• Dawning: Nine Realms Saga

  • Plague Bearer, Book 1
  • By: Ken Lange
  • Narrated by: Andrew Pond
  • Length: 10 hrs and 32 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (51 ratings)

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It’s a story as old as time. Cain and Abel, Adam and Eve. A family. A murder. A reckoning. Good and evil personified. You may think you know the story, but you’d be wrong.

After thousands of years, Cain awakens to find that the world has gone on without him. In his slumber, humans and people of power have stopped being afraid of, well, anything. Beyond that, they’ve become cruel for cruelty’s sake, fascinated with their ability to spread death through famine, war, and even plagues. In their minds, they have no equal. 

They’re wrong.

Thanks to the Norns, his brother’s treachery, his sadistic stepmother, and abusive father, Cain has been out of the loop far too long. But that’s about to change. Now, he must reconcile his past with his present and complete a near-impossible task to find the peace he’s sought for so long. Before that can be a reality, he’ll need to walk the fine line between monster and man. Too much of one and not the other will release a plague upon the world. And there will be blood. Lots of it.

Can he fight his baser nature long enough to do what needs to be done, or will fate get the better of him in the end?

©2019 Ken Lange (P)2020 Ken Lange

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Great, once again!

Mr Lange keeps building out his world, introducing more mythical characters while adding to his already established characters and mythos. Looking forward to the next one!

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Wow like really WOW!

Absolutely loved this book. It is a wild ride all the way through. As soon as I thought I could see what was coming, I'd quickly find out I was wrong!

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Great new series!

Dawning is a new great series by Ken Lange set in the same world as his Vigiles Urbani Chronicles and his Warden Global series, and it is just as good! Each series has it's own unique main character that is based on a character from one religion/mythology or another. No, these are NOT religious in any way, They are Sci-Fi / Fantasy. The main character in Dawning is Cain, like in the Bible, son of Adam and Eve. This is NOT the Cain you'd expect! Adam and Eve are in it, Lilith too. Still not what you'd expect though! Such a great book and I highly recommend Lange's other books! Doesn't matter which series you listen to first. They are all set in the same world and the characters do get a brief mention in each other's series. All well worth the listen, Dawning is no exception! Great narration by Andrew Pond!

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Earth Shattering!

From the mind of Ken Lang comes a brilliant story full of heart pounding action and a plot that will blow your mind. Andrew Pond does a fantastic job with his narration and his transition from character to character is almost perfect. This is a must read for any fan of this genre or anyone just looking for a good read.

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Great start to a series!

I really enjoyed this story. Lots of good old-fashioned violence and action. The melding of Christian and Norse legends with science fiction worthy technology and Urban Fantasy was really well done. The narration was excellent, and I binge-listened in two days.

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It was all I could do to finish this book. The concept was good it's lacking so much that the fight was on not to return it..

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wow

The narrator for this book was very hard to listen to. I cant believe I finished it.

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Great Continuation

Really like this book But coming from the other books the gay Element threw me off a bit but out side of that love the book tho

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  • Iain S
  • 06-23-20

Better & better.

Ken Lange’s Nine Realms saga simply gets better & better, with each new title. This book is no different, introducing us to an entirely different kind of anti-hero (with reasons aplenty for his attitude & primal behaviour) than the preceding titles.

The storyline is expanding, always, with threads a plenty fo follow & take note of, as the tapestry is woven by Lange’s deft mind & immense creativity. His world building skills are excellent, with the world(s) of the StoneBorn, et al, being formed in greater definition, breadth & richness of originality k concept. Perhaps his confidence is increasing? Or perhaps he is merely operating to an incredibly accomplished & complex framework, which he has created, both for himself & his fortunate readers.

I will not provide any spoilers - I loathe the very notion - but to any reader of Urban Fantasy, you really should cast an eye (or ear!) over this unique sun-genre which Ken has hewn from the ‘wordface’, namely Mythological SciFi. It’s a blend that takes every world mythology going, adding them to the technological background, which Lange has given to his characters & his worlds.

It works and it’s bloody wonderful.

That’s my take on it, anyway.

I was already a huge fan, before this, of a fine writer & an attentive & responsive correspondent, once engaged (by a bothersome fan, such as myself).

I am even more of a fan, having enjoyed everything this book has to offer - including a very fine performance by Mr Pond, providing yet another distinct & distinctive voice for a character more primal & ruthless than his peers, and which Pond manages to reflect in his clipped, biting and sometimes harsh delivery. It’s very effective & like the rest of this affair, it works, and works exceptionally well.

It’s another five star affair from me. A no-brainer, really.

Unique, fascinating, enthralling, exciting, interesting & best of all, it has at its core, my favourite mythology, taking me right back to my childhood, but in a mature & exciting way.

I simply cannot wait for the next novel in the Cain series!

Now to move on to his next Randall novel, “Shattered Peace” - Vigiles Urbani Chronicles IV!!

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  • J Smith
  • 04-08-20

“Redemption can go f*ck itself”

If you’ve read any of Ken’s other books then you know exactly how good this is going to be! You get all of Ken’s usual grit and brutal fight scenes alongside his subtle and complex, interlocked storylines. This one’s perhaps even darker at times and the tech/sci-fi aspect definitely gets more ink than the previous books.
Such a good story and it may even answer a few questions you have left over from his previous books... as well as leaving you with even more!
Andrew yet again comes up with more unique voices for this story and even when Cain meets some of the other book’s MC’s, it leaves you wondering how he switches so effortlessly between them and how they can be so different. I can’t believe he’s so new to the audiobook scene!
Looks like I’ve found my favourite books for another year in a row!

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  • F. Redwood
  • 07-04-21

Nine Realms just gets better and better

Superb new character POV as Cain’s backstory emerges and we delve the depths of his personal history and continuing transformation as he figures out what his role will be in saving the future from endless doomed loops.

A month ago I came across the Warden Global chronicles and so began my all-consuming need to immerse myself in Ken Lange’s Nine Realms. When I find myself walking or driving a longer route home just to keep listening to the audiobook, I know I’m onto a great story weaver!

I’ve no idea if there’s a particular order in which one should read the books. Maybe by publication date? However, I read all the books to date in Warden Global, then went on to the Vigiles books, and finally on to Plague Bearer. As a result, when reading Vigiles (and this book) I already knew some events and character “reveals” but it didn’t detract from the whole in any way. Simply fleshed out the details in a supremely satisfying way.

As a fan of epic fantasy, mythology and of science fiction, these worlds, characters and storylines created absolutely feed my soul and mark Lange as an outstanding word/world builder.

I’d definitely not suggest anyone reads this book first as it is quite a way into the Nine Realms Saga. But if you found this book first, font despair as you’re just ahead on some fronts. I absolutely recommend gorging yourself on the other books in the series to bring you up to speed! Good value if you buy the omnibus Warden and Vigiles editions as several books gained for only 2 credits!!

Great sense of humour comes through in Lange’s writing, I care about the characters and the clear connectivity between the protagonists. Metaphorically, I’m simply on tiptoes awaiting the next instalments!