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Books 1, 2, and the prequel novella of the Fate's Forsaken series. The series follows the adventures of Kael: a young man who is thrust from his home in the Unforgivable Mountains and onto a hero's path. The journey is long, the battles are fierce - nearly all of his companions are outlaws. And Kael's rotten bad luck seems to make everything worse. This is his story.
©2012 Shae Ford (P)2015 Podium Publishing

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  • Ariellah
  • Knoxville, TN, United States
  • 10-19-15

A Good Series

This omnibus was very enjoyable. Can be enjoyed by adults and YA. There is violence and blood but no cussing or sex. I like to check out omnibus recordings as it gives me a chance to check out authors I otherwise would not take a chance on due to the minimal recording time. Anything less than 20 hours the author would have to be up there with Robert Jordan, etc.

17 of 17 people found this review helpful

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Fantasy with light romance

Solid gold performance by narrator Derik Perkins. I enjoyed the entire series, both reading and listening to it. As for the quality of the storytelling, I'd give the stories in this omnibus an average of 3.5, but I'd give books 3 and 4 (not included) a slightly higher score. I'd give the series 3.9 stars max, as a whole.

Told in 3rd person, this series seems to be aimed at YA - adult. PG-13. No sex or cussing, but there is bloody violence.

HARBINGER is the first full-length novel in the Fate's Forsaken fantasy series, involving humans, dragons, mages, giants, mots (midget humans), pirates, whisperers, and shape-changer animals. I liked it more than SLIGHT AND SHADOW, but both books are fairly good (see quibbles below).

As for plot, the premise is logical, and even though it's nothing new, it's got the makings of a good fantasy. The plot is simple. This is not the kind of brain-taxing fantasy that has a complex magical system or convoluted socio-political arrangement. Some of the action scenes are excellent (especially the chapter called "The Tempest" in HARBINGER, and the final battle against Lord Gilderick and his fallows in Book 2, SLIGHT AND SHADOW.)

The genre is fantasy-with-light-romance, I'd say. By the fourth and final book, there's a bit too much romance for my taste, but I'd be happy with none at all. This series is fairly light in tone, with feel-good scenes of camaraderie and conviviality, interspersed with a few heartbreaking grim-dark scenes (murder, butchery, slavery, starvation). The writing style flows, making it easy to follow. There's a sprinkling of light humor throughout. I smiled and chuckled a few times.

Themes: Coming of age. Friendship, loyalty, faith. Abomination versus acceptance. Interspecies relations. A kingdom in peril. Destiny, Fate, and Death. A prophecy. An orphan child with no clue about his true nature. Shades of Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings.

CHARACTERS: Protagonists are plentiful: Kael, Amos, Roland, Kyleigh the dragon girl, Aerilyn, Captain Lysander the pirate, Jonathan, Jake the Mage, Elena, Nadine the mot, Blood Fang, Eveningwing, etc.

Villians: Bullies Marc and Laomoth. The treacherous King Craven is suitably evil, but he's not a one-dimensional prop. His warlord Titus is canny, ambitious, and vicious. His head magician Ulric delights in torture but is not as shrewd as he believes. His seer Argon is an enigma we don't resolve till book 4. Same with his Beastmaster.

Craven's cabal, The Sovereign Five, oversee the five regions of his kingdom:
Drunken Earl Hubert rules the Unforgivable Mountains, their Valley, and their foothills. Countess D'Mere rules the Grand Forest. She's a villain, but with texture, an enigma unresolved till later in the series. Duke Reginald of the High Seas is a fairly flat villain. Lord Gilderick rules the fertile plains. He's vile and emaciated, but shrewd, with some nasty tricks up his sleeve. Baron Suhar controls the desert, but he plays a very minor role.

Quibbles: Both novels in this package went on a bit too long, without enough momentum through the slow parts. The author needed to either shorten the story or insert some suspenseful scenes into the slow parts. And find a synonym for "rump" (overused, with connotations of rump roast and obesity).

I read the entire series. Books 3 and 4 are the best of the lot. Dragonsbane is available on Audible but Daybreak is not. It may be in production. Early days yet.

It is not necessary to read the prequel novella Poison to understand the series, but it's a decent tale. It is set before the Whispering War, beginning when Countess D'Mere was a child. It is her story. We also meet her lover, Garron, Aerillyn's father.

27 of 28 people found this review helpful

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Must listen. Be ready to laugh.

Awesome series. Shae Ford mixes whit and swashbuckling with a decent love story. This is a must listen. Will recommend it to anyone.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Kealnt7
  • FL, United States
  • 07-11-16

I wanted to like it.

The narrator was very good. It simply did not keep my interest. I could not really connect with either of the main characters and ultimately didn't care what happened to them.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Loved the characters and story.

I loves the characters and the story. The relationships they built were fragile and felt real. The growth of the main character was filling and makes me look forward to the next book in the series.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Omnibus awsome

This is an excellent series. I am glad I found out about omnibus. It is a good way to find out about new series of books. The main characters a well developed and have a good amount of detail for them. It is also narrated well. Save some coins and add this series to your collection.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful

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The Prequel Novella at the end is the best . . . 😱

These two books need a good editor to clear out the deadwood and point out where the author allows verbosity to overcome clarity -- and the author's desire to have a "next book" using the same characters and story leads him to have his main characters act inconsistently -- even childishly -- so that he can keep certain plot tensions alive to carry on . . . and on . . . and on . . . and on
Despite what I say above, much of the book is quite enjoyable -- but you pay for those periods of enjoyment with an excessive commitment of time.
I took a two month break between book 1 and book 2. I was simply bored with the authors "bridges of continuation" when he should have "moved smartly and wrapped things up."
BTW the novella is the last 6 or 8 chapters of book two.
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5 stars is great (I rarely give this rating).
4 stars is good (given only to interesting and well-written books).
3 stars is OK (the usual listen I encounter on Audible).
2 stars is poor (and not worth the credit or the listen).
1 star is awful (and to be diss'ed and shunned and spread as thus through out the Audible Universe)!
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3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Outstanding

Would you listen to The Fate's Forsaken Omnibus again? Why?

Yes, its one of those stories that you want to read again and again

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Fate's Forsaken Omnibus?

The battle with the witch

Have you listened to any of Derek Perkins’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

No, its the first time, it will not be the last.

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

A small group of freedom fighters joined by Giants, Dragons and Small people fighting evil and injustice.

Any additional comments?

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Worth more than a credit

If you could sum up The Fate's Forsaken Omnibus in three words, what would they be?

I don't write a lot of reviews but this book has a great theme across the whole series. Mystery, hidden story lines, great character development and no normal ending.

What did you like best about this story?

The mix of characters. You get swooped into a story line, then it switches and get pulled right back in.

What about Derek Perkins’s performance did you like?

He does an amazing job mixing up the characters' voices. I sometimes forgot that it was one person reading.

Any additional comments?

Shae Ford is a great story teller and kept it clean. I would let my kids read/listen to this series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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It could have been good...

Pros:
Cool heroine
Relaxing
Amusing
Creative world
Decent characterization
Shapechangers

Cons:
Often boring
Overly idealistic
Incompetent, flat villains
Juvenile
Extremely predictable
Broken niche
Sickeningly romanticized

This is one of those books that was enjoyable, but had little substance. If your into escapist fantasy, id recommend it. However, if you like a little more meat to your stories, i suggest you look elsewhere.
Also, if i never hear the word "rump" again, it will be too soon.

15 of 23 people found this review helpful

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  • Lorraine M.
  • 06-27-16

brilliant

I loved all of this got a little slow once or twice but not for long enjoyed so much already brought books 3 and 4

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  • thomas
  • 06-30-16

Amazing adventure

The story was. Well written filled with excitement. A fantastic narrator I loved the main characters kale kylie decline we were all amazing

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  • Allan Hugman
  • 07-20-16

Fate's Forsaken Omnibus.

Kael a young man who saw his parents slain by the mad King and is being brought up by the villages healer longs to be accepted as a hunter. It's his essential good nature to help others that guides him into trouble whilst at the same time wins him allies.
Shae Ford,s delightful narration of these books draws you on and brings Kaels adventures to life as he tries to find out his 'Quest' that evolves around him without him realising.
Looking forward to 'Dragonsbane'

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 08-23-15

justice and humour

a struggle to survive that leads to rip roaring adventure with laughter and tears along the way.

6 of 9 people found this review helpful

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  • William
  • 10-17-15

poorly written fantasy, or a long child's book?

Is there anything you would change about this book?

this is where im confused, the book isnt marketed as a teenage book or a pre teen book, yet nearly all adult (i dont just mean sex or gore here) themes are seemingly purposefully removed. i mean i know the lad is a teenager in the book but i had more logical thinking as a 14 year old than this feller has and a much broader range of emotions.

so this young man and he is young is rubbing shoulder with one of the most supposedly beautiful women in the known world and never one has a slightly raunchy thought. he also has these powers but seems to mope and never apply teenage rage. its like the author was writing a book for children about a teenager but has forgotten what is like to be both? its just poor, and it didnt need to be put out there for the world to see.

there are noble pirates? petty old men, witches that are ugly and monsters galore. its just to much copy and past ideas from other works with no spice or fire to liven it up. so in answer to the question yes i would change lots. either choose a subject audience and tailor your work accordingly, or write a grown up book and do it well . this half half nonsense is just frustrating.

If you’ve listened to books by Shae Ford before, how does this one compare?

i don't be leave so could be wrong. narrator was a good lad in my opinion for grinding through this book. but wasnt an amazing narrator in himself.

How did the narrator detract from the book?

he seemed to have odd accents for people who lived in the same area. why would the main character a hill billy mountain man who hadn't had a bath till recently have perfect English? no sense or thought put in. and all his voices where husky or squeaky. i mean please.

If this book were a film would you go see it?

no infact i would boycott it and go to the hauge court as it would be a crime again humanity

Any additional comments?

if you have a massive amount of money or a credit doing nothing that is the only way i could recommend this book. it lack whit, humor and grace and tries to stand in the big boy park but falls short.

8 of 14 people found this review helpful

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  • Elliot
  • 11-11-17

A good listen

Excellent story but the prequel is a little confusing and it is not obvious how it links to the main stories. However a good listen and I would recommend it

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-02-17

Brilliant, couldn't stop listening

Very well written, fast pace and excellently narrated, cannot wait for the next installment. Thank you.

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  • Mike
  • 06-18-17

It wants to be a right rollicking romp, but fails

Is there anything you would change about this book?

There are books that grip you from the first line, and characters that sneak into your heart so that you invest your own emotion into the journey with them. And then there are the books that try, but don't quite get there. I stuck this out through Book 1 and 2, though at times it felt like a marathon, but ultimately did i care about the people? No! will i read the rest of the series...No.

Would you be willing to try another book from Shae Ford? Why or why not?

As a storyteller, Shae Ford is not for me.

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  • Derek
  • 03-15-17

Brilliancy done.

loved it,could not stop listening, entertaining
it had me captivated from the beggining to end

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  • Milo Smith
  • 09-22-16

good

very good story is fluid and moved with a good pace, will have to finish the rest

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  • Kitty
  • 01-27-16

Carries on from the last Fate's Forsaken book

Another good read; with interesting characters - although there did seem to be a little editorial mix up with two characters and their plots from the last book.

Was happily reading at a rollicking pace, with dragons; pirates; bad-guys, good guys, ( both of these dying amongst MUCH blood and gore…)

…Until the denouement, when the book ALL OF A SUDDEN becomes a Right Wing *Reproduction Class* from Texas (or why you should wait til marriage for sex)…!!!!!
I mean - if you're uncomfortable about writing a sex scene - simply leave it out!!!
The irony is the amount of violence, blood, guts, and questionable moral decisions and plot points used throughout the rest of the book.

This COULD HAVE been a great new "world-building" book, but due to the appalling last chapter this is the last book I'd EVER read by this author. I'll be returning this rubbish.

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  • Katy
  • 01-01-17

great fantasy with a dragon

awesome value trilogy that leads to a truly enjoyable series.

the kingdom of midlan is ruled by a selfish king and our hero starts off as a young boy with a lot to learn. mysteries are gradually revealed and new and interesting characters introduced all the time. the only criticism is that some parts are a little slow and reflective, but action and adventure and battle sequences make up for it. also an underlying love story, great characters and some humour and mischief. also no blasphemy. ....a great plus in my opinion.

keeps you wanting to buy the next book in the series

excellent narrator.

highly recommended. can't wait for Shae Ford to write her next series!! well I hope she has plans to

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  • Edjnr
  • 08-14-16

Great but...

Frustrating to be aware of obvious misunderstandings between characters while they remain seemingly oblivious. I'm intrigued to continue albeit with more trepidation then usual when consuming a series.