• Mystery in the Tundra

  • Path of the Ranger, Book 3
  • By: Pedro Urvi
  • Narrated by: John Banks
  • Length: 12 hrs and 30 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (387 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The war is intensifying. So is the training at the Camp. Will Lasgol and his friends survive both?

The Corrupt Lord of the Ice has been rejected. King Uthar is seeking to kill him once and for all. But Darthor has retreated to the Frozen Continent with his forces.

Lasgol and his friends are making every effort to pass their third year of instruction, where the tests change from practical competitions to real missions and where they risk their lives. Conflicts, rivalries, and love will emerge more strongly than ever. Egil and Lasgol will discover the truth about the king's secret and the identity of the real enemy. They will choose sides and try to persuade their teammates.

King Uthar will invade the Frozen Continent with his hosts to put an end to Darthor. The Rangers, including Lasgol and his friends, will find themselves involved in the campaign of war. They will discover the Mystery of the Tundra in the Frozen Continent and take part in the great battle for the North.

©2020 Pedro Urvi (P)2021 Podium Audio

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Idk...

so I really love the narrator and the storyline is good but could be better. it feels rushed and unfinished there are lines of plot that aren't followed through and I have to admit, in love lasgol is more of a girl than the girls. I really like the story line but this feels like more of an unfinished rough draft than a published work. and that makes me sad. I thought it might improve, but not really. I don't think I'll get the next one despite my deep desire to know the end.

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Great Job

Pedro is an amazing author. Goes to show who he trusted to narrate an the adventures of the Snow Panthers. It’s so good. John Banks did phenomenal job with narrating. Worth all the money.

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great listen

loved it. wonderful series,that is engaging and performed masterfully. the anticipation of the story arcs is palpable

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Worse and worse

If you want to torcher your self take a listen.
The story became so boring and disjointed
The author must have lost steam
Narrator is monotonous
Characters a shallow

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development flaws

love the series. but key world building is being left out... making the fantasy more unbelievable. Great overall story! but reads more like a rough draft, not a polished piece.

also, in this 3rd book Olf ( heros old caretaker) acts out of character. this really really bugs me!! all along he's been a faithful veteran of the kings army. when Darthor shows up at Lasgol's home to fetch him, Olf simply accepts Lasgol's word that its alllll okay and let's him leave. This whole interaction happens with 3 token sentences from Olf, then suddenly we jump to 10 days later. And just like that, my 2nd favorite character, Olf, had acted so completely out of character that he is no longer believable/real in my mind. I thought maybe the author would circle back, but nope. completely unbelievable character development.

this is my least favorite book in the series so far. it felt rushed. in my opinion lacked key world building and character development in order to push through action scenes. in a world of intrigue, mystery, magic and betrayal there are WAY to many instances of characters accepting this at face value or trusting each other without the proper building of relationships. and ofcourse they all stay friends and never betray one another. *rolls eyes*

in the types of adventures they all go through there is a NATURAL level of trauma, hurt & healing these confidants should being going through to tighten their bonds of friendship. but this element is missing, instead the author jumps straight to the next adventure. overall, this book had a creative plot with potential, but D+ in the way he executes it. I will read book 4.... if the series continues to go downhill I will stop.

Amazing narration by the way!!

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I wish Lasgol would use his abilities more

Its annoying how dumb lasgol can be honestly, it just annoyed me how airhead he is at times and how he never uses abilities that are bestow upon him smh

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Beta readers or another Editing needed Here

I'm stopping here to review the series so far. The world and story are good overall and the audio performance was also well done. I did notice occasional inconsistencies in voices used for certain characters, and so I gave the performance a 4 out of 5.
The peoples/races and creatures are cool, if a bit shallow in cultural or historical depth. What's good in the story is the bones and certain scenes. You can tell from the frequent fact dumps delivered in one form or another (usually through Egil) that the author put a lot of effort into the details and histories of this world and also that he wasn't very successful or perhaps confident in delivering those details to the reader fluidity or naturally.
Many scenes like the dream test where he learns what school(s) he has an affinity with or the one where he retakes his family estate in his home town felt good and complete, but those are like blocks that don't always fit together well. You get a sense of tension and the emotions and actions feel appropriate in the moment but then it's dropped or forgotten. You stop and wonder when did they learn that or when did that happen or why is that happening now.
Unfortunately, if listened to by anyone with a decent memory or feel for plot or character progression this story will like feel poorly constructed or inconsistent at some level and the choices of the characters will not always seem appropriate based on their natures and what each should have learned from past events.
Even simple human curiosity wasn't always reliable. Prompting questions like: How is it that none of the team that knew about it initially asked where the egg came from? That might have opened some doors or created suspicion that could have naturally lead to a reveal about Lasgol's past.
If your looking for something to entertain middle school level readers this would be excellent, but I very much would have preferred that this story have been reviewed and rewritten for overall consistency and realistic character reactions so it wouldn't feel like the author is dragging the character along in an unlikely direction. Finding a more natural way to deliver the details that where dumped through Egil would also have been a great way to maintain the momentum.
I'll continue to follow the story, but it's like someone watered down my drink. I know this could have been better. I need this character to stop letting events push him about while the author forces unrealistic, juvenile, or muted reactions. I also need his companions to stop feeling like unchanging set dressing with almost no tangible emotional development after 3 yrs in story. These kids are in the middle of blood shed an carnage, and there are deep questions of loyalty to ones king and very little of that termoal comes through.

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Extra comments:
- no subtlety or direction to reader or character emotional state or development
- lazy sounding and/or repetitive phrases that aren't appropriately tailored to a character or aren't compelling enough -like: "do it with everything you've got" or "that freezes the soul"
-main character continuity issues - forgets learned facts too easy - why eat up words to tell me and him if he won't remember later and make use of the facts -.even going so far as to have him ask for the information later like the subject hadn't been literally punch into his head at the end of the previous book. Truly wasted opportunities to pull the plot together by saying something like "he recalled the thing he learned then. Maybe it could be of use here" or " Yes I knew that, I learned it when this happened for those of you who don't know and could use the information in your character development process"
- inappropriately timed fact dumping - example you don't have to stop in the middle of a battle to have an inexperienced young ranger who should be having very distressed internal dialogue or external anxiety instead calmly deliver a paragraph of encyclopedic facts about the enemy - these dumps are often inappropriately timed or are worded in a way that feels pasted in without consideration for the events taking place.



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such promise

This book started out great but it became too hard to keep going and so frustrating I had to stop.

never had this happen in a book series for me...so much potential.

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Amazing

No other words but this is a great book. I finished with it in 1 day easily.

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  • victoria mcmullen
  • 03-05-21

my favourite book series

loved it can't stop reading it I love every character I love how they mature

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  • Millsy
  • 02-25-22

I CAN'T TAKE IT ANY MORE...

I'm about 3 hours in and I CAN'T TAKE IT ANY MORE... I find it so INCREDIBLY frustrating that 3 years in they still don't trust each other, complete mistrust of magic and of Camo even though he's never done anything bad, quite the opposite, saving their lives and generally helping them. I also find it really frustrating that the main group of characters should be aged around 19 yet they have the maturity of 13-year-olds, is this the target audience? Whatever case, I'm far older than that and it's an aspect of this series that continues to bug me and combined with the above reasons, I'm not going to listen any longer. Normally I would have complained that these books were far too short for the $15 cost but this time its all too long. I suggest giving it a miss unless you are a young teen yourself however even then I would suggest these characters are emotionally poor role models.

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  • MR ALEXANDER WISHART
  • 12-29-21

a good book but with 2 steps back

still an interesting book and more for me to enjoy however there were a few things I was not to happy with in the first book they made a big deal about no more secrets and how they had tell share everything about themselves and since the MC held back about his magic they hated him and it yet in this book its clear that most of the team are hiding secrets but it ok for them they even said as much which it's a big WTF moment also you would think by now 3 years in that the other would be more use to magic when it comes to their friend but no they have not grown an become Venomous apart from those two faults everything great and I'm moving straight onto the next book with no breaks

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-08-21

Loved this book!

I'd recommend this series to any young listener. a story line that isn't always predictable keeps you on the edge of your seat!

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  • Victor
  • 10-09-21

Poorly written, a mess!

Struggled to finish it, the story is very frustrating. The characters are poorly written. The first book was promising and so I kept torturing myself in the hopes of it getting better, but I will stop here.