Magic can make you invincible, if it doesn't get you killed first.
Aric and Fadan are half-brothers. Both sons of the Empress, but only one of them the son of the Emperor. A decade ago, Fadan's powerful father tore the Empire in two by outlawing the use and practice of magic. Forbidden from seeing each other, Aric and Fadan defy the Emperor and wander the vast Imperial Citadel until one night, they stumble upon an ancient Manual of Magic. They are faced with a choice: take the book straight to the Emperor or see if one of them has the forbidden magical talent. Their world is turned upside down and the half-brothers find themselves swept away as tragedy and conspiracy separate them, sending each to either end of the Empire. In a world of dark mages, massive creatures, and vengeful gods, one will train as a Dragon Hunter while the other taps into magical powers that could spell his execution.
Dark forces are moving in the shadows and no one in the Empire is ready for what's to come. Will Aric and Fadan survive to ever see each other again?
©2016 Vasco Rodrigues Moreira Cardoso (P)2016 Vasco Rodrigues Moreira Cardoso
Unfortunately this audio book was really quite difficult to get into. The continuity is disjointed and the plot is quite weak.
On the plus side, the wonderful voice reading allowed me to see this book through to the end.
"Fun adventure for all ages with a twist"
The story was fresh and original and the narrator was very good at giving each character a distinct voice and personality. This was more of a performance than a narration! I eagerly await the next book in the series.and hopefully it will be narrated, excuse me performed by Todd Menesses as well.
"A neat little story"
This book didn't really offend or entrance, but it was a decent story. It flowed well. There are quite a few characters, so it can be a little much at times. I believe even the reader had issues creating the same voices for each of the characters...which was distracting at times.
I will say I am looking forward to the sequel, just to see where the story goes. ...and unlike many books, I don't feel cheated at the end....so, good show.
On the positive side, the characters do show growth...which has been an issue lately with books I have been going through. On the negative side, the initial "teen" phase of the kids was annoying as hell. The queen also seemed a little too weak at times, while being too strong at other times...the consistency for the character was missing.
Spoiler: ...characters die. Whoot. Worth the credit.
"What is with the voice Todd ?"
I seriously cant for the life of me understand why Todd uses a faux English accent for the majority of the story, in such an odd baritone. Sure, he does an English accent realy well, but it just gets distracting as the book goes on. Why he doesnt use his natural voice for the narrative and save his character voices for individual characters is beyond me. On top of the distraction of the odd accent it also seems to cause him to mispronounce or use the wrong word entirely in a number of places. Im really struggling to make it to the end of the book due to the performance, from a performer I usually love to listen to.
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