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Fae - The Wild Hunt

Riven Wyrde Saga, Book 1
Narrated by: Jonny McPherson
Series: Riven Wyrde, Book 1
Length: 14 hrs and 31 mins
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Fairies. The Fae. The stuff of bedtime stories and fables. But sometimes the fairy tales are true. Sometimes they are a warning.

For a hundred generations the Fae have been locked away from the world, in the cold, the Outside. They have faded out of sight and mind into myth and folklore, but now the barriers are weakening and they push against the tattered remnants of the wyrde as they seek a way to return.

As a new religion spreads across the world, sweeping the old ways and beliefs away before it, a warlike people look across the frozen ocean towards the shores of Anlan, hungry for new lands. War is coming, even as the wyrde of the droos is fading.

Only by realizing the truth lost in a child's tale will the world hope to withstand the wild hunt.

©2014 Graham Austin-King (P)2016 Graham Austin-King

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The night is dark, and full of Fae!

I love me a fairy tale, whether the Fae therein are portrayed as good or bad (as they seem to be often interchangeable in the various mythos in which they appear). The Fae in this one are pretty obviously the bad Fae, and I'm down with it. Dark, scary Fae are okay.

It took me a little while to truly get into. The story didn't really latch on to my attention until about 1/4 of the way in or so. Once we got a bit settled down with Kloss, I was completely immersed. The shifting POV between Selena, Kloss, and Devin gave a nice view of the whole story from multiple angles. I really liked Selena's 'I'M THE BOSS' attitude. I'm excited to see how she deals with the situation that is arising. I'm also excited to see if everyone puts their differences aside, so to speak, to deal with what has become an entirely larger problem than Vikings vs the locals, in the end.

The narrator of this book was amazing. Accents on point (though, I might have made the Bjornmen ah... Scandinavianer, which is a word I just made... but I'll roll with this). Stress in the right places. Out-of-breathiness when it fit. He told this story very well, and I do really hope that we get audio versions of books 2 and 3 of this trilogy with this same narrator. My fingers are crossed.

Really well done!

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EERIE Story! Grimdark Fantasy At Its Best

The premise of Fae The Wild Hunt, Book 1, is a large, medieval-like mainland is separated from a cluster of islands by an ocean that is very difficult to navigate. The islands have limited resources, and the people raid the mainland for food and other goods. The culture of the people on the islands is focused on raising young boys into warring raiders adept at navigating the ocean. If it sounds similar to medieval Europe being raided by Vikings, it is, but there are many differences that set this world apart.

The story moves between a few main characters on both the mainland and the islands. They're very different in their culture, motivations, and outlook on how to live and survive. In the opening chapters, we are witness to a tragic story of a boy and his family being attacked by bandits while travelling on the mainland. The Grimdark kicks in with an introduction of one of the Fae when the boy and his mother stumble into the forest. The Fae is a humanoid creature with glowing orange eyes that has absolute contempt for the boy when anyone else would show empathy and care. It's clear that the Fae are evil and very angry at humans. We don't know why at this point, but what sets this story apart from others is the very detailed description of the Fae, how the world reacts to the area the Fae are in, and the absolute terror on the part of the humans who come across them. There's a larger backstory of the Fae being locked away in another 'world' and they're slowing breaking their bonds, allowing them to walk the world of humans again for the first time in over 100 generations. The action really kicks in when more Fae appear in the world and come across the mainland nations attempting to defend themselves from a large island raiding force.

The story is narrated very well by Jonny McPherson. But, be warned that Mr. McPherson yells when a character shouts orders, laughs, cries, and other similar sounds that act out the emotions of the characters. It takes some getting used to, but in the end, I nearly forgot that one person narrated this story, all the characters sounded unique.

I enjoyed Book 1 in this series, and I'm a few chapters already into Book 2. Creepy, eerie, and it's very suspenseful - the Fae are powerful and it's difficult for me to see how the humans are going to defend against the onslaught.

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A really good read (or listen) for fantasy lovers

When I listened to this novel, I had just finished a steampunk book, so going "back to the roots" of fantasy was very refreshing to me. The narrator did a very good job with this book, and I wanted to say that I thought the female voices were well-done, which is something I don't often see with male narrators. Right off the bat, I became heavily invested in characters in the book due to the sudden drama that occurs. I was interested in one set of characters, and then the POV would change and I would be disappointed, only to find myself then interested in this new/different character. I found all of the main POV characters to be very interesting in their own way and the way that the story was developing had me hooked. I think the POV changes and time changes that occur were well done, not skipping too much important things while progressing the story to where it needed to be. Overall, I very much enjoyed the story and would happily listen to the next one when time (and money!) permits. I would certainly recommend!
*Spoiler* My only disappointment was that the book for me seemed to end in the middle of a very important scene. It felt as if the book should have ended either before the event started or at some resolution phase.
I received this audiobook for free, and this in no way shaped my opinions.

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Great new series and I LOVED the narrator

I listened at 1.25 speed because that seemed more like normal speech speed to me and I'm a bit ADD. ... I think the narrator was dragging the length out by reading a bit slow or the editor slowed the tape.... however this narrator is really really talented and nice to listen to. he does many character voices well and he has a very pleasant voice. I probably could have enjoyed it at regular speed once I was onto the book (so 3 minutes in, lol). Why haven't I heard of this narrator before? ???? he's got a GREAT voice!!! Very talented narrator and author.

This is a bit of a coming of age story while still remaining very original. It follows 2 boys on different sides of an upcoming war until they come together. This book has action, love, danger and introduces us to the mysterious fae. This book would be OK for YA but it does not feel like YA or immature, however no sex, rape or really gory scenes. it's not missing action at all. You instantly love these emotionally mature characters and the world they live in. I did not struggle even once to stay engaged, from the very beginning all the way through. This author is a true storyteller so works and character building are developed and is an absolute treat to explore.
I have >900 audio books, 75% fantasy however probably 40% are unfinished because I am not disciplined enough to stick with books that can't grab my attention right away. .....

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  • Mrs A
  • 05-17-19

Great Narrator for a good book

I enjoyed this book, the narrator is amazing and the story was engaging but I definitely feel like the purpose of this book was to set the stage for the other books in the series.
I will definitely be looking for further titles from this author.

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  • marc123
  • 03-17-19

Unbelievable!

this is by all accounts a fantastically dark adult fairytale, and highly recommend subversive reading.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-10-17

An All Round Winner

I really enjoyed this audiobook! a good story with unexpected plot turns. I really empathised with all the lead roles which were well portrayed. Best of all though was the narration! If I could give it a six I would have!

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  • Ross
  • 12-29-16

Great listen!

This book reminded me of the Norman and Viking invasions of England in 1066, but in a fantasy setting.

It follows a number of different story arcs, which coverge in an exciting finale.

I found all of the POV characters interesting and am looking forward to seeing how the storylines continue in the next book.

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  • Kierun
  • 06-03-19

A tale of multiple invasions

Disclaimer: I was gifted a copy of this audio book by the author with no string attached. This review is as genuine as I can make it.

This is as spoiler free as I can make it.

I was sold this as a "[…] tale of the return of the fae to a world which has utterly forgotten them. They were banished hundreds of years ago, and are understandably rather miffed about this. This return takes place against the backdrop of an invasion by Bjornmen raiders who are abandoning their coastal raids for outright invasion." While it is utterly accurate, it sells the book short.

What I got was not a simplistic adventure yarn full of evil raiders and weird supernatural monsters. Oh no, what I got was great characters, a solid world building, and points of view that made the many sides of the conflict sympathetic.

Many a time I was left thinking I knew where the plot was heading, just to be surprised by a natural change of events. Time flows by and many years pass between some chapters. It is hard to know if the line lines are concurrent or not but that matters not. All the stories are interesting in their own right and when they interact, the time line makes sense.

The book is split between Anlan, where most of the plot takes place, the land being invaded and the Barren Isles where the Bjornmen live. We follow the stories of two children and a newly wed duchess as they grow up, make friends, and slowly become heroes of their own tales. The rest of the cast is full of memorable and interesting characters, all well fleshed out and multidimensional. We see their culture through their eyes, slowly but surely fleshing a vibrant world. The fae are left as a mystery, yet the few point of views we get point at much deeper and more tragic than meet the eyes. I strongly suspect that subsequent books will have more on that.

The new religion sweeping the lands is probably the weakest part of the book. Whereas all other sides have some good, some bad, and mostly some grey in them, the Church is clearly evil™. We know they are. They try to stop people believing in fae and trash all the "superstition" of the old way. Just how evil remains to be seen. They could just be felony stupid, although I seriously doubt that.

There is plenty of adventure and excitement of raids, bandits, and hopeless fights again supernatural foe. None of it is forced and death (including of main characters) does happen remarkably often. The effects of violence are to be seen, impact all those taking part.

Since this an audio book, I should mention the reader: Jonny McPherson. He does a stunning job of making the characters come to life. One slight annoyance is he actually whispers when characters do so. Since I listen to books on my commute, I do miss some dialogue which is just too quiet for ambient noise. Otherwise, his narration is spot on and very enjoyable.

Since then, I have picked books two and three. I am about a third through book two and am still enjoying it very much.

Note that this review appeared first on /r/fantasy.