Sea serpents and demons and trolls, oh my.
Even before Shadowhelm became embroiled in the fight of his life against the demon emperor Allarun in Prophecy of Swords, Shadowhelm was fighting on the side of good. Join in his adventures as he battles slavers, sea serpents, trolls, shape-shifters, pirates, and a very nasty demon in these three stories sure to entertain and delight all who love epic fantasy and sword and sorcery.
Is there anything you would change about this book?
For me, each story got better and better, drawing me to Shadowhelm and his world. By the third story I was curious of Shadowhelm and who he is in the world. He seems to have strong morals and yet of a humbleness of what he can do. I really fell for Shadowhelm and his place in the world by the forth story.
Each story brought another aspect of the world and Shadowhelm into view. This world is a vast magical one and I've started to see that here through Shadowhelm and his experiences before all goes bad in the series. I'm ready to follow him through his adventures of the Prophecy of Swords series!
Did the narration match the pace of the story?
I listened to my favorite narrator tell these stories. I enjoy her voices and emotions she brings to the story, making it a fourth dimension for us. This is a fantasy story of sword and adventure. The pacing was wonderful, never lacking for moving with the story. Her voice felt a bit soft and caring for the stories. Shadowhelm comes across as a kind man who will help any and all in need, with her voice and the stories we hear. I've grown to believe that's the man Shadowhelm is from his actions. I love that she adds the lilt to a few of the characters voices. Also, there are different sounds to the personality of the voice in Shadowhelm's head compared to his own voice.
Do you think Serpent Singer and Other Stories needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?
There is a series that happens after this. There are things mentioned about Shadowhelm that make me curious about him. The voice in his head that seems to know things and tell Shadowhelm these things. What is it? Shadowhelm's heritage seems to be a mystery to him and helps him in times he wouldn't expect it to. But he's got stories floating around about what he's done, who he's killed, and accomplished. He also seems to remember past lives he's lived, an old soul. Hmmm. Interesting! Shadowhelm has abilities that others do not. There is even a clue here that he could be more than he thinks he is. I want to know.
Any additional comments?
I think the story is 3.5 stars.
*I requested to review a copy of this audiobook for an honest review from the author or narrator.