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Editorial Reviews

Age of Iron is book 1 in the hugely popular audiobook series Iron Age Trilogy by highly-acclaimed fantasy writer Angus Watson and narrated by English actor Sean Barrett. This spectacular series is a feast of iron-fuelled battles, evil, bloodshed and lust. Dug Sealskinner the travelling mercenary has joined forces with a child and a dangerously revengeful warrior to take on the entire army of King Zadar. They are unprepared and unarmed – death is imminent. The twists in this story are phenomenal and the writing is exceptional. This is a pulse-quickening saga where only dark magic holds the key to survival. Available now from Audible.

Publisher's Summary

Legends aren't born. They're forged.

Dug Sealskinner is a down-on-his-luck mercenary travelling south to join up with King Zadar's army. But he keeps rescuing the wrong people. First, Spring, a child he finds scavenging on the battlefield, and then Lowa, one of Zadar's most fearsome warriors, who's vowed revenge on the king for her sister's execution.

Now Dug's on the wrong side of that thousands-strong army he hoped to join ­- and worse, Zadar has bloodthirsty druid magic on his side. All Dug has is his war hammer, one rescued child, and one unpredictable, highly-trained warrior with a lust for revenge that's going to get them all killed.... It's a glorious day to die.

©2014 Angus Watson (P)2014 Hachette Audio

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totally awesome.

Superb narration, very enjoyable story. such a nice surprise...and its even funny as hell. for fans of Abercrombie, M Sullivan.

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  • graham
  • 11-12-14

a good yarn

Sean Barrett is without doubt a fabulous narrator so I feel most books he reads will usually be enjoyable. The story is good and I will definitely get part two when it is out. Dug is a fine character and there is an equally good supporting cast of characters. it's a typical road movie of revenge and mishap that chugs along at a comfortable pace. The historical notes have been kept in at the end which is helpful for me as like that sort of thing--if you tend to enjoy Bernard Cornwells Saxon or Arthur books, or a bit of Game of Thrones fantasy and are looking for a new tale, I reckon you will like this too-if you don't just send it back

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  • Leslie
  • 11-13-14

caught me up, could not stop listening until end

Would you listen to Age of Iron again? Why?

yes, very gripping

What other book might you compare Age of Iron to, and why?

not so much another book as another author/ books, it has the feel and style of D Gemmell... but stands out on its own, very good

Which scene did you most enjoy?

all the book

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

I enjoyed it all

Any additional comments?

fantastic listen

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Matt
  • 10-23-14

Refreshing take on fantasy.

Would you consider the audio edition of Age of Iron to be better than the print version?

I'm a great lover of audible and thought the narration by Sean Barrett really good. I haven't read the printed version but generally i find if the narrator paired with the book is good then i feel it adds extra enjoyment over any printed book.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Dug was a brilliant character and to me instantly likable. I found him to be funny and although a lot of the time he tried to stay out of trouble invariably he became the heroic savior....also I've never heard so much Badger related profanity in my life! Brilliant stuff!

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Without giving too much away probably the inn scene when Dug meets Lowa.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Again not trying to give too much away probably Dugs love life and his attachment to spring.

Any additional comments?

I loved the setting of Iron age Britain and the way Angus Watson managed to combine real history with fantasy fiction. This gave the story a rich and believable feel. Can't wait for the next book.

I found it difficult after listening to the first two Raven's Shadow books to find something that held my attention. I am please to say this certainly did. The story moves along at a good pace, interesting character and some dark humor make this a must read if your looking for something to fill the space between Anthony Ryans next book....

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  • Mr. R. Murray
  • 01-19-15

Wasn't expecting too much, but

This was a really good production and story.

Some great characters in a interesting storyline.

Bring on the next two

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  • LCH15
  • 01-17-15

Age of Iron...Steel Yourself!

An action packed, well written fictional glimpse (includes a few oo, er moments) into a bygone age with colourful characters brought to life by the exceptional narration skills of Mr Sean Barrett. So glad this is a trilogy...can't wait to read more! Cleaning the house has never been more fun...thanks Audible. :)

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  • Basil
  • 12-10-14

Good listen

If you could sum up Age of Iron in three words, what would they be?

Surprisingly a good read / listen , normally I go for Roman fiction so it was good to hear a story about Britain before the Roman invasion , now waiting for the rest of the series

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  • Me At Home
  • 09-17-14

Good book, excellent narrator

If you could sum up Age of Iron in three words, what would they be?

worth listening to

What did you like best about this story?

The character Dug is very likeable

What does Sean Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

Good characterisation and clear diction made it a please to listen to

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  • Ian C Dando
  • 04-23-15

A ripping yarn!

Dug is instantly likeable - an interesting insight into a period that not alot is known about. Lowa and, especially Spring are fascinating characters. A great story, brilliantly narrated. Now anxious to listen to the second in the trilogy. I highly recommend this audiobooks.

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  • Simon
  • 02-25-17

Hammer of the North!

I took to this book right from the very start. The time when Rome invaded Britain not once but twice is a genuinely dark and hidden period with little historical documentation so I loved the prelude which promised to tell us what "really happened". What follows is a very entertaining adventure which, as far as we can likely tell sets up a very credible Iron Age Britain.

This already feels like a well-structured trilogy at this point. The book could well be described a scene-setter and an introduction to the interesting set of characters, especially Dug. It does however tell a story which it brings to a conclusion before hinting at a storm to come.

I think it's fairly inevitable that this will be compared to Abercrombie. It goes for the same imperfections of character and the relationships between Watson's lead protagonists generate a similar type of humour. I'll never be able to look at a badger in the same light again! Sean Barrett gives a very entertaining performance and with plenty of action and intrigue this never seemed to drag at any point.

I shall have to avail myself of book two in the not too distant future. I'm very much hoping that Dug and co can give the Romans the hammering we'd all like to think they got!

Postscript : Having now read the whole series I can certainly confirm that it just gets stronger and stronger. I think few people will like this first book and then be disappointed with two and three. Watson delivers on his promise.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-26-15

historical fiction meets gritty fantasy

Really enjoyed it, kept me gripped from start to finish. Interestingly combines the historical fact with the beliefs of the time, resulting in an Abercrombie style gritty fantastical darkness.

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  • Chris Hardwicke
  • 10-22-16

Well worth a read!

What made the experience of listening to Age of Iron the most enjoyable?

Great story, well told with likeable characters. I also liked the thought of incorporating historical elements, that had been researched, into a fantasy yarn.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Doug!! Badger's balls!! Great phrases!!

Have you listened to any of Sean Barrett’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Top of my list as a story teller! Brilliant voice for audio books!! I look for books narrated by this guy as an indicator of what might be a good story. Haven't been disappointed so far.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Absolutely - and it kept my attention throughout.

Any additional comments?

About to download the other two in the series.

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  • Zora
  • 06-08-15

Clever, imaginative and fascinating, if sometimes a bit too gory

Great book, and terrifically well-realized characters. Also quite funny in places which I greatly appreciated, but some of the violence is hard to listen to, particularly the various forms of torture described in great detail.

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  • BEAUMONT
  • 10-30-14

Age of AWESOME

Great first installment by Angus Watson if you like action, comedy, sex and magic this has it all and Sean Barrett does a great job bringing characters to life.

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  • Jeremy
  • 02-12-18

a wonderful story of medieval Britain..

i started off on the fence on this one..
early on in the book, the pace of introducing new characters left me unsure who was who
but it eventually finds its feet, delivering a suspense filled drama around the fear of Rome arriving and who will rule in their time of invasion.

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  • Sweetheart1
  • 07-20-17

Not what I was expecting

I brought the Audio book expecting that it would be a serious fiction but got a hilarious re telling of history instead. The narrator could've done a better job but over all enjoyable listening.

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  • Jennifer
  • 07-02-17

I'm hooked!

I particularly enjoyed the narration of this story about a little know era. Action, intrigue and humour make this a great tale. I'm looking forward to downloading and starting the next in this trilogy.

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  • ssomers
  • 05-20-17

Excellent

Would you listen to Age of Iron again? Why?

Yes, really enjoyed this entire story from start to finish.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Doug - just really liked the character, but in saying that all of the other characters were extremely interesting and engaging. Really excellent.

What does Sean Barrett bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I enjoy the audible series as the characters really come to life.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Made me laugh at times, and other times I cringed from what was happening... pretty brutal at times.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-14-18

great<br />

well what an interesting tale got behind the good guys and gals and laughed and well just took me away thanks

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-31-18

riveting

riveting great listen bernard cornwell would be proud if only it were true two words

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-10-17

iron age series

loved this book looking fotward to the next two the narrater was excellent with his interpretation of each chatacter. found the history of how the book came about at end of the story interesting