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From R. A. Salvatore, the legendary creator of Drizzt Do'Urden, comes the start of a brand new epic journey.

When Aoleyn loses her parents, she is left to fend for herself among a tribe of vicious barbarians. Bound by rigid traditions, she dreams of escaping to the world beyond her mountain home.

The only hope for achieving the kind of freedom she searches for is to learn how to wield the mysterious power used by the tribe's coven known as the Song of Usgar. Thankfully, Aoleyn may be the strongest witch to have ever lived, but magic comes at price. Not only has her abilities caught the eye of the brutish warlord that leads the tribe, but the demon of the mountain hunts all who wield the Coven's power, and Aoleyn's talent has made her a beacon in the night.

©2018 R. A. Salvatore (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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A witch of a different sort

This is the start of an epic fantasy set in a world of many lands with people of typical customs and several of some very strange bewildering customs. R. A. Salvatore creates several characters through the story, each with their own story arcs along the way, seemingly, unrelated to each other but we knowingly realize that these loose story strands are destined to entangle at points.

The primary protagonist is a young orphaned girl who is part of a ruthless warring tribe that consists of witches and warriors who only seek power and use any means to achieve it. The girl is of a different mind and this, combined with her stubbornness, continually puts her in danger from her own antics and from those around her. The story proceeds with many harrowing, brutal and poignant incidents throughout until it finishes with her framed as in the picture of the book, awaiting a continuation of the tale. One, I will sadly have to wait for.

The review would be incomplete without giving much deserved credit to Tim Gerard Reynolds' performance.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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A lot of nothing happening over a long time

What did you like best about Child of a Mad God? What did you like least?

the narrator

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I an a great fan of R.A. Salvatore. the highway man was one of the first books I have read. The issue I have is his focus on character development over years, but hardly going into depth on each character. its also a spoiler for his other series with adrians self reflections. I would have left the timeline to not skip as far as it did. it went from a child then a teen then an adult with nothing really happening.

Which character – as performed by Tim Gerard Reynolds – was your favorite?

adrian. during his brief appearance.

Was Child of a Mad God worth the listening time?

I really dont think it was. I felt like i was waiting years for something to happen to the characters then when something happen something else happened to change the characters then the wait I had to wait years again for another event.

Any additional comments?

i wouldnt take up this book if you havent read the demon wars saga.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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A new adventure in a new land.

I very much enjoyed that Salvatore was taking us to yet another part of Corona. As with building a new land it’s a bit slow to start, but this is common across pretty much every series I have read. Once it gets going though it is fantastic. More gritty than people might expect if all they have read of Salvatore is Drizzt.
This book would be OK as jumping on point in the series. However I would recommend for best enjoyment to read the first and second saga of the DemonWars.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Not great and not bad.

The book was not his best. The action was far less than I’m accustomed to from RA Salvatore. Just didn’t connect with this story!

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I am struggling to get through this...

Would you try another book from R. A. Salvatore and/or Tim Gerard Reynolds?

I have read / listened to every Forgotten Realms book Mr. Salvatore has written several times over.
I am really enjoying the narrator as it is he that has kept me going with this one.
If the narration was bad, I am sure I would have already stopped listening altogether.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

As the title for this review suggests, I am truly struggling to get through this.I am almost 3 hours in and I am just not sure what the point of the story is at this moment.The story seems to go on and on, yet there doesn't really seem to be any progression that feels like an adventure. I typically like to imagine myself in the world and become immersed inside of it. With this book, I am just hoping for something to latch onto and say "yes' that's what I have been waiting for...

What about Tim Gerard Reynolds’s performance did you like?

Tim is really good. He is easy to listen to. His accent makes the narrative flow smoothly. Unfortunately, the story is boring and as pleasant as his voice is, it is lulling me to listen to something else.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I will let you know if I can finish it.

Any additional comments?

I came to the review section of Audible hoping to see great reviews to motivate me to keep listening. In turn, I found myself agreeing with the other reviews and writing my own. I have a great respect for Mr. Salvatore as I already pre-ordered "Timeless" a new Drizzt story which was just announced a few days back.Maybe I came into this book, thinking it a new Drizzt -like adventure and this is far from that. Which may have lead to my disappointment thus far.I feel I owe it to Salvatore to keep listening because I know what he is really capable of.

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I tried...i really REALLY tried!

Couldnt get into this book for all the meandering the author is doing. Long on dialog short on action. If it wasn't for Mr Reynolds I would have not made it to the mid point.

2 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Thoughts

So the first part of this story is kinda boring and hard to get into, BUT if you can hang on the story is really interesting.
Two main things I didn’t like about the book was how sometimes information seemed to repeat itself in different ways, also didnt like the forward progress of the story, seemed to take a bit to long when coming to a certain point.
Ok ok now what I did like were the amazing fighting scenes! Very fun, need way more of them in book 2, and I also liked the way the story developed towards the end.
So book starts off at a C- and ends off with a A-

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Nothing

Thanks for nothing,nothing at all. I'm beginning to believe anyone can get an NYT Best seller stamp.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful