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1570. Carpathian Mountains, Moldavia. Ten-year-old Lucas's life is a simple but happy one. All that changes when the Hunters finally track down his whereabouts.
Forced to bear witness to horrific scenes that forever shatter his innocence, he discovers the shocking secret behind his less than ordinary existence. What follows is a fight for survival that will define the nature of a boy bound to an incredible destiny whose origins have been lost to the tides of time.
First Death is a short story set in AD Starrling's explosive, action-packed, award-winning thriller series Seventeen. If you like high-octane adventures that combine science and a dose of the paranormal, then you'll love the world of Seventeen.
©2015 AD Starrling (P)2016 AD Starrling
I'm glad that I had read this story before listening to it as the narration would have spoiled it for me. The story, about the early life of Lucas Soul, is so filled with emotion as he not only experiences an extremely traumatic loss, but also discovers the truth of his existence. He has to cope with 'growing up' very quickly, surviving tragedy, fighting for his life and learning to move on. Unfortunately the story is marred by the narrator who races through every sentence, completely ignoring the punctuation in the novella. After downloading the Audible app I relistened to the story on 0.75 speed. It made it easier and more enjoyable to listen to, but it's a shame it hadn't been done so well in the first place as A D Starrling's work deserves so much more.
Fast, exciting, exhilarating
The way that the action forges ahead all the time.
Not really, the voice artist reads quickly but might be better to slow down a bit as his punctuation is not as accurate as I think it could be.
The first death is not the last.
I like the voices that Michael Bower does, but I wish he would read as the book is punctuated as it does mean that sometimes the sentences don't really make sense.
Set in 1570 in the wooded mountains of Moldavia, Lucas and his parents have a simple cabin home in the woods. It’s winter and few travelers are about. That is, until Alexander and his men show up on their doorstep. Lucas’s simple, happy world is about to be shattered.
Alexander kills Lucas’s father first, and then his mother Katarina. To Lucas’s surprise, they rise to fight again. Alas, they are killed again. This cycle continues again and again while Lucas is forced to watch. Lucas, the poor lad, goes into some sort of shock over it all.
Then Lucas must suffer his first death. Things don’t go as planned for Alexander and his men. I really liked the crow imagery and the ashes left behind. There’s definitely something very intriguing about this story. The tale and danger doesn’t stop with Lucas’s first death. Nope. Afterwards, he has to figure out his next move, how to survive the winter, who his allies (or parent’s allies) are. I was impressed by how much was packed into this short story.
I received a free copy of this audiobook.
Narration: Michael Bower was good, especially with the accents. He also did a good job imbuing emotion into the characters. Alexander sounded villainous through and through.
"Awesome back story"
This is a great pre story to Lucas Soul. It explains how he came to be where he is in the first book. It explains his parents death and how Lucas learned what he is and what he was to become. For a short novella it has so much information jammed into it and is so well written and interesting. It is a very interesting glimpse into Lucas as a child and what he saw and had to endure to be where he is today.
I love when authors take the time and do these little novellas that fill in the blanks that fact hungry people like myself just eat up, and even better, put them on audio too so I can keep on listening right along and not miss a beat, it is so awesome. Narrator Michael Bower is as good as ever with this cast of characters and I can't wait to move on to the next books in this series, he is that good. I kind of did this and the first full length book out of order, so I can't wait to see what is in store for Lucas next.
"A nice introduction to the "Seventeen" series"
This short story is a prequel in the world of "Seventeen," Starrling's ongoing saga of two races of immortals living alongside normal humans throughout our history. In thee first book, there are references to Lucas parents being killed--repeatedly, because the immortals revive back into life the first sixteen times they're killed--and Lucas himself being killed a time or two before he manages to escape into the woods.
"First Death" tells that story from the viewpoint of seven-year-old Lucas. It's well-told,with a convincing child's view of the world, and contains hints of things that are more fully developed in the novels. Worth reading for any fan of the series, and an easy "taster" introduction if you haven't found them yet.
I received a free copy of the audio of this story from the author in exchange for an honest review.
"Review of First Death"
First Death - This short story was tragic in all accounts. A very young Lucas is forced to watch the death of his family and forced into the realization of who he truly is. There is so much feeling in this short little bit of the beginning of Lucas' life. The narrator did an amazing job bringing this story to life.
"Leaves me wanting more"
Loved it and was left wanting more. The narrator did a very nice job with his effects.
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