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From acclaimed director and producer Kieth Merrill comes an epic, high fantasy saga and the quest to fulfill a prophecy.

A thousand years ago, the Navigator crossed the great deep in ships lit with 16 stones touched by Oum'ilah, the God of Gods. Over time the stones were scattered, and a prophecy arose declaring that a "child of no man" would gather them again, obtain immortality, and reign forever as god and king of Candelarr. Two religious groups have sprung up around the prophecy, each with its own champion.

The sorceress of the cult of she-dragon has chosen Drakkor, a warrior and mercenary. After surviving a series of rigorous tests to prove his worth, he is given one of the stones and begins his quest to fulfill the prophecy. He swears to return all 16 stones to the sorceress, but the truth is he will let nothing stop him from claiming immortality for himself.

The Oracle of Oum'ilah has placed his faith in Ashar, a young postulant studying the Way of the Navigator on the Mountain of God. But when Ashar discovers he is a direct descendant of the Navigator himself, the Oracle reveals that it is his destiny to fulfill the prophecy and reunite the 16 stones for good. But he must hurry before Drakkor claims the stones and corrupts them.

Meanwhile, miles away, a slave named Ereon Qhuin dreams of freedom. Abandoned at birth, his only possession is a strange stone that his mentor, the blacksmith Rusthammer, promises is the key to Qhuin's destiny and freedom.

A mercenary, a postulant, and a slave - which one is truly the child of prophecy?

©2016 Kieth W. Merrill (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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All Together Good

As usual Tim Gerard Reynolds brought the characters to life flawlessly keeping the story flowing even at it's slower moments. The story was good if not a little slow from time to time, definitely one of the better books I've found on audible.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Good story. Ended abrupt.

The story concept was interesting. Narration by the T. J. Reynolds was superb as usual. I had to rewind many times to keep track of the different characters. Even though I know this is the first installment of the series, it ended abruptly, just when you got all the back stories of the main characters. I will however, listen to the following books when available.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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just kept reading

all the way believe that the story started slowly. I was intrigued as it went along and now I'm anxious to read the following books

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Great first book

Good story line so far I'm sure the second book will be even better... again Tim Reynolds delivers another great reading!!!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Great story well reas

exciting and interesting characters with a number of i expected turns hard to stop listening.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Storyline was a bit hard to follow in the beginning but I love the ending.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Good but slow

First off, the reading is spot on, in a huge fan on Tim Gerard Reynolds.

The story is good, interesting, and by the end I wanted to know more.

That being said the characters do take a while to grow on you, and there is a lot of very dull, very slow paced sections. This is the first audiobook I've ver actually fallen asleep while listening to.

I will likely get the sequel, I do think this is quite the epic that could grow into something exciting but it is _very_ slow, and sometimes the writing can be a little awkward.

I wouldn't recommend it in prompted, but if you have a reason to be interested in this book I would say it's worth listening to.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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VERY SLOW READ

Is there anything you would change about this book?

I really thought that people were exaggerating or semi joking about what a slow book this is but turns out they were dead on. Its a shame because it seems like it would be a great story. This left me feeling like this story should have been shortened into a chapter as the intro to the epic style fantasy that I was expecting because the amount of story actually covered versus the amount of time this book took was absurd. I really wanted to like this book because the story seems like it would be an intriguing one but when you're 3/4 of the way finished still waiting for the story to start exasperation with the author and the entire book sets in.<br/>Tim Gerard Reynolds does a great job as usual.

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

yes, great job as always

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

NO

3 of 5 people found this review helpful

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Engaging and fulfilling. Painful cliffhanger.

This book is one of the best sweeping epic fantasies that I've ever read, that deals directly with the issue of religion. The only other book series i could possibly compare it to is the Storm-light Archive. This book has deep characterization, complex events, and a multiplicity of view points that create a deeply built world.

This is not some cheep sword and sorcery fantasy novel, this has the intellectual depth of Robert Jordan, with the realism of George RR Martin, and the world and character building of Brandon Sanderson. if you want to be entertained by being immersed in such a world, and take a journey with such characters, then this is the book for you. If you're looking for cheep thrills, sex jokes, and shallow characters with no other motivation then whats between their legs then look elsewhere.

Don't get me wrong, the book doesn't shy away from the darker more realistic aspects of fantasy. The author does it in such away however that you as a reader don't feel disgusting after reading. Disgusted by the barbarism, hedonism, or evil sure, but not in a way that you feel complicit in it (George RR i'm looking at you here....).

Honestly, one of the best books i have ever read. I'm just pissed that the author hasn't come out with the second one yet.

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Slow

This story has probably the slowest progression of any book ever written. I kept waiting to get past the introduction of everything and get to the main plot or the climax were a quest begins or something happens. It’s like one long introduction for the next book I assume. I would not recommend this book unless you are truly bored and can not find anything better.
The one upside is Tim Gerard Reynolds is the narrator, so he is always amazing. That is the whole reason I downloaded this audio book.