Prince Aidan Gairden's life was planned out for him 800 years before he was born. On his 16th birthday, he will take up Heritage, the magical sword wielded by his mother and generations of Gairden ancestors before him, and lead the kingdom of Torel into a new golden age of peace and prosperity.
That's how his mother envisions his impending reign. Aidan prefers to see it as decades of sitting in an uncomfortable chair listening to old men bicker over property lines and taxes. If Aidan had his way, he would leave the sword and throne behind for a life free of responsibility.
To Aidan's utter shock, Heritage grants his wish. In front of his parents and the entire kingdom, the sword rejects Aidan, leaving Torel without an heir.
While Aidan struggles to find his place, an ancient evil awakens and provokes a war between Torel and the warrior tribes of the west. Thrust upon a bloody trail of deception and corruption, Aidan is forced to make a desperate choice: lead Torel in a war he does not believe in, or be banished from his home and family forever.
Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?
this was serious work to finish
Would you recommend Heritage: Book One of the Gairden Chronicles to your friends? Why or why not?
In its audible form, with this narrator not on your life. but as a stand alone work to read sure.
How could the performance have been better?
the narrator is just bad! From mispronunciations to just bland terrible cadence that puts you to sleep the only time it is redeemed is if there is a dialogue then you can stay awake because you are so irritated about bad accents, and just WRONG pronunciations.
Any additional comments?
I am very sorry for the author because the editor did him a serious disservice by publishing this book under this narration. It was just so hard to get past it to the actual book. I think that the plot was imaginative and would have been captivating if I had been able to read it. In fact the fact that I did continue to push on to the end is a good test of the fact that its a good plot with good characters and would be a good read. I really wanted to stop sooooooo many times!!!!! I will get the other books from the library or ebook. I think this book and series will go far. I do think that the attempts at sexual intimacy were very forced and just put in for maybe the teen sale value????? they could easily be left out and not hurt the book at all. It's a great book without being embarrassed that the author is trying to force this in. I think it would raise it a large notch without it.