• Valley of Embers

  • The Landkist Saga, Book 1
  • By: Steven Kelliher
  • Narrated by: Peter Kenny
  • Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
  • 4.3 out of 5 stars (27 ratings)

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Valley of Embers

By: Steven Kelliher
Narrated by: Peter Kenny
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Publisher's Summary

An ancient evil is rising. Only the Embers can stand against it.

For centuries, the flame-wielding warriors have been the last line of defense against the nightmare creatures of the World Apart. But their light is fading, and few remain to push back the darkness.

When Kole Reyna, Ember of Last Lake 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.

With the tribes of the valley besieged, the land's mightiest champions rise up to meet the coming threat, but even the combined might of the last Embers and their elemental kin may not be enough to stem the tide of chaos.

Kole has never believed in destiny, but with his people hanging on the precipice and his home on the brink of ruin, he must discover the limits of the one power he fears above all else.

His own.

For when an Ember's fire awakens, even the gods take notice.

Publisher’s Note: Valley of Embers 3rd Edition represents a re-written and improved version of the 2016 self-published release, with new prose, expanded lore, a fresh intro and extended ending.

©2021 Steven Kelliher (P)2021 Monolith Books

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Good audio book, story needs some work

Narration was excellent as always. Story has some flaws in character development, hard to get invested in them, hard to know what they actually care about. Good world building and story line though. Not enough to get me to continue the series, author missed ending the book at the obvious cliff hanger and pver-explained the ending. An hour and a half after the climax I was bored, and now they want me to read the next one?

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excellent performance and a solid story

I really enjoyed this book and especially the performance. The story was unique and engaging and I look forward to the character development that appears to deepen the second book. I also enjoy the fact that this book is just the beginning and appears to be weaving a much larger story.

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Hell yeah

Just fantastic. Both the story and the narration are absolutely epic—Peter Kenny is incredible. Great dialogue, awesome prose, stunning scope. Fantastic work! Bring on the next!

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this was recommended

this book was recommended to me on multiple times and so has been on my tbr list for awhile now, so when I got a chance to listen to it I moved it up on the list. It is along the lines of what I do normally read and/or listen to and did not disappoint action packed from beginning to end.

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Tolkien meets Miyazaki indeed ...

A truly unique epic fantasy that blends eastern and classic western epic fantasy traditions, with an elemental magic system and a huge cast of characters. This one isn't just about a dude with fire swords. There's a lot more than meets the eye. Well worth investing the time, and I think it's only going to get bigger from here.

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Epic fantasy that lives up to the name!

Epic in scale with addicting characters and awesome magic. Really can't ask for much more!

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  • 04-11-21

Don’t bother

Liked the sound of this book and I really like Peter’s work from the Witcher series, but I honestly don’t know what is going on with the story.

I gave it to chapter 9 but I found myself switching off and having to go back, characters merge into one another the magic is not clearly explained just dull.

I will leave it and maybe try another time from the start.

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  • 04-26-22

I'm still going through it but ...

I'll update this review once I finish the book but so far I just wanted to beg the author to stop using a billion names for the same person, especially in a story with many many characters it gets really confusing. I've had to rewind to understand what's going on multiple times and I haven't had that issue with other audiobooks (I've listened to nearly 90 on audible alone). It just randomly cycles between referring to a character by their first name, then maybe their surname, then their position/job, then their nickname1, then nickname2... etc. etc.. It would be fine if the author did this with just the protagonist but it's literally with every character. It's very distracting, confusing, and unnecessary, which is a shame because the plot and dialogue seem good.