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Firebrand Audiobook

Firebrand

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Zachary Davriel Hillander, High King of Sacoridia, rues how much he has had to give up to lead his realm, including the freedom to live and love as he chooses. When an embassy from Eletia arrives to propose a joint venture between their realms to seek out an old ally in the north, he is dismayed to learn that the one Sacoridian they have in mind to accompany their guide is the woman he truly loves but cannot have: Green Rider Karigan G'ladheon.

Karigan has only just returned from a dark future where Sacoridia has been conquered and is ruled by a despotic emperor, and she has not recovered in heart or mind. As if that is not enough, the castle ghosts won't leave her alone. Though Zachary is loath to part from her so soon after her return, he knows she is the best choice to undertake the mission to the north.

Each step on their journey places Karigan and her companions closer to enemy territory and danger, for northward lie the forces of Second Empire, Sacoridia's longtime foe, and Grandmother, the necromantic leader of Second Empire, has not been idle. She uses her magic to summon a wild elemental spirit to wreak havoc upon Zachary and his wife, Queen Estora.

At first the Sacoridians succeed in fending off the creature, but it so covets Estora that it can't stay away. It abducts Zachary, assuming his form and his place at Estora's side - but when it is finally ousted, Zachary is still missing. Estora, alone and heavy with twins, must prepare her realm for the coming conflict from the confines of her bedchamber.

Meanwhile, the danger only deepens for Karigan and her companions as they journey north. When she finds herself caught in the midst of a clash between forces, Karigan must rescue and protect her king before she falls into a trap set by Grandmother - a trap that could give Second Empire the power to control the dead and all the demons of the hells.

Magic, danger, and adventure abound for messenger Karigan G'ladheon in the sixth book in Kristen Britain's New York Times best-selling Green Rider epic fantasy series.

©2017 Kristen Britain (P)2017 Penguin Audio

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    Scorch 04-24-17
    Scorch 04-24-17
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    "Ellen Archer is great, but has a rough start"

    in way of performance, having listened to the other books in this series read by Ellen, it was jarring for the first few chapters. Her reading felt unnatural at first, probably due to how long it's been since the last book. She seems to be shouting the first few chapters, and the voices for characters mechanical and lifeless. However!!! That is only the first few chapters, and she quickly finds her way. Her captivating voice once more was able to paint a vivid picture of the king, his riders, and his enemies. Don't be discouraged and stop listening, give it time and it'll be just as grand of a reading as the other Green Rider books.

    ps. Her singing voice is lovely and makes me smile every time.

    As far as the content of the book, it is a much better addition to the series than the last. It felt right at home, and everything felt like it had meaning and a place unlike the last book that basically rendered 90% of itself useless by the last chapter. The story flowed and was significantly better.

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    06-16-17
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    "Favorite Series"

    This is one of my favorite series and Ellen Archer is a very good narrator. Unlike some other audio books I've listened to she is very natural in her narration and it doesn't sound like she's forcing anything. Of the book itself, AMAZING! I cannot wait for the next one. There is so much left undone and unsaid. I nearly cried when this one finished, merely because I know it'll be a while before the next one comes out.

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    Amanda Bahnson West Allis, Wi 06-15-17
    Amanda Bahnson West Allis, Wi 06-15-17 Member Since 2013
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    "Four and a half stars"

    I have loved this series from the beginning, though I really do wish that Zachary would get over Karigan already. Also, trigger warning for a torture scene. You'll see it coming.

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    Maria M. Quay Mount Vernon, WA 06-11-17
    Maria M. Quay Mount Vernon, WA 06-11-17 Member Since 2014
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    it was a great continuation to the story, can't wait for the next book. !

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    tc 06-09-17
    tc 06-09-17 Member Since 2017
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    "amazing book from an amazing series"

    love this book and was a great return to the series. I was not as thrilled with 4 and 5 but this book recaptured my love of the series for sure

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    Cheryl Donohue 06-08-17
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    "can't get enough"

    love this series, the characters, story line and the narrator. cant wait for the next installment.

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    Shirley Scott-Harris 05-22-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it!!"

    I have read all previous Green Ruder books. Love this one and look forward to the next.

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    charles gibbs Natural Bridge, NY United States 05-21-17
    charles gibbs Natural Bridge, NY United States 05-21-17 Member Since 2011
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    "Very good,but not great."
    Would you listen to Firebrand again? Why?

    Probably not. But only because it's not a stand alone.


    What other book might you compare Firebrand to and why?

    The closest compairson would be Elizabeth Moon's novels surrounding the character Paksenarrion


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    No, but it is one you will want ot finish before considering another.


    Any additional comments?

    This is another very good story by Kristen Britain. While it may not be the best in the series, it's still an excellent addition to the ongoing story of Karigan G'ladheon.
    the only real down side of the book is it is not a book you can start with. There is just too much backstory. to enjoy this one, do yourself the favor and start with Green Rider.
    The beginning may be a little stiff, but it quickly smooths itself out and becomes very enjoyable listen.

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    Diana 05-21-17
    Diana 05-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Love it!"

    Love this series. Each book is better than the last and Ellen Archer's narration, great as usual.

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    NekodeGomen 05-20-17
    NekodeGomen 05-20-17 Member Since 2017
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    "Ellen Archer is amazing"

    This was such a great follow up to Mirror Sight. It's a wonderful progression to the series it's very much been needing. As a long standing fan of Ms. Britain, I am so very happy with this book. I finally feel like we're starting to get somewhere with this series. And to see such a shift in Karigan and her journey to push through it is a wonderful addition for her character development.

    And after listening to several audio books through audibles, Ellen Archer is hands down my favorite reader. She does such a wonder job!

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