A Throne of Bones

Arts of Dark and Light, Book 1
By: Vox Day
Narrated by: Jeremy Daw
Series: Arts of Dark and Light, Book 1
Length: 31 hrs and 25 mins
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Publisher's Summary

In Selenoth, the race of Man is on the ascendant. The ancient dragons sleep. The ghastly Witchkings are no more; their evil power destroyed by the courage of Men and the fearsome magic of the Elves. The Dwarves have retreated to the kingdoms of the Underdeep, the trolls hide in their mountains, and even the savage orc tribes have learned to dread the iron discipline of Amorr's mighty legions. But after 400 years of mutual suspicion, the rivalry between two of the Houses Martial that rule the Amorran Senate threatens to turn violent, and unrest sparks rebellion throughout the imperial provinces. In the north, the barbarian reavers who have long plagued the coasts of the White Sea unexpectedly plead for the royal protection of the King of Savondir, as they flee a vicious race of wolf-demons who have invaded their islands. And in the distant east, the war drums echo throughout the mountains as orcs and goblins gather in vast numbers, summoned by their bestial gods.

Epic fantasy at its deepest and most gripping. Military fiction at its most fantastic. A Throne of Bones is Book one in the Arts of Dark and Light series.

©2014 Vox Day (P)2019 Vox Day

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Author is a despicable Alt-Right mysogynist.Avoid.

Before you spend any money on any of these books, please find out who VOX DAY is.

"Theodore Robert Beale (born August 21, 1968), also known as Vox Day, is an American far-right activist,[2] writer, publisher, and video game designer. He has been described as a white supremacist,[3] a misogynist,[4] and part of the alt-right.[5][6] "

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An Exercise in Narcissism

The second worst book I have listened to. Vox is no sigma, he is just trying to maintain a brand. The book literally has nothing original between its covers. It seemed like a narcissistic exercise in latin linguistics. Endless diatribes of pompous poopery.
Vox has some great ideas but is caught up in prideful boasting and endless attacks on others.
It probably does not help that I have been reading Gene Wolfe, Neil Gaiman, Dan Simmons and John Crowley who are masters of their craft despite what Vox says about them.
The narrator did not help. More of a reading than a narration. The audio is inconsistent, rustling pages, fabric against the mic, lipsmacks, sibilance, heavy breathing and outright flubs that are left in. I am sure the pompous reading is what Vox was going for but the reader reminded me of William F Buckley. Boorish. I dont mind a long book unless it goes nowhere.
I probably will avoid works of fiction from Vox.
An editor and an audio professional could possibly help.
I tried to like it, gave it way too much of my time and it left a bland taste upon my tongue. That being said I am at fault for continuing with it to the end.

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Epic!

As with any great novel or lengthy story, the reader has some right to be so completely immersed in the story that he might forgo a shower or meal in order to finish said story (think Anna Karenina, War and Peace). AToB met all my high expectations and I'm now a bit sad waiting for the next full installment. For the love of all that is good please buy, read/listen, and share with family and friends. This is such a well-written book and exciting adventure.

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Game of Thrones for Adults

This great book helped me get over the horrible final Season of Game of Thrones. Similar to Game of Thrones but the battles are more realistic and detailed. Great story and some of the story telling was stuff I never experienced before.

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Superb!

I have not listened to this author or narrator before and was not sure what to expect. this is a really well-written book with an outstanding narrator. I am really looking forward to the next book coming out in audio.

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Starts slow, gets better

Story starts slow, but gets better as it progresses. Character names are very hard to follow.

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incredibly talented author

vox day does a great job writing multiple points of views with different character personalities and saying consistant.
And I especially love the undertones of nationalism and Christianity, whose ideas are fleshed out in example, rather than directly articulated. It's done in a way that's neither outright obvious or annoying.

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A bowl of Ramen noodles without flavor...

I've read many good long books. This didn't come close. It felt like someone boiled a bag of ramen noodles and then served it as an unappetizing pile. There are so many story arcs that have no relation to each other. The organization of how bishops, kings, councils, slaves, gladiators, common folk, counts, dukes, legions, barbarians, elves, dwarfs, church leaders...and like 10 others I have not mentioned... ( are you lost yet?) are never explained or any kind of introduction given. There is just random events gone into detail and just when you get interested you get jerked from the story and next time you visit the character if you're lucky enough to remember their name they go on a different story line! The names of these ppl are so long it might as well be guy1 said this, guy2 said that, the third guy you didn't know existed in the room disagreed and then the guy who has some kind a rank decided this, then guy1 said that. The guy you hope is 2 responded, 5th guy that is somehow in the room gives his opinion to the guy with rank and so on till we are torn again to another random and inconquical story line. It's just a pile of noodles...bland and pointless.

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Such a mess

The story gets lost in too many meaningless characters, and too many side stories without any purpose. It is 30 hours of disposition.

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I'm returning this book

I couldn't follow the conveluded story line. There seemed to be a number of unrelated stories as chapters. I gave up listening.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-27-19

Breath of fresh air

Brilliant narrator and an incredible story! It's a real breath of fresh air with all the strange propaganda that seems to be injected into modern media. This is a must read book.
For some reason Amazon stopped showing this review.

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  • Gareth Hughes
  • 04-04-19

Well written book

Very good book. Well made book with some great battle scenes. Will recommend to others. 32hrs for one credit bargain. A double portion of wine ration to the author

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-24-20

Brilliant

I cant wait for the sequel, this was absolutely brilliant! It really captures the imagination and it is the best fantasy story written to date.

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  • Marco Polo
  • 02-17-20

Can’t wait for the sequel

The story has a great number of characters, multiple storylines and several philosophical dialogues on the morality of war, the value of honor, how to choose a spouse, etc. Many characters face difficult decisions - moral, political, strategic, familial. If you don’t enjoy Dickens or Neal Stephenson or similar writers who create long, complex stories which include multiple characters and storylines, philosophical and moral inquiries and a slow buildup, this is probably not for you. If you are a purist who objects to writers messing with history (placing Republican Rome in Middle Earth, for instance), this is probably not for you.
Prior to reading thus, I had partly read only some of Vox Day’s comics, so was not expecting much but I was pleasantly surprised. The writer is clearly knowledgeable in Roman military and political history, in battle strategy, in Latin, French and some Scandinavian language and myths (Icelandic? Norse?). I read this immediately after reading Neal Stephenson’s “The Diamond Age” and found some of the dialogue rather similar in style: formal and with a Victorian sensibility. But like Stephenson, Vox Day also does soldiers’ banter and also a convincing interlanguage of a Icelandic (or it Viking?) girl learning to speak English. Remarkable for what I thought was a novice writer.

The moral dilemmas are tough, in some cases brutal, with different possibilities and their consequences considered in detail. In one case, for example, a military commander must decide what to do with a walled town that murdered 12 of his men taken as hostages: does he sack the town (which will take time he does not have and cost him more of his soldiers’ lives), slaughter innocent peasants living in the environs (which conflicts with his Christian ethics) or ignore the injustice and risk a mutiny?

The audio quality is good and the narrator competently manages the different foreign names (Latin, French, Norse/Icelandic). There were 2 places where sentences were repeated and two places where the narrator stopped in mid-sentence, paused then read the sentence again. And the narrator, speaking in British English, managed a slight variety in accents but did not greatly modify his voice which made it difficult at times to understand who was speaking. I suppose I have been spoilt by the dazzling variety of voices by other Audible narrators such as Miriam Margolyes (Dickens’ “Bleak House”) or Jennifer Wiltsie (Stephenson’s “The Diamond Age”).

I have a minor quibble with the style which is sometimes overly wordy, revealing a nerdish attention to detail; e.g.in “over the cobblestones of the street”, are the last three words really necessary? And “he kissed Romilia twice, once on each cheek” could be more succinctly expressed as “he kissed Romilia on each cheek.” In several other places there was an unfortunate and unintended alliteration or assonance: “terrified Tera”, “ready already” and “his sword was of the sort that...”, which are glaring in an audio book and which should have been caught by the editor.

The novel ends satisfactorily but leaves several threads untied which hopefully will be picked up in the sequel, “Sea of Skulls” (not yet on Audible as of writing).

Overall, a complex and highly satisfying yarn told with knowledge and intelligence and style by a writer who clearly loves history, literature and philosophy.

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  • Angel
  • 04-15-19

Shame about the narrater

I think this could have been a reasonable story if someone else had told it for audible, without doubt this narrator is the worst I have ever heard since listioning to books, he pronounces many words in a really weird way eg Immortal he says Im- more- tale in a slow dreary voice, he is about as interesting as watching paint dry, he actually sounds like a very posh robot, I had to give up after 3 hours I could not stand his droning voice, shame because I think this may have been a good book, oh and also its a very bad recording, sounds as if it was recorded in a tin shed with too much treble

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-11-20

written by a supporter of hate groups

if i had known about theauthor and his support of hate groups i would not have wasted my money