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Court of Shadows (A Sword & Sorcery Epic Fantasy)

Chronicles of Pelenor, Book 2
Narrated by: Jack Voraces
Length: 10 hrs and 33 mins
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Evil returns to Pelenor. The court of shadows will reign. The revolution has begun.

Dimitri raised Saradon willingly; but now he realises that time, hate, and the darkest of magics have twisted a revolutionary into an evil that seeks dominion over all. Dimitri is bound to Saradon’s cause, no matter the abhorrent acts Saradon already commits.

The dwarven realm of Valtivar shall be the first to fall to the feral scourge of goblins, followed by the crumbling kingdom of Pelenor, unless Dimitri can somehow twist his orders to avert the death of both nations before it is too late.

Harper is thrust into the middle of the conflict when her dwarven companion Ragnar is taken by the goblin horde. But, the hands of fate play a melody she cannot begin to dream of. In the dwarven halls, she discovers her destiny, and her identity at the hands of a goddess-like prophetess. It could not be farther from what she imagines.

The truth will pit all against her, for Harper holds great darkness within her, but in her hands is the only chance for success - and it is nigh on impossible.

Now, Harper finds herself in a race to not only save her friend, but the future of Valtivar and Pelenor.

Will Harper and Dimitri be able to work together to defeat Saradon?

Return to the Chronicles of Pelenor to enjoy this fast-paced epic fantasy filled with intrigue and shades-of-grey characters who struggle to survive in an ever-changing game of mortal danger.

©2019 Meg Cowley (P)2019 Meg Cowley

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GREAT BOOK, GREAT SERIES

Court of Shadows: A Sword & Sorcery Epic Fantasy (Chronicles of Pelenor, Book 2), my sixth read from author Meg Cowley. Picking up seamlessly from where book 1 left off, wonderful characters, detailed settings. Very good read! Narrator Jack Voraces continues narrating Meg Cowley’s work & his talented narration & captivating accent added greatly to the book’s enjoyment. I was given an Audible copy of this book & am voluntarily reviewing it. I look forward to Order of Valxiron: Chronicles of Pelenor, Book 3, the next book in the series. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

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absolutely love

absolutely love the story and the narrator. Looking forward to listening to the third book.

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Good Story, Great Narration

This is a good continuation of book 1. It is highly recommended to start with book 1 and not skip to book 2. The story is much more enjoyable and it makes more sense.

Narration is what truly stands out as it brings this epic world of fantasy to life. Making a good story great.

Note at the time of this review audible did not have chapter titles for this book

This book was provided for free, however, this is my honest opinion and review of the book.

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Meg Cowley has done it again!

Here we have yet another fantastic experience!

As I've come to expect from Jack Voraces, the narration is smooth and elegant, the voices are varied and consistent, the vocal inflections are superb and contextually accurate, and the tempo shifts are skillfully done.

One of the things I love about reading series is that after the first I don't have to worry about liking or connecting with the characters. If I'm reading book 2 or beyond then I've already done that.

And this one is no exception.

Although there are some new faces, only 2 or maybe 3 are major characters, so much of this one is dedicated to deepening our understanding of these characters and even leading to sympathizing with a character that I previously hated for being a complete douche.

In terms of plot, I really enjoyed the direction of this one. It goes off in a very different direction from the first book but keeps things grounded in the major goings on that are building up to being world shaking.

There are a few throwbacks to the Caladan trilogy that I found very interesting.

Now, the book is definitely YA, there's no escaping that. But it is blessedly low on the scale of things that I find annoying in so much YA (contrived Interpersonal conflicts and main characters that are walking contradictions in all the worst ways).

There are a couple scenes where I felt main characters were being a lot more obtuse/less observant than their character building thus far would suggest, and some of the dialogue was overly on the nose.

But all in all, I really enjoyed this book and I can't wait to experience the next one!

The ending comes together in a pretty unexpected way. With where the story ends up, I have to admit that I was expecting an overly convenient and/or deus ex machina sort of ending and I'm really pleased that did not end up being the case.

If sword and sorcery, elves, conflicted villains, and morally gray heroes are your thing, this is one series you won't want to miss!

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Listen to this book

An excellent continuation for the Chronicles of Pelenor. The stakes are raised as our heroes find out who is behind the kingdom's troubles.

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A great continuation of the series

For me the book did not play out exactly the way I expected at the end of the first, however the story was still very good, with some fun twists. Our main party faces alot of hardships, and Demetri is trapped trying to help our main character while being loyal to the evil he released. His development in the story has to be in my opinion one of the best aspects of the book.

like always Jack put out another A1 preformance, his voices are always well done and he continues to improve with every story. If you havent already, I highly suggest the other books out by Meg Cowley that he has narrated as well as his collection in general.

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Fabulous Fantasy

Such a fabulous fantasy story. I was captivated through out with the relatable & likeable characters and detailed world Building. The narration had perfect pacing and easy to understand and distinguishable character voices. I look forward to more

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Court of Shadows

A fantastic read. That gripped from the first page, this is a real page turner that had me on the edge of my seat. The Author has done a fantastic job at the world building and bringing out the Characters. The Narrator does a fantastic job as well. This is a definite must read.
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Good book

This book is just as good as the first one in the series. It continues to keep you wanting to know what happens next and really caring about the characters

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I enjoyed it a bit more than the first

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

TLDR; If you liked the first you'll enjoy this ( I enjoyed it more than the first one).

Sequels tend to come down to whether you liked the first book if you liked the first one you'll enjoy this. The story picks up where the first one left off, although I enjoyed this one a bit more than the first. The content is a bit less kid-friendly (war...), but right in the range of a 15+.

Overall, pick this up if you liked the first one. It's a simple recommendation based on that.

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  • C. Rowlands
  • 09-07-19

Stakes are greatly raised for the heroes

This series opened strongly with some strong world-building along with an interesting and varied cast, this second instalment maintains that strong start and then proceeds to ramp everything up with the main cast suffering and struggling greatly against an even bigger threat than before.

The trouble they experience in this book helps to further develop the characters strongly, particularly Harper who learns the terrible secrets of her ancestry, not to mention additional pressure being put on her with a prediction of a destiny for her too.

The narrator again delivers a strong and entertaining performance that nicely enhances the immersion and enjoyment of this book.

Overall, this series goes from strength to strength, building on a strong opening book.

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

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  • Jackhc
  • 08-14-19

A Brilliant Fantasy

The second episode in a brilliant written saga. BY Meg Cowley.
Saradon a great evil has risen and convinced the goblins to aid him defeat the dwarves,
then to take control of all pelenor.
The band of misfit friends are trying to stop this happening and get caught up in the Battles

Harper still trying to find her magic is put in great danger and in all the twists and turns she
finds out who she really is .
Can the small band of friends win this fight when the real evil behind the plot reveals itself.
A great piece of fantasy from Meg Cowley And brought to life by a brilliant Narator Jack Voraces.
Don't miss this ongoing saga its a great addition to any collection.

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  • Jonathan
  • 08-10-19

The story continues

The story remains solid and the performance is excellent. The politics and scheming of the various characters is truly excellent with the author providing their inner monologue, allowing you to truly understand why they make the choices they do.