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The Warden Global Omnibus: Year One

The Wanderer Awakens, Sleipnir's Heart, Rise of the Storm Bringer, Lamia's Curse
By: Ken Lange
Narrated by: Andrew Pond
Series: Warden Global, Book 1-2.5
Length: 21 hrs and 17 mins
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***Destiny - is it really inevitable?***

*Join Viktor as he uncovers part of his past in this collection of Warden Global books and short stories.* 

Hidden in the shadows is a supernatural world, filled with wonders that coexist alongside our own. Standing on the threshold of both, he fights for those who can’t protect themselves. It isn’t fun; it isn’t glorious, but it is important. 

There are some hard choices that need to be made, and when he’s done, nothing will be the same. 

Collection includes:

  • The Wanderer Awakens, Warden Global Book One
  • "Sleipnir's Heart" (short story) 
  • Rise of the Storm Bringer, Warden Global Book Two
  • "Lamia's Curse" (short story) 
©2018 Ken Lange (P)2018 Ken Lange

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Awesome series!

The Wanderer Awakens:
So, based on the author's recommended reading order, I read this book after reading Accension, which was well written urban fantasy. This story is written in the same world, and mentions some of the inhabitants of the other series, so it made sense. However, the origins of the characters came from an entirely different place than I expected! I was both surprised and amused by the references to classic sci-fi and mythology inherent here.
While I initially was curious as to the choice of narrator, because of the vast difference between his brash baritone and the previous book's mild tenor, I came to realize he couldn't have casted it better. May has the darker undertones necessary for the main character, and the fluidity to also hit on the snotty undertones of the female supporting roles. This is my second book by this author, and I'm on to the next!

Sleipnir's Heart:
 So, you see the length of this short and wonder why? It's a necessary elaboration about Viktor's early days, after waking up in the Carpathians, told as a story to Kira.  After reading this, you will understand more fully Viktor's bond with his ship, Sleipnir.  Well done, and completely worth a couple bucks.
Rise of the Storm Bringer:
 So, at the end of the story so far,  I find myself relieved that the main plotlines have been tied up nicely, and the questions left unanswered are leaving the series open to continue. This is solid urban fantasy, combined with multi-pantheon mythology, combined with science fiction. While that may sound like a strange mashup, Lange has managed to throw it all together in a BELIEVABLE modern day setting! New Orleans has always been home to strange happenings, so it's a great setting for the majority of this series. Very well done, by the author and narrator.

Rise of the Storm Bringer:
 So, at the end of the story so far,  I find myself relieved that the main plotlines have been tied up nicely, and the questions left unanswered are leaving the series open to continue. This is solid urban fantasy, combined with multi-pantheon mythology, combined with science fiction. While that may sound like a strange mashup, Lange has managed to throw it all together in a BELIEVABLE modern day setting! New Orleans has always been home to strange happenings, so it's a great setting for the majority of this series. Very well done, by the author and narrator.

Lamia's Curse:
 Lots of action, and an interesting take on the Lamia. It's hard to review  this without giving anything away, but you should absolutely read this if you're reading the series. It contains key elements to the main story arc.

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Wonderfully entertaining read!

I just completed and thoroughly enjoyed the Warden Global Omnibus. I suggest getting the Omnibus edition since it gives you the complete (so far) story of Viktor Engel Warden and his amazing world of myth and future chaos. There are two short stories included in the Omnibus, and I would have been one of those people who bought everything by the author and was then disappointed that short stories are short. The Omnibus is the way to go, for realz.

Another warning, and the only other POSSIBLE negative I can say about the book: there are a lot of characters (not GRRM *lot,* but a lot) introduced at the beginning, and not all of their story arcs are satisfied (yet). For audio listeners, it might help to either write yourself a cheat sheet or listen carefully so you can figure out who is who as the novels progress. I wished several times I could have backed up just a few pages to remind myself, *Wait, who was that?* Voice actor/narrator Andrew Pond does an excellent job on the narration, and he has a deep baritone to die for. (Yum!) He does a good job of altering voices to match their characters, too, so maybe losing track is on me. :)

Overall, those are my only complaints. Viktor tells his story in first person and you, the reader, know what he knows (and you don't know what he doesn't, so neeener! :-P) There are some roll-your-eyes moments, but by the end of the first novel those make a lot more sense and you say, *Oh. Well, that explains ___.* You either have to be willing to suspend disbelief for this novel or … open your mind and believe it ALL. (*cue evil laughter here.*)

Essentially, this is a FUN story. There's a lot of violence, a minimum of sex, and a lot of (intentional) hopping around from the past, Viktor's memory, to the present, to the future, etc. The characters, especially Viktor, Kira, and (surprisingly) Mir are NOT real … but they FEEL genuine. I'm starting the author's other series, (which apparently takes place in the same universe and involves crossover characters) but I DO want Book 3 of Warden Global soon!!

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Hell yes

With a few hundred titles in my library, i can say this is one of my favorites. Warden Global series is a diamond in the rough. Absolutely love the characters and the story! I will happily devour everything from Ken Lange in the future. Keep them coming!!!

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Best credit I've ever spent!

If you're looking for a great story, look no further. This book has it all! Ken Lange puts a brilliant spin on some of the oldest tales in mythology, bringing this book into the modern era. I can't wait to see where this story goes!

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  • Diana
  • Antelope Valley, CA, United States
  • 05-27-19

Very macho book, uneven writing, narrator okay

The omnibus collection is a very generous offer and I bought the books. The writing has some very good parts and some just average parts the rest of the time. I only listened to the first book, and will stop there. The science fiction portions of the story, which are also kind of a background portion of the story, were the most interesting sections of the story.

The action scenes were okay, except really drawn out and I kept wondering when they would finish.

There's a lot of horror in this book and this should be mentioned for people who don't like horror - very graphic descriptions of human bodies taken apart - even with the main character doing it himself in near the end of book one in another very long action scene. That alone is a reason I won't be continuing the rest of the series.

Also, there's a lot of stereotyping of women, and a rape scene, or rape-like scene.

The macho-talk was so heavy-handed that it was cheesy and I laughed a lot at the dialogue - and I don't think that was the author's intent.

The narrator was good for the main character but his women's voices were off, kind of distracting - and there was one woman in the story said to be in her 60s and that voice was done so old and with a quaver that she sounded like she was in her late 90s.

I think this book would be fine for some guys that like action and adventure with a lot of "noble" inner-talk. But for a woman, it was uninteresting, and kind of like watching a B-movie, and laughing at how awful it is.

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Love it

Really enjoyed this! Much better with the new narrator. Love this story. I don’t feel like 20 year olds have enough experience to be hero’s and leaders. I can really appreciate the older, more experienced characters in these books. Unique story line hooks you in.

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Great series!

The Warden Global series takes place in the same world as Ken Lange's Vigiles Urbani Chronicles. So far the two are only slightly connected. This world is full of magic! In this series, the author brings in a bit of mythology as well, making this world even more interesting. Even though both series are only slightly connected, knowing they are connected makes both even more interesting. I can't wait to see what other surprises the author plans to bring into these stories! He certainly has me hooked! Andrew Pond does an outstanding job with the narration.

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Good story but

Good story but says some harsh comments about characters in the Bible including GOD. Not a fan of that.
Won't buy another one but if that doesn't bother you, you'll probably like it.

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  • J Smith
  • 10-14-19

Fantastic use of a credit!

I’m currently on book 3 (book 5 if you count the 2 mini-background stories in the omnibus). I’ve also read book 1 of his Vigiles Urbani Chronicles, so Ken’s definitely not a one trick pony as that’s great too!
Honestly, it’s brilliant! A Dark, Gritty, complex Urban Fantasy full (and I mean FULL!!) of action, fights and magic!!
I’ve never read a book so brimming with magic and fights that doesn’t come across as too ‘easy’. There’s no ‘one spell’ that consistently wins every fight... each fight is very hard fought and brutal.
Anyone with a spare credit should give this a go. Especially the omnibus as you get 4 stories (over 21 hours!) for a credit.
It’s not often I come across such a highly polished indi series and I’ve not even mentioned Andrew’s fantastic narration!! Easily moved straight into my top 5! Great pacing, excellent character differentiation and pulls off the intensity and suspense so easily. Has an almost RC Bray feeling to him (but dare I say, even better!), so should appeal to his many fans out there!

I’m not sure if Ken would recommend starting with Warden or the Vigiles though. Either way, I don’t think you can go wrong.

This is my honest opinion of a free review copy.

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  • Iain S
  • 09-15-19

A wonderful beginning to a new hero & world.

I have a new favourite author, and his name is Ken Lange.

Ken has singlehandedly, and in amazing detail, created a universe which is original and exciting. The worlds of the Starborn and of the Stoneborn - and some....others... with all who inhabit them, are utterly enthralling and have drawn me in book by book.

I was fortunate enough to happen across Ken, on Facebook, read a blurb for the Warden Global year one series (the other Nine Worlds Saga - that of Viktor Engel Warden - which he has written, created in the same universe, world and timeline as the Gavin Randall series). From there, Ken very kindly offered me an Audible code, which I gratefully accepted and I listened to the entire Year One series over the following few days. Hooked!!

Excellent characterisation, superb action - which is interspersed with humour, often of the snark variety - and intelligent clear storylines, which draw you in and have you listening wherever you go - driving, working, doing the washing up, or while others are watching TV, or else sitting, travelling the Nine Worlds, alone except for Viktor, into the wee small hours, until you realise the book is done and it’s around an hour until you should be waking!

For me, that’s the mark of a great author. I am reminded of the way in which Jim Butcher’s Dresden Files drew me in and swallowed me whole, when I first read them. I “tripped” over them in the same way, and have never regretted it.

Ken deserves the same kind of success. His stories build, book on book, developing themes and characters, worlds and powers not meant for normal men and women. But that’s fine. Because his heroes and heroines are NOT normal men and women. They are the Stoneborn; the witch, the vampire, the sorcerer, the were, the siphon, the Vigil, the Grim, the Starborn.

Wonderful stuff, merging mythologies in a complex, yet logically presented and intoxicating fashion for all us Urban Fantasy fans. There are tropes, yes, of course, but Solomon said (probably to Viktor) so long ago, “There is nothing new under the sun”. These are secondary to great characters, a cracking storyline, great interplay and action, which is unrelenting at times, in the hyper octane-fuelled manner of Matthew Reilly.

I am now reading the other series, at present - the Vigil Urbani series - and I fear I shall continue, relentless, until they are all read, before returning to Viktor’s side of the story.... and then what shall I do?? But Ken deserves to be read, and to be successful. I cannot help myself. I simply must continue, the books are just THAT enjoyable.

Ken, you have me hooked, my friend! You MUST feed my addiction! Your fans demand it!

I received a promotional code for this collection of Audible books, in return for an honest and genuinely objective review. I am delighted to be able to say I loved every second of it, and was genuinely saddened when it finished. The time flew by, as the scenes unfolded in my mind’s eye, helped along by the narrator, who was perfect for the role. The BIG moments and reveals genuinely gave me some gooseflesh, which at my age and when you have seen and done - not to mention read - all that I have done, is no mean feat. Give it a spin. I do not believe any UF fan will regret it!

I have a new favourite author. His name is Ken Lange.