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Publisher's Summary

Long ago the world fell into twilight, when the great empires of old consumed each other in sorcerous cataclysms. In the south the Star Towers fell, swallowed by the sea, while the black glaciers descended upon the northern holdfasts, entombing the cities of Min-Ceruth in ice and sorcery. Then from the ancient empire of Menekar the paladins of Ama came, putting every surviving sorcerer to the sword and cleansing their taint from the land for the radiant glory of their lord.

The pulse of magic slowed, fading like the heartbeat of a dying man.

But after a thousand years it has begun to quicken again.

In a small fishing village a boy with strange powers comes of age....

A young queen rises in the west, fanning the long-smoldering embers of magic into a blaze once more....

Something of great importance is stolen - or freed - from the mysterious Empire of Swords and Flowers....

And the immortals who survived the ancient cataclysms bestir themselves, casting about for why the world is suddenly changing....

©2016 Alec Hutson (P)2017 Alec Hutson

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Stop what you are doing and read this.

That's how I was drawn into reading this title. I was on the website of an author I enjoy, and he had written a review on this book. He said "If you have not read Crimson Queen yet, then stop what you are doing, do yourself a favor and read this book." I took his advice and was not disappointed. People that are leaving this title negative reviews baffle me. I have a degree in literature and writing, and go through about a novel a week, and this was one of my favorite titles of 2017. A true epic, multiple viewpoints, all sewn together well in the end. Beautifully done. I have been checking every couple of months for the sequel to come out and now that is has I cannot be happier. READ THIS BOOK!

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Couldn't finish

While I thought the author was a great writer, he wasn't the best storyteller. I found myself zoning out a lot while listening to this book. There was just too much tell and not enough show. I was almost through the entire book, still waiting for something to actually happen. Just pretty much a handful of people with mysterious backgrounds traveling around and talking at each other. In rare instances, something kind of exciting happens. Not enough substance there to really keep my attention. I might go back and finish the book one day.

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Boreingg rediculous Italian and other dialects

I tried for 14 chapters and finally realized I was wasting my time. The narration often can make a poor story interesting but the ridiculous Italian/Spanish or whatever dialects made a
almost every character seem to be as dumb as a bag of hammers and totally uninteresting. The Irish(?) accents were passable at times.

Basically, no one character said or felt or did anything that made me care. So many of the words used described nothing that had anything to advance the story.... assuming there would eventually be a story

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Really enjoyed this

The first part of the novel comes across as a coming-of-age story in a kingdom that has a religious fanaticism to purge all people who displayed any signs of sorcery. Alec Hutson does an excellent job in keeping the major players identities and motivations hidden or not fully known for two thirds of the book while continuing to add more context and secondary and tertiary characters as the story continues. There are several references to the Crimson Queen and she does eventually play a critical role, however, not much backstory is provided on her even as her story arc finally becomes known.

While I enjoyed this book, I felt at times the author spend an inordinate amount of time on mundane matters of environment, clothing, dining, &c. which tended to slow the tempo of the story.

Guy Williams did a superb job narrating and was very good at differentiating the various gender roles along with distinctive accents for regional characters.

Onto book 2.

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feels like third book in a series

as the title says, i was confused throug out the book, and felt that i missed some prequel to this book. the end explains most of the story, but i get no satisfaction of this: story is all over the place, characters mostly weak, though i liked Gen. this could have been really good book if author would put more thought in it and paced himself.

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Awesome sauce

Can't believe this is his first book. Great story and character building so far. Pumped for the next one

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Good book, but boring narrator.

I really enjoyed the story, but not the narrator. I think I would have like it more had I read it myself.

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Great story

I loved this book. It took a couple of chapters to get familiar with all the characters, but after I Did, I couldn't stop listening. I hope there is a sequel in the works.

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same ol'

nothing you haven't read before. coming of age, powerful magic etc etc. I found myself noticing the lacklustre choice of words and feeling disappointed.

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You should read this book.

Well-written, good story. Looking forward to the next one.
Best narration I have heard yet on an Audible book.

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  • 08-06-18

Excellent

A well though out and well told story that has the feel of an epic tale in the making. Looking forward to more

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  • michael j rayner
  • 10-23-17

Rollicking story

Good old fantasy adventure with a inventive cast of characters and astoundingly creative creepy bad guys. MJR

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-01-21

Below average

Narrators performance was a scattering of European accents, which I thought sounded rather stupid; an Italian-sounding character? really...

As for the writing, it's essentially just exposition and dialogue, and the story was rather lacklustre.


Note: I did read "Blood Song" prior to listening to this audio book.

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  • Andrew Elphick
  • 11-17-19

Old School Epic

This was a great read for anybody who enjoys a good coming of age Epic tale!! I hope the Second instalment is just as good!!