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Publisher's Summary

A kingdom of death. A war for power and profit. Young heroes caught in the crossfire.

Kodyn expected hardships along his journey to return a kidnapped girl to her father. Yet harsh deserts and cutthroat bandits prove far less lethal than the foes that await him in Shalandra, the City of the Dead. 

In the shadows of golden spires carved from mountain stone, currents of corruption and vice run deep. Priests of the god of death rule with an iron fist, imposing a rigid caste system that elevates some to a life of privilege and condemns others to miserable squalor.

Together with Aisha, a fierce warrior from the north with the mystical ability to speak to the dead, Kodyn must survive the cesspool of high society deceit and betrayal.

Polite smiles hide sharp knives. Killers, criminals, and bloodthirsty cultists lurk around every corner. Can these youths overcome impossible odds to save the realm?

If you love action, intrigue, and heroic deeds that will set your heart racing, you'll love the Heirs of Destiny series! For fans of A.C. Cobble, Jeff Wheeler, and Robin Hobb, Heirs of Destiny is a thrill ride on epic fantasy’s darker side.

©2019 Andy Peloquin (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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I would rather jab myself in the eye than ....

I really tried to like this book but it wouldn't come.... The "world" was confusing, too many jnvolved plots - some folks can do this.... but this author can't.
in the end I finally gave up..... my test is if I could care less if I listen to the story.... then I abandon ship....

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The choppy presentation turned me off

The good aspects--- its not bad writing. I enjoyed listening to sections of the book. The storylines, individually, are interesting. The world is set in the Night Guild series....so it's established....although I never made it through the entire Night Blade series.

The bad aspects---I "think" the author purposely broke the different storylines apart to cover a general weakness in the individual plot lines themselves. The plots are interesting, but simplistic. One of the MCs goes through several trials, but you never get a feeling of growth within the character....the characters are pretty much the same from beginning to end....even though within a chapter something epic may have happened. Parts of the book felt like a bad SM book....which if you read some of the Night Guild series, you probably expect. ...yet the characters heal amazingly....which the author had to throw some BS our way to cover that. ...i.e., she is hit with the force to tear tendons and break bones, she can barely walk.....yet THAT night, she is on guard duty till the morning....and walks back to the barracks. The explanation is that she can heal 2/3 as fast....maybe there should have been more time spent on the recouping after the injuries. It felt like the plot needed a compressed timeline, but the author wanted to show as much violence as possible, and keep the characters able to fight at peak ability. Soooooooo, this is where the hack and slash method to different storylines occurred. It tries to cover these flaws by putting two different storylines in between successive events in a single storyline. ...so, you, as the reader, might forget what is happening.

After going through >50% of the book, I started to skip chapters and just remain on the storyline I had any interest in. At the end, I just didn't care what happened. The structure of the book was just too annoying. I feel cheated.

So is it worth a credit? If you made it through Night Guild...probably. If you are used to the style of the writer and the world, you this book will probably fit. However, this book feels like a big step down from the first book in Night Guild. The marketing hype was just too prevalent. The attempt to weave multiple storylines was not done well. I can't recommend a credit.

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I tried. I restarted this book a couple times.

If the author would have stuck with a single storyline this might have been a great book. As it is I'm finding myself annoyed by all of the skipping around, overly complicated bs, and unlikable characters.

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Great book but I feel like I'm missing something.

I really like this book and it reading but I felt like I was listening to book 2 in the series. I kept looking to see if the was another book that I missed. The book kept referring to people and events from a time between this book and the prequel. They never go back and cover the back story, they just drop little pieces like I should already know that part of the story . Other than that it's a good book with an interesting story and the narrator is great. I am looking forward to the rest of the series.

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This book is well done....

But would make more sense if the 0.4 pre audiobook in the series was available to audible listeners.