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A Burden of Chaos

Sentinels of Creation, Volume 4
Narrated by: Nick Podehl
Series: Sentinels of Creation, Book 4
Length: 10 hrs and 46 mins
5 out of 5 stars (52 ratings)

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Merlin’s final words haunt the Sentinel’s dreams.

Kellan’s eidetic memory replays them with perfect clarity each night since he breached the guff and withdrew three human souls. Now, more than a year later, both he and his Soulborn wife are visited by an entity who channeled Universal power to enter our world from another.

This Emissary of Destruction provides the young Sentinel with a gift of unimaginable power and a dire warning. This combination sets Kellan on a journey which takes him to the land of Fae. There he must gain support from the Fairy King and Queen.

Unfortunately, all Fae extract a price commensurate with the help they provide, and Kellan is no exception.

The royals send him to confront historic evils and tragedy in return for empowering the emissary’s gift. As well laid plans built by Mantels, gods, and other immortals hurtle toward their conclusion only one element could not have been anticipated.

What would the Sentinel of Order do to honor departed friends and protect those who remain? Kellan has risked his life many times for those he loves. Is he now also willing to accept, a burden of chaos....

©2018 Robert W. Ross (P)2019 Robert W. Ross

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Worth Actually Reading

I listen to books. Seldom to I read books. Like many of you, I do not have the time. Well, for "A Burden of Chaos" I made the time. Not by choice, but necessity. You see it took over six month to come out on Audible. I just missed the characters so much, I had to read the book. Then when the audible version came out (May 2019), I enjoyed the story again listening to Nick Podehl do his wonderful performance bringing the characters to life. If you have not read the previous books, I envy you. You have 4 fantastic books to look forward to. Read them. Enjoy. Tell your friends. Help support Robert. Sadly, I must now wait for the next book (slated for November 2019).

For those wanting to know "when will the next book be out?" I was most pleased to find that Robert created the area http://spartamac.com/current-writing. The area will show the status on books with nice progress bars. The storytelling continues to be fantastic and needs time to work through whatever writing process Robert uses. It is good to have somewhere to monitor and see if Robert is working more like Brandon Sanderson or Patrick Rothfuss.

In summary, the Sentinels of Creation series just keep getting better as the characters develop and grow.That include Lucifer, who we now know will grant success to authors just to mess up the author priorities so they never finish their book series. That truly is evil. Read, and you will enjoy. A Burden of Chaos was a fantastic addition that ends with a significant cliff hanger. Like me, you are going to want book 5 ASAP. Now you know where you can monitor the progress.

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Totally Awesome! Not one to be missed!

For the past three books, Kellan has found himself cornered, challenged and faced with hard decisions. None of his past experiences could have prepared him for the unique “gift” he won from a dangerous entity nor the challenging interactions with the Fae. Robert Ross, the author, has revealed more and more about Kellan and his friends.

This fourth book is full of twists and turns that will leave the listener breathless and, frankly, laughing until the tears roll down your cheeks. Until the last few pages when Ross makes the final twist in this book … well, let’s just say Ross has thrown the most breathtaking curve ball at his fans – Oh yes he did!

The dialog was perfect! The conversations flowed naturally. Holding true to the characters, Ross continues to develop and grow them accordingly. We get a glimpse of the Vampire child he delivered in a previous book – the interaction between them was very well done and insightful. There is no question about the goodness within Kellan and his being the Sentinel of Order.

Nick Podehl is the perfect Kellan and his performance is top notch; his skill brings Kellan’s world to life. His voices are perfect for the characters and I love his accents. He moves the story forward with his intuitive portrayal of each character. When the parents of Juliette are introduced to a demon … well the chaos that follows is hilariously perfect.

I have enjoyed each of Ross’s books but this one is different in the sense that the listener gets a deeper glimpse into Kellan and his friends. If you enjoy humor, suspense and supernatural beings, this is perfect for you. All I can say to Robert Ross is "get busy on the next book!"

The audio quality of this book was clear and well done. There were no issues – it is high quality.

Unfortunately, 5 stars is the highest rating allowed - it deserves a much higher one.

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Never judge a book by its cover....

But do judge a book by the narrator! If not for the fact Nick Podehl narrated this entire series I may never have purchased the first book and would have missed out on a very good fantasy series. Nick Podehl giving voice to Robert Ross’s words was a perfect combination of awesomeness!

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Robert Ross Does It Again!

Being a huge fan of the series, I was eagerly awaiting A Burden of Chaos, and I was not disappointed. This series just keeps getting better and better. The character development is superb, and the storytelling rich and imaginative. Highly recommended!

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Excellent

It just gets better and better with each book!! Very excited to see what happens next

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A series that continues to grow stronger!

So I harassed Robert on Facebook that book #5 better come out soon to continue the awesome story that book 4 ended with, and I’m going to do it here as well. So this series is one of my favorite with Robert Ross being one of my top 5 authors. And I think I just figured out why you add the W. in your name. Anyway, character development is really good! It’s awesome that everyone is more cohesive and has a stronger bond with each other. So, this is going to sound messed up, but Lucifer is still one of the best characters and the way Nick voices him is awesome! I could listen to a Lucifer stand alone book all day. Absolutely great book! Nick rocked the narration, continuing to give each character their own personality in voice. I can honestly say that this book didn’t disappoint and keeps you wanting more!

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What an amazing 4th book!!! Highly recommend it!

Holy shit this is the kind of book that just BOOOOOM blows your mind! I just love this series so much, I literally can't get enough of this rich world. I just got done with my 3rd time listening to the previous books in the series just last month. Now here came the forth much anticipated book and damn if it didn't deliver in every single area. This was just an amazing 4 th book that delivered awesome action with suspense, romance, twists and even when I thought I knew what would happen, the author would delight me with a different twist. I can't emphasize enough how rich and alive these characters and the entire world feels.

This series has a special place in my heart I really love the humor in it as well it can make you laugh. Love the pop culture references as well.

Praise for another Wonderful entry in to one of my favorite worlds the Sentinels of Creation series.

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I love and hate you

You are one of the few authors that when I listen to your book the only time I stop listening is to talk to my boss, my employees, or sleep that is why I love you. I hate you for what happened in the book, I love the entire series but hate when things like this happen to characters. That does not mean I hate to book hence the 5 stars but it really pisses me off when this stuff happens and than I have to wait for the next audiobook.

I can’t wait for the next book keep doing a great job

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Contemporary Fantasy at its absolute BEST!!

Full disclosure here...I binged through every available book in this series in days. The action is fast-paced but never overwhelms you. In fact, there seems to be a deliberative effort by the author to spend as much time on character development as in those more "kinetic" scenes or chapters.

Why does that matter, well, if you've gotten to this book you most likely have already read Book 3. I won't spoil anything, but, as readers, we lost someone in that story and I definitely teared up, clicked off my Audible app, and went to make some coffee. My husband was about a chapter behind me. We like to listen in tandem when a story appeals to both. He came into the kitchen a few mins later. He "had something in his eye," *men* Anyway, the author does a really good job of creating characters that we actually care about.

Which brings me to this book. Holy cow!! There is definitely some foreshadowing so when the climax occurs you say to yourself, "OMG, that's what all that meant." then... "I didn't see that coming." then... "This really sucks, how are Kellan and Shannon going to get out of this?"

So, yeah, right after that the story slips into "Epilogue," which I love because it gives me a chance to ease out of the story and then I went to Robert W. Ross' author page on Facebook. "When's the next book!!??" In case anyone wonders, he wrote me back and said it go to Nick in October of this year and be out in January.

Speaking of Nick Podehl, from the Author's notes (read those if you haven't -- they are a riot) we learned early on that Ross and Podehl collaborate very closely. It shows!! Nick nails all our favorites pitch perfect and since I listened to four books spanning as many years it would be easy to see if he didn't. My favorite from a voice perspective in this book is the McLeod family interaction. Nick's portrayal of Shannon's "Da" is laugh-out-loud funny.

Nurisha and Jarvis get further developed. Juliet is moving on with life as co-owner of the Book shop. Everything is tightly packed with a Green Energy bow on top.

Oh, and there are Fairies--what a treat because the entire tone of the chapters change when they are present...you'll see.

Thanks so much Robert and Nick for another rollicking adventure!!

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  • Danielle Allan
  • 05-25-19

this is an amazing series

I love this series so much, cant wait for more. love the pop culture, and every character is portrayed so well by the narrator it unbelievable