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Kingdom Blades Audiobook

Kingdom Blades: A Pattern of Shadow and Light, Book 4

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"You cannot sculpt a piece into a Player. A Player must mold himself out of fortitude and conviction." (Bjorn van Gelderan)

After the events the first three books in Melissa McPhail's award-winning epic fantasy series, A Pattern of Shadow and Light, the realm of Alorin remains unbalanced. The Fifth Vestal, Bjorn van Gelderan, has cast his Players on the field. Now they must hold their positions against Malorin'athgul as well as their immortal allies.

In Kandori...Prince Ean val Lorian is bound to Bjorn van Gelderan's game and to his sister Isabel, but Ean would rather be free of both of them. Yet he fears the game won't let him - nor will the man he used to be. Chained by guilt on one side and duty on the other, Ean chases memories through three kingdoms in an attempt to become a Player on his own terms.

In Hallovia...Tanis of Adonnai has discovered his true identity and his nature as an Adept of four strands. He's bound himself to the Malorin'athgul Pelas and in turn bound Pelas to his uncle Bjorn van Gelderan's game. But will Pelas' ability to bend Fate to his will be enough to oppose the intentions of his brothers, Darshan and Shail? And will Pelas be able to keep Tanis safe from the immortal Warlock Sinarr, who vowed to go to any lengths to make Tanis his concubine?

At the First Lord's sa'reyth...Prince Trell val Lorian has been rescued from the island of Darroyhan and the mor'alir Adept Taliah hal'Jaitar and is recovering at the First Lord's sanctuary. But while Trell is enjoying an overdue reunion with his betrothed, Alyneri, he suspects he cannot long remain off the field. If the game doesn't summon him back, his conscience will, for he owes his life to too many others. Primary among these is the Water Goddess Naiadithine. Trell can't help but wonder what the goddess will require of him in return for Her many graces...and if it will be a price he's willing to pay.

As Bjorn's game intensifies and wars escalate, those serving the Fifth Vestal must mold themselves into more than mere Players. They must become his Kingdom Blades.

©2016 Melissa McPhail (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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    linda arnold 03-10-17 Member Since 2016
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    "One of the top 5 best fantasy series ever"

    Great story, great narrator, the books get better and better as the story goes on. Definitely way up there with Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss, and Robert Jordan.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Alixa18 03-22-17
    Alixa18 03-22-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Book 4 is even better!!!"

    This story is full of philisophical questions as it builds this amazing world, where concepts and ideals become real. I have loved this series since Book 1 and I can't wait for the next one!!!

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    garrett 03-25-17
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    "Awesome"

    Every book has captivated me from right from the start. Easily in my top three for epic series. Nick Podehl does an amazing job again. I've listened to many books he has done and he keeps getting better as a narrator.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Parker Sydney, Australia 03-22-17
    Parker Sydney, Australia 03-22-17 Member Since 2010
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    "WOW! Finally a series that lives up to WOT!"
    Any additional comments?

    This series has me hooked and brought me back from giving up on fantasy and wholly moving to LitRPG. I am in love with the writing style & at first the narrator's choice of voices seemed close to the Moontide Quartet (another favourite) but the character development has blown my mind and soon the voices made perfect sense.

    If you have read Melissa's blog on her writing style, she allows each character and chapter to evolve and has no plan for them. With all of the turns and the intricate development I am in awe of her creative technique.

    Wow.

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    Travis 03-22-17
    Travis 03-22-17 Member Since 2012
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    "well written"

    I've really fallen in love with this series. Epic fantasy at it's best. narrator is fantastic as well.

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    Keaton 03-21-17
    Keaton 03-21-17 Member Since 2016
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    "I absolutly love this series"

    I without a doubt am getting every book of this series. its really easy to connect with the charictors on an emotional level.
    and as for the nararator, He never seizes to amaze me with his ability to read a story.

    My favorite part has probably yet to come. Not that this book wasnt absolutly wonderful, More that I know that no matter how she decides to end it, it will be in my top 3 reads list for a very long time.
    Also I dont want to give spoilers, just get it, its more than worth it.

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    justin 03-20-17
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    "can't wait for the next book. must buy now XD"

    I want the next book XD, crack is what this is. so good. buy now

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    Chandra Sunnyvale, US, Canada 03-20-17
    Chandra Sunnyvale, US, Canada 03-20-17 Member Since 2010
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    "fantastic!! on so many levels"

    Melissa is my top 10 author now. She continues to amaze me with her many universes, while perfectly capturing the blur between fantasy and sci-fi so enjoyably. Space, time and energy never sounded so entertaining before.

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    "Awesome book and series"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would recommend this audiobook.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Kingdom Blades?

    When Tennis reconnected with his mom.


    Which character – as performed by Nick Podehl – was your favorite?

    Isabel


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

    One of the concept I connect with from this series is that we all have a path to walk and how we walk it is up to us.


    Any additional comments?

    Nick you are one of the best narrators there is, 5star*. I have listened to a number of series you have narrated and never am I disappointed. You did a great job . Melissa I love your writing style it is deep and meaningful. You write beautifully and is a wonderful storyteller. Can't wait for the next book.

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    "anticipating next installment"

    wonderful series,vivid worlds of limitless imaginings. brilliant characters and plots and subplots.narrated wonderfully enthralling. a truly great series

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    Caterham, United Kingdom
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    "This series just get better and better"
    Would you listen to Kingdom Blades again? Why?

    Yes, because the story is detailed and the narration is awesome. I have actually re-listened to Book 1,2,3 while waiting for book 4. I will most likely re-listen to all 4 books before book 5 comes out.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Kingdom Blades?

    The way enemies become friends and the paths to forgiveness for characters. Also the vastness of the warlocks existence....


    What does Nick Podehl bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

    Nick brings colour and so much personality to the characters. Truly fantastic.


    If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Magnificent epic.


    Any additional comments?

    When the next book coming out? i can't wait.

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  • Simon
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    "Great, epic, series"

    This is one of the best Series of books I’ve read in a long time. The narrator really brings the book alive and the author tells great story. The books are very long but they’re really worth getting into.

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  • N. J. Wright
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    "Loved it!"

    The same excellent vocals, clear and distinctive. The same quality of writing and story telling! Excellent value for money, and desperately awaiting the next book!

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  • Anonymous
    6/22/17
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    "Awesome series"

    Loved it!! Just gutted I have to wait for the next instalment. Author is awesome. Also credit to Nick for his narration brilliant

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  • Lulu
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    6/17/17
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    "Nice but Dragging and Getting Too Chaotic"

    I can't make up my mind about this book! On one hand it's getting really interesting as the plots thicken. The complexity of worlds, philosophies, laws and political plots, attests to the author's unique and unending ingenuity. This series truly does offer a competitive alternative to great works such as The Game of Thrones.
    On the other hand, some threads of the storyline are tediously being stretched. Some of the newer threads seem to add unnecessary complexity and at times extract the momentum or wane the life from the story as a whole. I am actually getting to a point of getting irritated and even not caring about being confused with the unending philosophies and laws meant to underpin/explain the characters' actions and resulting consequences. I am half expecting the author to fall over the multitude of threads she's woven into this story and to end up not giving us a satisfactory ending to a story which bears witness to a tedious rapport of the most heinous atrocities and characters one could imagine.
    This is one series where because of the complexity and multitude of threads/characters and events, it is difficult to move on to the next book without having to re-read the previous book(s).
    While this book is overall very entertaining, it has left me feeling strung along for too long and frustrated. I'm not sure I could trust the author to end the story with an enduring, truly satisfactory finality in the next book (5).

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  • joshua
    6/2/17
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    "very good "

    awesome book and very captivating. I can't wait for the next book in the series.

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  • Anonymous
    5/31/17
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    "amazing!"

    You will fall in love with the characters.. and also feel the genuine compassion for love and friendship from Melissa.. the world is captured beautifully.. and the vocal brilliance of Nick Podehl will keep you captivated for hours...

    Matthew Andrews

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  • ian
    5/25/17
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    "First class a must read"

    Can't wait for the next episode hope she can write fast the books just pull you into them

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  • Sylvia
    5/8/17
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    "Sad there is no more!"

    Between author and narrator this series is a work of sheer brilliance! I thoroughly enjoyed every minute of listening!

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  • mary m
    4/17/17
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    "Outstanding"

    The story is amazing. Truly captivating. Second time listening through the series in as many months.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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