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Some choices can never be undone.

He lost his honor long ago. Captain Kellas was lauded as the king's most faithful servant until the day he failed in his duty. Dismissed from service, his elite regiment disbanded, he left the royal palace and took up another life. Now a battle brews within the palace that threatens to reveal deadly secrets and spill over into open war. The king needs a loyal soldier to protect him. Can a disgraced man ever be trusted?"

©2015 Katrina Elliott (P)2015 Recorded Books

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Very engaging. Can't wait for book 2

I hesitated getting this book due to the low # of reviews. Worth it- highly recommend.

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Slow to start, but be patient.

Broad, sweeping epic. Full of palace intrigues and succession battles. Politics, loyalty, love and hidden magics. Despite the length, many threads left unraveled to be taken up, I am disappointed to say, in the sequel.

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Wonderful

This is simply a wonderful story, full of complex and flawed characters, a rich world and a haunting sense of sadness and loss.

Highly recommended.

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Story is Great

A lot of promise for an excellent epic series. Ferrone is a good narrator but he did not have the style, cadence and delivery I needed to hear for this story. This book needs a narrator with what I would call classic stage training. Think Shakespearesque but with modern words.

The book is a rich intro into a (very Asian) world, strong characters, intricate relationships, history and passionate conflict. I look forward to the next book.

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A personal favorite

Good story, Good naration.
Took me juist over two days to listen complete and have completed it 2 time's sinds. (witsh i rearely do).

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had to double dip

just in case I missed something. still rewound and rewound to make sure I got the nuances and clues. I may have to go back and reread the Spirit Gate series to retie it all together. wish it was audible as well as her other series the Crown of Stars. Can't do lesson plans or crocheting or sewing and actually read at the same time.

wish she would give the other authors lessons on how to write dialog. he said "..." she said "..." over and over is just BORING, doesn't take rocket science to figure out who is talking. hate the slaughtered verbs with global ed endings instead of their irregular Ness shining.

Love that the narrator doesn't tell you that he laughed or snorted after doing so. like you couldn't figure that out for yourself. if you are going to laugh, don't read the words. or, read the words and not do the sound.

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  • Jason
  • pottstown, pa, United States
  • 01-05-16

Just stop! Depressing and Useless

This is an epicly long dreary peice of nonsense. There are no fully deverloped or likeable characters to cheer for. The story is full of drudgery. Where are the triumphs or the stellar moments of power? Here is the joke: The book was given the following review, "A masterpiece that soars with epic soul." Given by Ken Liu... aka another bad writer. This book does the exact oppostie of soar... it plods. The ONLY good thing about this mess is the narrator, Richard Ferrone. He did a great job with terrible material.

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