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The Ninth Rain Audiobook

The Ninth Rain: The Winnowing Flame Trilogy, Book 1

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"An original new voice in heroic fantasy." (Adrian Tchaikovsky)

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Jen Williams, acclaimed author of The Copper Cat trilogy, featuring The Copper Promise, The Iron Ghost and The Silver Tide, returns with the first in a blistering new trilogy.

The great city of Ebora once glittered with gold. Now its streets are stalked by wolves. Tormalin the Oathless has no taste for sitting around waiting to die while the realm of his storied ancestors falls to pieces - talk about a guilt trip. Better to be amongst the living, where there are taverns full of women and wine.

When eccentric explorer Lady Vincenza 'Vintage' de Grazon offers him employment, he sees an easy way out. Even when they are joined by a fugitive witch with a tendency to set things on fire, the prospect of facing down monsters and retrieving ancient artefacts is preferable to the abomination he left behind. But not everyone is willing to let the Eboran empire collapse, and the adventurers are quickly drawn into a tangled conspiracy of magic and war. For the Jure'lia are coming, and the Ninth Rain must fall....

©2017 Jennifer Williams (P)2017 Headline Digital

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  • MR D KISS
    7/18/17
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    "Wait for it!"

    Almost switched it off after the first couple of chapters as it started a bit too slow, but I'm so glad I carried on as the story later really get exciting. I can't wait for the next book in the series!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    4/27/17
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    "Excellent fantasy adventure"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. The world building is intriguing and the characters interesting. I also enjoyed the narrator, who injected plenty of differentiation between the characters. Highly recommended.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Luke Beckett
    8/18/17
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    "Jen Williams is an underrated star of British fantasy. No wait, of the whole fantasy genre!"

    I'm a huge fan of Jen William's previous trilogy, the Copper Cat Trilogy, so I was excited to get this new book, starting a new trilogy, in a new world.
    I was not disappointed.

    All the elements I loved from the Copper Cat series were there.
    Jen Williams is such a wonderfully inclusive author and I don't think I can shout enough about how much I love that. The characters she draws are always complex, flawed and so likeable (unless she doesn't intend for you to like them). So getting to know the people that they are and understanding their variety of loves, lusts and desires adds to the exciting plot immeasurably.
    I'm a huge fantasy fan, but having an author who is willing to challenge the old, poorly thought out gender and sexuality tropes of the genre, but without making that the whole story... it actually makes me jump up and down with excitement when I tell people about it.

    And the exciting plot I mentioned! I'd agree with other reviews on audible that the first few chapters don't rush. But you'll see why they're important as the book builds and builds, to be a fast-paced, romping adventure story.

    If you liked the way the Copper Cat trilogy was a story about a trio of three wonderful, engaging and diverse characters, going on a pacey, twisting adventure together, with just the right amount of action and fighting, and some great characters to meet along the way, then you'll love this too.

    That's not to say it's more of the same though.
    This new story feels a bit darker than the Copper Cat trilogy. It's set in a world that's gritty, grimey and on the edge of collapse following repeated invasions by an old enemy. It's full of crumbling ruins and dark, wild places. The inhabitants of this world are correspondingly dark, and there's no shortage of malicious intent to keep you wondering what's going to happen. There's a lot that will keep you guessing throughout the book, with lots more to uncover in the ones to follow.

    I would definitely recommend reading it or listening to it. The narrator in this version is great - lots of variation in the voices to help you appreciate the different characters. Great pacing, great emphasis. He really tells the story well.
    I just had no idea that the mythical land of Ebora must share a border with South Wales... I could swear there's a lilt of Barry in that deep Eboran voice!

    I enjoyed this thoroughly. I highly recommend it for anyone who likes fantasy. Even if you like great adventure stories, but are put off epics like Lord of the Rings or a Song of Ice and Fire by the length, the endless questing and detail.

    Jen Williams delivers a cracking romp of a story, with all the depth of characters you could want. All while keeping the journeys short, the magic simple and the plot bloody good fun!

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