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A Demon in Silver: Book One of War of the Archons

The War of the Archons Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Derek Perkins
Length: 11 hrs and 29 mins
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In a world where magic has disappeared, rival nations vie for power in a continent devastated by war.

When a young farm girl named Livia demonstrates magical powers for the first time in a century, there are many across the land that will kill to obtain her power. Duke Gothelm's tallymen, the blood-soaked Qeltine Brotherhood, and cynical mercenary Josten Cade: All are searching for Livia and the power she wields.

But Livia finds that guardians can come from the most unlikely places...and that the old gods are returning to a world they abandoned.

©2018 R. S. Ford (P)2018 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • Simon
  • 01-17-19

A Feisty, Pacey Mix to Start!

As soon as I saw the title of this book I knew I was going to read it! Who could resist the "War of the Archons", it had to be a remake of a seventies Dr Who episode didn't it? Of course that couldn't be much further from the truth, this is an excellent start to an epic fantasy series which to me had hints of Abercrombie in the characters and Feist in the world-building. As Ford is a new author to me and this is only the first book of the series I won't go any further than that but I'm definitely feeling flutters of excitement about this one that it could become a firm favourite as it unfolds.

Speaking of Abercrombie, one of his favourite narrators, and mine, is the wonderful and sadly under-used Steven Pacey and in a very understated way Derek Perkins who narrates here reminded me of him. He's not quite such a performer but his narration is very easy on the ear and he does give the characters a suitable amount of personality each.

So there is much to get excited about for how this series will develop, if I'm hinting at Abercrombie, Feist and Pacey then I'm admitting very high hopes. It won't suit everyone. While I personally enjoyed the multiple point of view approach interlaced with the mystical back story of the Archons and how they are brought together it does switch about a fair amount.

I'd definitely recommend giving it a try though, there is a good mix of ingredients; good action, decent world-building, a little comedy, grandiose fantasy and a couple of characters I think could, in time, prove to be quite a famous fantasy duo.

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  • Wayne Campbell
  • 02-05-19

A great story but felt rushed.

More character development needed. The story runs at such a quick pace, you barely get to know them. However an enjoyable book none-the-less.