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The Sword of Truth, book 1: Darkness comes as a new power rises in Angrääl. The Dark Knight has betrayed the gods and stolen The Sword of Truth, trapping them in heaven. With the power of the Sword, he can reshape the world and bring death to all who oppose him. Only one thing stands between the darkness and the light - Gewey Stedding. Only he has the power to stand against the oncoming storm. Only he can mend the world. But only if he can discover his power.Of Gods and Elves, book 2: Armies gather for war in the frozen land of Angrääl, threatening to set the world ablaze. The elves are divided and scattered, and humans fall prey to the dark influence of the Reborn King. Now Gewey is faced with his greatest challenge yet: unite the world of elf and human before it is too late.The Shadow of Gods, book 3: Valshara has fallen, and the forces of Angrääl are advancing. For the first time, human and elf must shed blood as one in order to stem the tide of evil. But new hope has arisen. From across the Western Abyss, a people long forgotten have returned. However, hope comes at its own price. Gewey must choose between his bond of love and his duty to the world he is struggling to save.

©2012 Brian D. Anderson (P)2015 Podium Publishing

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  • Matthew
  • Fortson, GA, United States
  • 10-19-16

Lower your standards if you plan to read this.

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Apologies in advance to the author; I am loathe to give a negative review, but it's needed--if only to counter the absurd number of undeserved 5-star reviews on here.

The writing itself was fine for the most part; the author certainly has the talent to make something great in the future. The problem is that there's nothing new or compelling in the story. The characters are lackluster and rather cliché; the wizened guide, the godlike hero who you are never really concerned with because, hey, he's a god(ling), the somewhat forced love-interest, etc. And the "omnibus" itself feels like one, meandering book, with unnatural divisions in it to force three books out of it. That might have made sense to have smaller physical books on the shelves in a big box book store, but as it is, it feels completely unnecessary and, if anything, a distracting interruption in the reading.

It desperately needs a better editor to give a harsh critique, to push the author to reconsider his choices for the story as a whole, and guide him to seek more creative elements. Instead, it feels like he just went with whatever his first idea happened to be from scene to scene. It's nothing a good author won't learn from over time, which is why I don't recommend you give up on him just yet; this book is just not quite "there."

What was most disappointing about Brian D. Anderson’s story?

I found myself not caring what happened to the characters.

Did the narration match the pace of the story?

Yes.

If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Godling Chronicles Omnibus?

It needs a better ending. Granted, it's just ond part of a bigger story, but as it is, it doesnt feel self-contained.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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Meandering Tale, weak characters

Any additional comments?

While I did listen to the whole thing, I found myself getting annoyed by characters who repeatedly say they must be "ever vigilant" because the villain is out to get them, are never vigilant. Not only that, but they are met everywhere they go by "agents of the villain" that seem to know everything about them, even though they would have no possible way of having the information. For instance; early on, the hero leaves his home with ONE other person, and along the road they meet an elf, and eventually the one other person's servant finds them. Yet the next town they come to, they're met by someone who knows all of them...by NAME. I grew tired of the enemy being all seeing, all knowing, and having machinations set with no possible way of having the knowledge he was privvy to. And despite the all powerful enemy, I never once felt that there was any chance of them failing at anything. Everything just comes too easy to the heroes who rarely do anything truly heroic. They just sort of move along till the next thing happens, and then through some sort of Deus Ex Machina, overcome it.

The setting is interesting, as is the take on magic, but not enough to overcome the characters and plot.

The narration is done well, although I had a hard time at times understanding the character names, as he tends to swallow his opening or ending of names. Gewey, Huey, Gewin...it took me about 1/2 the first book to figure his name was Gewey. It's the same for many of the other characters. Also, many of the voices, especially for the male characters sound very much alike to the point that sometimes I was unable to understand who was talking until the narration of the book stated it. The read was able to keep me engaged though, so that was a good point.

After listening to the first three books, I just don't know if I care enough about the characters to listen or read any more. Especially when I know, through some sort of fiat, the heroes will just stumble to the win.

49 of 65 people found this review helpful

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Poor store, decent narrator

What would have made The Godling Chronicles Omnibus better?

Make the heroes and villains less perfect. Perfect evil vs. Perfect good does not feel compelling to me.

What was most disappointing about Brian D. Anderson’s story?

The main character kept asking the most infuriating questions. Things the character probably should have already known or had been able to figure out on his own. It felt more like the character was asking simply to give the author an excuse to provide exposition.

Also... the trope of the villain trying to offer the good guy an offer to step aside.. well, that's used about 3 or 4 times each book. Nothing wrong with the "offer from the devil" - but if it's used 10-12 times and the exact same outcome happens every time then it's not really interesting any more.

Another thing - the way the main character's love interest starts up - none of the characters seem to think it's odd that some kind of weird magical compulsion is going on. There's all just ok with it.

Along the same lines - a god essentially rapes a woman, and it isn't really commented on. I'm not usually sensitive to that kind of thing, but wow that made me uncomfortable. There's nothing explicit, but there's a number of cases of magical compulsion relating to relationships and, well... I feel like the characters shouldn't be nearly as cool with it as they seem to be.

What about Derek Perkins’s performance did you like?

The narrator did a good job with the material. He has a good voice for audiobooks and didn't make any errors that I noticed. I didn't really like how he portrayed the main character, but I think that's more about the material.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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I don't like to give bad reviews but...

So drawn out. It was very hard to keep going. Don't think I will listen to the books in the series Not my favorite.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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bbbboooooorrrrriiiiingggggggg

not enough detail. that's realy ask in have to say. don't bother unless your 13

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • JC
  • 02-15-16

Meh

Any additional comments?

Clumsy writing. One dimensional characters that aren't interesting in the least. Nuff said. Can't be bothered to write a longer review. This one didn't do it for me at all. Stopped a couple hours in. Maybe it gets better, I don't know. I doubt it though.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • Jeff
  • CHARDON, OH, United States
  • 02-03-16

:/

I had a hard time seeing this one all the way through. The story and characters seemed flat and too predictable.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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A strong story and very well narrated

The story has depth with multiple trails will interlaced without overwhelming the reader. The narration was superb. Both character voices and wonderful inflection. The best way to describe it. you forget your own world and you live in this one

19 of 26 people found this review helpful

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Horrible

I think I may be the wrong audience for this book. It reads like a Hardy Boys book. Horrendous plot, seemingly forced scene setting, absolutely zero imagination and very little in the way of character development. The main character is supposedly 17 but sounds more like a whining 10 yr old. I found myself rolling my eyes throughout and switching my phone off to listen to my NPR app. After finishing this "series" I began listening to the "mistborn" series. A million times better

6 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Robert
  • Mississauga, ON, Canada
  • 06-03-18

The narration couldn't save this

One of the best narrators out there is totally wasted on this. The biggest problem with the book is simply that it constantly repeats itself - introduce a new character who is an old friend and you can reliably count on an act of betrayal, everyone gets abducted at least once, every safe space is instantly compromised etc, etc. By the time I got through the first couple of chapters of book three I simply gave up. It all got far too predictable.

It would probably be a good idea for the writer to also learn to flesh out the idea of evil a bit. At times he gives hints that he has the ability to look at motivation; human/elves relationships are far more interestingly described than the dark knight for instance. The latter is just really, really evil as are his minions and after 2 books we still have no idea why - just born that way? He is about the only character that doesn't get abducted though but I may be wrong in that; I never did finish book 3...

On the bright side, and the reason it gets 2 stars instead of the minimum, the narration, production and the value for such an omnibus are all very good. Often an omnibus is a good way chance to take a chance on an author and note that there seem to be many that did enjoy the series.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Debbie Brenton
  • 02-29-16

Excellent book and narrator

I found myself becoming fully submerged in this book not wishing to have to stop listening. It is so well written I ended up feeling concern and empathy for some and loathing to others, desperate to know what happened next. Can't wait to get the next book now.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • T. Hammond
  • 12-15-15

Transforms your days into waking dreams.

Fabulous narration, excellent storyline and deep, likable characters. Hours will fly by as you immerse yourself deep in the world of Guey and become a fly on the wall of what I can only say as one of the best fantasy stories ever told.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Mr B.
  • 11-18-15

Great story and all; but for the cheapest of tricks, I might be inclined to give 6 stars...

The characters, the world they live in, and how their individual stories intertwine is remarkable and very enjoyable. My criticism lies in the fact that this cheap and crude 'trick' is used over and over: cliffhangers.
That is a trait in writing I despise. It's as bad as the slimiest of DanBrown's.
Derek Perkins again offered a splendidly crafted rendition. I bow my head! After even a short time one can recognise each of the many both varied and similar characters readily.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Maijay4
  • 05-22-17

Great narrator

Just brings the story to life and as an omnibus this represents superb value too.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-27-17

good books keep you wanting more

What made the experience of listening to The Godling Chronicles Omnibus the most enjoyable?

story line is exciting and keeps you wanting more

What was one of the most memorable moments of The Godling Chronicles Omnibus?

the growth of the characters within the story

Have you listened to any of Derek Perkins’s other performances? How does this one compare?

no

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

yes

Any additional comments?

you will not be disappointed

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Z. Brooks
  • 05-05-16

Incomplete and poorly structured

While being advertised as an omnibus I cannot imagine these 'three' books ever being read individually. The ending of each being arbitrary and seemingly random. Unfortunately this is also true for the end of the 'omnibus' as a whole which abruptly ends with no conclusion.

The majority of the characters are well written and engaging. The story itself has a tendency to ramble and could easily be condensed by a third or even half.

The performance is actually excellent on the whole with the exception, unfortunately, of the main character who maintains a laughably child like voice throughout. However I wouldn't hesitate to listen to the narrator on a different book.

I will not be seeking out 'book two'.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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  • Alan
  • 09-27-18

Excellent

This is an excellent omnibus, a rich story narrated beautifully. It has been a pleasure to engage with the characters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-07-18

Awesome

Can not fault this book or narrator! Simply amazing! I'm going to buy the rest and start listening to the next part right away!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-06-18

Not usually my thing but loved it.

These books captivated me and made the hours I spend driving enjoyable! Absolutely loved them!!!

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  • Scottish Lady
  • 07-05-18

great book for age 12 plus

These books have an exciting and engaging story . The narration is excellent. read with passion and character .. 5 star gritty fantasy.

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  • Kev
  • 04-13-16

Not for me

Not sure if it's the narrator, author or both but I couldn't even bring myself to finish the second book. They should select a different section of the book for the preview sample as it certainly didn't live up to my expectations.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • jaki
  • 10-06-15

great narration and characters

the omnibus is fantastic value. I'm downloading book 4 to listen to now. I thought it was a trilogy so the end came as an abrupt surprise and now I see there are several more shorter books to follow. at least they're already written though! a solid enjoyable series though not as addictive as some.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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  • Eddie
  • 02-26-17

Excellent

The Godling Chronicles is a great fantasy series, and in omnibus form it is well worth the value. After the first 3 books I was well hooked.

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  • Jason
  • 09-26-16

Pretty ordinary

I struggled to listen to it all the way through and I work 12 hour days 7 days at a time doing a pretty mundane not very exciting role once every couple of months not the worst book I have listened too but not anywhere near the best .

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  • Trish
  • 09-02-16

Started out Good

And then just got a little too hard for me to keep suspending belief. The first book was entertaining, but it tended to get a little cheesy in some parts. Having said that, I've read a lot of fantasy and there were some really original ideas in this. I couldn't finish the third book though.