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Publisher's Summary

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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Seriously abuses the hell out of this time skip th

I wrote a review after reading the first book about how I was frustrated with the time skipping, and this book doesn't help. Seriously if you're like me and you do things while you listen to books you don't always get every word but for god sakes I have no clue what's happening in what order. I thought I knew his situation okay the book starts off at the scribes him as a kid and then it gets too when he's older but somehow or another it's jumping back and forth between his time before and after becoming a certain title. And the problem is it's like I do I don't know what the hell the point is because you're like wait a second is this now or then what's the point. It's feels like a literary trick and I wish he'd stop I'm terrified to think what the third book is going to be like

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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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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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book 1-2

book 1-2.. I'm looking forward to book 3 the story line gets better and better..

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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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Not as good as first book.

I like the idea of the story and I’m intrigued to see where it goes Buddy Johnson around way too much and sometimes hard to follow.

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On the edge of my seat

I loved the way this book is written, with flashbacks from the past and present with each set of stories developing and intertwining as the book progresses. Both sets of the character's lives were extremely interesting. I had trouble putting this book down and was on the edge of my seat at the end of each chapter. Very interesting story and I was truly intrigued by the characters and their pasts and loved taking the journey with them! Highly recommend this book!