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Dante and Blays have forced Gladdic from the Collen Basin. But the victory might be only the first battle in a much larger war. With the land on the brink of starvation and politically fractured, Dante and Blays scramble to secure Collen's food, borders, and allies. Before their work is done, rumor arrives from Mallon. The enemy is mustering for another attack.

Even if Collen can weather the coming storm, there's no guarantee their independence will last out the year. During a border raid, Dante learns Gladdic has fled to the shadowy realm of Tanar Atain, home of the Andrac.

And the secrets Gladdic returns with could tip the balance of power forever.

©2016 Edward W. Robertson (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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Absolute Genius

Forget Batman and Robin, this is the dynamic Duo! The writing is as good as it gets. Unbelievable evolving story going back to the first cycle. Should be a series of movies but would be a larger undertaking than LOTR. Author is one of my favorites. Reynolds is a superb narrator. I've even started buying anything he lends his voice to. He makes these fantastic books come totally alive.

I'd put these books right up there with LOTR, Game of Thrones, and King's epic Dark Tower series, and I'm not sure I wouldn't put these at the front of the pack. Amazing!

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Always love the "Cycles of"

I used to not be a fan of audio books, I'd rather have a hard copy in my hands - feverishly turning the pages... however, the duo that narrator and author make has me absolutely hooked on this series, as I was hooked on the previous. Job well done, both of you. I am so glad that I saved my credits for this and was very excited by the authors note at the end.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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One of the best series

I stumbled upon Dante and Blays out of sheer luck 2 years ago, I've listened to the cycle of arawn many times, along with the first two books in the cycle of galand series, it's a exciting story with great twist and turns that keeps you on the edge of your sit waiting for what happens next. I can't wait for the fourth book and continue this adventure. Going back for another listen now!!

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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amazing

these books are the best fantasy ive read in years. characters, story, world building and everything else is incredible, not to mention the relationship and rapport between Dante and blays is some of the best diologue I've read .

new characters to join the Dante squad show promise to be unique and interesting as well and the scale and stakes that Dante and blays are fighting for/against are gaining momentum at incredible speed to a climax that brings their saga to a whole new tier of imortance.
must read 100%

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Such a great series I wish it was longer

Another awesome entry into the series and I burned through it too fast. Now the long wait for the next book

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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just yes

the only thing I didn't like was when the book ended. this is the only series that I've ever read (or listened to) that has captivated me to a point where I forget that I'm not in that world. when something grabs my attention IRL, it's as if I'm being forcibly snapped back to reality. can I do 6/5? I'm gonna say 6/5. cannot wait until the next one. felt palpable despair knowing I was at the end of the book.

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Awesome

One of my favorite series. I'm very excited for the continuation. The cynical and sarcastic banter between Dante and Blaze relates so similar to relations I have! So well done! Can't wait for the next!

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Need More!

I love this story, one of the best adventures can't wait for more books to come out.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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This series and this author are hidden gems.

The first cycle takes roughly half a book to get going, but its well worth the wait as soon as the relationship between Andre and Blaze (disregard the names for now, they grow on you) forms. From there on out it is a fantastic series that continually blurs the lines between good and evil. This second series does not fall short by any means, and helps build a world that is truly fascinating. It feels very much like buddycop fantasy, much in the same way as Scott Lynch or Michael Sullivan create with their series. Just the right amount of brutality, without going so far overboard that it feels like he's trying too hard to be edgy.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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is amazing.

have loved this entire series and how incredibly complex yet complete the world is written. also, by far my favorite narrator on audible!

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Ryan
  • 05-14-17

more please

this is just the latest masterpiece from Edward w Robertson. I can't wait for the next 2/3 books in the series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Sally
  • 07-01-18

ok

it's only part of a story. there is no ending or conclusion and another few books in the series.

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  • J C
  • 04-20-18

Frustrating turn for the worst

Would you try another book written by Edward W. Robertson or narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds?

Tim Gerard Reynolds is a fantastic, characterful narrator. I would absolutely listen to another book narrated by him.

I am really disappointed by the failure in Robertson’s storytelling, however, and I can’t listen to the series anymore, which is very frustrating.

The character development seems to be going backwards - strong characters are becoming weak and impotent. The idiocy of the main characters (somewhat charming in earlier books) just grows and grows, and characters you’ve grown to like constantly betray their established nature and take actions that go against everything they’ve done up until this point.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The world is absolutely great, and the previous books in the series were fantastic.

Any additional comments?

I have rarely been so frustrated while listening to a book.
Robertson has diligently crafted a compelling world, and characters you care about over the course of the previous books.
In this entry he proceeds to turn potent, world-altering characters into snivelling wimps.
They give up at every opportunity, and by 10 hours in are almost unrecognisable from the principled, determined characters they once were. Many books have such narratives, of course, and character arcs can successfully change and twist with great results.
But there needs to be a motivation, and cohesive reason why.
Robertson unfortunately fails to provide one, and this book becomes a disappointing mire of frustration.

Save yourself, and the story so far, by skipping this book.

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  • Carruthers Brian
  • 04-16-18

audible described this as a TRILOGY

audible described this as a TRILOGY. now I find a fourth book in the series and the promise of more after that. this kind of misdirection is reprehensible

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  • G
  • 02-25-18

Woohoo

Hell yeah another awesome book more antics for Dante and blaze love the story and the characters and the suspense roll on next book and whatever else follows thanks for making my night shifts entertaining and keep up the awesome work

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-19-17

THE BEST!!

amazing...just awsome!!!! love this series so much its just about my favouret ever! highly recommended!!

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  • Mrs
  • 11-21-17

Getting There

Another good read. Enjoying the humour and the new characters. So enjoyable bought the new one.

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  • Raine
  • 09-04-17

Brilliant as usual

Love these books so much. Greatest narrator ever, wish he did all my favourite series!!

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  • Chris
  • 08-01-17

Another great book in the series

loving the characters. some clever ideas. worth reading a second time. looking forward to the next book.

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  • gary
  • 07-07-17

Just keeps getting better

If you have read any of the cycle of Galand then you will definitely enjoy this one new enemies rise Abd Dante's work never seems to be done , think this is my favourite so far , just awesome.

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  • Setkeh
  • 05-10-17

Excellent series of books

This was a great continuation to the story cannot wait for the next one. Tim is a great narrator he really captures the characters well.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Lachlan
  • 11-21-17

Brilliant story and perfect delivery

No words will ever do this story justice - just read it or listen and enjoy!

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Tahn
  • 06-15-17

better and better

this series is truely amazeing i mean its set up so nicely for hte next book i cant wait ......

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Robert P. Rumball
  • 09-28-17

Dante and Blase are always entertaining

I have followed Dante and Blase since "The Cycle of Arawn" and the little touches of humorous reactions between them is always worth a chuckle or three.

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  • Kieran Boyce
  • 05-19-17

Brilliant

Narrotor was top notch and as usual the story and world built in is superbly creative loved it