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Ages ago, sorcerers created a new sun to replace their dying one. When a shard of the sun falls to the earth, more than one takes notice. And some have intentions more wicked than others.

A powerful wizard seeks the means to defy death and heal his broken body.

The Necromancer is set on getting the justice that was never given.

Amidst everything, the shard falls into the hands of an unsuspecting woodsman named Broderick. Miracles begin to happen at his touch. The dead are raised and the sick are healed. When his cousin's wife is captured, he sets out to rescue her and bargain the shard for her freedom. But nothing is as it seems and no one can be trusted, least of all the one he travels with.

©2014, 2017 Richard Fierce (P)2017 Richard Fierce

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This should have been a very quick and easy listen

One day while working Broderick sees something fall from the sky, immediately thinking back on his parent's good fortune on finding meteorite he sets off to find himself a piece to make his own fortune. Only to later find that it's not a meteorite but a shard of the sun, that gives great healing power to the person who possesses the shard.  His cousin's wife is abducted, Broderick then sets off to find her, he is soon being hunted by various people and mystical creatures all wanting the shard for themselves.

This should have been a very quick and easy listen as the book is only a few minutes short of 6 hours. However I could not connect with the narrator's voice, I had to stop and take a break a few times. I haven't listened to any books narrated by Skyler Morgan, his voice is below average and I felt the narration was dull. He talks very slow. His voice didn't differentiate between characters, his narration also didn't convey excitement or urgency. When it comes to the production quality there is only a faint background noise but it does not draw attention away from the narration.

This book wasn't very different from others in its genre nor did it have anything that stood out! The book started off a bit slow and picked up towards the end, it almost felt like the Author had a limit to the number of pages he could write and forced a lot of the action in towards the end. A lot of the story was predictable. I would have liked some more detailed descriptions of the locations and mystical creatures as well as more backstory to some of the characters and events mentioned in the book. The Shard of the Sun has healing power and bring people and animals back to life but the shard didn't heal Broderick after an attack or heal the necromancers eyes. I would have liked a little more of a build up between Broderick and the necromancers romance, it felt like it just happened.  This is also the first time where and epilogue didn't feel like an epilogue, it felt like just another chapter. It didn't satisfy my curiosity on the other characters in the book,  I am left with many unanswered questions. I have no idea if this book is part of a series, I would listen to a follow-up just to satisfy my curiosity about the other characters, not because of the actual plot of the story.  I might recommend this book to beginner readers in this genre as I would think well-read readers of this genre would find this book lacking in details.

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Entertaining but not very original

I received this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.

One night woodsman Broderick glimpses what he thinks it is a meteorite falling to Earth. Decided to make some money trading it he goes to its capture. But the little object who Broderick finds is not a meteorite but a shard of the new sun, placed there by old sorcerers to replace the old one after its death. This shard has great powers and it will be sought by evil wizards.

This was a quick and easy listen. I found the fact about the sun original but I would have liked to have more information about it. There are some interesting aspects in the book but, like with the sun, Fierce just skims the surface and quickly goes to the next point. I think there is a lot of Deus ex Machina going on here, and for moments I felt that the characters were thrown here and there without much planning or foresight from the author.

I like the characters but I felt that they should have been more developed and explored. I think both Broderick and the Necromancer would have had interesting backgrounds, and this would have increased the quality of the story. I found the character's relationships quite forced, to be honest, but that goes with what I have already mentioned: Deus ex Machina and plain characters.

I could not help but feel that some aspect were inspired on Tolkien's books. There were goblins, swords with names, a town with a very similar name to Rivendell, and Elves with beautiful voices living on trees.

The end of the book feels rushed and it curiously constitutes the epilog. The story has not concluded though, but I am not sure that I will bother to listen to the next book when it is published. It was entertaining and an easy listen but I think more work should have been put on it to get a more polished book.

Skyler Morgan's narration was correct and clear, but I missed some variety in character's voices. All sounded the same, even female characters. I think Morgan would benefit in working on his voice range and interpretation skills. There was a tiny room noise on the recording but I was not bothered by it.

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  • TU
  • 07-19-17

formulaic and dull

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was a formulaic fantasy story complicated by dull narration. I lost interest and could only force myself to listen to a couple hours of this one.

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Good story

I had a hard time with this book at first because the narration was choppy but after a while it got much better. I thought the story was well thought out and intriguing. They wrapped it up very quickly with the epilogue and left a few loose ends that left me wondering about several characters. The action scenes were short with little detail, honestly the book could stand to have a little more detail and be a little longer. Overall I think it's worth the listen or read the book.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review."

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sub par

The narrator is not very good and the story is average at best. Full disclosure I got this for free from audio boom

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  • Kingsley
  • Henely Brook, Australia
  • 07-10-17

Okay story with average writing and dull narration

When Broderich finds a strange rock he discovers he now has the powers to heal. A dark magician is seeking the shard, to heal himself and restore himself to full strength. When Broderich's family is threatened he then sets out to trade the shard for his family.

The story in interesting enough, although not high on originality. The idea of the shard has much potential that is skimmed over. Much of the ideas (goblins, elves, Necromancer etc) and how they are presented comes from the generic fantasy handbook, and there there are more original elements (city shield, the shard to name a few) these aren't given as much details as they should be.

Also, I don't think the author knows what an 'epilogue' is. There is one in this book - a long one - that doesn't actually serve as a epilogue, but serves as the climax of the story. That than being a conclusion to wrap things up and tell of the aftermath, or to set things up for the next part, this 'epilogue' is the final showdown. It's the climax of the story, not the wind down.

Throughout the book sentences feel short and sharp and broken. The whole thing doesn't flow overly well. This is possibly made worse by the narration, as there is a solid pause at the end of each phrase/sentence (even when there is an 'and' so it isn't the end of the sentence), which then emphasizes the choppiness of the sentence structure.

The writing is also repetitive and dull, with little flourish or interest. At parts it is filled with "he did this." "He did that." He. He. He. Occasional the character's name "Broderich" put in there but it doesn't break it up enough. Linked with the short sentences it feels like every 5th word is "he", which becomes offputting.

Other than the broken up narration mentioned previously narrator Skyler Morgan also provides a fairly flat narration. There is minimal effort made to separate characters using voices or even emotion.

The narration generally made the story and the book harder to follow and harder to invest in.

One other thing I noted (and I don't know if it was narrator error or author error) by at one point someone is said to have said something "diversively" (sic). They probably meant "derisively". It is the small thing like this, that would be caught be a good editor/producer that drag the final product down.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Not a bad story.

What did you like best about Shard of the Sun? What did you like least?

The idea behind the story was pretty good.

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The concept of the moon shard and the powers behind it.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Kind of.

Could you see Shard of the Sun being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

No, not the way it is. I think it needs a little work. It's a little jerky in places.

Any additional comments?

I was voluntarily provided this review copy audiobook at no charge by the author, publisher and/or narrator for an honest review.

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Interesting story

I enjoyed the story, it was interesting and entertaining. Would have preferred more of a conclusion. I look forward to the next one.

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  • L
  • 05-22-17

Amazing story line!

Super easy to follow with great character development. I'm a sucker for fantasy and sci-fi so this is right up my alley! The narrator did a great job of bringing this story to life! Excited to see what else this author comes up with!

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Same Old Same Old

Would you try another book from Richard Fierce and/or Skyler Morgan?

Probably Not

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The narration caused any interest to disappear. the story was the same as all other fantasy books but without their unique flavor. it did not stand out or have anything original.

What do you think the narrator could have done better?

Listened to the story after recording it and repaired the things that needed repairing.

Did Shard of the Sun inspire you to do anything?

No

Any additional comments?

I got this ARC via audiobook boom.

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  • Peter
  • 07-27-17

I want to know more about this world.

Writing
Richard Fierce does a good job with this book, the pacing is good and the dialogue is well written and engaging.

The characters are believable and you can understand them. The characters are unique each with their own goals and motivations. Unlike a lot of these stories the main character is nothing special, they are just a normal person and that helps makes them relatable.

This world clearly has a lot of history behind both explained and left unknown, it will be interesting to find out more about this setting as time goes on in the next book. This is a good start of a series, introducing lots of things and its world slowly letting us learn more about it’s secrets. this book feels like how I remember this book in the long run is going to very much depend on what happens in the next one.

Narration
Skyler Morgan has a good voice that you can listen to for hours and fits the story. They are at their strongest when they are speaking as the narrator narrating the narrative, descriptions and action. They make everything flow well this really drags you into the story. They are still solid but not quite as good at voicing the characters. It lacks a little spark, that little extra flair that makes a voice fit the character perfectly.

I would give them 5/5 for their story narration and 4/5 for their voicing of the characters.

Audio Quality
All good and no errors I noticed.

Overall
I enjoyed my time with this book and would recommend listening to it.



I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Amy
  • 07-18-17

.Shard of the Sun

Richard Fierce is a complete wiz at weaving stories in and around characters that have amazing depth and motivation.

What starts off pretty slow build till you actually can't stop listening... there's good back story woven in, crafting (a must for anyone who loves this genre) and intense action.

The time totally whizzed past me, and I wanted more. Some parts, I literally was on the edge of my seat. A total joy to the ears, and it made the book go so much quicker. I believe Richard and Skyler nailed this one, and I'm so excited for more.

Now for some deeper thoughts.

As I said the plot itself was slow to get going, I do admit that there were some word choices and lengthy sentences that even made me think twice about the meaning, but it really didn't detract from the story.Skyler Morgan was fantastic and made me care all the more,a perfect pairing of author and narrator

Overall this is great book with potential to become a series. And I do hope it becomes one
I really think/hope the writer has a lot more up his sleeve for these characters and I can't wait for more.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.As always this is my honest opinion