Steampunk Fantasy

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

A fun adventure full of Steampunk and fantasy, magic trickling all around, and two gunslingers fresh out of the civil war. I notice a lot of steampunk seems to take place near the Civil War, and it always makes for an interesting read. The two main characters were developed nicely. They each had their own struggles and backstory that fit well with the plot. The plot got a bit messy from time to time, with the main characters never really knowing what was going on. It kept a puzzle in your head to try and figure it all out. The narrator did a good job with this one, and this book paints a good picture for book 1 in a series. I'm looking forward to checking out the rest!

  • Revelations

  • Heritage of Power, Book 2
  • By: Lindsay Buroker
  • Narrated by: Caitlin Davies
  • Length: 10 hrs and 43 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 107
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 99

Captain Telryn “Trip” Yert is on the most important mission of his life. Accompanied by Captain Kaika, the sentient soulblade Jaxi, and Rysha Ravenwood - the noble-born scholar and officer he definitely shouldn’t be developing feelings for - he must find a way to close a portal that’s allowing more and more dragons into the world. If he fails, all of humanity could fall to the powerful creatures. As if that wasn’t enough to worry about, the secret Trip has spent his whole life hiding, that he can draw upon magical power, is on the verge of being discovered. 

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Read!!!!!

  • By Wayne Curtis on 09-16-18

Another Beautiful Adventure

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

Reviewed: 06-06-18

Another brilliant tale by Buroker. Her newer Dragon Blood seem to have a stronger romantic element. While there's no romance in this book per say, it's been building since book 1 and we know the characters it's building for. I think it would been more enjoyable if it were a bit more subtle. But, overall, I love this book! I love the new characters. I love seeing the old characters. This is a fantasy series reboot done right! Several years later, new characters, same world, and sprinkle in the older characters throughout, so you can still see them grow, but their stories aren't getting dull, because you have brand new characters to care about! I'm looking forward to listening to the rest of this series!