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In a war that shook the earth, the six gods of Nendor defeated their brother Neldin, God of Evil. For 3,000 years, Nendor and the Seven Kingdoms have known peace and prosperity and Neldin's evil was nearly forgotten.

But then Meglar, wizard-king of Zargon, unleashes the dark magic of the underworld and creates an army of creatures to carry out his master's will. One by one, the sovereign realms fall as a new war between the gods threatens to engulf Nendor.

Leading the opposition to Meglar is Grand Master Farrell. Young and untried, Farrell carries a secret that could hold the key to defeating Meglar - or it could destroy the world.

Farrell is joined by Nerti, queen of the unicorns, and Miceral, an immortal muchari warrior the Six have chosen as Farrell's mate. As Farrell and his new allies make plans to counter Neldin's evil, Meglar forces their hand when he invades a neighboring kingdom. Rushing to help their ally, Farrell and Miceral find themselves in the middle of the battle. Cut off from help, Farrell attempts an untried spell that will either turn the tide or cost him and Miceral their lives.

©2015 Andrew Q. Gordon (P)2017 DSP Publications

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excellent story awesome narrator

This is my first time reading/listening to any of Andrew Gordon's work. Even with the number of times I have looked for high fantasy LGBTQ I've never come across him. I am very glad to have rectified the situation now. Thankfully I am a HUGE fan of Joel Leslie which is how I found this book.
The story is engaging and the world is well built. I do feel that the back story could have been better discribed inside the story. The small section in the blurb about the war between the gods really isn't much to go on when they are such a critical part of the story. As this is a series however, hopefully this will be rectified in future books.
I really wish they would allow half ratings as the story really deserves a 4.5 imo. The reason I took off that bit was the pacing of the story. The beginning and end are full of action but the middle drags a little.
Even so I think it is an excellent book narrated by an awesome performer. If you enjoy high fantasy then this is a must for your collection.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Epic story and Stellar performance

So original; Joel Leslie is a master storyteller. I await the next installment eagerly. Mr. Gordon's world building skill is unmatched.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Excellent story great performance

I really loved this fantasy mm book. To me it seemed like a combination of The Belgariad meets the Star Wars mythology; only with gay characters. It is one of those books where the romance is there, but the saga has equal billing. Farrell and Miceral are a solid romance, complete with OTT sappiness; which I loved. Sometimes that can be annoying, but I was so invested in this couple that it just came off as sweet. There is some wonderful world building with unicorns, giant falcons, good and evil gods and humans. Farrell's destiny is front and center of the story; the romance almost a subplot. I loved the courting, although it is kind of an insta love/destined lovers thing. But their banter and shyness comes off really sweet. However, this is not just a sweet romance. There is action at the beginning and the end of the story, with the middle primarily around the romance and setting up the relationships that I am sure we will see in the subsequent books. As a result, it tends to drag a little in the middle as we get to know all the characters.

That said, there is conflict, death and destruction throughout the story and Farrell comes off sort of blood thirsty at times; he is more Belgarath in that way. He has his eye on the "long game" and if people have to die to achieve it, so be it. I really look forward to the next book, especially in audio format. Joel Leslie is a master performer of these type of characters. His range of voices and accents lends itself very well to the fantasy genre.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful