Brightly Burning

Narrated by: Daniel Thomas May
Length: 14 hrs and 29 mins
Categories: Fiction, Historical
4.5 out of 5 stars (57 ratings)

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Lavan Chitward is a very unhappy young man; pulled away from his country home by his parents' ambitions and resettled in the big city of Haven, he is desperately lonely, bullied and beaten at school, ignored by his parents. It is not surprising that he falls ill - but his illness is the first manifestation of a terrible power, the Gift of the Firestorm, a power which can and does kill. If controlled, the Gift of the Firestorm can save Valdemar, but if it is uncontrolled, it will destroy the country - and him. Chosen by the Companion Kalira, brought into the ranks of the Heralds of Valdemar, Lavan finds acceptance and hope for the first time. But war with Karse threatens to engulf the Kingdom and only Lavan Firestorm stands between Valdemar and destruction - and only then if he can harness his dreadful power to his will.

©2000 Mercedes R. Lackey (P)2020 Tantor

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The Story of Lavan Firestorm

Lavan Firestorm has been referenced as a historical figure in a number of the Valdemar books, so now we get to read the full tale. This is a stand alone story so it isn't really necessary to have read any of the other Valdemar books, although it certainly would help to have a better understanding of the Heralds and their Companions before reading this one.

If you've read the other books where Lavan Firestorm is mentioned, you already know where this tale is going. Still, it's worth the time to get to know Lavan and the story behind the legend.

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Great listen! Horrid cover art

Don't let the cover art put you off. The narrator does a great job, though the female impersonations are amusing. Mercedes Lackey wrote a great story.

The cover does not do this wonderful story justice. For starters, heralds wear white, not red. It looks like the man is leaning against something, but nothing is there. The design is just bad. The companion is well done, but for the rest... it missed the mark. It would have looked a ton better if they kept the original cover art.

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if you like a tragedy, enjoy

classic tragedy. seemed like a setup for a good series, but the author is not interested in that, clearly. not very happy I read this, but it was a moving tragedy.

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Powerful mental pictures to the end!!!

Not many books have the ability to make me as Judy a visitor become so entrenched with the story that my personal emotions react!!

This writer has created a familial bond of strong ties to not just a characters famiky, but friends and an intense love of country that mirrors how I personally feel about the United States!!

This book grabbed me up and pulled me along the strong intense story about a young man who was bullied but works through his horrific issues to end up saving the people of his land with help from his companion as well as compatriots. His literal blow up ends after the loss of the dearest creature to him, but makes life cone back from the ashes.

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A story of adversity

This is a story of a boy who learns to control a very powerful gift and the ending will make you cry

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Terrible Narrator

I have always loved this stand alone story. One of Mercedes Lackey's best. The narrative by Mr. May totally ruins it! The voice he does for Satyron is a harsh, spooky whisper that is just wrong. If Mr. May had just read the story straight, it would've been better.

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Firestorm

I have been waiting for this title to come out on audio and I am not disappointed. Entirely worth the wait!

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Brightly Burning

I have awaited this audio book for what seems like ages. The story is great. I love all of Ms. Lackey's work. However, I was a little disappointed with the narrator. His feminine voices all sounded like the same little girl. And his reading of the telepathic voices sounded off. Finally, his volume control for conversations sometimes had me straining my ears to hear them.

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Could have been so much better

The author gimped the character In so many ways and then had a unsatisfying ending book was shit

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Young adult genre

This book started well, and I wanted to know what happened to the protagonist. However, it eventually turned into a story about a teenage boy whose parents were misunderstanding dolts and who reacted with incredulity and awe when he became the VIP he always knew he really was. I'll also mention I found his relationship with his horse to be teetering on the inappropriate, uncomfortable at the very least!