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Publisher's Summary

A vital message. A desperate queen. A hero in the making.

He is plainly too young and too inexperienced for the mission, but on the advice of her aged adviser Natoum, and with her husband off at war, the queen reluctantly assigns the task of delivery to...Madrenga. 

Accompanied only by a runt of a pony and a scrap of a pup, he sets off to transport the royal message to its destination. No matter what it might take. 

But things are not always what they seem. Heroes are sometimes made of the strangest stuff, and love is to be found in the most unexpected places...if one doesn’t die while treading the lethal path.

©2020 Alan Dean Foster (P)2020 Podium Audio

Critic Reviews

“Rip-roaring action sequences and the mystery of Madrenga’s curious powers propel the story through a series of consistently surprising twists and turns.” (Publishers Weekly)

"Alan Dean Foster is the modern-day Renaissance writer, as his abilities seem to have no genre boundaries.” (Bookbrowser)

"Foster's brisk and eventful novel should please any reader looking for a quick and diverting adventure.” (Booklist)

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Very enjoyable listen.

I really enjoyed this one. It had me just waiting to see what crazy thing would happen next. My only complaint is sometimes the MC would be way to trusting especially towards the end after everything that had already happened to him . Tim Gerard Reynolds was fantastic as always.

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Cool Ending

The pollyanna story can be forgiven because the ending was so cool. I almost stopped listening and am glad I didn’t. 🤐

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This story takes a twist midway and changes it all

I enjoyed the first portion of the book on face value but it was almost getting cliche when it takes a turn you just couldn't predict. Very unique and interesting. A fun tale with unusual characters and imaginative world building. light hearted and original.

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Hidden gem.....WORTH the credit!

I didn’t know what to expect when I purchased this audiobook given that the short sample focused on the queen rather than the “boy” (main character). And the book summary was centered around a boy with an impossible quest. However, just past those first few minutes of the book you delve into the world of Madrenga. His (MC) story is compelling, fast paced and thoroughly entertaining. There never seems to be a dull moment, which is rare for an epic fantasy book. My only gripe (a small one at that) is the authors excessive tendency toward magniloquence. I’m always game to learn a new word or two when listening to a book (in fact that is a benefit when you read many books) but when you have to stop every ½ hour to look up a word when it really wasn’t needed to get the point across....it becomes an annoyance. When you listen to the book, I’m sure you’ll agree. However, if there were to be a sequel I would absolutely get it. The reason I even discovered this book was due to my admiration for the narrator, Tim Gerard Reynolds. He could read a dictionary from A-Z and make it enjoyable. If you’re on the fence about whether to spend your credit on this book....do it!

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Great book to release at Christmas.

Very well written. I just finished in the parking lot at work (hospital) on Christmas Eve morning.

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Intriguing fantasy with a startling twist

An intriguing world, well developed and brought to life by Tim Gerard Reynolds. There comes a stunning event which is unlike any other I’ve encountered in my Audible library of nearly 300 books. I had to jump back to make sure my mind wasn’t playing tricks with me. After hearing that passage again, I recovered enough to listen on. I’m glad I did. This is unlike anything else. Strangest stuff indeed!

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This is the best book I've listened to in ages!!

Excellent story with plenty of mystery. I absolutely loved this book. The main character is very likable. His pets are hilarious. It seems as if the MC is stumbling along blind but somehow gets his rear out of the fire. There is plenty of action. Really I found nothing I disliked about this book . It is a must listen to if you enjoy classic fantasy. The narration was excellent, The pacing of the story was very good. Do yourself a favor and buy it now.