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Darien Audiobook

Darien: Empire of Salt Trilogy, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

From acclaimed historical novelist Conn Iggulden, Empire of Salt is an epic new fantasy series of spellbinding imagination.

Twelve families. One throne. Welcome to the Empire of Salt.

The city of Darien stands at the weary end of a golden age. Twelve families keep order with soldiers and artefacts, spies and memories, clinging to a peace that shifts and crumbles. The people of the city endure what they cannot change. Here, amongst old feuds, a plot is hatched to kill a king.

It will summon strangers to the city - Elias Post, a hunter; Tellius, an old swordsman banished from his home; Arthur, a boy who cannot speak; Daw Threefold, a chancer and gambler; Vic Deeds, who feels no guilt; and Nancy, a girl whose talent might be the undoing of them all. As the sun sets, their arrival inside the walls will spark a series of explosive events. Before the sun returns, six destinies will have been made - and lost - in Darien.

©2017 Penguin AudioBooks (P)2017 C. F. Iggulden

What the Critics Say

"A master storyteller." (Sunday Express)

"Iggulden is in a class of his own." (Daily Mirror)

"One of our finest historical novelists." (Daily Express)

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    Lyndon Skjaveland 07-26-17 Member Since 2010
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    "interesting"

    liked it alot .... it was hard to follow at first. looking forward to book 2

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  • Simon
    Waterlooville, UK
    7/13/17
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    "Great Expectations Partly Met!"

    I'm a big fan of Conn Iggulden's work. He brings history to life with diligent research and his great quality writing coupled with impressive visualization infuses colour and detail. So when I heard that he was to write a novel in one of my other favourite genres I was naturally delighted. Even more so when I read that a quality narrator like Daniel Weyman was at the microphone.

    I have to say that what then unfolds isn't at all bad. There are interesting characters and a detailed enough world, though we never seem to get the kind of background on either that you might expect from Iggulden's work. The story moves along at a fair pace and there is action that Weyman does breathe life into.

    Unfortunately I never quite felt that the characters quite made it all the way from two to three dimensional persona and the lighter-hearted humour that the author aimed for didn't quite work for me. The chemistry wasn't quite right particularly where female characters were involved and the magical powers that some possessed seemed a little too convenient to the plot and simplistic in design.

    So, one of my favourite authors bravely tries something new and fair play to him but in the crowded fantasy genre this one doesn't stand out.

    11 of 11 people found this review helpful
  • wfcmoog
    8/10/17
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    "fun, well written adventure"

    enjoyed this story and the intertwining journeys of the main characters. It's not on the scale of A Song of Fire and Ice, but Iggulden is a safe pair of hands and gives us plenty to invest in, with likeable characters and believable suspense.

    Hope this is the start of a series as I've read a lot of Iggulden and feel he may have found a perfect genre for his talents

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  • Robert
    8/9/17
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    "nice idea - though the story seems short"

    it is a good idea, nice setting, characters, etc. not an awful lot happens though.
    i have read all of his books, this is the first im a little disappointed with

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  • Adam Beere
    8/3/17
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    "Harry Potter with a sprinkling of Game of Thrones!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can't wait for the next instalment of the story.
    Great characters and storylines. Loved the magical gifts.
    I'd definitely recommend it to anyone.
    More please!

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  • Dallas Winston 9
    East Yorkshire
    8/2/17
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    "Well made heroic fantasy."
    Where does Darien: Empire of Salt rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    This was a good listen. Good story, well read. I'm looking forward to the rest in the series, when they arrive.


    What other book might you compare Darien: Empire of Salt to, and why?

    Well it's advertised as a 'Game of Thrones' style novel, Nobel houses competing with one another. But it wasn't at all like that, yes the novel houses are a presence within the book, but most of the story takes place with more common characters, I liked it,the author, though new to fanasy was a clear craftsman, he's a best selling historical author incase you didn't know. More Joe Abercrombie though than George R R Martin


    What about Daniel Weyman’s performance did you like?

    Yes, he did a great job.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No spoilers


    Any additional comments?

    The only downside was the passing over of characters, there's no pause to inform the listen it is going to happen so you go from one character to another and are like ' O right, okay' But great book, good adventure, epic at times, has magic and action.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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