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Calder has survived the battle on the Gray Island, and escaped the Heart of Nakothi with his sanity intact. The Empire is without a leader, and he's perfectly placed to take the reins himself.

But he is not Emperor yet. The world is divided between those who support Imperial tradition and those who believe no one can take the throne. Calder must do everything he can to hold the Empire together, even as the Elders lurk in the shadows, ready to devour mankind. Meanwhile, Shera and her Consultant's Guild are stronger than ever. If Calder doesn't stop them soon, he may never get another chance.

In the shadows, a woman seeks to divide mankind.

On the seas, a man fights to save it.

©2015 Hidden Gnome Publishing (P)2019 Audible, Inc.

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1 dilemma... which of the 2 do you start with?

"Welcome, Reader. Right now, you’re reading the second book in the Elder Empire series. But it’s not the ONLY second book! Of Dawn and Darkness was written in parallel with Of Darkness and Dawn, which takes place at the same time from a different perspective... Welcome to the Elder Empire."
So yeah, as you can see Will Wight's back at it with this uniquely told tale, and, I happily dove back into the books, facing only one dilemma... which of the two books do I start with? Decisions, decisions... ummmm... I ended up choosing this one first as I had just finished another book narrated by Emily Woo Zeller and figured I'd break things up a bit.
I loved jumping back into Calder Marten's life, and found myself right back where the last book (Of Sea and Shadow) ended. We also get a lot more back story of Jyrine (Calder's wife), and each of his crew members aboard the Testament. I found that I was very satisfied as I reached the conclusion of the story... it probably didn't hurt to know I've another book to go! So Yay... Go me!
Travis Baldree's narration never fails to satisfy. All of the dialogue is well nuanced, with just the right touch of emotion each character deserves! Altogether, this series of books is simply Top Notch!

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Fantastic

I absolutely love the world, and the performance is impressive as always
I'll definitely be picking up the rest in the series.

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Great sequel!

There is a lot of good backstory in this book about how the crew came to be. It is interesting having read the other second book first. So I knew that some key moments were going to occur but the change of perspective is interesting. Baldree does a great job with his narration of this vast cast.

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These books are awesome

If you are reading this review you are wasting time that you could be spending in the book. Get it now, it is terrific.

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Awesome addition to the library.

I don't regret the pre-order at all. started it and didn't listen to anything else till it was over.

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4.5 - This Series just gets better and better

with each book I read. And it may earn a full 5 by the end. There is a sense of serious frivolity about it, almost as if the joke is on the reader. It is very well-read; love the diversity of easily differentiated & recognizable character voices! So, now to read the Other book 2, Of Darkness and Dawn, and get the other perspective on these same events before moving on to books 3.

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Excellent From the First "Page"

Wonderful writing and reading. Will and Travis are both incredible. This series keeps getting better. Time to dive into Darkness!!

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Fantastic book!

Great story, fun characters, and amazing performance by Travis Baldree once again. Will Wight is able to deliver great book after great book, even between different series. I am now going to immediately start listening to Of Darkness and Dawn, the sister to this book. Once again, well done Will Wight!

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Mostly a prequel

Book is more prequel flashbacks than new story. This story would have been much better if the stories were in chronological order. Between the massive flashbacks and the marketing move of having half the story in another book from another character's point of view this book ended up being a waste of time. I like the character and world. l'll not continue the series though.

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enjoyed it

great book from start to end ! I would suggest to a friend or anyone