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The Warrior Chronicles, Book 1
Narrated by: Caitlin Davies
Series: Warrior Chronicles, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
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It is said that when war threatens the world, one individual will be selected by prophecy to lead the Shadow Warriors out of the Land of Mist and reclaim the freedom that has been stolen.

Shanti has grown up under the constant threat of war. Since she helped her people defeat a raiding party by using a special power, she's been a hunted woman. Carrying rare abilities and an uncanny fighting aptitude, Shanti is the only hope of salvation for her people. The problem is, she doesn't believe in her own divinity, and when she flounders, she nearly fails in the duty hanging so heavy on her shoulders.

It seems like any other day when Sanders and his band of misfit boys find a foreign woman clinging to life in the wastelands. Oblivious to the weapon they now have in their possession, they are content to harbor the mysterious woman until she is well enough to continue her journey. But when the war spreads its arms and lands on her borrowed doorstep, Shanti has no choice but to reveal her secrets, plunging her saviors into danger. If they band with her, they will face certain death. But to trade her to Xandre, the warlord desperate to add her to his war machine, would be to give up their entire way of life.

War is coming. The only question is this: Which side do you choose?

©2014 K. F. Breene (P)2016 Podium Publishing

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Good read

It was better than I expected, I was a little skeptical when I bought this book, because i was not familiar with this author. But I'm really happy I picked the series to read.

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Great storyline of a strong woman who has lost everything and the journey she must face. Excellent character development, storyline, & plot! I adore the language lessons immensely! Looking forward to the next book!

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Writing is a bit rough but story is engaging

This is the first book in the Warrior Chronicles by Breene. There are six books in this series and all have been released. This was an okay book. Despite some rough writing I ended up engaged and interested in the story by the end. This is one of those books that I know is fairly poorly written but, being that I am a sucker for interesting characters, I was drawn in anyway.

I listened to this on audiobook and Davies did a good job. She sounded very much like I imagine Shanti would and did a good job with male voices as well. I would recommend listening to on audiobook if you enjoy audiobooks.

There are a few things about this book that make it seem a bit amateurish. The writing here is a bit rough and some of the things that occur in the story don't quite make sense. Some of the things that don’t make sense and are contradictory in the beginning are eventually explained. However, the way it’s put together is sloppy.

Additionally some of the way actions are described are a bit just....off. For some reason Breene has an obsession with telling you how a guy’s balls react in a given situation; the description “so and so made his balls tighten in anticipation/anger/lust” was used quite a bit. This was a unique experience for me because I didn’t realize a guys balls could be so expressive in so many different types of situations (war, general conversations, etc). A number of descriptors were similar (using strange body parts to try to convey a characters’ emotions) and it felt a bit...off and awkward.

Despite the above as the story continued I ended up being very engaged with the characters and this world. I really want to know what’s going to happen to Shanti and Sanders and the rest of our characters. I also loved the world and all the political issues here.

Overall I was surprised by the end how much I wanted to read the next book in this series. If you can get past the slightly rough and awkward writing style this is a pretty enjoyable book. I plan on reading the next one and hope that the writing quality smooths out a bit. I am hoping this is a case of “first book syndrome” and in the next book Breene will have a better writing stride and flow.

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The plot could have made a deeply immersive story. It falls short in character development!! Way short. I listened to the entire book, I was even engaged while not listening just thinking about what may happen. I did like the book. It is not a waste of time at all. Its just a bit frustrating in the lack of personal details also the order the author chose to reveal the protagonist's memories seem out of order and illogical. I would say this is a great first book for a brand new, young writter. I do not know if it is a first for the author...

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WOW OH WOW!!

Ms. Caitlin Davies, you are my new favorite narrator, Ms. K. F. Breene is a master at writing, but you two put together is epic. Shanti is a goddess and I like her quickness when it comes to her interacting with her misfit boys. Cayan, ohhh hot Cayan....I can’t wait to get to know him better. This is starting out as a great series, let’s face it Ms. Breene imagination is out of this world and I love it. Amazing book.

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Wow

I really love this series. There was action from beginning to end. The characters were all well written. The story progressed smoothly. The narrator was amazing in bringing even more life and suspense into the characters and storyline. There was enough romance that wasn't too much, enough fit for this kind of series which to me focuses more on the action, story progression. and characters.

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One of my favorite books

So funny and intense! Love this heroine quick wit and deep feelings. I’ve read all the books twice and I’m reading them again.

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Favorite series, great narration

I have read this series through the fifth book. I am re-reading and listening via Audible before I finish the series. This author is an auto buy for me. This is the first series I read of hers and was hooked. Now I read everything of hers. The narrator does a great job with Shanti's voice. There is a lot of humorous sarcasm in her dialog and internal monologue that the narrator carries well. Her tone and timing are great. Her voices are distinctive and her narration of the Captain is also excellent. If you are on the fence, give it a try. This is one of my favorite series and couples. This is book one of six. So be prepared to read more. In this book, you learn about Shanti as the other characters do. Her skills, leadership and past unfolds throughout the story. I definitely recommend reading this series.

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Great fantasy fiction.

It was a little confusing at first. the way the book started out, not knowing the background, it was a little hard to follow but with her memories everything falls in place. I love the action sequences, the humor, sarcasm and sexual tension. Can't wait to read the next book.

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Great story

I love K. F. Breene ! In this story she has another great heroine strong, compassionate, and funny. The narrator is excellent, nice voice and bring the story alive .

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  • Sue
  • 07-21-16

new author for me very enjoyable

Good story. Unique characters. Loved it. Every character enhances the plot. Well done. New author for me will be happy to look out for future stories in this series or any future stories.

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  • Dr. J. S. Grimwood
  • 03-15-17

Poor quality

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Better writing, depth and storyline.

Would you ever listen to anything by K. F. Breene again?

Probably not.

Any additional comments?

This book was 'chosen' due to the large number of positive reviews, though sometimes I wonder whether I am listening to the same story as everyone else. The story lacked decent writing, depth or characterisation. I had to stop listening quite early on as I really didn't care what happened to the story or the characters. I have no trouble with sticking with slow start epics (Wheel of time series, and the Malazan empire books), but there has to be some spark or element of decent writing that holds you to the end, and make you grateful you stuck with them to the end. I couldn't find it with this book, and I plan to send it back for a refund. I am desperate to find decent new science fiction epics to read.

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  • Nikki
  • 05-03-20

Fantastic series

This is a fantastic series I highly recommend it! Great characters, a suspense filled story with some great humour thrown in. A really good fantasy series.

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  • Brook10033
  • 04-10-20

Good book

Did not enjoy this as much as the Demonds and vampire series. Where did the humour go? As usual very well written, good character development, excellent battles.

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  • Sophy Sorn
  • 03-04-20

Go good

This book is so goo! Caitlin Davies did an excellent job at narrating! Can’t wait for more

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  • *Flora*
  • 01-23-20

A Fantastic Start To This Gripping Epic Fantasy.

I must confess that I bought this book back in 2015 after reading and loving K.F. Breene’s Darkness series but it’s been waiting patiently on my Kindle since then. High/epic fantasy isn’t my first choice of reading material and the length of this book kept putting me off. I added the Audible narration recently hoping that would help me with the genre and number of pages.

It wasn’t long into this book before I was asking myself why I’d put off reading it for so long; I thought it was amazing and I was completely engrossed. I liked the way Ms Breene introduced us to her new fantasy world, its history and our heroine, Shanti. I thought it had a great plot to start off a series with and had a good amount of action-packed fighting scenes as well as heart-wrenching images of the horrors of war but this balanced beautifully with hope, love and fantastically written banter. As a narrated book, I was impressed with Caitlin Davies‘s performance; loving the pace at which she read the story and her tonal adjustments for the dialogue. I would definitely buy books narrated by her in the future.

I enjoy a story more when our lead female character is intelligent, resilient and has a good sense of humour and I wasn’t disappointed here. Shanti was all of these and more. In fact, I liked the way that Shanti, The Captain (Cayan), Commodore Sanders, the five boys of the Honour Guard – Marc, Xavier, Rachie, Leilius and Gracas – and all of the characters in this story were written, none of them were flat 2-dimensional creations, they all felt very real for me. Oh, and like most Brits I do love a bit of banter – this story has plenty of it! I found myself COL (Chuckling Out Loud) throughout, usually at the banter and quips coming out of Shanti’s mouth.

I loved the fact that the adventure aspect of this story kept me guessing what would happen next, the action kept me on the edge of my seat, the raw emotions and growing relationships, both platonic and romantic, made me go all dewy eyed as well as put a smile on my face and there was also the glimmering hope of building passion that set my tummy a-tingling in anticipation. *oooh*

I didn't want to stop reading this book! It had everything that I look for in a great story; intelligent writing style that's easy to read, main characters with depth of personality that I can connect to and believe in, depth of character in the supporting cast, believable background story and setting and a balanced mix of relationship, tension, action and mystery.

Due to the graphic nature of some of the more violent scenes, I would recommend this book to adults who are not offended by this sort of content. So if you enjoy independent, capable heroines and strong alpha heroes, tense often traumatic and brutal confrontations within epic fantasy adventures, then this book may be your next favourite read. It's certainly left me wanting to read more of The Warrior Chronicles series.

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  • The Old Dear
  • 12-21-18

The story is good but

The diction of the narrator is less than it should be .. When there is a 't' or a double 'tt'' is should be sounded as such, not ignored and replaced with a breathy sound. Put me right off the book and the series

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  • JanBusson
  • 08-11-18

fabulous

this story is a great start to what promises to be an exciting adventure.
as always, the author doesn't disappoint

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  • wickedtyger
  • 01-19-17

Loved it :-)

good book and story very funny in places. a good read or listen for any fantasy lover.

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  • Jennifer
  • 04-22-18

Great story, annoying narrator

Fantastic story! The narrator however is very grating and monotone. If you can get past the narration, it’s a mind bending story.

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  • Lisa
  • 03-13-18

Long winded.

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

I have listened to other books by K F Breene and enjoyed them immensely. This one, not so much. I kept waiting for it to get better. It didn’t.

How could the performance have been better?

I strongly think that the narrator was a large part of the problem. She did inflections and voices, but it just didn’t flow and seemed halting.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

I was very disappointed in this book.

Any additional comments?

I will definitely try another book by K F Breene.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-09-19

terrible narrator

enjoyed the storey but the narration was horrendous. a real shame to be honest. I will get the next one but it's a struggle listening

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  • Jenifer
  • 11-12-17

Really great !

Bought book 2 before finishing book 1.
Great story so far, lots of possibilities. If the rest off the series continues to be this good I have hours of enjoyment ahead.

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  • Imee_Benz
  • 12-09-16

A bit long winded

The story has a good beginning and middle but it just drags on and on and why is that the heroine be an absolute bitch for, i know she suppose to be the "Chosen" one but she doesn't have to be acting like a drill Sargent and she seems to enjoy inflicting pain, and the monologue gods it keeps on and on. The only think that save this story for me is The Narrator Caitlin Davies you are a delight to listen too, you remind me of Elizabeth Evans, you make the characters believable thank you x