Fireblood

Whispers from Mirrowen, Book 1
Narrated by: Michael Page
Series: Whispers from Mirrowen, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 21 mins
4 out of 5 stars (1,198 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In a world beset by plagues, Tyrus of Kenatos has made it his life’s work to end the devastation.

Yet when he first ventures into the Scourgelands to uncover the secret of the plagues’ origin, he barely makes it out alive after being ambushed by a mysterious, unseen enemy.

Tyrus knows the plagues will rise again - more powerful than ever before - and he is determined to complete his mission. To aid in his new quest, he summons his nephew Annon and his niece Hettie - both of whom possess an innate magic called the fireblood - and a pack of unlikely allies.

But as the group sets out on its journey, the ruthless ruler of Kenatos, the Arch-Rike, has other plans - deploying a legion of minions who will stop at nothing to destroy them. For if they succeed, the truth will be revealed: about a Druidecht secret of a forgotten magical race, a deadly betrayal, and a hidden child who could be the key to banishing the plagues.

©2013 Jeff Wheeler (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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Slow start, mediocre characters, + cliff hanger.

It takes a good while for the story to get going. The author could have developed the characters more given the length of the story. That said, the author did create interesting settings and a good plot. The book would have benefited however from tightening up some of the overview descriptions and incorporating events from the characters' histories and memories. While wheeler is better than most at shifting between plot lines of the disparate groups and individuals, I'm tired of authors using a cliff hanger to get you to buy the next book. I'd rather buy a book in a series because I have come to like the characters and story line.

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If you don't expect too much you'll be pleased.

I have to admit that about half way through the audio book I was ready to quit and move on to something else. The story felt like it had the depth of a series of short stories and not the rich character development you see in contemporary fantasy epics. That being said I found the second half of the book to be far more enjoyable. There are lots of fantasy novels I'd recommend before this one but I would say it was a good early attempt by an author who makes his living doing something else. I have great hopes for Jeff Wheeler that as he continues to improve his craft the world / character depth that is the hallmark of fantasy will find its way into his stories.

Reasons to purchase:
• The story is faithful to what you see in other contemporary fantasy and is enjoyable as a whole
• The author appears to get better as the story goes so I have hopes that his next novel will be even better

Reasons to avoid:
• I found the narrator's performance to be a distraction. He wasn't terrible, just not someone I'd like to hear again if possible. I'm a little spoiled since I've listened to some great narrators so listening to Mr. Page wasn't as enjoyable as it might have been.
• Some of the scenes were awkward and could have used more editing. A good story at the core but a few areas could have been improved greatly with more editing.

Summary:
If you're searching for an epic to fall in love with, this isn't the one. If you're looking for a generally good time without high expectations you'll be pleased.

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Not my favorite Jeff Wheeler book

I REALLY love the other Jeff Wheeler books. I've read/listened to all of the Kingfountain, Harbinger, Covenant of Muirwood, Legends of Muirwood, etc. series and I was so hoping this would be like those. I'm not sure if it is because I am so used to Kate Rudd reading or if it was the story itself. I struggled to listen at times, things just seemed to drag on and on between the interesting bits. I will listen to book 2 hoping it is better but I've been totally spoiled by all the other books he's written.

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a classic DnD type adventure

I didn't think the storytelling was as strong as some of his other works, but it was fun. unfortunately, I find most of the characters unlikable. it's very clearly a Dungeon and Dragons campaign in letter form, complete with magic and monsters and classes and quests. it's fun. if you've read his other stuff it will be weirdly familiar. it took me time to stop trying to figure out if this was part of the Harbinger works because there is so much that is reused.

the performance was good, sometimes great. again, I felt some voices didn't sit well with me... but they were all pretty distinct and by the end I could tell a character just from the voice. the pacing and tone is the narrative is excellent.

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Good story line

There was too much back ground talking during every chapter. I started to become annoyed with it. I was hoping it would get better but ,alas , it did not. The characters were well formed , full of magic, killing, adventure and I want to read the next book but I don't want to have to listen to more back ground story telling thru the whole next book so I'll pass on it.

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Great Adventure great world building.

love this book great story found the names and pronunciation of the names really close together

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Just average in my opinion

I'm not getting sucked into this one like I have with other fantasy books. I wanted to like it but it's just not doing it for me. There's a decent amount of action, but the story seems to be either 100% action, or otherwise it's put-you-to-sleep background stories, with very little if any inbetween.

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Fireblood

Good book. I enjoyed it.

The main character is intriguing along with his branch of magic and it’s lore.

I like how a few have an over powered trump card, but how the author made its usage depleted in the tale. This keeps things from running away from the characters but keeps anything from being easy and the story becoming boring.

I also enjoy the fact that I’m seeing some of the magic or tech that I saw in previous works that were obviously transplants from this world to that one, (Kingfountain)(a great story).

Page did a good job with the performance.

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interesting series

This is another interesting series by Jeff Wheeler. It took a little longer to get into it than the Kingfountain or Mir wood series, but I am enjoying it

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Fireblood by Jeff Wheeer

Love a Science Fiction Fantasy that is complete with descriptions of races and their abilities along with descriptions of where those races live.

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  • Stephanie
  • 06-05-16

I hated it

No idea if the story was any good, the narration was so horrible that I won't finish it, perhaps the story style simply doesn't suit Michael Page, I did well by getting up to chapter 20. I started listening to this because I LOVED the Muirwood books, they were such a pleasure to hear. I will see what else is available to listen to by Jeff Wheeler - I'm so glad this wasn't the first book I tried by him, I would have been put off anything else.

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  • Mrs.M.Clews
  • 05-30-16

Disappointed

Part one read like a potboiler. Part two was a little better but very disappointing on the whole

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-31-18

Great story

Perfect narration of a top class story.
Looking forward to starting the next novel in the series and hope that the new narrator is up to the task.

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  • nought
  • 10-26-17

Magic assembled

Thoroughly enjoyed this unusual world
And the characters in it a fascinating and
Most interesting can't wait to read next
Book to follow their progress narration brilliant

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  • Emily
  • 08-11-15

amazing book

loved the book really easy to get in to needs to be come a movie

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