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The Blood Debt

Wolf of the North, Book 3
Narrated by: Simon Vance
Series: The Wolf of the North, Book 3
Length: 10 hrs and 34 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (2,535 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A blade fit for a hero. An army for a tyrant. A reckoning long awaited, and a tale reaching its end.

The riveting conclusion to the Wolf of the North trilogy.

©2017 Duncan M. Hamilton; 2018 Podium Publishing

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Disappointed

Content was good, story and characters compelling but it felt like 2-3 books of saga was skipped. The story world's passing of time was fairly consistent in books 1, 2, and the first 3/4 of book 3, then ended abruptly. Not disappointed because it was bad, but because it was pretty good and I wanted more.

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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A Most Unsatisfying Ending

From the beginning, the bard unwound the epic starting at a coming-of-age period and methodically moving forward in time with Wulfric gaining more fame and glory with every encounter, helped by a special magical battle gift bestowed on him by an old god. The telling held the promise of an epic conclusion at the end.

Regrettably, after the last horrific battle in which his primary protagonist had escaped his wrath, the next we discover that 20-30 years had passed and the ending was not epic but rather pedestrian and ungratifying.

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ok ending sucks.

Ok the ending sucked felt like it was rushed... I like all the other book. this one just fell short..

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Don't buy it! Just don't!!

Once again another spectacular series ends with the author seemingly tired of his own story and rushing to the end making it lose all the texture and quality that made the first two books worth listening too.

May Duncan M Hamilton regret his lazy and disappointing ending.

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Ending ruined series

Loved 95% of the series, then the last 20 min make everything meaningless. I wish I never read the books.

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good book ,bad ending

the first two were outstanding, but I guess book three you couldn't find an ending,because the one you did really s*cos, I wish you did better, if you didn't have a ending make a book four,

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EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTE WITH THE WAY THIS BOOK ENDED

Would you try another book from Duncan M. Hamilton and/or Simon Vance?

NO

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

NARRATION WAS VERY GOOD

Did The Blood Debt inspire you to do anything?

NO

Any additional comments?

AGAIN, THE ENDING WAS POOR. I WISH I DID NOT LISTEN TO THIS SERIES.

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Somewhat anticlimactic

The series as a whole is interesting and different but the story could have been done in two books or less. The ending springs up at you and you almost can't believe that's it.

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A Disappointing End

Started great, ended in a rush, really needed a lot more at the end. Feels as though Mr. Hamilton was pressured to finish the book quickly. Unfortunate.

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Great story until the last few chapters.

I enjoyed the trilogy quite a bit overall, very well narrated, but felt the ending was rather abrupt and not all that satisfying for such an epic story. Felt like there was at least another book or two missing before the end, but also glad it didn't drag out that long if the result would have been the same.

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  • Mary
  • 03-12-18

So good i didnt want it to end

What made the experience of listening to The Blood Debt the most enjoyable?
As the last part of a trilogy this book brought the story to an epic conclusion. Something that I must say I was very disappointed with, as I would have loved it to have gone on longer.

The story was enthralling and with Simon Vance as the narrator you have a certain winner. Incidentally as some who has chosen books just because Simon Vance was reading them, he is undoubtedly a Master of narrating.

In Summary, well worth a read, better if you read the previous two books first.

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  • Matthew Walker
  • 04-30-19

Fantastic series

Really good pacing with action and development of characters. Stayed up during late to finish each chapter

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  • AmazonCustomer
  • 04-25-19

fabulous

loved it well worth time very good all 3 books wish never stop keep eye out for writer

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  • Chris Newman
  • 04-23-19

Fantasy at its best !!

The final installment in the Wolf of the North and it doesn't disappoint, absolutely phenomenal.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-30-19

Awesome

The first book in the series wasn't great so I was reluctant to get the second. The performance in the first book really irritated me as Simon Vance kept emphasising the last word in a sentence with a little flourish. He would also quickly link some sentences in another attempt to decorate the performance. I Cursed them for not getting Derek Perkins back. His narration of the Society of the Sword was what originally hooked me into audio books. Luckily I persisted, I enjoyed the second book and the Third was awesome. The performance improved significantly in the subsequent books and the story line expanded out from the narrow scope of the first book. I would now argue that Simon Vance's narration of the third book could not have been equalled by Derek Perkins.

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  • Isobel
  • 01-19-19

it just gets better and better.<br />

The bitter sweet final part of the story. If you are emotionally driven by writing this chapter in the life of Wulfric and his friends will move you to eextremes of laughter and tears.
I admit as I often do, that I think the ending is rushed. I am no expert but I reckon there was another book in there. But regardless, this is a gripping read and I found it hard to put down.

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  • david hames
  • 01-10-19

Superb

Absolutely brilliant trilogy.
Highly recommended, im only sorry it has finished, looking for next book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 12-01-18

Fitting End To Great Saga

I enjoyed the whole series. It is well written and spoken, has a consistent universe and credible characters.

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  • J Smith
  • 11-29-18

Sad to be at the end!

5/5 says it all; brilliant writer and fantastic narrator!
Don’t start here though, start at book one and read them all!!
Loved it!

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  • gary
  • 11-25-18

Great End to a Great Tale

loved this story, this was truly a great ending to the story , these are definitely books I will come back to again, through not the longest Trilogy it was definitely a Epic tale , these books are highly recommended, I will Definitely see what else Duncan M Hamilton has to offer , Simon Vance truly brought this story to life and is definitely one of the Best Narrators, Dont miss this one .

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  • taleulah
  • 06-19-18

Disappointed

Was all over the place. too many characters to follow, hard to keep up. Not happy with the ending after trudging through the 3 books

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-24-19

Very Good, but could have been two books.

I loved the story and performance, and the ending was good (even if it was what most would sort of expect). It was a satisfying and solid final installment in a good series.

I just wish the author made this into two books by expanding a few major parts of the story arc instead of bypassing them, but at least they were done in a decent if not good way that do make sense when you think about it.

I can definitely recommend the series and this book.

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  • Anup
  • 03-20-19

Great story

Great story. The story telling is fantastic. a bit sad at times but that's life.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-14-19

loved it.

very enjoyable story. liked the style in which it was written. tidy ending- all makes for a great read. narration excellent. I pretty much only listen to fantasy these days . Not to heavy with magic. I recommend this to like minded souls.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-07-19

Good body, hate the ending

POSSIBLE SPOILERS AHEAD



Besides really struggling with the narrator and the way that they give the same tone and style of speaking to everyone, regardless of background or mood, I love these books and the universe it creates. Wulfric is one of my all time favourite badasses. He carves it up in the go so installment as he sets the foundations to slaughter Rodolph like the pig he is. Unfortunately, the ending feels like it was just tied off unceremoniously because the author got sick of writing the book. It finishes exactly how you expect it to, with no embellishments and flair to add interest. Plot armour is strong with the villain as he gets away multiple times with utter contrived bullcrap as the excuse.

Aethelman, cut the effing rock on the floor of the palace

Adelaide, get your damn add in and out of the room, no need to linger

Wulfric, it is obvious that there's gonna be a fight once you walk in that throne room, bring your gift up and don't let it down until you're gone. Getting knocked out in a single hit by a lowly palace guard is shite considering the feats you'd accomplished up to this point.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-18-18

One of the greats

If this isn’t the best story I’ve heard or read than it’s close I laughed I cried I wanted to grab a sword and battle well done thank you but I want more

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  • Marilyn
  • 05-02-18

great books

enjoy the story sorry it ended.
i was walk for hrs listing to the books

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  • Kylie O'Toole
  • 04-10-18

This was a great listen, loved the story. Enjoyed

This was a great listen. loved the story and characters. Easily got attached to the characters and their struggles. liked getting the different point of views.

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  • Sweetheart1
  • 03-04-18

Rip my heart out

Seriously. My heart was ripped out. How could that happen. I loved this serious. The way it was read from the master storyteller was fantastic. I bawled my eyes out after that one scene.

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  • Tahn
  • 02-08-18

Excellent story telling

i loved every minute of it
i hope he expands on this world
just great