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    • The Dark Ability

    • By: D. K. Holmberg
    • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
    • Length: 9 hrs and 49 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 332
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 308
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 310

    Rsiran is a disappointment to his family, gifted with the ability to Slide. It is a dark magic, one where he can transport himself wherever he wants, but using it will only turn him into the thief his father fears. Forbidden from Sliding, he's apprenticed under his father as a blacksmith where lorcith, a rare, precious metal with arcane properties, calls to him, seducing him into forming forbidden blades. When discovered, he's banished, sentenced indefinitely to the mines of Ilphaesn Mountain.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Decent but had potential to be grand

    • By Ashley A. Bettinger on 07-23-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Broken

    • Book of Maladies Series, Book 2
    • By: D.K. Holmberg
    • Narrated by: Traci Odom
    • Length: 8 hrs and 48 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3

    Sam and Alec work to understand their connected magic, but the limited supply of easar paper limits them. Worse, Marin has again disappeared, leaving questions unanswered. How can they be ready for another Theln attack if they don't have an opportunity to train with their abilities? New power complicates everything. Sam wants to use it to continue taking jobs that will eventually buy her way into the nicer sections of the city, but Alec sees a higher purpose to their magic. 

    Regular price: $17.49

    • The Heartstone Blade

    • The Dark Ability, Book 2
    • By: D. K. Holmberg
    • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
    • Length: 9 hrs and 46 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 196
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 182
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 183

    After killing one of the Elvraeth to save his friends, Rsiran finds a measure of peace, but fears that it will be short lived. When attacked using knives he forged, he is pulled into a struggle that he wants nothing to do with. Worse, friends have secrets they do not share, secrets that could place both he and Jessa in danger. Finding answers sends him Sliding throughout the city and beyond, testing his ability all while trying to understand the secret of the alloy that might be the key to their safety.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Repetitive and annoying

    • By Divine and/or the wife on 09-24-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Blood of the Watcher

    • The Dark Ability, Book 4
    • By: D. K. Holmberg
    • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
    • Length: 9 hrs and 51 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 134
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 119
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 121

    Trapped by Venass. Tormented by the Forgotten. And both desire the very ability that allowed his escape. Chased through the city by someone able to influence his Sliding, Rsiran and his friends prepare for the next attack, uncertain whether the Forgotten or Venass will move first. When Rsiran learns that his sister was abducted, he must decide whether to help a family that abandoned him. If he does not, Alyse might suffer a fate worse than any torment he has already endured.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Potential

    • By Dodger2525 on 01-19-18

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Fortress of Fire

    • By: D. K. Holmberg
    • Narrated by: Nicholas Techosky
    • Length: 7 hrs and 57 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 136
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 125
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 126

    The barrier has fallen. The king is gone. Tan has secured the artifact, but now the Fortress of Fire in Incendin burns more brightly than it has in a generation. To master his connection to the elementals, Tan needs to rediscover knowledge about the elemental power that has been lost for centuries. When the draasin bonded to him is injured, Tan must rely on everything he's learned to save him and discovers a new threat to the kingdoms more powerful than anything he's ever faced.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • AUTHOR REPEATS HIMSELF TOOOOOOOO MUCH!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • By dof on 01-07-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Tower of Venass

    • The Dark Ability, Book 3
    • By: D. K. Holmberg
    • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
    • Length: 9 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 151
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 141
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 141

    Rsiran now understands that he can use not only the arcane power of lorcith, but also that of heartstone. This ability makes him powerful, perhaps too powerful for some. Others know of his ability and seek to use him. After Brusus is attacked, Rsiran makes a decision that requires an unlikely ally, and brings him to dangerous Thyr, where the Scholars of Venass offer their aid, but for a price. But the scholars want Rsiran for the same reason as the Forgotten.

    • 2 out of 5 stars
    • Too much internal dialog

    • By BuzyMomof3 on 10-19-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Forged in Fire

    • By: D. K. Holmberg
    • Narrated by: Nicholas Techosky
    • Length: 8 hrs and 8 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 124
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 116
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 118

    War is coming to the kingdoms. Tan now knows that a threat greater than Incendin exists, one he suspects will require ancient enemies to forge an uneasy alliance. He must use the control he's gained over shaping to rescue a friend, protect the draasin, and convince the kingdoms of the true danger, or everything he knows will be destroyed.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Not the easiest book to follow.

    • By Rick on 01-05-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Chased by Fire

    • By: D. K. Holmberg
    • Narrated by: Nicholas Techosky
    • Length: 8 hrs and 53 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4 out of 5 stars 189
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 175
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 176

    An ancient artifact that must be found... Terrifying creatures from dark and dangerous Incendin... And long-forgotten elementals again unleashed on the world. As an earth senser, Tan is tasked with helping guide the king's servant through the dangerous mountain passes in search of the artifact before Incendin can reach it first. But after losing his father to the war, Tan wants nothing to do with the king's demands.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Unique approach to an Elemental Magic System

    • By Bob-o on 09-02-15

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Soldier Son

    • The Teralin Sword, Book 1
    • By: D.K. Holmberg
    • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
    • Length: 11 hrs and 43 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 23
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 24

    Endric wants only to serve, but he's destined to lead. As the second son of the general of the Denraen, Endric wants only to fight, not the commission his father demands of him. When a strange attack in the south leads to the loss of someone close to him, only Endric seems concerned about what happened. All signs point to an attack on the city, and betrayal by someone deep within the Denraen, but his father no longer trusts his judgment.

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • One dimensional

    • By Jerome on 04-29-18

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Bound by Fire

    • By: D. K. Holmberg
    • Narrated by: Nicholas Techosky
    • Length: 9 hrs
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 151
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 140
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 143

    The powerful draasin - elemental creatures of fire not seen for a thousand years - have returned. Not all are convinced they should have been freed. As Tan struggles to learn earth shaping, he discovers dangerous fire shapers from Incendin have come to Ethea. When the city is attacked by the draasin, Tan must use his connection with them to learn why. Doing so leads him from the city and forces him to once more face the terrible shapers of Incendin, but this time bound to the draasin for help.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • elemental twists

    • By Amazon Customer on 03-23-17

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Shadowsteel Forge

    • The Dark Ability, Book 5
    • By: D. K. Holmberg
    • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
    • Length: 10 hrs and 4 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 111
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 102
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 100

    Fresh off a victory against the Forgotten, and with unexpected allies, Rsiran knows that the war is far from over. An attack on someone close to him in the city leads to a search for answers, and he once again must confront the secrets hidden by his family. When he discovers a part of his people's history long forgotten, he realizes it might hold the key to what Venass really wants...and possibly the means to stopping them.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • great book

    • By Anonymous User on 07-23-17

    Regular price: $24.95

    • Changed by Fire

    • By: D. K. Holmberg
    • Narrated by: Nicholas Techosky
    • Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 131
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 120
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 122

    The archivists are defeated, but their plan was already set in place. A new lisincend has emerged, more dangerous than before. Incendin still possesses the powerful artifact. And a spirit shaping placed on the king must be released. Tan has potential to be a warrior shaper - one who can shape all the elements - but shaping doesn't work for him the same as with other shapers. While he struggles to control his new magic, his friends work to free the king from the spirit shaping.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Rise of the Elder

    • The Dark Ability, Book 7
    • By: D. K. Holmberg
    • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
    • Length: 9 hrs and 50 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 120
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 112
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 110

    Forced into the heart of the Aisl Forest, Rsiran and the guilds regroup and try to find a way to reclaim the city from Venass and the Elvraeth council. Rsiran has stopped the production of shadowsteel, but Venass still possesses dangerous weapons, and what's more, one of the great crystals remains missing. Forced into an alliance with the mysterious Carth in order to find the crystal, they make new allies and discover the means to reclaim the city, but will it be too late?

    • 3 out of 5 stars
    • Potential Wasted

    • By Dodger2525 on 01-23-18

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Wasting

    • Book of Maladies Series, Book 1
    • By: D.K. Holmberg
    • Narrated by: Traci Odom
    • Length: 8 hrs and 1 min
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 10
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 9

    In the city of Verdholm, canals separate the highborns in the center sections of the city from the lowborns along the outer sections. The city is isolated, surrounded by a deadly swamp and steam fields which should protect the people of the city from the dangerous outside world. Until it doesn't. For Sam, an orphaned thief who wants only to protect her brother, protection means stealing enough so she can one day buy her way into a better section. She's a skilled thief, and when she's offered a job that can change everything for her, what choice does she have but to take it?

    Regular price: $17.49

    • Serpent of Fire

    • By: D. K. Holmberg
    • Narrated by: Nicholas Techosky
    • Length: 8 hrs and 33 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 86
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 74
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 75

    Tan now serves as Athan. The remaining draasin have bonded. Elle and all of Doma have been saved. And Par-Shon has been defeated. Tan knows the victory is short lived. Par-Shon knows how to obscure their shapers, and they could hide anywhere. When Tan discovers Par-shon shapers within the kingdoms, a dangerous and wild elemental is released. As Tan tries to defend his bonds, he learns the terrible history of this elemental, one that the draasin would hide from him.

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Awesome

    • By Amazon Customer on 02-29-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Servant of Fire

    • By: D. K. Holmberg
    • Narrated by: Nicholas Techosky
    • Length: 8 hrs and 14 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 87
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 77
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 78

    Chenir has allied with the kingdoms. The great serpent has bonded to the lisincend. And the ancient draasin, Asboel, lies injured. Tan enters the Fire Fortress seeking an alliance with the lisincend. Doing so requires him to attempt a shaping he isn't certain he can control, and this time without his draasin for help. The Par-shon attack has reached the mainland, pushing through Chenir, as the final battle with the unstoppable Utu Tonah approaches. Survival hinges on old friends and a new connection, but can Tan control enough power to defeat him?

    • 5 out of 5 stars
    • Great series

    • By Troy on 03-30-16

    Regular price: $19.95

    • The Threat of Madness

    • The Lost Prophecy, Book 1
    • By: D.K. Holmberg
    • Narrated by: James Fouhey
    • Length: 14 hrs and 35 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 31
    • Performance
      4 out of 5 stars 29
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 29

    The arrival of the mysterious Magi, along with their near invincible guardians, signals a change. For Jakob, apprentice historian, and son of a priest longing for adventure, it begins an opportunity. When his home is attacked, Jakob starts a journey that will take him far from home and everything he has ever known. Studying with a new swordmaster, he gains surprising skill, but also strange new abilities that make him fear the madness which has claimed so many has come to him.

    Regular price: $24.95

    • The Guild Secret

    • The Dark Ability, Book 6
    • By: D. K. Holmberg
    • Narrated by: Vikas Adam
    • Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 108
    • Performance
      5 out of 5 stars 100
    • Story
      4.5 out of 5 stars 100

    No longer forced to hide his ability, Rsiran now Slides openly throughout the city as he helps it recover from the recent attack. Requirements of his time continue to mount, not only as he tries to help his friends, but new responsibilities to the guild force him to interact with the Elvraeth, where he discovers the uneasy alliance that exists between the guilds and the council. When one of the great crystals goes missing, that alliance is tested, and the quest to find the crystal leads him to realize a secret long hidden.

    Regular price: $19.95

    • Poisoned: The Book of Maladies

    • Book of Maladies Series, Book 3
    • By: D.K. Holmberg
    • Narrated by: Traci Odom
    • Length: 8 hrs and 56 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      3.5 out of 5 stars 3
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 2
    • Story
      3.5 out of 5 stars 2

    No longer alone, Sam and Alec struggle to find time to continue their studies together. Sam knows that she is more than the lowborn she'd long believed, now living and training in the palace, but still doesn't feel as if she quite fits in. Worse, it seems as if Alec has moved on without her, preferring his new life in the university. Alec has quickly risen in rank, but that only draws attention to him. Learning from master physickers has its benefits, but there are dangers and he's not certain whether he can trust the new friends he's made. 

    Regular price: $17.49

    • Shadow Blessed

    • The Shadow Accords, Book 1
    • By: D.K. Holmberg
    • Narrated by: Emily Sutton-Smith
    • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
    • Unabridged
    • Overall
      4.5 out of 5 stars 54
    • Performance
      4.5 out of 5 stars 49
    • Story
      4 out of 5 stars 49

    The A'ras of Nyaesh have a terrifying reputation: skilled swordsmen, owners of powerful magic, and ruthless killers. When they kill her parents, Carth discovers her parents had trained her for magic she never knew she possessed. She must use the skills they taught to stay alive, discover a way to find answers, and avenge them if she can. Only the discovery of a greater threat than the A'ras forces her to risk herself, for new friends and a home she never wanted.

    • 4 out of 5 stars
    • Entertaining, worth a credit

    • By Greg on 06-03-17

    Regular price: $19.95

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