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While witnessing a significant battle between rival kinds, a slave realizes what he wants for his life - but first he must escape the servitude of a powerful Efftrul leader. 

©2013, 2017 C. A. Gleason (P)2017 C. A. Gleason

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  • Kingsley
  • Henely Brook, Australia
  • 10-10-18

Decent introduction to characters

The story follows a slave, Rawluv, as he undertakes somewhat of a journey of self discovery, determining who he is and who he wants to be - including no longer being a slave.

Not having read any of the Far End series I found this prequel to be a good introduction to the person I assume is the main character of the series. The rest of the series is not required reading to follow this story, although I assume that if you read the series first this would potentially be more meaningful. As a short story by itself it is generally complete - there are no dangling threads forcing you to read on - but it's certainly not the whole story. It's clear this is just the beginning leading to more.

It does throw you somewhat in the deep end, in that it doesn't explain the races and clans etc. in much detail. The detail isn't needed to follow the story here and I assume these things are explained in the main series. As it is, in this book it just points to a wider, more complex and fleshed out world. Which is a good thing.

Also, several people have mentioned 'sci-fi' in their reviews. I feel we listened to different books. This is completely a fantasy book, there are no sci-fi elements in it.

Narration by Mark Deakins is good. There aren't many characters in this for him to show of his characterisation, but for those that re here he does a good job. He is well paced, easy to follow and there are no technical issues with the narration.

Overall, a great short piece of fiction.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this review voluntarily.

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  • KD
  • Somewhere
  • 10-07-18

decent sci fi

Pretty short so you know its not really going to have lots of world building and it's hard to get too engrossed.

but overall solid book not sure ifthis is the best place to start if you're looking for a new sci fi series.

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  • Al
  • British Columbia
  • 10-02-18

Solid sci-fi tale of a slave breaking his chains

I seem to be coming across a few of this author's audios lately, having listened to Ravagers not so long ago. Battle of Kinds was pretty good, a tale of different species trying to survive on a savage world that takes no prisoners. Well, except as slaves.

Rawluv becomes enslaved to a powerful Efftrul who rescues him from certain death. After initially accepting his fate, Rawluv decides to do whatever it takes to be free, which sends him on a dangerous path which could cost him his life.

It's a pretty good tale, with different sentient species at war with each other, with Rawluv and his kind stuck somewhere in the middle. It's a prequel, so there's more to come (or there already is more?), and I might take a peak at the rest of the series to see where it goes.

Oh yeah, and the narrator did a solid, but certainly not spectacular job, although there wasn't a huge amount of material to test him too much.

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Wow

I got this story via audiobook boom and this is my voluntary review. This is a short prequel to a story about many kinds of life forms fighting to survive a new world. It gets complicated at times and sometimes I can't tell if it is a memory or happening in real time. The series seems like it will be one to follow. The narration was done well and I thoroughly enjoyed the ending.

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  • RJ
  • Cottage Grove, MN, United States
  • 09-27-18

Life and times of a slave!

The story of Rawluv, an enslaved traveler, is fairly interesting, but I have issues. Crimsons, Branigans, Efftruls, and Numooks; I have no idea what these beings look like so I have difficulty imagining the characters and being involved in the story. This is a huge con in my opinion. Everything has a unique name with no similarity to anything known. Domains and weapons, those I know. The story would have been much more enjoyable with some additional background. So, we have the life and recollections of a slave. This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

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  • Cindy
  • Splendora, Texas USA
  • 09-22-18

Just When

At first I was not sure, being a little lost when starting a new series. Just when I finally caught on..it ended. So yes, I will check into book 1. Narrator was clear and expressive, doing a great job.
This audio was given to me free, and I voluntarily gave this review.