The Siege of Abythos

Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine
Length: 24 hrs and 57 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (270 ratings)

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The third book in the new epic fantasy series fans are comparing to David Gemmell and Raymond E. Feist. Lady Iskra and her followers have survived the onslaught of demons, forged powerful alliances, and are finally ready to wreck righteous vengeance on the Ascendant Empire. Yet even as they begin their endgame, a new danger arises that threatens to annihilate everything in its path, heretic or no: Tharok, the greatest peril to humanity since Ogri the Destroyer. The Siege of Abythos continues the action-packed new epic fantasy series that began with The Path of Flames - an adrenaline-fueled debut of sin casting mages, heresy, and cold-blooded betrayal in a land where the deepest buried secrets are finally resurfacing to destroy the world.

©2016 Phil Tucker (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Brilliant.

Can’t wait to read the next instalment. Performed beautifully and has exciting characters and action.

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So Amazing

This story is complex and delightful. Phil Tucker is an amazing author! Highly recommend the whole series!

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Brilliant!

Once again, we have delved even deeper into the same set of POV characters and I'm loving it.

As always, the only thing keeping Noah Michael Levine's performance from being five stars is the assortment of words he pronounces so strangely (I hesitate to say he's saying them wrong, but it definitely doesn't sound right to me).

As has been the way with this series, this book picked up right where Black Shriving left off and it is almost immediately clear why this book is so much longer than the others in the series.

In this story, the plot expands, the personal goings on with the characters expands, we're seeing new facets of characters, and being introduced to wholly new places with all new organizations and nuances.

As has been my experience with this series thus far, the minor grammar problems (mainly with passive voice, some clunky sentences, and excessive telling rather than showing) are the only things preventing this story from earning five stars. It isn't bad enough to completely pull me out of the story, but it is an annoyance that hinders my total immersion in the books.

Now, there are some truly awesome things going on in this story. There are several major twists (one of which, involving Asho, didn't end up going anywhere near the direction I expected!), some of which forced me to reevaluate a number of things I thought were established. And while I'm not sure it was meant to be as hilarious as I found it, there are a couple of subplots with Ottsley that had me rolling!

As I've mentioned in previous reviews, there are quite a few parallels between these books and George RR Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series, and not at all in a bad way.

I really love the way things are coming together with the major conflicts, and yes, Ferrick is still my favorite character. I have to admit, though, that Tyron and Kethe and starting to challenge that!

As always, in this book Phil Tucker gives us a gradual building of climaxes as we climb our way to the end of the book.

There are a number of mini heart attacks along the way as characters fall into disasters and are forced to summon the reserves to dig their way back out of them.

As I've come to expect, the final climax at the end does not disappoint. There are so many awesome things going on and so many shocking reveals, it's hard to really do them justice in a non-spoiler review.

Now matter how much I always expect otherwise, everything is nicely tied together and closed off for the ending, but in such a way that I can't wait to dive into the next book!

It's a good thing I already have it and can jump right in.

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Awesome

Quite the adventure. Love it. Second listen. Highly recommend. Read the first two books and then this one for a better understanding of plot.

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Fantastic series!

I have been in listening to this series with such joy at finally finding another author that I can look forward to! I am sure I am not the only one who tries book after book after book in search of someone who is worth finishing an entire book let alone continuing on through their bibliography. Now I must go start the next book because I can't wait to see what happens to these delicious characters.😁

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So Epic!!!!

I was blown away by this book. The stakes are so high, and everything feels so momentous. I found myself shouting out loud several times in reaction to what was happening.

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Exciting epic adventure

Phil Tucker has done it again! I was a little skeptical about the series being able to keep me enamored for 3 whole books as it doesn’t happen very often, but I just could not stop listening to this one! More excellent world building, more excellent character arcs, and more excellent views in to the inner workings and life of people in various countries! One thing that I liked about this book in particular is everything is starting to tie in together. Tharok is finally part of the main storyline, and Audsley gets all kind of page time. Audsley has really changed and grown a lot through the course of the last 3 books and I’m glad for it. He was a bit of a whining, simpering coward in the first book and now he is large and in charge, running things like someone of his intelligence should be!

Noah Michael Levine… Keep up the good work man. The only bad thing I even have to say about this book is that some of the female voices kind of start to blend together if you listen for like, 6 hours at a time. All in all, still an amazing job and I look forward to listening to your rendition of the next book.

Overall, still my new favorite book series. I can’t wait to see what’s in store for me in the next one, and maybe someday I’ll get to meet Phil Tucker and get his autograph. There’s just so much in this book to be appreciative for, and I truly hope you take this book series into account when you are deciding on your next epic series.

As always, the audio quality is top notch, not a single problem with it.

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fantastic story and story telling

Really enjoying this series. The reading is fluid and enhances the story. The author has skillfully brought several character together over the course of the series; however, the way their motives now conflict makes you want to hear even more.

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So Sound!!!

I loved all these books but there was no sound after chapter 47. I tried to re-download it 3 times and then lost the narration.

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Great book!! Awful narration.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

I have read the books in this series and was very excited to see they finally had come out with the audio version. However, I had to turn the series off as the narration was just plain bad. The narrator remained monotone the whole time and seemed to be hating life while reading. He was making me dislike a series I have very much enjoyed reading. I highly recommend the series but skip the narrated version and just read the books.