Sword in the Stars

The Myridian Constellation, Volume 1
Narrated by: Dave Cruse
Series: The Myridian Constellation, Book 1
Length: 13 hrs and 12 mins
4.7 out of 5 stars (54 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The difference in their uncanny eyes could not be easily discerned. In the rays of the setting sun, both Aravel's and Morlan's eyes appeared gold. In the pale moonlight...yellow. Seemingly the same. Such inscrutable likeness is the way of things with identical twins. 

But all who knew the two brothers well noted unmistakable differences, peculiarities more experienced than seen. Those who stood before King Aravel's gaze felt the glad firelight of a cozy inn. But those who fell under Morlan's stare felt the gleam of winter moonlight on the cold, white stone monuments in a boneyard. 

From the best-selling author of the Door Within Trilogy comes an epic tale of two powerful kings whose rivalry threatens to tear the world of Myriad apart. Into this chaos of treachery and war strides ex-assassin Alastair Coldhollow, whose quest for redemption leads him to the one foe he cannot defeat with a thrust of his sword. Everything may hinge on an age-old prophecy, but after thousands of years, will the Sword appear in the Stars at last? 

With the aid of Abbagael Rivynfleur, a not-so-naive girl from the forest villages, Alastair will tread forgotten roads, face legendary creatures, and meet mysterious new races of people, all in an effort to find Myriad's Halfainin. So begins the sweeping seven-volume Myridian Constellation. Listen to discover what happens when the Sword is in the Stars and the moon is blood red....

©2017 Wayne Thomas Batson (P)2018 Wayne Thomas Batson

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loved it. look forward to the next book.

I love this author. glad to find him on audiobooks. look forward to more fun.

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My only problem is it is just too dark. I don’t like books to concentrate heavily on the darkness and wickedness.

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Christian, Allegorical High Fantasy

The Sword in the Stars by Wayne Thomas Batson is the first book in a Christian allegorical fantasy set in a medieval-like world. Once an assassin, Alastair Coldhollow has pledged his life to God. He knows his destiny is to call out the Halfainin, a prophesied warrior, and when the Sword appears in the stars, he knows the time is come for the prophecy to be fulfilled. But as the prophecy unfolds (or doesn't?), it isn't as straightforward as he had imagined. Wow. This book was extremely rich in detail, depth, and planning. It was very well-written, and I loved it, especially because it was an allegory. Alastair was the main character, but there were many other point-of-view characters and much going on besides his story. The major plot was a war between light and dark, the people of God and the people of the Dark Lord whose desire is death for everyone. There were kings, politics, unique characters, battles, betrayals, redemption, a little bit of romance, prophecies, and much more in the complex, creative world - everything that makes for a great high fantasy. Tying it all together within the battle of light and dark was the prophecy of the Halfainin who would conquer the Dark Lord once and for all. But since this is an allegory, if you know the story of Jesus Christ, you know that the great prophesied warrior-king didn't come in, guns blazing and conquering the world ... at least, not yet. And the way this series captured all of that is one of the things I loved about this story. Threaded into the story was the theme of redemption. Alastair was a man with an extremely dark past. Obeying the Dark Lord, he led raids to murder entire villages of innocents and became addicted to an extremely addictive, illegal drug. But Alastair found hope in God and left it all behind (though he still struggles sometimes with the drug). However, he isn't certain he can believe that God can redeem him from ALL of it. Some of the leading God-followers don't even believe Alastair can be redeemed of his atrocities. But he puts his hope in the Halfainin and waits for the day he can ask the prophesied warrior in person about forgiveness. (And since we believe the Apostle Paul was forgiven for his evil, Alastair, if he were real, would also be forgiven.) I read this book as an audiobook. I really enjoyed the narrator, and he did a great job with some of the voices and the inflection. On the whole, this book was very good. It was definitely dark, though, with a lot of violence and maybe a little too many details about the enemies' horrific evil. I'd recommend it to adults, not teens. But I really enjoyed it for all the reasons I listed above. I received a complementary copy of this audiobook from the author. I was not compensated for writing a review. All opinions are my own.

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Story had me stuck like glue

Extremely well written and absolutely entertaining. You feel very attached to the characters and has good plot twists. Highly recommended!!!!

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Overall good book!

Good book. A lot to take in but it’s really a great example of Christian fantasy working. Love the Alister characters realness. Fighting with the pain of past sins, trying to make amends but realizing it will take something greater than himself to bridge the gap. On to the next in the series!

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Amazing book, wonderful performance!!!

I have enjoyed many of Wayne Thomas Batson’s books. This one is a heart wrenching book. I pray I will have the patience to see the end of the series. I am glad that I waited as long as I did. Now on to book two!!

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This book is worth your time.

I rate this book five out of five stars. The narrator was great. He was not droning on and on. I would recommend this story to anybody who is into fantasy such as Tolkien or Lewis.

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Awesome

Well written and narrated with enlighting fashion to carry the heater into another realm and through many lands and adventures

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beautiful parallel of Christianity

this book isn't shy with it's likeness to Christianity, but at large in points out many issues that people of faith go through and deals with them honestly. also is just a fantastic story!

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You need this book!

First off, let my say that Wayne is my favorite Christian Fantasy author. I have many of his books and absolutely love them. So, this review is somewhat difficult for me to write. Once I hit chapter forty-nine I was finally sucked in and by the end I was ready for the next novel. It seemed like it took a long time to set up the main event that took place towards the end. That being said, there were several things I did love about this novel. Alastair's and Abbagael's interactions were some of my favorite parts of the book. The section of letters between the two of them was a clever choice to help show the passage of time but still keep readers informed of what events were taking place. Their banter made me laugh and I loved Abbagael's unwillingness to give up on him. The characters were believable and I enjoyed learning more about them. The one thing I love most about Wayne's writing is his ability to create vast worlds that are so much fun to imagine. The different types of creatures, the wondrous halls, and the magical components of the story will allow you to immerse yourself in the world of Myriad and never want to leave. It's such a beautiful world that rivals the likes of Narnia and Middle Earth. While the plot was slow at the beginning, I'm glad I continued on and finished the book. If you have not read this book, I implore you to get it and read it for yourself! By the end, you'll be wishing for more! I give this book four stars. The narrator did a great job of bringing this story to life and I found that I enjoyed listening to it more than I did reading it for myself. I highly recommend this audiobook! I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author. No monetary compensation was given for this review and a review was not required.