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The Axe and the Throne Audiobook

The Axe and the Throne: Bounds of Redemption, Volume 1

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Publisher's Summary

It is a fool's errand, and Tallos knows it, but against his own better judgment and the pleading of his wife, Tallos has committed himself to a voyage north. His lifelong friend's eldest sons are said to have been taken by Northmen, a raiding people ill-reputed for their savagery. The boys are already dead, Tallos knows, and in that dark place of grim reasoning he wishes only to find their corpses quickly so he can fulfill his promise and return to his wife. Instead, he finds something far worse.

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©2015 M. D. Ireman (P)2015 M. D. Ireman

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    David_in_Tennessee Kingsport, TN USA 07-01-16
    David_in_Tennessee Kingsport, TN USA 07-01-16 Member Since 2013

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    "Better than expected; awaiting book 2"

    Sometimes you take a risk with an unknown author who has an unknown book based on their reviews on Amazon and Audible. I did so here and felt richly rewarded. Some criticize the many POV chapters and multiple characters. I would suggest being patient allowing the story to develop. This story has many plot twists and great action. The characters are well developed and draw you in to a complex story. The narration by Matt Cowlrick was excellent. Highly recommended were fans of George RR Martin.

    8 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Karl 04-06-16
    Karl 04-06-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Just what fantasy needs."

    Loved everything about it. Perfect for lovers of grim and dark adventure and intrigue.
    Amazing.

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    Austin 03-30-16
    Austin 03-30-16
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    "A Tremendous Beginning"

    after reading this, you're left wanting more, and I feel like we're going to get it with the next installment. great way to kick off a series.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Jan Lewiston, ME, United States 02-05-17
    Jan Lewiston, ME, United States 02-05-17 Member Since 2012
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    "Grimdark Goodness !!"
    What made the experience of listening to The Axe and the Throne the most enjoyable?

    The story is extremely compelling, and sucks you in. Chapter by chapter, character POV after character POV, cannot stop reading and listening. Immediately compares to Game of Thrones and Joe Abercrombie's First Law series. But highly original, deftly and expertly written.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The Axe and the Throne?

    There are so many. I was expecting Tallos to be the main protagonist. I was disappointed a bit in the lack of his chapters, but as the huge storyline, and world building unfolds, it is easily understandable, why some characters take more precedence than others.


    What does Matt Cowlrick bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Og my God....where has this guy my whole life!!?? He is one of the ALL TIME greatest narrators EVER! With a quick research he is a voiceover actor with his own studio, and has a billion clients. Strangely he has only done one other book. Hopefully he will continue to narrate other epic fantasy novels. He talents are sorely lacking in this genre. Cowlrick literally has a different voice for every singe character he voices in this book. He reads with such clarity and originality that is is simply uncanny.


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

    When Tallos discovered his wife was.....Don't want to spoil it!<br/>Ever chapter with Tallos moved me especially.


    Any additional comments?

    MD Ireman is a force to be reckoned with. If you like epic fantasy, world building, barbarians, layers of character development, complex storylines all intertwined, and all in Grimdark goodness you owe to yourself to buy both a trade paperback copy AND the audio like I did!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Will 01-15-17
    Will 01-15-17 Member Since 2011
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    "WOW!"

    This story is Grimdark at its best. I wasn't sure who or what this was about at first, but the summary drew me in. It turned out to be one of the best books I've read in the genre. A character rich story, and raw grit similar to Abercrombie's writing. I can't wait for the next installment to be released.

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    Nathan 06-21-16
    Nathan 06-21-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Loved it."
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    I don't usually write reviews yet I notice many people who did NOT actually finish the book reviewing it.<br/> "Everyone dies" is a crock you will see people saying yet i promise you no main character really dies in this. Yes people die, but the foundation characters stay in place and go on to develop well. The father and the two north men sons are awesome and the tracker dog man from the village that the title speaks is also glorious. The title makes you also despise characters much like the boy king from GoT. This is an in depth book and not for the feint hearted, but well worth the time spent. LOVED THIS BOOK.

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    Zachary 11-27-16
    Zachary 11-27-16 Member Since 2014
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    "Great book"

    Book far surpassed my expectations. I found each character to be compelling and enjoyable to follow.

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    Amazon Customer 11-11-16 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book!"

    I started this book a little skeptical. But as the story progressed, I found myself itching for more of the story to be developed. Can't wait for book 2!

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    Keila 10-17-16
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    "awesome book! very complex!"

    very detailed, have patience once you get through the first 25% it's incredible and one you just don't want to take a break from

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    Amazon Customer 05-18-17 Member Since 2016
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    "A very difficult listen."

    This book was well written but it almost felt like to much. There were so many characters and so much left unfinished or unable explained. In truth it feels like the author is trying to enter into the world of R.R. Martin or Tolkien with the book size but the story is nowhere near the quality.

    Perhaps as a written novel it would be easier to follow and enjoy but as an audio book I was left wanting.

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    "Excellent"

    Some have said in their reviews that this story hops around a bit and it made it a little difficult to follow. I must disagree on the final point. It does pop around chronically, but that does NOT deter from the over arching story.
    It has a touch of GOT in that there a several leading characters all following their own paths that will undoubtedly intertwine.
    Well Written, Well Narrated thoroughly enjoyable

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    overall good, however story does jump around a lot, but intresting and will search for next.

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  • Dean Pattinson
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    "well worth a listen!!!"

    fantastic story, rich but accessable writing. brilliant characters. narration is great as well, the readers voice never grows tedious.
    can't recommend enough.

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    I found the story to be quite middle of the road and the narration lacked energy. I didn't connect with many of the characters either.

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  • Mr. A. P. Jones
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    "Good book"

    I like this book it has the feel that it's building on to something much bigger and great, that is also the reason I marked it down as it kinda feels like the book before the book and it's just a book to lay the foundations for the next one.

    I will defiantly read the next book

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    "a good story"

    I enjoyed this book even though it is blatant plagiarism of asoiaf, still it was an interesting listen and the twists and turns of this medieval fantasy had me gripped, I'm looking forward to
    the next installment of the series.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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