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The White Tree (book one): In Mallon, the dark magic of the nether has been banned for centuries. Its users have been driven out or killed. Its secrets lost.

But the holy book of the nethermancers has just been found by a boy named Dante.

As he works to unlock the book's power, he's attacked in the street. The nethermancers aren't gone—and they want their book back. Caught between death cultists and the law, Dante fights for his life, aided by his growing skills and a brash bodyguard named Blays. Together they're drawn into a centuries-old conflict that brings Mallon to the brink of civil war.

Surviving won't be easy. But if they make it out alive, they'll step down the path to becoming two of the greatest warriors the world has ever known.

The Great Rift (book two): Dante and Blays have averted war against their new home of Narashtovik. But they didn't do so alone. It's time to repay their debts.

The norren who helped them remain enslaved by the Gaskan Empire. While arming the norren clans for rebellion, Dante hears one of them is in possession of the legendary Quivering Bow. If he can track down the weapon, it could secure norren independence.

But the wheels of war have already begun to turn. As Gask moves to crush the rebellion, Dante and Blays find themselves at the head of a campaign for survival—for norren and Narashtovik alike.

The Black Star (book three): Narashtovik has been saved—but Dante and Blays' friendship has been destroyed.

Blaming the Gaskan king for the loss of his love, Lira, Blays infiltrates the enemy nobility. There he schemes to bankrupt Gask and drive its ruler from the throne. But Dante's been waiting for Blays' return. If he finds and exposes him, Blays will be executed as a spy.

As they squabble, strange lights shine in the east. Harbingers of a long-forgotten threat. If the signs go ignored, Narashtovik will be annihilated by an enemy it never knew it had.

©2012 Edward W. Robertson (P)2015 Podium Publishing

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  • jazmaan
  • Santa Monica, CA United States
  • 09-05-15

Entertaining and Fun

Would you listen to The Cycle of Arawn again? Why?

I might go back and listen to the first book again, this trilogy is so long I've forgotten some of the first book already!

What did you like best about this story?

I liked the fact that it never dragged over 65 hours!

Have you listened to any of Tim Gerard Reynolds’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Reynolds may have even improved since he narrated the Riyria Chronicles!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Ha ha. 65 hours is too long for any one sitting!

Any additional comments?

I don't agree with people complaining about so many of the characters being smart-alecks. I enjoyed every bit of the wise-cracking repartee and just accepted it as a cultural thing common to this fantasy world. This "Cycle" reminded me a lot of the Riyria Chronicles. I'd say it doesn't quite measure up to Riyria, but it was still quite enjoyable and I hope there's even more to come in this series.

90 of 99 people found this review helpful

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  • Alex
  • Louisville, Colorado United States
  • 06-26-15

65 hours of awsome for 1 credit

Would you consider the audio edition of The Cycle of Arawn to be better than the print version?

yes, Tim Gerard Reynolds voice will forever be Dante and Blaze

Have you listened to any of Tim Gerard Reynolds’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

he did as good on this as he did on The Riyria Chronicles, one of the best fantasy stories I've ever listened too on audible.

If you were to make a film of this book, what would the tag line be?

dark fantasy with a side of snarky humor

Any additional comments?

if you've read The Riyria Chronicles, and loved it, you'll like this slightly darker world with two similar pals. Dante and Blaze are a lot of fun to listen too as they go back and fourth with each other and the others around them. your crazy not to spend one credit on 65 hours of fun entertainment.

120 of 135 people found this review helpful

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Top rate fantasy series, nearly flawless in its development

After a sluggish start, couldn't put it down. Picked this up as a commute time filler and was not disappointed. Excellently crafted storyline surrounded by well developed characters compelling the reader for more!

30 of 34 people found this review helpful

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A weird mix of great and awful....

I picked this book up because it's the complete trilogy- basically 3 books in one; a total of 65 hours of listening. That's a pretty good deal for one credit. But this isn't exactly "solid fantasy gold" you're getting here either.

Let's start off with the good, because it does have it's moments. Robertson has a fair bit of depth to his characters as both individuals and the way they interact. In fact, that is probably the book's real strength- the character's relationships and their dynamics. Everything else is really just background to tell the story of the people involved in them- if you keep the objectives blurry and look at the plot from the corner of your eye, and focus on the people, then the story is intriguing.

The bad is the plot itself. At times it makes no sense whatsoever- like, Michael Bay "Transformers level" logic. An example:

One artifact is central to the 1st book as the reason behind everything, yet is dropped and never mentioned by the 2nd book- nor is it ever explained exactly why it was so important. The protagonists, who are trying to get it back from the "heroes", just decide to give up looking for it in the middle of the 1st book, until at the end of the 1st book, at the climax, when the lead hero says "oh, here it is, I've had it all along..." to the people he is trying to kill. Then they have a plot twit, and the "heroes" decide: "Let's just kill everybody", and you are just sitting there going "what was even the point of this story again?????".

Confused? Yeah, reading it doesn't really make things any clearer. It's horribly frustrating. I almost gave up at the beginning of book 2 because I really stopped caring about what the heroes were up to because, basically, they are stupid and their actions don't really make sense. Maybe it gets as good as the "Star Wars" prequels logic by the end- but it never really exceeds that level.

The main characters also have some real flaws with drawing the line between good and bad that I don't think the author really does a good job of sorting out. The The book starts off with the main character murdering someone in "self defense", but it was also because he (the hero) stole something. So, if someone is going to kill you because you stole something, then it's better to kill them 1st than return what you stole... I don't know how righteous that makes you as a person. And I'm fine with a story arc where the character evolves and learns to change from broken to whole, but that journey has to make some sense. He can't just be killing people in one scene, and then be ready lay his life down to save others in another scene, but then killing in another- it doesn't make sense where he is drawing his lines or why they are moving, except maybe on an elementary school level of reasoning.

The 2 main characters relationship, which is the real story here (and it's as "brothers" in every sense, in case that statement has weird connotations) also start out oddly. In the beginning they pretty much hate each other; yet it changes quickly and drastically to a very strong bond between the two. But it happens too quickly and without enough reasoning to really make sense.

So, if you are looking for a book that is about the people involved in the story and can ignore the story itself, then this will probably be interesting to you. But if watching movies like "Transformers" and the 3 "Star Wars" prequels drives you nuts because what is happening makes little sense, then this book will probably just be frustrating.

I struggled with the point system for rating this book. In a perfect world, we'd have 1/2 stars instead of full ones, in which case I'd give the overall 2 1/2 stars and the story 1 1/2. It really doesn't rate a 3 star for the overall, but it's not as bad as a 2 star either. Same for the story rating (except 1 point lower).

173 of 203 people found this review helpful

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  • Tony G
  • United States
  • 07-29-15

A WHOLE LOT OF WIT AND FUN

I have to say this was one of my favorite trilogies yet. Besides the quick wit and violence, there were times I thought I was listening to Ryaria. I wish Tim Reynolds could narrate every book I listen too. He can make the phone book interesting.
Really good stuff folks, certainly worth the credit!!

32 of 37 people found this review helpful

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A Perfectly Baked Soda Cracker.

What disappointed you about The Cycle of Arawn?

It's easier to say what I liked about it - the list is shorter. The writing was excellent, the main characters generally well written. But the story felt uninspired, and the magic system is deeply flawed, and the non-human race (the Norin) are not interesting enough to me to be convincing. My biggest critique is that it felt a lot like the main characters were always going off on "quests", and the story around those quests was too much of a trope for my tastes. The story felt like a perfectly baked box of soda crackers - crispy, crunchy, salty - but not a meal, and nothing new. The Norin are forgettable. I tried to listen while driving; I tried to listen while working; I tried to listen on the sofa, in the evening, with no distractions. I eventually put it up to 1.5x speed just to get through it fasters, but even then I had to quit before the end. My own life is more interesting, and my audible credits to valuable to use on soda crackers. I got the feeling that by the second book Edward Robertson was just filling paper.

What could Edward W. Robertson have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

The world is interesting, but magic needs to have a real, substantial cost. I'm a firm believer in Sanderson's laws of magic:

1) An author’s ability to solve conflict with magic is directly proportional to how well the reader understands said magic.
2) Limitations > Powers
3) Expand what you already have before adding something new.

Robertson's magic system needs much, much bigger limitations (#2). If you can bind it to things, and there are nethermancers and ethermancers everywhere, then you get serious magic-technology creep. There doesn't seem to be a limit to what the magic can do, and no drawbacks to using it other than getting tired. The reader doesn't understand the rules of the magic, and the characters power creep with their abilities is insane. Using magic should have a real cost.

Which scene was your favorite?

I didn't have one. That's a problem, too.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment.

Any additional comments?

Not for me.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Hilarious.

The sarcastic punchlines every other sentence make this an amazingly funny series. This was a great read.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Enjoyable but a little meandering

Unlike most fantasy series, the three books don't all work toward one major event or conclusion. Instead, they all have their own particular plot and climax. I enjoyed the books and the characters but it wasn't the best fantasy I've ever read. Sometime the books meander and other times the plot is a bit jumpy. Overall worth the listen for sure. I also LOVE Tim Gerard Reynolds as a narrator. He does an excellent job as usual.

18 of 21 people found this review helpful

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Patience is a virtue

Basic fact is this book is 66 hours long. If you're not prepared to put in the time or tend to let your attention drift in and out while listening, then try something shorter.
The story has a lot of parallels with other books but has enough apart from these to have it's own unique feel and atmosphere.
There are plenty of interesting, fun characters and I have bookmarked numerous locations throughout where the dialogue is excellent.
Character development however is somewhat limited. This doesn't really affect the story though as the pace (slow in parts) is driven by events rather than people.
All in all, it is interesting, humorous and worth it when you get 3 books for one credit.

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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An amazing audio experience

This is a hidden gem. I'd never heard of this author before I saw this pop up in the new releases. I however love the narrator and the premise sounded great. It blew me away! Snappy witty dialogue, deep character development, interesting world and magic system. Very satisfying conclusion and with a new Trilogy in the works. Enjoy the ride and don't rush this experience.

127 of 154 people found this review helpful

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  • Robyn
  • 02-21-16

Good potential, poorly executed.

I did plough through the whole trilogy (probably only because it all came at the cost of a single credit for 66 hours of story), but have to admit to being rather disappointed. There was so much potential with the world created, but the plot seemed to lurch from event to event, with huge gaping holes glibly glossed over. Similarly, the characters were under-developed, and all seemed to have the same flippant attitude to events of consequence.............all rather disappointing.

I also found some of the story telling quite jarring at times. For example, this is an "old-world"; with sword fighting and horses as the means of travel.....Yet a throw-away quip by one of the lead characters references "zombies"??!!! I had to rewind just to check I hadn't misheard. Felt horribly out of place.

By the third book in the trilogy, I think the author had settled down a little, and the characters were a little more defined (Blays becomes a little more interesting) but the plot was still so frustratingly shallow and with so many gaping holes its a wonder an editor ever let it get to production.

The narration was ok, although very few characters had real differentiation which could be challenging at times.

If you want mindless entertainment and you are aren't too picky about plots and character development, then this is probably sufficiently entertaining to distract...............however, if you choose to pass this one by, you won't be missing anything.

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  • Bob
  • 12-23-15

Gave up half way.

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I've got no idea how this novel has attained such a high average score. I listened to over 20 hours before I decided I couldn't take anymore and gave up. The only reason I haven't given it one star is because I have not completed it therefore I cannot completely condemn it as something wonderful may happen after the first 30 hours of listening. The two leading characters are criminally underdeveloped. Why does Dante so desperately want to have magical powers - because he saw somebody else do it once, is that it? Why does his eventual side kick Blase seem willing to follow him unquestionably? Again the answer appears wafer thin. The nonchalant attitude the teenage protagonist show to murder and death really shows the lack of true characterisation. I have read some reviewers talk of how they love the way the two characters talk to each other in crudities and they site this as some sort of evidence of good characterisation however when I listen to it all I hear is pithy nonsense, two teenage best friends who never have a real or meaningful conversation, I've never know such a thing, what is the point of a best friend when your at the most vulnerable time of your life if not to share some of that teenage angst? Plot, in the first 20 hours I have not found one, the main characters bumping into people and believing whatever they are told, going wherever they are directed to go, doing whatever they are told to do, does not constitute a plot in my book. We've got protagonist that don't think, how are you supposed to drive a narrative if you don't think for yourself - the answer is they do not. I am a great fan of the fantasy genre, I love gritty realism and I enjoy getting value for money with a long listen but this is really poor.

19 of 23 people found this review helpful

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  • Mr. Mc Booth
  • 12-16-15

Good story spoiled

This could have been great, it had all the ingredients to make an amazing adventure yarn, but is spoiled by too much sarcasm, no one gives a straightforward answer without there being an attempt at humoured smart aleck replies, don't get me wrong, in the right place sarcasm can be funny, but for Dante's sake, give it a rest!!
Having said that I did enjoy the trilogy, but at the same time am glad its finished and I can move on to something with a more balanced and intelligent narrative and storyline.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Richard Castle
  • 12-16-15

Good writing with a mediocre story

The book starts of interesting and engaging. The writing style helps a lot and I never felt like it was tedious. Characters are interesting and the world is as well. If I was to judge on these points alone it would have been a five star review. However, the writer missed a huge opportunity to make this book great by not fleshing out side characters of which there are too few and by not making an action book more packed with action. We get a lot of discussions with one liner after one liner (everyone is so clever you see) but when it comes to showing off power and describing action nothing much happens. The promise of a war fades; the rise to power equally is put aside for quests of trivial things that feel like they have no impact. No enemies that deserve much notice or situations that are nail biting. It is a coffee morning story rather than a tale of heroism by the campfire. The book had much potential in my opinion but the writer chose to tell it differently.
It starts of well and I thought I was in for a treat, but by the time your reach your destination in book 1 you feel underwhelmed. Books 2 and 3 are no different. A nice listen but not an epic.

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  • Jon
  • 08-12-15

Unexpected gem!

What a find!! I thought.. All those hours for one credit, you can't go wrong!! But two really likable main characters ( love Blaze!) and a great journey. If you like Patrick rothfuss, joe Abercrombie and such, do yourself a favour and get it! Thanks Edward for taking the time to write it!!

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Edward
  • 07-22-15

Exceptional work

What did you like most about The Cycle of Arawn?

Strangely realistic for a fantasy book with likeable an interesting charectors.

What other book might you compare The Cycle of Arawn to, and why?

Works by Peter Brett or Brandon Sanderson.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Would give away plot.

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

The world can be as ugly as it's heroes

Any additional comments?

Fantastic value for money

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • MR
  • 07-26-15

Great value but!!!

Any additional comments?

A bit slow and not a patch on Joe Abercrombie's First Law Trilogy but you do get a lot of listening for 1 credit so for those who like long books like me it's great value and well worth it.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Unique Pseudonym
  • 12-24-15

A great performance of an original story

Would you listen to The Cycle of Arawn again? Why?

I think I would listen again. I really appreciated the work Tim Gerard Reynolds put into performing, rather than simply reading, the story. The story still would have been fun without his efforts but he made it something better.

What did you like best about this story?

The best thing about this story was the way characters interacted. I hope it doesn't come across as a backhanded compliment to say that the dialogue often seemed Hollywood-esque. Given the drama and action in the story that seemed really appropriate and fun.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Some of the dialogue is pretty funny. I must have let out a few laughs.

Any additional comments?

This story was let down a little by a lack of any particularly well realised female characters, but in my opinion more than makes up for it elsewhere.

I will be looking for more books read by Tim Gerard Reynolds in the future. He really gave life to the characters.

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  • pauld
  • 07-23-15

Very well narrated!

I'm not sure I would have liked this book half as much if it hadn't been for the narrator. The story was ok, but Tim Gerard Reynolds really brought the characters and story to life. Overall, it was well worth the money.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • William
  • 08-16-15

An immersing in depth fantasy book.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

to a friend ? to most people . it is a classic book coming of age with with two boys as the main characters one a nethermancer one a swords man. both with good humorous dialogue.

What did you like best about this story?

I really like the interaction an banter found in the book made it very relate able. they dont take them selves to seriously.

Have you listened to any of Tim Gerard Reynolds’s other performances? How does this one compare?

yes the ryira chronicles which also had two main characters.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

as ive said in many many reviews this is a stupid question.

Any additional comments?

this ladies and gents is a good book with a wide world and a great depth of characters , i was so glad all the books where in one as they flow very well and it was enjoyable to see the growth of the lads. it doesn't always go their way as well. would recommend

7 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • Robert P. Rumball
  • 04-11-16

Action A'plenty With Weapons, Hands and Magic

If you could sum up The Cycle of Arawn in three words, what would they be?

The first word would be ACTION, the second DESCRIPTIONS and the third has gotta be MAGIC, 'specially the Arawn precursor to Telecom. The LOOM

What other book might you compare The Cycle of Arawn to, and why?

The Shadow of What Was Lost compares favourably, similar protagonists and action, but totally different atmospheres

Which scene did you most enjoy?

Some of the Pub scenes with Dante and Blaes playing up

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Did both at various times

Any additional comments?

Have read it twice already, will read again...

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  • Simon
  • 11-15-16

Dissapointed

A long tale but I never felt any connection to the lead character I found it a struggle to get through

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  • R. Goodburn
  • 07-31-17

Frustrating

Constant he said Blaze said Kally said every second sentence doing my head in. If the story flowed and had better narrative I would persevere but not anymore.

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  • Shirley
  • 04-14-17

For the boys or fantasy beginners

Writing style and story lacking complexity and grip. A straight forward read of boys off an adventure.

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  • Tyrone
  • 12-14-16

people said it was boring....lies

amazing story with soooo many laughs once you get to know the characters. I'll be on the the next book now.

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  • Nick
  • 04-07-16

Enjoyable story if you can get past the characters

I really tried to enjoy this, but the character dialogue is just so ridiculous. Despite the engaging premise/story, the book gets harder and harder to listen to as almost every single conversation is a relentlessly sarcastic back and forth that gets increasingly grating with each successive conversation. Also, whoever edited this book needs to be slapped for every time the eggcorn "stepped foot" appears as well.

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  • Linda
  • 01-30-18

Lots of fun

I struggled a little, at first, with the narrator but the more I listened the better it got. The story is excellent - full of adventure and humour. There were times I laughed out loud. I loved every minute of this series and was sad when it ended. For those who care there is swearing (the 'f' bomb) in this novel but not a lot.

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  • James
  • 12-05-17

Great value read

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

It was a great book to listen to, the story never lagged for too long, and it was interesting to follow the characters growth through the book. I thoroughly enjoyed the comedic approach through the book.

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  • Adam
  • 12-02-17

it was entertaining

it wasnt the best read ive had but i was entertained. . . . .

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-22-17

it got better and better

a great read fantastic value for money but..... the narrator just wasn't that good! I'm not sure if that's a fair comment as this is only my 10th audio book but I loved the story not as in depth as others I've read but still fun with some great unique ideas I will purchase more from this author I'll be having a break from the narrator tho. hope this help 👍