Sevenfold Sword, Part III

Sevenfold Sword, Book 3
Narrated by: Steven Brand
Series: Sevenfold Sword, Book 5-6
Length: 23 hrs and 10 mins
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The quest of the Seven Swords has freed the shadows to prey upon mankind.

Ridmark has learned that the sorceress Cathala holds the secret of the Seven Swords and quests to free her from the grasp of an imprisoning spell. But the Maledicti priests know of Ridmark's quest and plot to stop him with a deadly new weapon.

Ridmark and his companions find themselves caught in the war between the final remnant of the dying gray elves and the brutal muridach horde.

Unless Ridmark can save the gray elves, he and his friends will die, and the New God will rise in power to enslave the world.

©2017 Jonathan Moeller (P)2019 Podium Publishing
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tedious to listen to.

I kept trying to continue this book, but it could be cut in half easily by removing all of the repetitive information. we don't need to know word for word that each character is having the same thought! also it's part 3 we know what all the characters weapons do and how they feel about each other! I can't continue on. I tried, but it's not worth it.

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So much, yet so very, very little

The first couple of chapters are nothing but a long drawn out summary of what's happend in all the previous books. Allmost all the characters must make their voice heard, look at the other characters and describe what they look like, what they're wearing, what they've done and what they probably are thinking. Then it switches to the next character and it starts all over again for no reason.
Not only are the charcters very repetitive, so are the language and the story.
The constant fighting (I'm not calling them battles despite Moellers insistance in caling them that, they are nothing more than skirmishes or fights) doesn't improve anything because they are allways so drawn out and anticlimactic. The characters are so superhumanly strong, fast and resiliant that they can never loose and the antagonists are so arogant, singleminded and incompetent that they allways waste their advantages and run away when all their servants have lost.
One of the biggest logical gaps are however the Keeper. Is she powerless or just incompetent? According to Moeller, since the Keepers mantle comes from another world it can defeat any native magic and no native magic can defeat it. This is somewhat proven in the fighting with Shadowbearer since he had to throw stones and tables to block her spells. But for some reason she can't defeat any other spellcaster since. She can never break through a single ward on her own and she is allways on the very edge of defeat because everybody can match her strength. This is where I feel that the logic fails. If the Keepers mantel can defeat all native magic then their wards should be torn to shreds with no effort at all and she should be able to withstand attacks without breaking a sweat.
Another logical gap with the Keepers mantle is that since IT comes from another world, shouldn't the native magic be able defeat it? Shouldn't it work both ways? And since it's all in the same universe, shouldn't it all be the same magic, even though it's drawn from different sources? If different sources produce different kinds of energies with different properties, they shouldn't be bunched together under the term "magic".

I know the narrator doesn't have any great material to work with, but I think he's improving in his performance.

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good

it's a good series and a good story line but the author tends to repeat certain phrases very frequently

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I found the entire siege to be tedious and somewhat unsatisfying. Monotonous details of battle fights and last minute barriers found me bored.

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nice story but..

I hate how they tell everything about themselves. their powers, weapons etc... to strangers on day 1 of meeting them.