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Siege and Sacrifice

By: Charlie N. Holmberg
Narrated by: Lauren Ezzo,Scott Merriman
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Publisher's Summary

From the Wall Street Journal bestselling author of The Paper Magician Series comes the enthralling climax of a cataclysmic war between monstrous creatures.

Sandis has finally freed herself from her master and his plans to use her as a vessel for the ancient beast Kolosos. But her master has found a new, impossible vessel: Sandis’s brother, Anon - a brother she long thought dead.

Kolosos is ancient, massive, and seemingly unbeatable. Fortunately, Sandis has her own monster - an ethereal fire horse that she can summon at will. In addition, she and Rone may have discovered the secret to defeating Kolosos: ancient lore that details the creation of magic. It could be the key to victory and the key to saving Anon.

The price is steep, and Sandis is willing to pay it. Rone is not, and his attempt to save her only pulls them apart. As both are tested in ways they never expected, Sandis and Rone will need to determine the sacrifices they are willing to make. If their efforts are not enough, their city will fall...just as the ancient city beneath it already has.

©2019 Charlie N Holmberg LLC. (P)2019 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Wonderful except for all the shouting

The emotional narration was excellent but all of Lauren Ezzo’s yelling during entire action scenes gave me a headache. An occasional shout is fine when the story calls for it but when it goes on for hours it takes away from the story

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Loved this trilogy!

This is one of those books that keeps you up too late because you can't stop listening! I loved the storyline and the characters. I highly recommend this book!

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Decent despite the female narrator

Overall I liked the story and the general idea. Unfortunately, the female narrator made me become slightly annoyed with Sandis and if I had just read the book I don’t think I would have. She had a nice voice, she just overacted constantly and when angry sounded more whiny than angry.

The story itself was really interesting, but by this third book, because of the narrator, I just found myself hoping it would end quickly.

The male narrator was the saving grace to this, if it had just been the one, I probably would have returned the first book and just read it on my kindle.

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  • 06-03-22

Whole Series Great

Narrators are both perfect, engaged. Books as well. Certainly a bit darker but really good too. Lots of original ideas.

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Wonderful and Magical

Another fantastic world inside Mr. Holmberg’s imagination. The characters were well rounded, the story arcs well crafted and overall an absolute delight! I’m hooked on his books!!

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wow

I am so in love with this series..and the Author thank you for your stories.

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A New Favorite!

This series is absolutely fantastic! Great author and narration! Worth every penny! This is a great story for adults and teens alike, guys or girls can get into these books...

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Things get really serious

In the final installment of The Numina Series, things get really serious. The ultimate numen, Kolossos, has now appeared. The city of Dresberg was a grim place before, but that’s nothing to what happens to it once Kolossos gets going. Kazen, who summoned Kolossos, had some wild plan to get at his enemies, but Kolossos has his own agenda, and being controlled by Kazen isn’t part of it. Kazen doesn’t last long at all.

The coming of Kolossos finally brings all the disparate elements of Dresberg together to fight him, although the peace between them is uneasy at many points. The army, the police, the city guards all try to take him down. It looks sort of like Godzilla or The Day the Earth Stood Still. The army is attacking with everything they have (thank goodness Dresberg doesn’t have nuclear weapons), and Kolossos just keeps on tearing up the city, throwing their cannons back at them, and so forth. It must be a pretty big city for any of it to be left standing by the end.

Meanwhile, Sandis, Rone, and their friends are trying everything in their power to help take down Kolossos. Sandis, in particular, is determined to save everybody who isn’t already dead. They are joined by a new person – a scholar – who knows something about the Noscans, their language, and their artifacts. They are also now working with the triumvirate – the three men who are in charge of the city. In their efforts to defeat Kolossos they range from Kazen’s lair to the house of the head triumvir to the sewers (where Rone originally found his amaranth) to the ethereal plane.

Rone, on the ethereal plane (long story – you have to read the book), is able to talk to Ireth, the fire horse numen Sandis has been hosting. Between Ireth and Jachim, the scholar, we learn the history of the Noscans, who were once human, and how they became the numena. And it is this knowledge, along with all the help from everybody else, that allows them to finally defeat Kolossos.

I had this book from Kindle Unlimited. Due to this, I had access to both the Kindle Edition and the Audible Audiobook versions of the book.

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An enjoyable, easy series.

I enjoyed the story and the light tone sprinkled where needed. Parts of it were predictable, but there were surprises. In fact, one detail made me gasp.

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Good Ending!

I loved the first book, barely made it through the second book and liked this book a lot. Scott’s performance was wonderful! But, Lauren’s performance was a tad over dramatic.

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  • 03-13-22

Last Book in a Brilliant Trilogy!!

This is the conclusion of a another fantastic trilogy from Charlie N. Holmberg and I think my favourite! It is a very clever, deeply involved and totally unexpected story that had me totally hooked. This last book in particular was eye opening, surprising and really enjoyable!! I love the characters, especially the unbreakable bond of Sandis and Rone, even when actually broken! The narration is fantastic too!!

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  • Amber Postlethwaite
  • 03-22-20

perfect ending

brilliant voice acting fantastic story and a beautiful end to the series if you loved the other two entries this is a must, check out all work by this author she is fantasic