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In a world of darkness, only the Landkist can stand against the power of the Sages.

For hundreds of years, the flame-wielding Embers have been the last line of defense against the nightmare creatures from the World Apart, but the attacks are getting worse. Kole Reyna guards Last Lake from the terrors of the night, but he fears for his people's future.

When Kole is wounded by a demon unlike any they have seen before, the Emberfolk believe it is a sign of an ancient enemy returned, a powerful Sage known as the Eastern Dark.

Kole has never trusted in prophecy, but with his people hanging on the precipice, he reluctantly agrees to lead the Valley's greatest warriors in a last desperate bid for survival. Together, they will risk everything in search of a former ally long-thought dead, and whether Kole trusts him or not, he may be the only one capable of saving them.

The Landkist Saga is the epic new fantasy series readers are comparing to Hayao Miyazaki and Steven Erikson. Valley of Embers is the first of five planned volumes.

©2016 Steven Kelliher (P)2017 Podium Publishing

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Very good story and magic system.

Very good story and magic system. Not quite top tier but the next one in the series might be.

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A slow burn

Unfortunately, the narrator had little excitement or energy in the telling of the story. He simply droned on from sentence to sentence. However he did speak clearly and loud enough that I gave him the 3 star.

The story took a very long time to get into. The problem was that the beginning was extremely slow and filled with meandering. It took around four hours to really get the story properly going. After that, it was still slow going but at least it was going somewhere.

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Expected it to be okay, turned out great

As I await the next volumes in The Stormlight Archive (Sandersen) and Arcane Ascension (Rowe), I took a glance at Andrew Rowe's Wordpress blog. He recommended The Landkist Saga (which he compares to "Princess Mononoke mixed with Avatar: The Last Airbender"). I picked up Valley of Embers, expecting it to be an okay-but-not-great way to fill the fantasy fiction void I'm feeling. I was pleasantly surprised to find it's actually really good.

It's got all the right elements of good storytelling, creative magical mechanics, and the kind of world-building that makes you know hungry to know more. The plot, once it gets rolling, is very engaging. Kirby Heyborne's narration is absolutely stellar, his speech is compelling and his vocal range is incredible.

My only criticisms are that some of the characters are a bit bland, and some of the early chapters are a bit slow and uninteresting. But once the plot picks up, it really picks up! So I've downloaded book 2, eager for more.

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Steven hawkin

I'm sure it's great but the narrator is so robotic I returned it within 10 min.

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  • 01-02-18

Think superheroes in a medieval setting

What made the experience of listening to Valley of Embers the most enjoyable?

Strong world building, combat scenes, adventure, magic and characters. Incredibly visual, but with enough 'down moments' during the adventure to make those fast, action-packed moments pop.

What other book might you compare Valley of Embers to, and why?

Always find this hard. Not sure. Epic fantasy in the truest sense.

What about Kirby Heyborne’s performance did you like?

Accents on some of the characters.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The way the community feels real and comes together.

Any additional comments?

If you love the thought of magic wielding warriors, who harness elemental energies and wield them through their weapons, you'll love this.