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Attack of the Aswang

Warden, Book 3
Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
Length: 5 hrs and 6 mins
Categories: Teens, Ages 11-13
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Part lawman, part tracker, and part magician, the Wardens are monster-hunters - tasked with protecting the people from the various, nightmarish creatures that have invaded the world of men.
 

For most of his life, 16-year-old Errol Magnus categorically rejected the idea of being a Warden. Growing up right next to the Badlands, he encountered enough bloodthirsty monsters in the ordinary course of events; he’d never seen much sense in assuming a post that required you to actively seek them out.
 

Recently, however, while competently and capably serving as Warden on behalf of his missing brother Tom, Errol’s had a change of heart. Now, for reasons of his own, he desperately wants the position. Unfortunately, being officially appointed Warden not only requires that Errol’s skills be tested by his peers, but that he also make a perilous journey to the city of Apolos in order to be examined by the high Warden himself.
 

Traveling with a group of colleagues, Errol thinks all danger is behind them once they reach the safety of the city. However, nothing could be further from the truth. Something has followed them out of the Badlands, and - one by one - his traveling companions are being viciously slain by something...inhuman. It’s up to Errol to find the creature and bring its killing spree to a halt, before he himself winds up the next victim.

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Errol finds it hard to separate monsters in a city

I have submitted this review after listening to the audiobook for this Title. I find the narrator adds that extra wham to an already awesome story.

We find Errol doing he does best, protecting the people and creatures of his adopted ward, with his innate ability of understanding and sensitivity, to the why and wherewithal of the actions of both the people, but also, those that are considered monsters, by those that had not considered the reasons for some actions of these creatures, and the purpose or reasons for those actions.
In two separate situations, in this episode, we see a creature, reacting to the threat to its offspring. Errol, acting with his normal care and consideration, identified the creatures needs and helped fulfill them.

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Another wonderful story

Third book in the series and still going strong. The characters and story keep growing without losing anything. With a cliffhanger leaving you wanting the next one in line to come out.

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A Great Listen

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, and found it very entertaining. Finally Errol gets to go to the city. And learn quickly that all is not what it seems. Life is not perfect like he thought it would be and there are in fact monster there also. After several adventures and being tested, he is more than ready to go home. But he has to stay as his travelling companion start to die. Its fast pacing and interesting characters makes it a great listen. But it has a sneaky ending. Looking forward to the next one.

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So enjoyable

At the end I was so excited to find out that there are more books coming to the series. I’ve really enjoyed this series and have recommended it to my 15 year old granddaughter and her friends.

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Great fantasy action!

Attack of the Aswang
(Warden #3)
by Kevin Hardman
Narrated by: Mikael Naramore
This is an audible book I requested and the review is voluntary. I really love this series so far! This young guy has been doing warden work because his brother has gone missing and he is the warden. A warden is someone that keeps the monsters at bay. He works the badlands where only the strongest of people live and all kinds of monsters try to cross into human territory. He lives with a small magical being named Berry. In this book, the main wardens come to test him to see if he is ready to be a warden. Then they take him to the city, a bit of a trek on horses. A lot of things happen there! A big surprise at the end! Great characters and world building! New characters! Loved the action and creatures!
Narration was awesome!!!

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things get more complicated

third of series I've listened to. characters continues to grow with hints of bigger future to come. and monsters sentience from last book explored

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Captivating & Original Series

This series is captivating - each book from start to finish. The characters are well written, the creatures that are encountered are not your normal shapeshifters or vampires - I love all of it. The narrator does an amazing job bringing the story & characters to life.

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Great story telling!

This one is hard to explain without writing another book, so suffice it to say that if you like the TV show Supernatural, this book series is for you.

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Best book of the trilogy!

This book is more complex than the others and is super fun and interesting! The story is better, the writing is better, and I even think the audio performance is better. I really enjoyed this one a lot!

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Fun Adventure into a New World

Attack of the Aswang was a fun new adventure into a series I hadn't read before. I typically don't start a new series in the middle (book 3 in this case), but I'm happy to say it was very easy to jump in and not feel like I was missing information. Credit to the author for making it easy to jump in and get up to speed quickly.

The Warden series was a lot of fun to get to know in this book. There's a world that is a little different from ours with magic and magical creatures. I love the world that Kevin Hardman has built and really loved getting to know new creatures that I feel like I haven't seen in every other fantasy book.

Errol is a great main character. He's grounded and likeable. He could easily be arrogant or full of himself as he's basically the magical sheriff in town, but he's not. I also like that his first instinct isn't to kill magical creatures, but to only do so when necessary and to thoroughly investigate a situation. There's some other great secondary characters in Attack of the Aswang and some who are supposed to be not so likeable. The author does a great job with each of them. There's also a bigger mystery in this series that I'm looking forward to learning more about.

Being my first time diving into a Kevin Hardman book, I wasn't sure what to expect of this new world, but I thoroughly enjoyed it. It's not an action-packed blockbuster book, but there's enough to be satisfying on top of the great world-building going on. I'm definitely intrigued and will be checking out the rest of the Warden series. If you like magical stories, magical creatures, or sheriff-type stories that aren't set in the old west, you might really like this series as well.

The narration by Mikael Naramore was spot-on. I thought he did an excellent job of playing the different characters and has a good voice for audiobooks. No complaints at all.

*I was provided a free copy of this book, but my thoughts and opinions are my own and honest.

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  • Julie
  • 07-26-19

Sit back and attack this book, it is well worth it

Wow!!!! I really enjoyed this book. The author has a great imagination and it comes across so well in his writing, so much so that you know that what every weird and wonderful creature he writes about you are going to enjoy. The main character helps with the plot to, as he is so likeable and combine that with a world class narrator and you have one excellent book. Just wish it was longer.
16 year Errol is acting warden while his brother is missing and three of his peers need to put his skills to the test. But fighting monsters and keeping his village safe is not enough and he must travel through the bad lands, where the monsters live. It seems news of his previous conquests (I highly recommend both previous books) has got back to head quarters and the higher ups want to see him for themselves. On the way the travellers make a big mistake that follows them to the big city, where it seems that not even head quarters is safe from monsters and bodies start to pile up.
The narrator is one of my favourite readers and I would get the book just because I know he will do an excellent job with the story-good job the story is excellent too.

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  • S
  • 09-14-19

Errol never particularly wanted the job of Warden

Errol never particularly wanted the job of Warden, but luckily his brother trained him well before he went missing. Now that his abilities are about to be tested, he realises he really does want to keep his position. During his encounters with the creatures of the Badlands, Errol is starting to see that they can be more than just mindless killing machines.
I was glad that this book was a little longer than the others. I don't want to give any spoilers but I can't believe that ending!

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  • Placid
  • 09-02-19

Draws you in

This book continues the Warden series. It starts as most of the books with Errol going out to take care of a routine issue. It gets more involved when he is summoned to the Warden headquarters for his evaluation. Events then proceed and he is to learn that the world is not as he had imagined it to be. He becomes involved in tracking down a monster who has killed members of his traveling team and discovers that they also have emotions beyond what he has ever imagined. A very good book that kept my attention from start to finish. Except for the length it could be a one sitting listen. The narrator did a fantastic job as he always does.I very much hope the next book will also appear in audio.

This book was provided free of charge for review and this review was gratefully given.

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  • Helen
  • 08-09-19

great book

part tracker, and part magician, the Wardens are monster-hunters - tasked with protecting the people from the various, nightmarish creatures that have invaded the world of men.
Anther great book by Kevin Hardman and Narrated by: Mikael Naramore

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  • C. Rowlands
  • 08-07-19

New arc adds more depth to the world

In this third book in the series, the headline monster is probably less important than the world-building that vastly expands the reader's knowledge of the wider society of wardens including a number of new characters that seem likely to return in future books and the introduction of a new arc that indicates that there is something special about Errol, who has also now realised that he likes being a warden and living where he does too.

The narrator's performance is a good one that nicely enhances the overall book with a clear and distinctive tone that helps to bring the characters to life even more.

Overall, another enjoyable book in this series that also sets things up nicely for future books too.

[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

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  • Mac
  • 07-28-19

Amazing

I love this series. The characters and storylines are absolutely fantastic.
The narrator is awesome too.

❤️😍💖

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-27-19

Satisfactory Story

Some well timed humour moments making this a great tale to listen too ,even if the story plot and ending was a little obvious.
We find out a bit more about the wendigo dagger and our wardens fame, and its meaning along with meeting some well constructed characters.
Very enjoyable listen and a quality narration.