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Publisher's Summary

From the east came the Bone Giants. From the south, the fire-wielding Hathrim. It was an invasion that sparked war across the six nations of Teldwen. Now the kingdom's only hope is the discovery of a new form of magic - one that will call the wondrous beasts of the world to fight by the side of humankind.

In the start of a thrilling new series, the New York Times best-selling author of The Iron Druid Chronicles creates an unforgettable fantasy world of warring giants and elemental magic.

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©2017 Kevin Hearne (P)2017 Little, Brown Book Group

Critic Reviews

"A rare masterpiece that's both current and timeless...merging the fantasy bones of Tolkien and Rothfuss with a wide cast of characters who'll break your heart." (Delilah S. Dawson)
"Truly epic fantasy." (James Islington, author of The Shadow of What Was Lost)
"This isn't just a breath of fresh air for the genre, it's a damned hurricane." (Jason M. Hough, New York Times best-selling author)

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A Whole New World

It can be hard to let go of a favourite storyline that has absorbed and entertained you, and my first reaction this new world from the pen of Kevin Hearn's was at first disturbed by its complete lack of resemblance to the Iron Druid style or story line. The discordance was perhaps exacerbated by the narration by Luke Daniels, as his voice is familiar in the roles of all those wonderful characters. However as the new characters and their stories developed my ear became accustomed to the new voices Daniels so expertly brings to life, and the new world they populate took on shape and depth. By the end I was sad to leave them, and now eagerly await the next instalment in the Plague of Giants series

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Excellent epic fantasy

Great story, well executed and performed, unique, complex and thought provoking. Looking forward to being able to complete the story

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Performer voice clarity poor

I find the woman performer almost impossible to understand, and keep missing what she says. Her pronunciation of consonants is just not clear enough. In combination with the accent used and speed of delivery it just becomes a drone. Became too frustrated and abandoned this book. Couldn’t really judge story because of this

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Both Narrators voice the same characters. Why?

The single biggest glaring issue this book has is the incomprehensible decision to have a second narrator. Whilst Luke Daniels has a wide range of character voices up his sleeve, Xe Sands has 2-3, and the director was okay with this for some reason.

"Alright" You may say. "I could see how you could have certain characters voiced by another narrator, and that would provide range and variety to the performance. How is this a negative?"
Well, lets say we have a main character who facilitates a lot of the story (The Bard). And this character is USUALLY voiced by Luke unless the *section* of the book Xe is reading has him in it. In which case, you're going to get a completely different accented character you'll have to associate with the character in your mind.

This is an excellent story (but it starts very slowly) made annoying by the decision to cast 2 narrators. If it was done properly, with consistent character voices, this would have been cool. It wasn't though, and I hope all the direction and production crew listen in the end credits know this.

Fix this book please.

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  • Tod Werewolf
  • 10-26-17

NOT Iron Druid standard

I couldn't stand it after 4 chapters, I had to give up and return the book. I have every Iron Druid book and short story Kevin Hearne has written and rate him very highly. But I can not believe that he has written this mind numbing and boring piece. was it written before his other books or is someone else using his name.
I can't believe that I pre-ordered this book.
Will NOT be buying any of his books again without checking them out first.

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  • Tom
  • 11-06-17

Not as good as the Iron Druid

As others have said the narrative hops around all over the place. Gave up after a few chapters.

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  • Fraser
  • 11-03-17

not as good as the iron druid.

as stated above. unsure if this can be developed into a good series but willing to give the next book it's chance

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  • Ozzimmer
  • 10-31-17

WTF?

Here is how you write a story:

You describe the daily lives of the inhabitants. Their mundane every day world.

You throw into that mundanity something fantastic.

The inhabitants acclimatize to the new reality.

And the reader emphasizes to the rise or fall of the characters from their every day lives to the new lives they now lead.

Here is how Kevin Hearne wrote a story:

He starts with Atticus O'Sullivan's every day life, introduces an artistic piece of histrionics presented in a fart joke grade humorous way, then has him get into a few fights as he solves the problems he probably created for himself in his long lived life.

He, Hearne, is good at it.

Here is Plague of Giants:

The story starts in the aftermath of an unreasoned invasion where pretty much everyone is sad and trying to survive and rebuild.

The inhabitants of the world are trying to find out why the invasion happened while explaining their witnessing of its coming.

The reader has no hook to get them interested in the story, there is just a lot of information presented with little context. There is no change from mundane to fantastic, just a continued sense of sadness and loss - the fall in fortune without the initial presentation of good grace which is like watching a news broadcast about a war torn country; it is sad but those people are far away and I know nothing about their world so I don't "care".

No humor of any kind, not even gallows humor which would fit the setting. Zero violent engagements, which the author is practiced at writing. Their is nothing to make one care about the characters or events. And I cannot for the life of me describe any of the appearance of any character or any construction where the events take place. The descriptions exist, I remember them, but they don't stick in the mind. Just said once and forgotten.

In short Kevin Hearne decided to write a different kind of story, which is fine, did the total opposite of everything he is practiced at, which is not fine as its not mostly well crafted with a few shaky new bits he isn't practiced at, its mostly garbage, and chose to forget everything he knows about writing fiction, which is why its so unrelatable and unreadable.

To conclude, I'm left asking myself as I listen to the audiobook of A Plague of Giants: what the in the name of sanity was this man thinking when he wrote this because I know he knows how to write properly?

The best thing that can be said about it is that it IS NOT American Gods by Neil Gaimen. That BORED me. At least A Plague of Giants has some interesting aspects - mostly around the magic system. But it's a huge step down in quality and content of a splendid writer.

And I'm a little bit sad about that as I like the guy for who he is and compared The Iron Druid Chronicles to the works of Jim Butcher and J.K. Rowling.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-16-18

I couldn't finish it and I love folklore etc.

I have lots of kevin hearne books. In paper, digital and audio. This is the first of his in audio I could not finish. The reading is monotonous in both male and female voices. I gave up, if this is how bards told tales no wonder the audience's needed all that ale to get through it. Shoot me now.
I'm going to buy it in kindle form at least my imagination will give it some oomph.

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  • karen da silva
  • 10-07-20

Boring

I have just completed the Iron druid. What a great series can't wait for the next one. This series in comparison is really boring I stopped half way in and started on a different book sorry kevin

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  • Ms F. Beaumont
  • 10-06-20

Disappointed

Like many others, I loved the Iron Druid series, its characters were engaging and the story was a brilliant rollercoaster of emotions. Plague of Giants has left me bamboozled. I can’t quite work out if it’s just down to the dreadful narration or it’s something deeper. I’m on chapter 20 of 189 and seriously wondering if I can face any more. I can’t differentiate the characters for either narrator, the male narrator seems to be attempting an Irish accent (?), bit if he is, it’s on a par with Dick van Dyke doing cockney, no wait, that’s a disservice to Dick van Dyke, at least I could make out what words Dick was using. The female narrator is impenetrable. Monotonous, dreary, and every character the same. And again, I’m pretty good at English, I am English, but I can’t work out what she’s saying. I think I’m going to try this on Kindle, and give Kevin the benefit of the doubt.

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  • Revdave39
  • 09-23-20

Giants galore..and much, much more?

Great story from.beginning to end and it's a great deal.at this price. Only one bugbear.....the voice.aetists just didn't have a great range and made.many if the characters just sound the same; real shame! One.of whom should not be allowed to sing ever; practically tone-deaf and unable to hold a beat - sorry mate

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-21-20

Great book, dreadful narration, unlistenable.

This book is a singular lesson in the importance of the narrator. Kevin Hearne's books are a delight, ruined by Luke Daniels narration. His syntax and rhythm are uncomfortable, and many of his accents grate, Xe Sands narration is excellent. It is a shame that Christopher Ragland wasn't the narrator, his work on the Iron Druid Chronicles was vastly superior to Mr Daniels efforts, albeit only available in some territories.

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  • Mr. W. Inskip
  • 10-16-18

Fantastic

One of the best stories I have enjoyed for a long time. Very clever use of the Bard to effectively tell many short stories linked by a central narrative. Narration was great to with easily identifiable voices.

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  • Mr. Alex Drain
  • 10-08-18

Oh dear.

I think the Iron Druid novels are superb and hoped I'd enjoy this just as much. Unfortunately, I reckoned it to be appalling. I listened to the first 13 chapters but simply couldn't get into it. I downloaded and printed out the additional material but as the book progressed I found the material to be pretty useless - even the map. To make matters worse, one of the narrators shouldn't be allowed to read anything in the future that doesn't lend itself to her lack of pronunciation ability. She can't pronounce 'TH' amongst others. Whilst this might not be anything other than an annoyance in some novels, in this one where there are made up words and names, it is dreadful. A poor show indeed.

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  • Wayne Johnston
  • 01-23-19

Couldn't get through it

Sorry Kevin. Normally love your work but not this one. Found it hard to follow.

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  • Mariana
  • 07-04-18

can't wait for the next one

amazing book, an interesting new world of fantasy! engaging story, amazing narrators totally worth it

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  • Cara Lawrence
  • 05-11-18

Fantastic story

A wonderful story full of imagination, inspiration & characters you will fall in love with, I followed the chronicles of The Iron Druid & besides the last book, loved them all, I adore Luke Daniels as a narrator so was delighted to finally receive my copy of 'A Plague of Giants', it is a completely different story & I was spellbound from beginning to end. Thoroughly recommended to readers who enjoy stories of battles & magic.

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  • Ben
  • 01-19-18

Excellent

Extremely likable characters with a well developed story told in an interesting way, with great narrators doing a good job of differentiating between characters. I would highly recommend although it takes a little bit to get used to the style of the book.

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  • K. wallace
  • 01-02-18

Good but not as good as the Iron Druid

Enjoyed this, but not gripping like his iron Druid chronicles, as you keep skipping between characters, you don’t get as engrossed in the action.

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  • Kate
  • 11-17-17

If you're into Earth Magic, this is the book ...

Fantastic take on Earth Magic and the elements!

If you have a basic understanding of the elements of Wicca, Paganism, Shamanism etc, you will find this an easy and enjoyable read.

My husband and I can't wait for the next book!

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  • Rob
  • 11-10-17

If you are looking for Iron Druid, Forget it.

Absolutely loved the Iron Druid Chronicles.
Characters had substance and felt real. Great Stories and you could feel that Luke Daniels enjoyed performing.
This book, however, I could not gain traction, it felt like slipping on mud.
Sorry but Ms Sands performance even in high tension chase scenes put me to sleep.

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  • Nerys
  • 10-31-17

Great Tale

Cannot wait for the next volume. Once you get your head around all the characters, it is a fantastically interesting interwoven tale. Love the performances too. Highly recommended.

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  • Jeff Northam
  • 10-31-17

Creating worlds

Kevin dose not just write books with hero's and protagonists, he creates rich full worlds, languages and customs for them to live in also. An amazing read..