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A novel of violent magic, intrigue, and statecraft.

Ghosts in the Yew is the story of four people who are banished beyond the edge of the map, to a land of gnarled forests, ancient magic, and the site of a terrible murder. Their struggles to survive will put them at odds with their families, their nation, and the very powers that shaped the world.

Ghosts in the Yew is the first book in Blake's Vesteal series. It invites the listener as follows:

The dark forest hid them from their destroyers. The matriarch of the forest wept a century at their murder. The priests rewrote the songs and rhymes until the world forgot them, and the conquerors abandoned their watch. But then it happened that the Zoviyan Empire - bloated by its centuries of glut - sent the last thing it should have into the trees. Ghosts forget nothing, and when the blood of their enemy walked beneath them, they woke, their revenge at hand.

©2011 Blake Hausladen (P)2015 Blake Hausladen

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Borderline Perfection!!!

I know we all have opinions, and mine is that Ghosts in the Yew is very nearly perfect. The storyline is the exact combination of political intrigue, action, blood and gore, supernatural, romance and adventure that I hope for. I love the town building element, all of the craftsmen and planning and laying out of the town, convincing the merchants to come in, made it more realistic and enjoyable for me. The characters were realistic, flawed, and they grew and evolved over the course of the book. Narrators can sometimes either make or break a book, and these did neither, which is good. I was not familiar with any of them, but would not hesitate to listen to any of them again. The only complaint I can find with the entire production is the editing, some words seemed to be clipped off at the end, maybe a breath or two heard that shouldn't have been and some paper rustling at one point, but certainly nothing to prevent it from being immensely enjoyable. I am anxiously awaiting, and hoping, for the next one to be released on Audible!! I will add Mr. Hausladen to my list of favorite authors, and hope that he is prolific!

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Great read can't wait for the next

The beginning started slow but progressed nicely and I really got into the story! Awesome narrators!!

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Breathing Life Into A Ghost Story

The print edition is one of my favorite books. It holds a special place in my heart because even though I despised one of the three main characters, I still thoroughly enjoyed the book. It takes incredible talent to write a character who I actively hate and yet am still interested in reading. Please do not get me wrong. The story, world building, and sheer character of this book is amazing. But I hated the main character, didnt really like the secondary character, but respected and thoroughly enjoyed the Leger’s journey. But here is what I loved. They felt alive, they felt real. With actual character, thoughts, emotions, and drives of their own.
That was just the print version.

So while there is definitely magic to the printed word...

I have to congratulate the author and cast in this audio book. Highly recommend you listen to it.
Why? Because all of my points above... fresh life was breathed into them. First time I heard the main character I groaned. That was exactly how he would sound. Pompous, arrogant, and asking to be shot with a freeze ray. Oh how I enjoyed it. An audible manifestation of this character made my dislike even greater. Clayton does a magnificent job of bringing an unlikable character to life. Next we have Lauren who voices the female protagonist. She brought an unexpected voice to the character. I had read the character in a very different tone. But I like this version and the flavor she brings. Especially when she is reading the dialogue for other characters or her inner monologue. It's hilarious to hear the utter disdain or complete lack of importance they hold to her or her goals. On the same token, she brings added hope and panic to scenes that while already good, are now made better. Specifically early on in the story with trying to find her way on a journey.
Now, I actually really liked the two other characters Geart and Leger. The night guard and the new als-men Leger. Leger really drew my attention because he was such a flawed character. Battling a personal curse. In fact, my one issue I had about characters from this story is his battle with his own curse. It would pop up a few times, but more of as a reminder that it existed, rather than a true obstacle. Still very well done. However, hearing the narrator bring those sections to life. I felt his struggle significantly better.

I look forward to listening to the next book in the series with hopefully the same cast.

-Doctor Horrible

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Wonderful story

Complex and intriguing, while the story was a little slow getting started the characters grew and grew on me until I was completely intrigued with both them and the story they are involved in.
The narration was unique. It was the first time I have heard a narration using different people for each of the main characters. I thought this was very well done and it added richness to the story.

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Great!

"Ghosts in the Yew", by Blake Hausladen, is an excellent, compelling story. The author has created a cast of richly detailed characters that the reader ends up really caring for. The world building - including the creation of an economy - is fascinating, as is the magic element of the story. I am eagerly looking forward to starting book two!

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Epic...hard starter but pays in the end.

This is a long book but any good epic is, it took some time to become involved in the story and i almost gave up...i'm glad i didn't. For those with patience it's worth the credit or even cash purchase, for those with no patience move on...this is the kind of book that requires an investment of time on the reader's part before it comes together...for me anyway.

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A YA story in adult fantasy clothing

After several false starts decided to give it a decent chance to get some traction. Didn’t work. Gave up after 7 hours thinking if it didn’t work for me by then it just wasn’t going to happen. Some of the narrators could have been best readers in the 5th grade but just didn’t pass as an adult conversation. I had purchased this book some time ago and can no longer return it but would have if I could have.

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My benchmark for the genre

This book was the first settlement/kingdom building novel I read and is now the book I compare all others in the genre to. It is handled with an extraordinary level of detail, depth, and attention to each character’s arcs as they transform from dislikable people into solid, fleshed out individuals. Simply put, I read the best book in the genre first and ruined the rest of them!

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An amazing book!

It's a great book! Highly recommend! I love how the author puts his details into the old world politics and technology of the time.

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Was a good listen with good narration. I really loved the city building of this book as well as evolution of character