When second son Alexander Valentine loses his brother to an assassin's arrow, he discovers that his family protects an ancient secret....
Seventy-five years ago, the dragons fell from the sky. We thought they were just meteorites - six terrifying explosions rang the world like a bell....
The series follows the adventures of Kael: a young man who is thrust from his home in the Unforgivable Mountains and onto a hero's path....
A young warrior called Rezkin is unexpectedly thrust into the outworld when a terrible battle destroys all that he knows....
Minalan gave up a promising career as a professional warmage to live the quiet life of a village spellmonger in the remote mountain valley of Boval....
Carentan, France, 1944 - Ethan Martin, a soldier in the 101st Airborne, is fighting for his life. But soon he will learn what peril truly is when he is ripped from his world and transported to a land of magic....
When Soren is plucked from the streets and given a place at the prestigious academy of swordsmanship, he thinks his dream of being a great swordsman has become a possibility....
When Dante Galand was just a boy, his father, Larsin, sailed away to make his fortune. And never returned. Since then, Dante has become a great sorcerer. A ruler....
Nations were slaughtered, cities were erased from existence, and defending armies were crushed into oblivion....
Kyrus Hinterdale is about to get drawn into a conflict, the likes of which he could never have imagined....
Twisted by black magic and driven by soul-crushing loss, Lowin Fenly, a young scribe turned knight, struggles to hold on to his humanity as he battles to rescue that which he values most....
Dark secrets surround Lusam's origins, and the dark agents of the Empire will stop at nothing to kill Lusam....
The Thieves Guild is renowned for their ability to steal anything. Its elite members have robbed nobles of wealth, reputation, and even their honor....
Having two of his fingers cut off at an early age hadn't done much to make Xandrith an agreeable fellow. Besides marking him as a pariah and having him shunned by even his own family....
Aaron Jace had a normal life until they came for him. Now he's being hunted. Assassins will stop at nothing to find him. Aaron is from Earth; his family is not....
In Alorin...300 years after the genocidal Adept Wars, the realm is dying, and the blessed Adept race dies with it. One man holds the secret to reverting this decline: Bjorn van Gelderan....
The entire Legends of the Nameless Dwarf Tetralogy in one set....
A chance encounter with an ancient and mysterious object awakens a latent gift, and Wulfric's life changes course....
Isabel reaches Karth, tormented by the influence of the Wraith Queen, and quickly becomes embroiled in the conflict between the House of Karth and the Reishi Army Regency. Before she can form any meaningful alliance with the Karth family, she must first challenge a dark and sinister power that has kept the Isle of Karth in thrall for millennia. The harsh snows of winter have arrived, stalling open warfare in Fellenden, but Zuhl presses the attack, relying on the power of his dragons to carry the day and dealing a blow to Alexander that is as devastating as it is personal. Abandoned by the love of his life, Alexander wakes among the dragons of Tyr. Bedridden by a grievous injury, he struggles with the limitations of his magic in a desperate effort to help the two people he loves most survive the winter, while also preparing his allies for the coming spring. What he discovers about the true nature of his calling might change everything.
I’ve been meaning to write a review of each of the book in the Seven Isles series, but just haven’t seemed to get around to it. Now that I completed it, I have decided to write a review of the entire series instead. I guess as a whole I would best describe The Seven Isles as The Wheel Of Time Lite. With much of the same concepts, evil returns to the world, as a young hero and his friends take up the unwanted duties to save mankind, the Seven Isles doesn’t have quite the depth of Robert Jordan’s novels.
Books one and two are much the same, and center around the young hero Alexander. After his brother is murdered, he returns home to find that an evil Arch Mage has arisen from the dead, and Alexander is the long lost ancestor of an ancient king, the only person who can defeat the mage. Predictably, our young hero wants nothing to do with saving the world, but the Arch Mageforces his hand by sending evil forces to kill him. The story stays exclusively with Alexander’s character in the first two books as he and his friends run for their lives. The story almost becomes comical as they are repeatedly attacked by both men and creatures. It seems that our band of heroes can only walk mere steps before another attack comes from soldiers, wizards, demons, dragons, and wild animals. At one point they are attacked by a swarming hive of bees. Each time they barely survive and must heal themselves with magic or potions. It really became a bit ridiculous the amount of times characters should have died only to healed just in time. Despite these things, for some reason I still found myself enjoying the books enough to continue.
Books three and four of the series mark a vast improvement. After two books of following only Alexander, the book suddenly opens up to include the view points of other characters. The best of these are Alexander’s new wife Isabel, and his sister Abigail. The story improves greatly from this point as plots begin to take form, and the group does less running and hiding. Alexander begins to strengthen his magic, and his friends find they have some powers as well.
Books five and six form a bit of a lull in the series as Alexander is either injured or in the custody of one enemy or another for much of the two books. He learns to project his image to anywhere in the world, and spends much of these two books helping the others from afar. The other character blossom more in this book, which was a good thing, but waiting for Alexander to return to the action got a little old. Secondary plots are given more time as Alexander is away.
The seventh and final book is by far the best of the series as our heroes prepare for and execute the final battle with evil. The final battle is drawn out nicely, and most plots are put to rest nicely so the the world may live happily ever after.
Overall, despite this story not being the most complex or original, it redeemed itself with likable characters and an overall enjoyable feel to it. Yes the good characters were good beyond the point of saints, and the evil were predictably wicked, but I found myself enjoying the series more and more as I went along. I almost gave up on this series after book two, but for some reason I found myself wanting to continue on. By the end I found the Seven Isles to be very rewarding listen.
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the storyline is great it's very interesting has great plot twist never thought some of the things were coming that came I would recommend this book for anybody who enjoys things of days gone by with hints of fantasy and Magic
great storyline, and great narrator. I finish one book in this series and can't wait to buy the next to continue the story.
I have enjoyed this series tremendously but after 5 books you would think the main character and sovereign would be a bit smarter. It is typical fantasy where joe average man inherits or discovers a great power or unexpectedly becomes king or lord. Alex is that man. All the other characters have learned rapidly to become wizards or witches and are carrying Alex along waiting for him to mature. He has two of the most powerful swords in existence and can barely use them. He gets shot or stabbed every other chapter and nearly dies. He has to enter another dimension to ask the previous Sovereigns what to do all the time. He went cry baby and got possessed by a demon and cant kick a spiders bunz. All in all it is a good series but patience is required with the main character.
seemed rushed in the wrighting almost whent mad by the HE enter name said she said
all books move at good speed amazing voice actor. he brings it to life and does a good job of separating the different voices
This book was the slowest for me of the series. The plot doesn't flow as smoothly as the rest of the books but still a great performance by Derek Perkins.
With a writer who has so much imagination, why oh why am sitting there grinding my teeth over the dialogue.
Get the point!
Come on David you've got to better than that?!
this is a great book in this series. I see ideas from many other great fantasy series in this series
The relationships and conversations between characters are so basic and child like sometimes I feel like I'm reading a book aimed at young teenagers.
Fights seem to consist of people constantly rolling to the side miraculously and dealing killing blows. With characters besting the default experienced enemy that seems to be over 6ft, weighing over 250lbs and is barrel chester, even though they only started training with weapons at the age of 14.
The world of magic was interesting at first, but very little of the mechanics behind it have been explained and this is the 5th book!
The performance has some interesting voices, but the female parts are dreadful and bring me straight out of the story. I swear some of the voices were just impressions of Gollum in this volume. In fact, in the Witches section I could have counted over 100 "voice said" in the space of 5 minutes.
The only reason I keep buying books in this series is because I just want to find out what happens.
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Would you listen to Cursed Bones again? Why?
Would definitely listen to again because there is always something that you'll miss first time. Never boring.
Who was your favorite character and why?
Too many good characters. I have images of them all and i love their idiosyncrasies.
What about Derek Perkins’s performance did you like?
Derek Perkins.....one of the best!
Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
Yes! I found myself commenting out loud often and it made me smile
Any additional comments?
Read the series!!
great book can't wait until the next book oh wait I don't need to you have it ;)
The more I get into this series the more interesting it gets and the more I am enjoying it. Narrator is excellent