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Eight hundred years have passed since King Connavar of the Rigante and his bastard son, Bane, defeated the invading army of Stone. In that time, Connavar has become a legend, and the Rigante have lost the freedom so many gave their lives to preserve. A conquered people, they live and die under the iron rule of the Varlish, their culture all but destroyed.

One woman remains who follows the ancient paths once trod by the Rigante. She is the Wyrd of Wishing Tree Wood, and she alone knows the nature of the evil soon to be unleashed on a doomed and unsuspecting world. In a perilous land, facing an uncertain destiny, she pins her initial hopes on two men: Jaim Grymauch, the giant Rigante fighter, a man haunted by his failure to save the friend he loved from betrayal, and Kaelin Ring, a youth whose deadly talents will earn him the enmity of all Varlish. One will become the Ravenheart, an outlaw leader whose daring exploits will inspire the Rigante. The other will forge a legend and light the fires of rebellion.

The Wyrd knows that ultimately all hopes will rest on a third man. Of the bloodline of Connavar the King, he will need to overcome generations of fear and hatred if he is to achieve his destiny. For he is a Varlish nobleman, and - worse - the son of the Rigante's greatest enemy....

©2017 David Gemmell (P)2017 Orion Publishing Group

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it will truly touch your soul

once again another book that both saddens and uplifts your very soul. I can't say enough about these book. if your not sure about them I beg you to give them a try

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again very happy

Again. I do not think that there could have been a better performance from man or woman get stories great reader love series from the beginning
Thank you Mr Gemmell.

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Love the author-Narrator was great-Excellent job!

Jaim Grimmach, Kaelin Ring, Maev Ring, the Moidart... What else do you need? Murder, suspense, corrupt church, this book has it all!

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fantastic!

don't miss this one! as with all Gemmell's books, it pulls you in from the first wordd and keeps you there to the last. the narrator is excellent! ive seen reviews castigating her for being a female narrator and i was hesitant but she did an absolutely wonderful job. her range of voice was excellent and all the charactors were unique. A truly great book!

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  • Hugh
  • 07-22-18

Great story, well performed

This is a well crafted story. Looking forward to the next one. I liked the reader

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  • Ian C Dando
  • 02-27-18

Superb series.

An enthralling trek through Rigante history . Tremendous narration and great writing (as you would expect from David Gemmell.

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  • 10-16-18

Awful pronunciation and a fake accent

I've loved this book for years but this reading is so bad I can't finish it.

Almost every name is mispronounced, (Saint Persis Al-ba-tah-knee, and gay-zee Macon).

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  • nigel screen
  • 09-03-18

superb book not 100% on the reader

all the rigante series of books are brilliant, can't help but feel it would have been better read by a Scottish person though

The rigante are not from the south of England!

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  • Stephen
  • 04-19-18

WOW that was just amazing

have read almost all of David Gemmells books and hearing them on audible is just amazing love it