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The King Is Dead

By: Al Burke
Narrated by: Brian Clarke
Length: 5 hrs and 52 mins
3.5 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)

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Etruvia has known peace for 20 years. But this time of peace has brought corruption and greed. The nobility has taken control, and the memories of great victories of old have faded. Crime is rife, and the once proud people are little more than peasants. As a great evil rises in the desolate North, can a forgotten king and an embittered former war hero wake a nation from its stupor and build an army strong enough to give it a fighting chance?

©2017 Al Burke (P)2018 Zombie Cupcake Press

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Slow start, decent story, great narration

The narrator is very good, his accent is perfect for this story and he has a good range of voices.

The book starts with a chapter that is essentially a very telly prologue to provide a chunk of non-essential information.

After that we jump right into a nice story with some pretty neat creatures.

The plot is pretty straightforward with no real twists, apart from the one at the very end.

I have three main critiques.

1, The telling in the prologue continues throughout the story. I would have liked to see a lot more showing and more detail.

2, there's not a lot of character development, and some parts of what there is (particularly the relationship between Eric and Sarah) feels clumsy.

3, the characters move through the story with very little real opposition. I would have liked to have seen a lot more complications, a lot more setbacks, and at least one outright disaster. The whole thing is just too easy.

All that being said, it was an enjoyable story in an interesting world with some really intriguing things going on.

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  • 06-27-18

Political Military Fantasy

I enjoyed this book, though it was a slow beginning. The audio book narration was a little slow, and a lot of the narrative was telling rather than showing, with a lot of things happening either out of the timeline, or behind the scenes. I would have loved for a lot more of this to be included front and center. This is definitely a political fantasy with more of a historical feel to it. It is full of Politics, Nobles, and Vigilantes. I would have enjoyed it a whole lot more if there was more attention given to a few of the characters, and the vigilante. The story was great, and the ending was completely unexpected. It leaves room for a potential followup novel, one which I'd look forward to checking out.