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Fireblood Audiobook

Fireblood: Whispers from Mirrowen, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

In a world beset by plagues, Tyrus of Kenatos has made it his life’s work to end the devastation.

Yet when he first ventures into the Scourgelands to uncover the secret of the plagues’ origin, he barely makes it out alive after being ambushed by a mysterious, unseen enemy.

Tyrus knows the plagues will rise again - more powerful than ever before - and he is determined to complete his mission. To aid in his new quest, he summons his nephew Annon and his niece Hettie - both of whom possess an innate magic called the fireblood - and a pack of unlikely allies.

But as the group sets out on its journey, the ruthless ruler of Kenatos, the Arch-Rike, has other plans - deploying a legion of minions who will stop at nothing to destroy them. For if they succeed, the truth will be revealed: about a Druidecht secret of a forgotten magical race, a deadly betrayal, and a hidden child who could be the key to banishing the plagues.

©2013 Jeff Wheeler (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

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    Phillip Virginia Beach, VA, United States 01-23-14
    Phillip Virginia Beach, VA, United States 01-23-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Slow start, mediocre characters, + cliff hanger."

    It takes a good while for the story to get going. The author could have developed the characters more given the length of the story. That said, the author did create interesting settings and a good plot. The book would have benefited however from tightening up some of the overview descriptions and incorporating events from the characters' histories and memories. While wheeler is better than most at shifting between plot lines of the disparate groups and individuals, I'm tired of authors using a cliff hanger to get you to buy the next book. I'd rather buy a book in a series because I have come to like the characters and story line.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Jason Sherwood, OR, United States 01-31-14
    Jason Sherwood, OR, United States 01-31-14 Member Since 2005

    Some days you need to take a break from getting better and just enjoy a great tale. Whatever your mood you can find it here at Audible.

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    "If you don't expect too much you'll be pleased."

    I have to admit that about half way through the audio book I was ready to quit and move on to something else. The story felt like it had the depth of a series of short stories and not the rich character development you see in contemporary fantasy epics. That being said I found the second half of the book to be far more enjoyable. There are lots of fantasy novels I'd recommend before this one but I would say it was a good early attempt by an author who makes his living doing something else. I have great hopes for Jeff Wheeler that as he continues to improve his craft the world / character depth that is the hallmark of fantasy will find its way into his stories.

    Reasons to purchase:
    • The story is faithful to what you see in other contemporary fantasy and is enjoyable as a whole
    • The author appears to get better as the story goes so I have hopes that his next novel will be even better

    Reasons to avoid:
    • I found the narrator's performance to be a distraction. He wasn't terrible, just not someone I'd like to hear again if possible. I'm a little spoiled since I've listened to some great narrators so listening to Mr. Page wasn't as enjoyable as it might have been.
    • Some of the scenes were awkward and could have used more editing. A good story at the core but a few areas could have been improved greatly with more editing.

    Summary:
    If you're searching for an epic to fall in love with, this isn't the one. If you're looking for a generally good time without high expectations you'll be pleased.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Tyler M. Rudie 02-28-16

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    "I love learning about druid mythology well written"

    I love learning about drugs mythology well written enjoyed all of the storyline coming together

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    TinaL 02-23-14
    TinaL 02-23-14

    Tina in AZ

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    "Wonderful voices for the characters"
    Would you listen to Fireblood again? Why?

    I will definitely listen to Fireblood again. It is a trilogy book 2, Dryad Born came out in February so, of course, I had to go back and read book 1, Fireblood first to refresh my memory. This time, Whispersync for Kindle was only $1.99, so I added it. What a wonderful interpretation of Jeff Wheeler's story. I especially liked to hear the pronunciation of the terms used.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Lydia dTM 07-01-17
    Lydia dTM 07-01-17 Member Since 2017
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    "So happy I purchased this!"

    Honestly, I have a very guilty pleasure that is listening to bodice rippers while doing menial tasks around the house. The issue is that I then have to keep my headset on at all times for shame of the shoddy prose I willingly subject myself to, and I long for the freedom that are speakers. Due to this, Jeff Wheeler's books are an awesome treat! I get to be truly drawn in to an epic story with fabulously constructed worlds and characters, be free of earbuds for a while and still not have to freak out and pause it whenever my little girl enters the room in a way I may have to if I were to be enjoying something along the lines of Game of Thrones.

    A great start to what I imagine will be an excellent series/trilogy! I wholeheartedly recommend it!

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    Chris 06-25-17
    Chris 06-25-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Beginning"

    Enthralling beginning to an epic tale of magic and fantasy. I look forward to reading the other two books in the trilogy.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Georgia Salida, Co USA 06-09-17
    Georgia Salida, Co USA 06-09-17 Member Since 2009

    Tell us about yourself!

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    "Good story"

    Interesting concepts, good story. I believe I will follow this series to the next book. Several main characters and the development of them only increases interest in the book as it develops.

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    M. Woodbury Massachusettes 05-02-17
    M. Woodbury Massachusettes 05-02-17

    Gotta have books

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    "great series start."

    Looking forward to books 2 and 3. Enjoyed the setup in book 1. good story.

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    Robert ny 04-29-17
    Robert ny 04-29-17 Member Since 2017

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    "Very rich fantasy tale!"

    I am happy that I kept listening. I was turned off a bit with trying to keep up with the different races I encountered. As I continued to listen, I began to appreciate how rich the characters made the story. I started to see them in my mind's eye and was drawn to the main protagonists. This is a very good story and I recommend it to lovers of literature, fables and a good story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    The Super-duper Amazing Silver Golem 03-31-17

    I love a good chaotic adventure with creativity, heart and lots of laughs.

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    "One of those "forgotten as soon as it ends" books."

    "Fireblood" was one of those books that you can't remember as soon as it ends. It wasn't terrible, the writing was decent and the narrator was decent. The flare of wonder just wasn't  there and each time the play button was pressed the event was a followed by moment of trying to recall where the story had left off.

    "Fireblood" is the first book in a series in a plague filled midevil fantasy setting where the many races of humans within it have unique supernatural abilities. The story centers around Annon, a druidecht, Hetti, a slave/finder, and Paedrin, a monk. According to the summary a person might assume it is about a man named Tyrus trying to stop the plagues, but it mostly centers on the three young adults he tries to manpulate into doing so.

     This plot probably sounds more intreguing than it actually is, however. Most of the time the deceit within "Fireblood" is painfully obvious and problems will arrive that everyone including the book's characters saw coming far in advance, but decide to ignore until it actually becomes a problem. It also ends in a lackluster cliffhanger.

    Boiling it down, "Fireblood" is a very simple fantasy with simple characters in a plot that doesn't seem to go anywhere. The narrator did a decent job, but not enough of one to bring a bit of spice to the story. It's recommended to extreme fantasy fans who can get a hold of it cheep and find themselves with no idea of what to read next.

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    "I hated it"

    No idea if the story was any good, the narration was so horrible that I won't finish it, perhaps the story style simply doesn't suit Michael Page, I did well by getting up to chapter 20. I started listening to this because I LOVED the Muirwood books, they were such a pleasure to hear. I will see what else is available to listen to by Jeff Wheeler - I'm so glad this wasn't the first book I tried by him, I would have been put off anything else.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Mrs.M.Clews
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    5/30/16
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    "Disappointed"

    Part one read like a potboiler. Part two was a little better but very disappointing on the whole

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    "amazing book"

    loved the book really easy to get in to needs to be come a movie

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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