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Dawn of Swords

The Breaking World
Narrated by: Nick Podehl
Series: The Breaking World, Book 1
Length: 19 hrs and 53 mins
4 out of 5 stars (245 ratings)

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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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  • Christine
  • Sandy Hook, CT, United States
  • 03-21-18

After 12 chapters, nothing happened.

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

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Brian
  • Milwaukee, WI, United States
  • 01-20-14

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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performance was great,but too many moving parts.

rhe book was good, great twist. Too many stories being told at once. I was lost at time, and it took me a little time to realize where in the story I was

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H U M M

B O R I N G !!! Gave up after 2 hrs of bla bla nothing: all in all nothing really happens.
#1 almost no action or magic.
#2 very little of the G O D S are seen,
#3 it is mostly a story of normal every day life: I even jumped chapter to chapter & still mostly boring nothing !!!
#4 it is predictable & 2 very different countries are formed be each G O D, 1 is peaceable & 1 is war like: So the war like one will & must cause trouble to the other one.

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Story of Loose Intent

The authors attempted to build a world, and develop many characters while weaving a story
It took me almost the entire book to get some of what they were trying to accomplish
I did like the depth hidden in the 'small' characters I'm considering listening to the next book as the series has potential to entertain
or whether it's darker than I usually like If you like dark - give it a try , if you like violence ditto I like the good who overcome the gruesome and this story has that potential

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Brutal but fascinating

I was unsure about listening to this. Other reviews mentioned the brutality which I'm not really a fan of. The premise sounded interesting, however, and since it was performed by my favorite narrator, Nick Podehl, and also very cheap I gave it a try.

I couldn't put it down. Loved the setting and some of the characters. And not all of them die, but those who do do go horribly. Nick does a fabulous job as always. The first chapters are basically introductions to a bunch of people whose names I didn't remember, but as soon as I heard them speak in Nick's voices for them I recalled who they were.

I don't want to give too much away but there are quite a few surprises along the way too. Great stuff.

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Awful

The book was dark..... Horrific things happen in the book, twisted, evil. I'm okay with Dark books, but their needs to be a hero. No hero in these books.

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It wasn't a bad read.

I enjoyed the story. It's filled with twists and turns. I truly enjoy a story that can leave my mouth agape at the end. Reminds me a little of the gobbling Chronicles. The narrator wasn't bad. I would recommend it if you have a spare credit lying around.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-30-17

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