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Publisher's Summary

Jorundyr's Path is walked only by the brave. It is survived only by the strong.

As Wulfric pursues Adalhaid's Blood Debt, he soon learns that the path to revenge is never easy, and the desires of men and the will of gods rarely meet. Aethelman seeks answers to questions long ignored. Rodulf chases power and wealth.

From the streets of Elzburg to the dry plains of Darvaros, Wulfric walks Jorundyr's Path and encounters a world larger than he could ever have dreamed of, filled with friends, enemies, and danger - the crucible from which heroes are forged.

©2017 Duncan M. Hamilton (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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  • Brian
  • California City, CA, United States
  • 09-19-17

Fantasy ADD?

I really really wanted to like this series. I love the coming of age, finding they have mythical powers, the girl, blah, blah, blah...I'm just a sucker for it and I can't get enough of it. But this book was like listening to a story teller with REALLY bad attention deficit disorder (ADD). The first book was written COMPLETELY different than this one. I much prefer books written in the first person, but of course some of the greats are written from multiple perspective. The first book tells a story from multiple perspectives and spends an adequate, if not somewhat short, amount of time with each character. Jorundyr's Path is told from at least 3 primary points of view, with at least 6 other characters with small parts. The weird and annoying thing is that the author only spends around 15 seconds to 3 minutes on each character (as read by the narrator). I'm not making this up. The book will transition from one character to another for like 3-4 sentences and then move onto another character. WTF? There is absolutely no way to get into any one part of the book because you have to listen to it in 1-3 minute segments, then wait to hear about some insignificant part of somebody else's day, and then back for another short part. He even does this crap in fight scenes.

The story follows a few different people around, with Wulfric as the main character. He is possessed of some berserker gift from the gods that, for some odd reason, makes him look like he's freezing death (uncontrollable shaking and teeth chattering)?!? Oh, and at times I'm pretty sure that the author forgets that Wulfric has this ability. The concept of the book is spot on and should have been a lot better than this. The book is actually pretty boring and extremely predictable. The author just doesn't seem like he has the proper depth to tell a really interesting story. There are little to no fight scenes in the book, and the ones that are I could have written. For those of you who have read or listened to really good fight sequences you know what I mean. These ones are just bad.

I definitely rate this book as below average. Sorry Wulfric, maybe Mr. Hamilton will spend a bit more time on you and your story in the next book.

Simon Vance nailed it as always!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Really good (almost great) book.

I really loved the first book and this one didn't disappoint... Simon Vance crushed the narration like he always does, and the characters where compelling and really well developed. I would have loved to give this book a 5 star rating, but I reserve those for books that are in my opinion flawless or very nearly so.

I had two problems with this book (neither of which should discourage anyone from spending a credit, it's definitely worth a listen)....

First and most important there are 5 main story lines going on at once and throughout the book I felt like the author jumped from one to another like he was fly-fishing. I would have liked to have had full chapters with each character rather than bouncing back and forth every 5-10 pages.

Second, this really felt like a the "middle" book in a trilogy. Yes, I know that it is the middle book in this trilogy, but it doesn't have the plot pacing and narrative structure you would expect from a standard well-written book. I was totally engrossed in the plot and immersed in the world, but when i heard "We hope you have enjoyed this program!" I was like, "huh... I guess you could just stop there, couldn't you?"

Regardless, I'm looking forward to the next book and can't wait to find out what happens next.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Better than the first

The story was already good. I really liked the way this one flowed. Just enough time with each character and back again. It kept me riveted!! Great narration as well!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Need less fluff

Exciting story but there are to many character shifts and not a enough about wolfram. I find myself skipping more than listening at 30s intervals.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great book

The only reason I didn't give this book 5 stars overall is because it jumps scenes too quickly. It's annoying at times. Other than that I loved it. Performance is top notch and the story is addictive.

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  • Eric
  • Charlotte, NC
  • 08-01-17

I had high hopes.. They were not met.

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I really enjoyed the first book and I usually don't even consider reviewing a 2nd or 3rd book in a series as they are usually more of what you get in the 1st. Not the case here. Have you ever been watching television with some one who likes to watch 2 or 3 things at once? Every time one program gets good they switch the channel!? That is what this book is like. Totally abrupt perspective changes throughout the book. Since this is an audio book Ill explain using time instead of pages. There are character changes at some points in the book every 1-2 mins of listening. I could understand if they were all experiencing an event together and the writer was showing all the different perspectives of the event but the people are all over the place and have nothing to do with each other. Why? I have no idea, it added nothing to the story and made what could have been a great book, a very frustrating listen.

9 of 13 people found this review helpful

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This book is so good!!!

I loved this book even more than the first. While the first reads like a fairytale, in this one, the story and it's characters get more complex and the path becomes quite suspension. Loved it, can't wait for the next one!!

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Too many plotholes / unrealistic situations

Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would not recommend. Story just became disappointing and a disappointing book is worse than not reading one

What was most disappointing about Duncan M. Hamilton’s story?

Too many unrealistic scenarios and cop outs. The author switches back and forth between characters too often. Just a small page blurb describing something unimportant and then switching again.
*kind of(?) SPOILER WARNING*
Not going too into detail of the story but there are many situations where certain characters just constantly succeed without deserving it
One character is going above and beyond investigating another one trying to get her arrested but with no motivation
the main characters story is not even interesting anymore

Do you think Jorundyr's Path needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes, its an unfinished story and never leave a book unfinished

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very good!

Great story! Fast, satisfying, and straight to the point. Looking forward to part 3. cheerio!

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  • John
  • Lampasas, TX, United States
  • 01-12-18

Disappointing

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

While the first book was both riveting and exciting, this one was not. It is written differently than the first book and because of the way it is written, it droned on and on. Simon Vance's narration was spot on but the story was not.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-09-17

great.

very compelling story .can not wait for book 3, filled with twists turns and intrigue.

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  • Mary
  • 11-01-17

Good story, made better by the performance

A good solid story, however it’s the performance of the narrator that really brings it to life... awesome

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  • Ryan
  • 09-14-17

second in the tail and as gripping

enjoyed the first book that found me searching for the second striaght away looking forward to the third

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  • Shamann
  • 09-06-17

Another great story.

What did you like most about Jorundyr's Path?

Great follow on from book 1. Entertaining movement between the main characters.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Jorundyr's Path?

I particularly enjoyed the old priest's journey.

Which character – as performed by Simon Vance – was your favourite?

Wulfric, by a short margin!

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

A range of emotions throughout the book.

Any additional comments?

Really good listening; beautifully narrated once again by Mr. Vance. Eagerly awaiting book 3 in print and audio.

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  • A. K. Lowe
  • 09-03-17

Excellent story... brilliantly narrated.

whilst i found the jumping about in each chapter a little frustrating at first, the story stll flows well and I Cant wait for book 3.

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  • Ian C Dando
  • 08-14-17

Great story - fabulous narration.

Can't wait for book #3 - story is developing in a wonderful way. Narration by Simon Vance is top notch - as always.