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Heart of Dragons: A Sword & Sorcery Epic Fantasy

Chronicles of Pelenor, Book 1
Narrated by: Jack Voraces
Length: 11 hrs and 21 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (16 ratings)

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A stolen magic. A rising evil. They are pawns in a game they do not understand.

USA Today best-selling author and 2018 SPFBO semifinalist Meg Cowley returns with a stunning new epic fantasy trilogy set in the same world as her acclaimed Books of Caledan series.

When orphan Harper discovers a legendary Dragonheart, her life changes forever.

Magically flung to the faraway country of Pelenor, where magic, dragons, and elves rule, Harper must find her place - and fast.

Searching for the elven King's missing Dragonheart is his ruthless Spymaster Dimitri, who has his own agenda to revolutionise Pelenor, and free it from the King's greed.

Harper is thrust into a web of intrigue beyond her knowledge, and her newfound companions - a roguish elven thief and his ragtag band of companions - might not be the trustworthy friends she thinks.

When Harper and Dimitri's paths collide, the only thing more dangerous than lies might be the truth, yet either might destroy them. Harper is forced to ally with the hated spymaster - but Dimitri is equally displeased that his fate rests in her unworthy hands.

Harper and Dimitri must work together to ensure both of them survive the King's wrath in a court where betrayal is as easy as breathing. The Dragonheart is key to both their successes - but only one can possess it, and the king will not suffer its loss.

Who will drown in deceit, and who will rise triumphant?

If you enjoy epic fantasies with vivid characters and complex plots, you'll love the Pelenor Chronicles. It's perfect for fans of SJ Maas' A Court of Thorns and Roses series and Jeff Wheeler's Kingfountain series.

Listen to Heart of Dragons now.
 

©2019 Meg Cowley (P)2019 Meg Cowley

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Great epic fantasy

I really enjoyed this epic fantasy audiobook. The characters are vivid and easily capture your attention. I loved the humour, warm heart and cockiness of Aedon, the inner strength, growth and determination of Harper and the “Robin Hoodness” of their group as a whole. None of the characters are totally good or bad, even Dimitri elicits some sympathy. He has been treated so poorly by everyone for so long that, even though he is intelligent, he seems to be blinded by his bitterness. The interweaving storylines connect well, creating intrigue, mystery and suspense. It also has hints of romance and a good dose of humour. The narrator does an excellent job, he infuses the characters with life and does a great job of all the various accents. His pace was perfect, and you could easily visualize what was happening in the story. This is an enjoyable story with twists, excitement, great characters and a world that easily draws you in and keeps you captivated.

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Great Story and A Great Performance

To Start this books performance is another Great entry into the narrators growing body of work, possibly one of his best performances to date. The voices for the characters bring them to life in a spectacular way that really drives home the characteristics and world the author was trying to depict in her story. He even utilizes techniques for internal dialogue that keeps the focus om the story without making the listener lose track which is awesome! Overall an outstanding performance well worth a listen.

The story itself is enthralling, for me, it took a lit bit to take off but once the players where introduced it started to rapidly progress, the story follows a cast of characters with different goals and ideologies. Without spoiling the story this book does an amazing Job of building the world, developing the main Cast of Characters and setting up for a thrilling book #2 while being a thrilling story in its own right. Overall any fan of the fantasy Genre should be looking to pick this book up, it is well worth a listen, i look forward to listening to the second installment!

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One of the best audiobooks I’ve listened to!

Meg has done it again! She ups her story-telling abilities with every new book, and this is her best yet. All the characters are relatable from the ones you love to hate to the ones you hate to love, and of course, the ones you love to love. The performance is also top notch, and brings the world to life beautifully❤️

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Brilliant, all the way around!

Let me just start by saying this is my second Meg Cowley book and wow has she stepped it up! The end of this one left me gasping for more!

I loved it so much, I had to listen to it a second time before leaving my review!

Similarly, this is my second Jack Voraces audiobook and it gave me yet more evidence to why he immediately jumped into my 'top ten narrators ever' list!

He does narrate a touch faster than your average narrator, so I listen to him at a slightly lower speed than normal (my standard is x1.75-x2, while I listen to Jack at x1.5).

He has a phenomenal skill in manipulating pacing and vocal inflections to provide exactly the experience on offer and he has an impressive array of voices (especially the feminine ones, I mean, wow!) and accents.

If I had a critique, I suppose it would be that his voices don't always 100% match the way they are described in the text. In particular, over the two books there have been several voices described as deep that he actually gives quite high voices.

However, audio is an adaptation, much like having a movie made. And typically I'm much happier with the narrator's interpretation than I would have been if it had been a perfect translation of the author's intentions.

Such is the case with Jack's work.


Quite apart from her Books of Caladan series, while this story does take place in the same world, most of it happens in a land quite distant from Caladan.

Much more so than the previous trilogy, there is a lot of Christopher Paolini influence in several aspects of this story, yet most of them end up being flipped on their heads in some deliciously fun ways!

Although the book definitely maintains the general YA feel of Meg's books, this one also feels a bit more serious with more of an epic-feeling scope than at least the first Caladan book.

Not that we're looking at the next Wheel of Time, Malazan, or Song of Ice and Fire here. Nothing that grandly epic. But it doesn't need to be.

What we do have, is an introduction to some really fun characters that are mostly just trying to get their heads on straight (and largely failing to do so!).

None of these characters is what we would typically call heroic or villainous, but each falls into the crags somewhere between them.

I love the way the distrust between them was played up to feel so genuine and real, and I love the growth we get to see these characters go through, particularly in the case of Harper. She has her world views challenged over and over and is continually reevaluating her definitions of the way the world works.

I also love that in no way did this book fall into the (in my experience) all-too-common YA trap of having characters that are contradictorily both extremely self-centered and altruistically make fixing all the world's problems their personal responsibility.

There are some definite twists that, while not completely out of left field, were a bit surprising and worked to tie things together into a more cohesive whole.

I admit that maybe I just haven't seen enough of it yet, but I'm still left feeling a bit underwhelmed by the magic system. But it's entirely possible that I've just been spoiled from reading the works of Friedman, Jordan, Sanderson, and Erikson.

And that ending!
I mean, wow!

Okay, in fairness, I saw it coming very early on. One aspect of it, at least, was quite obvious to me. But the devil is in the details, as they say. And this ending, while neatly tying several threads together, has me on the edge of my seat with baited breath waiting for more!

I can't wait for the next book to come out!

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  • Bigt983
  • FRANKLIN PARK, NJ, United States
  • 04-19-19

agreed new series to get immersed in

I picked this book up about 2 months ago and sporadically switches between reading and listening to it. I had a hard time getting used to the narrator's voice in the beginning while picking out all the different characters but about a third of the way through the story I caught on and ripped through the rest of it in a couple days.

looking forward to future books!

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The Start of an Epic Quest

Heart of Dragons is the first book in the Chronicles of Pelenor series and overall, was a great start. This series gives me a feeling similar to other adventures like The Lord of The Rings series. If grand, epic adventures with new lands and magic to discover, this series will be a good fit for you.

Heart of Dragons is a great introduction to the Chronicles of Pelenor. As this is the start of a multiple book adventure, you can expect a lot of introductory information to the world. Meg does a great job of introducing the reader to the lands of Pelenor and the rules of this new world, without making it feel like a ton of information that has been dumped on you. There's excitement, mystery and adventure as you learn more about the land and the characters, as well as their motivations. I would expect their will be more adventure (and hopefully more dragons) in the next books, but as this is book 1 in the series, some extra world-building is to be expected.

This was my first experience with a Meg Cowley story and I was definitely impressed. I like fantasy stories a lot and this book has me excited to see what will happen next in the series. The idea of dragon hearts and how they impact the story was a cool idea that I personally had not encountered before. I'm looking forward to seeing where the story will go in book 2 and learning more about some of the main characters involved as there's still some mystery and plenty of areas for Meg to explore next.

Just an FYI in case anyone else feels the same way I did about the narration. This was my first time listening to a book with Jack Voraces as the narrator. At first, it sounded very "off" to me. I'm not discounting the work done by Jack in any means as he handles a lot of voices and is definitely talented, but the speed and phrasing of the book just didn't seem right. It seemed like sentences or thoughts weren't being phrased right early-on in the book. Then I adjusted the narration speed to .95X speed and it made a world of difference. Now, the phrasing seemed better and the pauses in speech was fixed. I read another person's review and he mentioned that Jack narrates a little fast. Again, Jack is an excellent narrator and once I adjusted the narration speed a little, it made all the difference in the world. You wouldn't think .05X would make much difference, but it did for me. It could also be that I just hadn't adjusted to his narration style in the beginning, but then acclimated to it.If you're feeling similarly to the way I did in the beginning, try changing the narration speed.

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  • David
  • 05-05-19

Dont Listen to the other review:

I thought the wild variation of reviews on this book was weird. Some gave it a 5 and some gave it a 1 so I checked the Audible US reviews. People LOVE it! All the reviews there are positive. Ignore what the 1 star review says.

Personally I loved this book. The characters are well fleshed out and Jack Voraces gives every one a unique and fitting voice.
The plot was extremely engaging and had me coming back again and again to find out all the twists and turns with each character.

Do yourself a favour and check this one out.

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  • Jackhc
  • 05-08-19

A brilliant Fantasy

I can highly recommend this brilliant piece of fantasy I have also read the book and to have it read for me by a great narrator brought a whole new dimension to the story. When Harper is transported to a far away land the adventure began.Finding herself with a band of misfits.The Dragonheart that transported her is being persued by the Kings spymaster in a land of stolen magic Elves and Dragons and a King who wants to possess everything.all this and a rising evil how can she survive when she has yet to discover her own powers.

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  • 04-17-19

Reasonable story, awful narration with cringeworthy accents!

The character accents fluctuated throughout- with the only consistency being their cringeworthy awfulness! Particularly the accent for Dimitri was hellish and would have induced me to give up on the book - had I not have paid for it.
Read it instead!!!!