Tales of the Neverwar
Four books. One epic adventure.
Origins of the Never
At the dawn of time, magic suffuses the universe. There is no war. There is no disease. There is no hunger.
The source is Teralia, a world of wonder and the home of the font of magic...The Glade.
But what happens when the Darkness corrupts innocence? What happens when the magic is twisted, and used for diabolical purposes?
Find out in Origins of the Never, the prequel novella set thousands of years before the series.
Souls of the Never
A pan-dimensional battle between light and darkness drags a kick-ass Irish girl and her best friend into the fight.
Hmm...who wants to bet the Irish girl wins?
Worlds of the Never
Oh, it's getting political. The resistance has to build alliances with the major military powers.
Oh, and dragons.
War of the Never
Dragons fight spaceships. Magic returns. F-35s fight dragons. Dragons fight dragons.
You know the drill.
A series of separate stories, Neverwar really hits all the fantasy buttons, and fires on all cyclinders. The first tales can be considered as "world builder" stories, they set the stage and really give you a feel for the setting and the people that inhabit it. The last few stories take the what you start with and build up from there. It is a good progression, and each could be a stand alone tale unto themselves.
When I say setting, I mean setting, as it deals with different worlds and different races. This does not take away from the tales at all. Instead it really helped the story grow. It is interconnected from the start, even though you may not see it at first.
I will say that Rutherford really paints a verbal picture. You feel what the characters do, their triumphs and defeats. You are there with them. The nemesis is believably evil; a rarity in this genre most of the time. Also, this is not a straight fantasy piece, it touches into sci-fi territory and we get Rutherford's take on parallel dimensions.
Welburn is really great in her role, as she really has some heavy lifting to do, as Rutherford does not hold back on the roller coaster ride. Her voice is sweet and soothing and fits the storyline. I never wished for a different narrator, and I do have some favorites that I prefer to listen to. I think she may have just entered my stable of preferred narrators. I think I need a few more books to be certain, but yeah. . . I think she's in.
Rutherford has now become a name I will look for when I am seeking something new and different. By the way, my teens listened with me as we drove, and they loved it too.
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Great series for a long drive. Intricate storyline takes paying attention to understand full depth. Many layers happening at all times. I should probably read the e-book version to make up for what I missed in life's interruptions.
Dragons, magic, unicorns, and fierce battles. Space ships, Aliens, time travel. An ambitious world spanning adventure interlaced with love stories and bitter rivalries.
You'll need to pay close attention, because it jumps around quite a bit and characters are introduced from every which direction, but it all comes together in the end.
Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
It depends on what the friend liked to read. I gave this 4 stars based on someone who loves dragons and elves along with epic battles. However, it is more geared towards teenagers and young adults. I really loved the prequel and how any ill will and hatred can’t exist in this world. It is filtered out when you pass through the gates. When I started the next book, I had a hard time because it was so different. I know it was setting up for something epic. The two girls were a little too much drama for me but I think I would be the same way if I started seeing someone who no one else could see.
What other book might you compare Tales of the Neverwar - a YA Fantasy Adventure: The Boxset to and why?
This is such a unique world. But it is also epic on a scale of being in the category of Harry Potter
What about Katie Welburn’s performance did you like?
The narrator was wonderful. She really brings the characters to life.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
Yes. Just when I thought I had it all figured out, something new was added that changed the whole world. I loved the different beings. Elves and dragons. The dragons were so awesome and crotchety just like I would imagine. But the sorrow and what was done to them was almost too much for me.
Any additional comments?
I get too emotional with books when really sad things happen. But I firmly believe that this is one set of books others will love and it will be one that sticks with you always.