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  • SunRider

  • SunRider Saga, Book 1
  • By: Rafael Hohmann
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 175
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 162
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 162

Magic pieces of armor rain from Lenova's skies, granting men God-like powers. Mountains move, lightning bends to command, and a man's future can be written in a book before it's even happened. In this emerging chaos, teenage Finn SunRider cares only for escaping the burning desert of the Crust and exploring the world he lives in. Yet that will prove quite difficult with monsters and tyrants roaming the land, conquering cities and killing the innocent.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Greatly enjoyed!

  • By Matt on 02-24-18

Great proactive characters, epic scope.

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

Reviewed: 04-16-18

TLDR:
Epic. Proactive. Bloody. Inspiring. Read it!

The main character is VERY proactive, but he isn't spontaneously super powered. He has weaknesses, and he learns and grows. The other characters get a significant amount of development too! One of the main point of view characters is the second in command to the villain and she HATES him. A greatly sympathetic character with great ambitions. you root for her yet wonder how evil she would be if she were in charge.

Overall, one of the most epic things I've read! It's a huge world and scope, yet the way he approaches the writing near the beginning maintains a great amount of tension while slowly and carefully educating the reader. Other epics are boring in the section before the main character leaves their home, but not so here. The tension and action is high from the get go. The learning curve is one of the smoothest in any epic fantasy I've read.

Great book! Read it. It has minimal cussing, no graphic sexuality, but the violence can be quite intense. But despite its somewhat bleak stretches, it does offer many inspiring moments and hope for the future. (Something sorely lacking in darker fantasy faire nowadays.)