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The Call of Agon

Narrated by: Simon Vance
Series: Children of Telm, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 19 mins
4 out of 5 stars (25 ratings)

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The last line. The last words. The last chance.

Ifferon is one of the last in the bloodline of the dead god, Telm, who imprisoned the Beast, Agon, in the Underworld. Armed with a connection to the estranged gods in the Overworld, and a scroll bearing Telm's powerful dying words, he is tasked with ensuring the god's vital legacy: that Agon remain vanquished. 

Yet there is something just as powerful: Fear. Ifferon abandons his duty and tries to hide away from the world. But when Agon's armies find his monastery refuge, he is forced to find his courage and embark on a life-changing quest. 

Join Ifferon on a journey across the world of Iraldas that will lead him to brave new companions, through the struggles of many peoples, the siege of many lands, and to discoveries that could bring hope to some - or doom to all. 

Experience the unforgettable start of an epic fantasy adventure perfect for fans of Will Wight, AC Cobble, and Michael J Sullivan.  

©2013 Dioscuri Press (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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Enjoyed it

I received a review copy.

I enjoyed the book. There was some character development. I liked the banter in the group of heroes. There were moments I laughed and moments of sadness along with surprises. I can definitely see some influence from the Lord of the Rings although this series will have more twists and turns.

7 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Amazing, can't wait for book 2!

If you love epic fantasy, you can't go wrong with this story! It comes highly recommended!

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really good story

if you like Tolkien you'll like this book, there is a lot going on in this book it doesn't start off slow, you have multiple characters and you get all of their back stories. Dean Wilson has created a new world with history that you learn about at the same time you learn about the characters. I like that the main character is not a boy trying to find his destiny, he knows who he is and what he has to do, no spoilers listen to the book. when the next book comes out I will be listening.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Familiar epic feel

Full disclosure: I received this book in exchange for an honest review.

The Call of Agon quickly shows it draws inspiration from Tolkien's works. The story definitely fits as the first story in an epic tale. Their is an overarching struggle of good vs evil, large armies battling, characters making valiant sacrifices, and suspicion throughout about the motivation and alignment of several characters. There are interesting battle scenes and of course a looming dark entity that spells doom if awakened fully.
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Characters in this book do die off. Some deaths did make me feel sad that the character died while another is bittersweet. In this last case, the individual may finally find peace in death that they couldn't find in life.

There were a lot of characters and it became hard to distinguish a few of the characters by voice from the narrator. Add in the fact that in the beginning, there were two characters with similar sounding names and it was a little confusing for me for a while. Even though I mentioned this book takes inspiration from Tolkien's work, don't expect several different races that were present in the Middle Earth stories.
Overall the book was enjoyable.

One other feature that I really enjoyed in this book and I hope to see more of was named chapters. Normally, audiobooks just have chapter numbers, but in Call of the Agon, the chapters actually had names. This was a pleasant surprise and I hope more books have this feature in the future.

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  • Brian
  • ANN ARBOR, MI
  • 09-12-19

Interesting and Epic Introduction to a New World

This was a pretty solid and interesting introduction to a new fantasy world where there exist gods, important ones being Agon (the evil vanquished god from the title), and Telm (who vanquished Agon, and is dead, but lends his name to the series this belongs to. This story starts with Ifferon, one of the 'Children of Telm' whose life of staying out of the line of fire is immediately set upon by followers of Agon. He ends up in a group on the journey to fulfill his life's purpose of keeping Agon vanquished full of interesting characters, especially Herr Don a boastful prince. Along the way there are a number of fights against the forces of evil, but the author's take on evil and the creatures and people who side with it is interesting. The Shades mentioned are pretty chilling for creatures in a fantasy. And, like any group or fellowship their feelings and relationships change over time as they get to know each other better and conquer enemies. Unfortunately this story ends on a cliff hanger as previous reviews had mentioned, but that cliff hanger is in the presence of a creature or entity who has piqued my curiosity so I will gladly be revisiting this world to see where things go.

I absolutely love Simon Vance as a narrator. His voice is perfect for bringing an epic fantasy world to life.

I received the review code for this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this honest review.

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Pretty good

I enjoyed this title. It had me going through all of my emotions. I liked that back and forth between the group. Narrator was great. Definitely worth the credit!

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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Slow start but overally good

The cover looked good and the blurb sounds interesting as I love a good epic fantasy book.

The problems is I found the it was very dry and slow for large parts of the first half of the book. The dialog was quite wooden and felt like the author wanted to make a new Lord of the Rings saga. Whereas with LotR I quickly connected with the main characters and was invested I didn't care about Telm and his companions.

The narrator did a great performance which allowed me to power through without dropping. The was action scenes which I'm struggling to remember while writing this review (left it a couple of weeks after finishing). I can't remember being blown away from anything in this book as I think my lack of concentration meant I got a bit lost in the plot.

There was a bit more going for the book in the last few chapters and even though the booked ended on a cliffhanger with quite a few unanswered questions it did make half tempted to pick the second book up.

[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

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Beautifully Crafted!

This is a grand tribute to all the fantasy I grew up reading. I thought this art was lost. If you enjoy Tolkienesk fantasy, this book is designed for you.

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Felt like a good Cozy up to a fire place book

I did get this book free for a fair review.


The way that Simon Vance narrated the story was really attention grabbing and very clear to understand. It really put me in a place of laying down next to a fireplace and really putting my focus in to the story. Now saying that there was a few times I found myself drifting off and had to take a break before getting into the story.

For the story it progressed really well and detailed. A lot of the characters were nicely laid out over the chapters and not rushed. Also I enjoyed the setting of the place and when I had questions they were answered later on.

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Great start to a fantasy series

The Call of Agon is great start to a new fantasy series. It has more of an old style to it, and the language can be a bit dense and flowery or formal which I really don't mind if it is done well and this was. The characters are good but I don't know if I loved any of them although Herr Don(?) grew on me and I found quite entertaining. It can be a bit confusing as there are a lot of characters and the world has a lot going on in it and you as the reader are always learning new things and how the world functions and its history. As the first in a series I think you will end up learning a lot more and more will be made clear in future installments.

The narration by Simon Vance was great as always, he is one of my top five narrators and he did an excellent job with this novel as well. I think it was a great start to a series and the ending definitely leaves you wanting more and to know what is going to happen.

"Please note I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

2 of 2 people found this review helpful