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On the young world of Dezrel, brother gods Karak and Ashhur, fleeing their own failed world, recreate mankind in an attempt to make amends. The fledgling race of humanity is guided by the First Families, men and women who will not age so long as their hearts remain devoted to their deities.

But quickly the realms are thrown into chaos by the construction of the Temple of the Flesh, built by exiled children of Karak in the unclaimed land of Haven that lies between the two kingdoms. Those of the Temple refuse to bend knee to either god, no matter the risk. Thus comes Karak’s ultimatum to the people of Haven: Destroy the Temple, or he will destroy it himself. But his fellow brother god, Ashur, will not sit idly by while thousands of innocents die…

Can Jacob Eveningstar, the First Man to be given life and Ashhur’s most trusted servant, prevent the coming bloodshed which threatens the survival of the fledgling human race?

©2013 David Dalglish and Robert J. Duperre (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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After 12 chapters, nothing happened.

the narration was excellent but nothing is happening. I don't care about any of the characters.

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I'm Glad I Don't Have To Wait Long For Book 2

I was introduced to David Dalglish with his Shadowdance series. They were really fun books, but I think this is his best book yet. I don't know if he is just becoming a better writer of if it is the help of his co-author, but this book just seems to have much more depth of characters and depth of the world they create. Bottom line, it is a great book.

There are a lot of new characters and families to be introduced to and the whole religion system to be explained, but it is done very well. I think this is the first book of a trilogy of books, if not more, so I'm glad they take the time to develop the world so thoroughly.

The narration is fantastic. Nick Podehl is one of my favorite narrators and he does not dissapoint here.

I think the next 2 books in the trilogy are both expected out this year, so I'm glad I don't have to wait long for more!

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too dark for me

l was upset by a lot of discussions of accepting pain as a way to please their god. way to dark for me. Nick Podehl did a good job, subject matter put me off.

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Slow start, but worth the ending

An alternate to the book of Genesis is always a complicated endeavor. That said, the authors do a decent enough job. I had trouble being drawn in to the story, even with the conspiracies and mysteries. However, if you love Dalglish's other works, this one provides excellent background.

And, as I said, the ending is quite interesting.

The narrator is quite good, also. I do recommend getting this book if it is on special.

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The Second Half Is Good Listening

The last 40% of Dawn of Swords is worth the price of admission (more on that in a moment). The first 60% was a struggle and since this is a 20 hour book, a long struggle. The book includes a cast of thousands (just joking, hundreds) and each are introduced in enough detail that I could pick them out of a police lineup. I kept wishing the authors would say, “This person is ugly and an idiot, so let’s move on”, but I had to listen to a chapter or two or three to figure it out on my own.

I did end up enjoying the book. There are several twists and one was totally unexpected. Also, I was not expecting a debate on religious faith. This appears to be a central theme and some of it is interesting while some is repetitive. There was also violence and includes head chopping, disembowelments and people being eaten by animals.

I did not use a credit, but opted to pay the everyday low price of $7.34. This is Book 1 of a series and rest may be priced higher. Dawn of Swords ends with very little resolved and I will have to decide if I want to hear more.

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Took forever to find a plot to follow

Seriously, I prefer longer novels for superior world, character and culture development. However, I really didn't understand what was going on and if a different day would not have kept listening. It played really slow and senseless until near end. I suppose others might have been more entertained by the random wandering and events for most of the book, but it's not my style.

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You know how its hard to put a book down? It was a struggle to finish this one. The writing was fine, but the story was fractured...if there even was one.

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Boring lifeless

Good narration but a boring lifeless story with no point not something I could recommend. Very disappointing compared to his other stories

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Good!

So very good! I'm going onto the next book in the series. This had me at Gods

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The world of men in flux

So, this is a far more interesting story than I expected. Gods that actually create things. A actual trinity, no less. The story feels very Heroic fantasy, in the lane of R.A Salvatore, but a touch more brutal.

The villains aren’t easily seen until the authors actually let the veil fall, and when it does, it actually caught me fully by surprise. And that’s a good thing.

I’m intrigued by where the story is going, though their is less magic than I expected, so it feels more like one of the older heroic style fantasy novels. Something possibly more akin to maybe what Joe Ambercrombe may be doing, though I haven’t delved into his work enough to be sure.

Yet, this is a great start to a trilogy. I’m excited for book 2.

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overwhelming

this is a good story but as my title, overwhelming. A lot of characters, crammed into very short chapters. By the time you have understood one set of characters it switches, when you do eventually return, so much has happened again it takes a while to catch up.
Not the best this genre has on offer but by no means the worst