• Dark Wolf's Awakening

  • Alpha Rising, Book 1
  • By: Ryan Evans
  • Narrated by: Eric Michael Summerer
  • Length: 11 hrs and 13 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (1,003 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

It has been thousands of years since beast-kind were united under one banner. The empire encompasses most of the known world, driving out or enslaving the lesser races without mercy. In a state of constant war and conquest, they have perfected the art of battle.

For commoner wolf-kind Valian, being accepted and trained in a noble house's army was a dream come true. Without wealth or a family, it was his best shot at attaining honor and glory. Until fate intervened.

When, on his graduation day, Valian discovers he's descended from an ancient and long-thought-extinct line, everything changes. Now, he'll have to come to terms with his newfound strength while joining a world he has never known. If the threat of his fellow beast-kind wasn't enough, a new danger has awoken on the empire's eastern border.

If Valian doesn't rise to the occasion, more than just his own life may be lost.

Fans of Throne of Glass and Sword of Truth will enjoy the dynamic combination of magic and action in Evans’ new series, Alpha Rising. Dark Wolf's Awakening is the debut novel in the fast-paced epic fantasy series that introduces listeners to a savage world ruled by shape-shifters and the beast within.

©2018 Ryan Evans (P)2020 Podium Audio

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Not sure why so many people like this one

Lots of new authors seem to be falling into bad habits like Mr. Evans has here.

Before the negative here is several positives
1. Interesting concept with the beast-kin thing. It seems like it could be something that could have turned into something really interesting
2. A few moments where the writing wasn't too bad. What I mean by this is some of the sentences are things people might actually say. I know that sounds like I am criticizing it and I am, but I think some of things he has the character's say are pretty good.

Alright, bad stuff. . .
1. So so soooo soooo much telling and ALMOST no showing. like every scene he just tells us what happened. "She talked about her past," what did she say? That could have been an awesome character building scene. There are so many moments where he just tells us something happened and we have are not able to draw our own conclusions.

2. This may be too harsh, but using words like appears, or he obviously was, things like that sorta tell us about how this person appeared to be. "The tension appeared to leave" Why say that? It is lazy, you could have said my shoulders relaxed and I could see a hesitant smile creeping across my best friends face. Man, I got to see that instead of hearing about it. I am ranting, but this is actually what it is like.

3. One thing I really think was the most lazy thing the author could have done in this book was where this book started. So much story was not seen and character building just wasn't there, then suddenly he completely changes? What is that about? A present one moment and king of the world the next??????? Why would you do that? A continual rule for any MC is that as an author you have the duty to beat the crap out of them and have them come back over and over and fail most of the time, but when they succeed it's awesome. You can do it the other way, where they basically can't fail, like a one punch man or something, but even in that they fail. It makes for a boring story when they get everything and nothing goes wrong and they have to think for a moment and figure something out. It is lazy.

I have more, but I think I should stop. Keep the credit, or don't and feel my pain.

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oh you suck

Great first book and was thinking of stopping instead of listening to the preview. I should have done that but instead I listened and now emotions are running and I really want to finish book two but no it's not out yet. This is going to suck waiting for it's release.

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Surprised!

The story started off interesting and ramped up into something really fun and action packed, and made me root for the MC.

The one thing I think some won't like, even though I did, is the OP Marty Sue nature of the MC.

Great performance on the audio side of things! I'll be looking for more of his work.

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Very Good

It's very good. Now to fill out the minimum 15 words so I can leave.

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Too Easy!

I enjoyed the story, but felt it was a little rushed. The MC seemed to jump from rags to riches too soon with little effort.
Maybe this would have been possible or even plausible in the society he inhabited. Had we know a little more of his background, abilities and the culture of beast kind this may have been more believable.
Such a shame because the premise for the story was really interesting and intriguing.
Having said all that I am still considering purchasing the second book in the series hoping it will go into more depth.

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Young Beastkin battles his world and himself

This was a really solid tale of one young orphan's struggle in a society of beastkin, were-creatures, as he discovers he's from a long lost family line known and feared for their strength and brutality. The newly awakened powers and emotions that he now has to deal with along with the political baggage of being from an extinct line of rulers whom opposed the current rulers, created an excellent backdrop to this story of an entry of an unsuspecting hero into the ruling class of society all the while the kingdom faces a new threat that may well be as much from within as from without.

This universe seems well thought out and developed, with many moving pieces and solid action. I enjoyed it a lot and even re-read the book in anticipation of the sequel. It was just as enjoyable the second time through which is high praise coming from me.

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Decent story but moves a little too fast

The story is alright overall nothing that special compared to many other novels but still a decent read. However one problem I found with the story is that the protagonist goes from average guy to important and powerful pretty much over night really early on. He then goes from a person who obediently follows orders to basically just doing whatever he thinks is right regardless to what people tell him and just feels like it's moving to fast at once

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  • CC
  • 10-01-20

Good one

i was pleasantly surprised with this one its a new spin tp the normal beastkin stories and can't wait for the next book

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awesome

loved it, if you a fan of werewolves or lycanthropy definitely check it out.

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This is a surprisingly underrated book

I normally don’t rate books but I felt this one deserved it, both the story and the narration where excellent.
Enough intrigue to make you think and action to keep you interested. Truly one of the most enjoyable I have listened to.

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  • Rosaline Mcnestry
  • 07-16-22

No struggle

I rarely can't finish a book but damn, this protagonist is apparently perfect at everything?!? Where's the intrigue and interest when 2 seconds after they're introduced to a skill they're the master of it. Gets to be a boring list of events that went incredibly well considering their circumstances.

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  • Pedro
  • 07-04-22

Average

If you like the genre and op main character's it's worth a listen as it's free but wouldn't use a credit on it.

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  • D. A. Ellis
  • 06-07-22

Very entertaining

I enjoyed the story very much and look forward to the next book. The narrator makes it believable.

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  • Thomas A.
  • 09-15-22

super masculine mega werewovles

wow. imagine a world of bodybuilding supermasculine soldiers, who dominate each other with psychic powers. our hero enters , he's the biggest baddest most masculine one of all, he can read books in minutes, whisper the most uncontrollable horses, did I mention he's irresistible to women. only a few hours in ,I'll update when I finish but this is a real page turner so far....
It gets better once the fighting starts, but not much. The book managed to avoid lots of the traps of fantasy literature such as world building,ethics ,believable motivations, characters with minds etc
it's the book equivalent of the new Conan series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-22-22

Amazing book a must read

I won’t say anything other than This is the best book I’ve ever listened too
And there’s great books out there but I loved this book so much. This is the authors first book and he did such an amazing job well done man

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  • Piotr
  • 08-15-22

A good werewolf book.

An awkward start to the book - not very convincing (not to say slightly naive), however the story is captivating, entertaining and uplifting.
I have enjoyed it very much and can put it relatively high on the 'werewolf' bookshelf.

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  • annette bieny
  • 08-13-22

loved it!

I really enjoyed this book - when my credit renews book 2 will be my next read.

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  • Lottie
  • 08-12-22

I couldn’t stop listening…

Great descriptive detail. You get really pulled in. loved it thank you very much. Now for book 2.

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  • Aaron Toon
  • 08-09-22

Incredible opening book!!

I had no real expectations of this book as neither the author nor the series were familiar to me. WOOW was i suprised.

The story doesn’t drag it’s feet, the characters are likeable or loathable as their personalities are portrayed well. I for one enjoyed the lead characters fast and fluid development without the need for a ‘failure to rise again’ element. The story engages many things in subtle undertones and builds a very exciting world in which many stories can evolve from.

Well done! Highly recommend for fans of action, fantasy and mythology stories.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-25-22

Trash

lol utter trash. Like, hilariously bad. Just proves I'm running out of stuff to listen to that I finished it.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-23-20

Love love love it

Absolutely loved this book! And can't wait for the next one to come out! 😍

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-18-22

great book

i really enjoyed the story, especially liked the idea of the beast kinds auora an the strength of the different bloodlines.

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  • Telmach
  • 09-05-22

Great plot but there's good room for improvement

The plot is really enjoyable but I think the overall product could have been a bit better refined. The dialogue and descriptions seem a bit mechanical and, at times, the writing is a bit peculiar, like how the MC notes exactly how tall each character is. The volume of words spent on describing landscapes or characters was at times excessive yet I still didn't feel like I could see through the eyes of the MC because of the writing style. The MC’s internal dialogue wasn't bad by any means but it depicts a morally near-perfect being, which while still enjoyable, made it difficult to relate to. It did improve a bit as the book progressed though.

The performance by the narrator was overall pretty good and he has a pleasant voice. But there were also times I thought the audiobook would really have benefited from him putting more emotion into voicing the MC's thoughts as sometimes it sounded a bit robotic. He did great with voice changes and put emphasises and emotions into the dialogues though.

Having said all that, it was quite enjoyable and I've started the next in the series.

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  • Penny
  • 09-04-22

Enjoyable

I actually liked this more than I thought I would. I found it well written and engaging. Nicely narrated. A good listen

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-23-22

Worth it!

I couldn't stop myself so ended up listening during work, thrilling action described, wish there was a movie!

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  • k
  • 08-03-22

Brilliant!

Loved everything about this book! I can't wait to get stuck into the next one.

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  • Liv
  • 06-19-22

Overview

I feel like this book had a lot of potential to be really good and captivating. However the lack of personality and emotions displayed by the main character don’t allow you to be fully enveloped by the book. The story line is great, with a lot of action and political components, however the main characters connection to those around him stays somewhat the same throughout the story. This doesn’t allow you to see the growth of interpersonal relations with other characters which in my opinion helps create a very thrilling story when coupled with a great plot. Overall great to listen too when you want something fast paced and exciting, but if you are looking for a story line with great character connections, this isn’t your type of book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-06-22

Good story

Whilst I really liked the story fast paced and full of action. In my opinion a better narrator would be so much better. I want to hear the emotions. I really liked the characters. I do love a beast inside type of story

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-01-22

Great

I really enjoyed this, one of those books with a classic trope of the orphan turned strong noble but done well 😊, female characters are (mostly) portrayed as strong and (mostly) don’t only appear for sexual tension.

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  • Boris
  • 04-28-22

Great and refreshing story packed with action

if you like movie Underworld, then you will love this book. there is no slow start, story kicks in high gear from the first moments and wraps you fully. great story, interesting and unusual plot with amazing action of werewolves/other beast men

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