• Fallen Sepulchre

  • The Darkness Within Saga, Book 3
  • By: JD Franx
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (1,579 ratings)

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Fallen Sepulchre

By: JD Franx
Narrated by: Simon Vance
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Threatened by an Elloryan invasion reinforced by the Ancients, the sanctuary Ember and Max sought in DormaSai after Kael’s burial is at its end. A civil war rages in Cethos, and the threat of Wildland tribal attacks in the Blood Kingoms is imminent. They can offer no help to their Southern neighbors, leaving DormaSai as all that stands in the Ancients’ way. When the peace conclave crumbles and the Ancients are forced from DormaSai by unexpected allies, Ember and Max turn their attention to preparing for the Ancients’ inevitable return.

One year after Kael’s death, the Ancients return for the Human Animus seal, and with them, comes the full might of Emperor Mero’s Elloryan military machine. On the dawn of war, startling information from the North reaches the DormaSai military camp as King Kohl’s spies return from Corynth. They bring tales of a DeathWizard restoring the rightful Bale heir to the Cesthosian throne and freeing Talohna’s only ArchWizard from the clutches of the DragonKin.

Ember, Max, and Yrlissa are convinced that only one DeathWizard would have cause to do either - Kael.

As war with Ellorya erupts, their hope that Kael is somehow back from the dead must be set aside. The war that all of Talohna has dreaded for so long is about to begin, and hope is a rare commodity during any war.

Contains mature content.

©2018 JD Franx (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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Biggest let down ever

The third book of The Darkness within saga fucking sucks. There was so much build up, so much expectations, but that all died in a brutally awful manner.

To start with the author regressed in his writing skills. The first book was really cringy, but I gave it a pass since the second book improved a lot in story telling, but for whatever reason the author turned the cringyness back up to a 100,000%. And this is not the funny sort of cringy but the kind that breaks immersion and makes an impossible to get back into the story.

I had so many hopes for this story but most if not all the plot lines ended in a stupid anti-climactic way.

Then there is kale, who keeps getting stronger, but then is nerfed so badly that tavern drunks can kick his ass. Seriously what the fuck, this book ruined the series for me.

Here's my recommendations: save yourself the time and audible credits by finding yourself a new fantasy series to listen to, because I am done with this one.

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Dumbest Protagonists Ever

Want to listen to a book where all the protagonists are completely stupid and consistently make poor decisions? The series for you, jeebus! So infuriating

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Don"t waste your time!

A hero who is a God one minute and weak sniveling baby the next. A hero who is constantly conflicted by the stupidest things. Being an avid fan of high fantasy I plowed through three books of this series constantly hoping it would get better, or at least bring at least one of the story lines to some sort of closure. There is no sense of "YES!!!!!That's what I was waiting for!" in this story, only a continual dribble of idiocy. Complete waste of time!!

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phenomenal!!! Best series

I cannot say enough good things about this entire series. You know how a lot of books will do a really good 1st book a really good 2nd book and then they fall off on the 3rd and it's not that good, that is not the case with this series the Writer did a phenomenal job. I was hanging on my seat for every moment I am so invested in all the characters. Seriously start reading the series it is so good I can not say enough good things about this rider the narrator and the story so good. It could be the next Game of Thrones it is that good. I cannot wait for the next book.

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Is this even a story?

Do you like the sound of 16 hours of magical smack talk? if so, this is the book for you. absolutely nothing happens apart from verbose descriptions of lightning & various demons being surprised by it. oh and Kael, who is the most powerful wizard the world has seen, gets easily beaten in a bar room fight by a few miners...

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Just way, way, way too much going on

Way to much going on. Sometimes less is more. Not to mention so many different magic things that it's like a new ability is created on every page.

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Irritating

The story was great but it was executed so poorly it was hard to enjoy. This series ensured I’ll NEVER buy an entire set in one go.
The main character goes from being a steadfast hero to a cry baby on the same page. The author has absolutely zero consistency and seemed to like drawing things out well past their expiration.
If you enjoy tasteless and idiotic plot twists this book is for you.

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Diminishing return series

I heard somewhere that writers should never try to make a character more intelligent than they are, because the character’s actions will never be more clever than the writer. It became increasingly annoying in this series that the author describes various characters’ actions and observations as so incredibly clever while they were in fact average at best. This wouldn’t bother me so much if it hadn’t been so prolific in the book. I don’t want to be told constantly how someone observing something obvious makes everyone declare in awe that they have such a keen wit.

And you can only make so many plot twists before they lose all effect. A character’s background will be revealed to have a shocking secret in one chapter, only to be supplanted by an even greater surprise two chapters later. And yet again, this is annoying because it is throughout the book.

Finally I’ll gripe about the fact that power levels seem entirely inconsistent. You’ll have characters described as being legendary assassins, warriors, or wizards getting killed by mundane threats. It’s hard to feel connected to really connect with the peril that a protagonist is in when you aren’t sure if they’ll die from tripping and hitting their head on a table or survive a combined attack from the Greek, Norse, and Aztec pantheons all at once.

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great read as the other books in this trilogy

looking forward to more from this author and this story. congratulations if you have read through the series and gotten to the end... The end or is it?

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Is there a 4th book?

Unless there is a 4th book, that was a pretty weak ending. Like, he didn’t even try. Disappointing.

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  • Richard McFerran
  • 03-01-19

The devil is in the detail...

That is relevant to both the book and my review :)

Firstly, I highly recommend this series as both the author and narrator do a great job...

This series has a fairly complex story and there are disadvantages of listening to an audiobook. It is not easy to refer back to items in the story and it is easier to get similar names muddled up as seeing them written creates greater distinction. That aside, for me, the job a narrator does to bring a book literally 'to life' far outweighs the disadvantages.

I had a gap of a few months waiting for book 3 to be released and when I started listening to it I found I could not follow the story and was losing interest. I stopped listening to book 3 and listened to the last 3 hours of book 2 and returned to book 3. My understanding and enjoyment returned!!

I am eager for the next in the series and will make sure I review book 3 before I begin listening to it :)

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  • Snapper
  • 02-22-19

Badly balanced, not exciting.

I liked the first two books but in this one I felt there was too much conflict. one conflict after another without any periods of rest or calm. It mod the story difficult to enjoy as every moment was a tense one.

also I felt like the cast loses way too much. Seriously they suck at every step. Unless they suddenly get a buff to their intelligence next book or the antagonists become stupid, they can not win because of how much smarter the villains are setup in this book.

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  • Jenny T
  • 04-17-23

Brilliant story excellent narration

This trilogy was fast-paced with superb characters, and as always, Simon Vance's performance of it, excellent!

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  • Kelly Robinson
  • 09-14-22

good but not as good...

tried to write this with no spoilers but may have failed!

I absolutely love this series however this one seemed to lack the detail of the previous which was disappointing and also left some characters without the charisma they had. Also so much anticipation had built towards a particular meeting ....I was sorely disappointed how it played out.

that said I still love the series and hope the next one gets back on track to be as good as the first ones.

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  • C Pugh
  • 03-13-22

One of the best books yet

This book is amazing one of the best I have hear yet and I have many books can’t wait to get the new books when they come out

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  • mike Gordon
  • 01-18-20

Can take a while to get into!!

can take a while to get into but, well worth staying with it, as you get used to the names and family tree, it turns i to a film trilogy, that you just can't stop watching, great book.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-30-19

riveting

would like another in this series please. I am sure there is more to tell.

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  • Derek
  • 10-23-19

amazing

I loved all of the three books I have listened so far, pure entertainment value

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  • Jack Stirling
  • 08-12-19

Concussion to an epic adventure

Gripping, entertaining and thrilling all can be used to describe this fantastic saga. I can't wait for what is in store.

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  • David
  • 07-24-19

Another top read

Another top read from JD Franx. I cant wait for the next book. very easy listening, nice narration good flow

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  • Joel
  • 10-27-19

Great story

The story was great but was a tad confusing if you weren’t paying 100% attention towards the end, had to listen to parts twice, otherwise 5 star

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-14-19

I tried

waffle. not the traditional type with minimal sugar.
I listened and remained hopeful. best of luck listeners.

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