• Frostborn: The Gray Knight

  • Frostborn Series, Book 1
  • By: Jonathan Moeller
  • Narrated by: Steven Crossley
  • Length: 10 hrs and 57 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (203 ratings)

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Frostborn: The Gray Knight

By: Jonathan Moeller
Narrated by: Steven Crossley
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Publisher's Summary

Ridmark Arban was once a Swordbearer, a knight of renown. Now he is a branded outcast, stripped of his sword, and despised as a traitor. But he alone sees the danger to come. Calliande awakens in the darkness, her memories gone, and creatures of terrible power hunting her. For she alone holds the secret that can save the world...or destroy it utterly. The secret of the Frostborn.

©2013 Jonathan Moeller (P)2017 Tantor

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Christian Propaganda Masquerading as Epic Fantasy.

The author takes a story with great potential and gradually squanders it by accosting the reader with unabating Christian moralizing. Frequently, dialogue will exist for no other discernible reason than to remind the readers that the protagonists are proud Christians.

I could endure no more partway through book three when it became obvious that any non-Christians in this story will invariably be power-obsessed social Darwinists who view right and wrong via the lens of whatever lets them amass more power because that is how non-Christians must think because Christianity is the only thing that stops the strong from abusing the weak and without Christianity no one can tell right from wrong. As a consequence, all of the characters become stale and shallow because they all think alike, have no impetus to grow or challenge their own beliefs. The story could be made much better by giving even a single one of the protagonists a different religion or philosophical disposition to generate some conflict within the group; it could probably be fixed entirely by removing all the Christian BS and making the characters different. In this group are an ork and a dwarf who found Jesus and act just like all the rest of the god-fearing humans. Why even make them a different species at all if they're just going to be just like the rest of the humans in thought and speech?

It really is a tragedy, because there is much to enjoy about the books, but the constant Jesus-pushing becomes too jarring and blatant and eventually the reader cannot help but feel as if the author is insulting their intelligence.

If you are a Christian who hates self-reflection and people with beliefs different from your own, this is the book for you, all others should stay away.

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A Good Story with a Classic Feel

This is a good story written in a classical style. The bad guys are bad, the good guys are good. But not done in a way that embarrasses you to enjoy.
I definitely plan to read the next in the series.

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A Very Nice Find!

I came across this 1st book in this series quite by accident. I downloaded another of this author's books, Sevenfold Sword, the first book in a series that I believe follows the son or perhaps children of the main character in this series and while I began to listen to it I was looking at the other books this author wrote. When I saw that there were books that predated it set in the same world and concerning some of the core characters I immediately stopped the book and downloaded this. I hadn't heard of the author nor the narrator and there were very few reviews on the books in this series so I was a bit leery as to whether or not I'd enjoy it. Oftentimes the first few books an author puts out can be tortuous to get through but progressively get better as more and more books are put out especially given that self publication is much easier to achieve now. This book wasn't like that at all. It was wonderfully done with great character development and a storyline full of action that still gives the reader a firm grasp on the world's history without revealing too much about the central characters, leaving plenty of mystery to be disclosed in later books. I wasn't familiar with the narrator, Steven Crossley, either and have never listened to him prior to this book as far as I can recall. There again I was pleasantly surprised. He does a solid job and gives much more to the story than reading alone. His female voices were a little weak but not so much that it detracts from the performance. I definitely recommend checking this title out!

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Excellent Story! Please Give it a Try!

I have listened to the first nine books in this series, and I have really enjoyed it so far! If you looking for a fairly clean, but well written sword/sorcery series (with a Christian world view) I would recommend this series. Starting in book five there is some sex (not explicit - just mentioned). The narrator does change starting book six, but I think he does a great job.

As a Christian I really enjoy several aspects of this book series:

First, this book series takes place in a world where most people seem to believe in Christianity (specifically it seems to be similar to Catholicism). This is a refreshing (and less common) thing to read in modern culture. For example, one of the main characters in the party is a priest, and he talks about how things relate to faith quite a bit. The other characters discuss their faith as well. When a character starts having sex out of marriage in the fifth book it is acknowledged to be wrong, and even discussed by the other characters to some extent.

Second, its refreshing to have such real characters with real problems. The main character Ridmark is possibly the greatest warrior of the age which leads to some great fight scenes. However, while he is a great fighter, he is also a fairly emotionally broken (not in a whiny way though) person due to a tragedy from his past. In spite of being exiled from the kingdom he has spent the last five years saving and protecting people as the Gray Knight. Calliande is one of the other main characters, and is an incredibly strong woman with amazing character, but has her own problems and baggage as well. What I enjoy about this is seeing amazing people who are broken (emotionally/mentally) in certain ways, but they still do their best (even though they aren't perfect) to save the kingdom in spite of their problems.

Third, I just really enjoy the story!

Fourth, the narrators both do an excellent job! (Steven Crossley for the first five books, and then Brad Wills started narrating from book six onwards). Note: Some of the reviews were a little negative towards Brad Wills taking over in book six, but a couple of hours into the first book he narrated I came to really enjoy it. Personally, I think like in most things people don't like change. I would highly recommend you give Brad Wills a chance, and listen to the entire sixth book before making any decisions. I really enjoy both narrators!

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good read

story is complex and good from the start and draws you in to whats going on. however i believe its a little dry. the humor that pops up every now and then is like your grandfathers humor.

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This story is a 30 plus books series

I have bought many of this author's books (over 25). Save yourself needless frustration. Only read his books where the series is complete. He keeps introducing new books that do not move the story at all. 11 books into a series and the story arc isn't even in the middle. Clearly just moving around and fighting endlessly with no regard to actually finishing the story.

Feels like the author or his team, have decided to simply keep milking us readers. I wish this weren't so, because I was enjoying these books. But I cannot keep ordering books, and get no resolution for years. Then watch as 3 and 4 additional series are introduced without first finishing the ones already in progress.

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Well written and narrated but lots about Jesus.

Good book but all the references to the Catholic Church and Jesus were tiresome and didn't advance the plot or characters. The good Orc and dawarve are baptized Catholics. Every aside seems to be about Catholicism and the even reference Rome of first earth ect from the Bible. I don't mind hearing about the church, I just don't think it added to this story.

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Hard to listen to

Slow start, narrator sucks and so does the writing. Very, very, very, very, very bad. Had to add the extra verys to meet requirements.

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Don’t waste you credit

I had hoped this would be a decent read. I read the other bad reviews, but kept an open mind. Seeing that this was one book in a series (and connect to another series) I was willing to use my precious audible credit on this very short (10ish hours) read in hopes that it would lead me to an epic fantasy journey…alas, it did not…it’s not a bad story, but it just feels flat and one dimensional. The characters are just not very interesting and the plot line has promise, but there’s just not enough meat to this story the way it is written. All that being said, this might be a good book for a young reader who would otherwise get lost in detailed descriptions.

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Builds a little slow but characters worth it!

All four main protaganists are attractive in diverse ways. The personalities and a little history of each is percolated skillfully up from a well- crafted story. Excellent reading.

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  • 09-30-17

i love this adaption from the book

i've read all the books in this series and loved every one..very exciting to hear them in the audio format. well worth the credit..

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  • J. B. Connor
  • 10-03-20

A good reader can make a story come to life...

... A bad one can break it. This one did for me.

I have spent a lot of time in the fantasy genre. There are things that will always have common place. Which is fine, it gives the reader a stable base to build the story on.
What that does, however, is place an image in your head as to what certain elements should be like.

Small vicious monsters, for example, should not be speaking in full correct English. They should be crass, short tempered and not willing to waste time bargaining.
Massive battle hardened Orcs should also not speak in perfect Queens English, or speak in a high pitched voice when the reader has just told you, "the Orc growled"!

I think my issues with this story is more about the reader than the story. The story as a whole, is okay. The reader made it feel like a drag to listen to.
For older readers some research into the area they are reading would be useful, there is more than enough source material about. Or, communicating with the author (if possible) about how the story should be presented.

I'm not saying that I am a perfect reader, but as an example, mis-pronouncing Duke as duck should not be allowed.

Overall not a bad story. Definitely a poor story-teller for this one.

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  • Richard
  • 01-05-21

I obviously made a mistake with this

This is for young children I think. tried very hard to listen, but feels like bedtime stories for under tens. maybe it's just the appallingly bad slow performance. I'll try reading it but I'm not holding out much hope.

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  • Sheldon
  • 05-21-22

it's a good story with great characters.

I'm do glad that I get to listen to the sequel straight away.

Thank you.

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  • Ronald Betts
  • 01-31-21

Fantasy extravaganza

A story of fantasy in a world of strange beasts and animals if you want to get away from today for an hour or two this is great, enjoy I know I did

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  • Linda H
  • 10-29-20

Excellent. Well narrated.

I thoroughly enjoyed listening to this book and would recommend it. I prefer the Caina books, but this is a good story and, after a slow ish start it picked up

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  • Poppey
  • 04-18-19

Not Great!

This is one of those books you either like or dislike. Unfortunately, I'm the latter.

I found this book to be uninviting, grey and not for me. The narrator's inflection was off, which did not help and I will not be following on with Book 2.