A historical fantasy that blends ageless themes of friendship and love into a quixotic tale of mystery and faith. Set in 13th century England, Edric, a man crippled in body and soul, begs, steals, and sometimes plays a pipe to make a living. Against his better judgment, he saves the life of Azriel...a man who claims to be an angel. But is this stranger a divine being or the escaped "Mad Monk" from a nearby monastery? The peasant woman who finds herself attracted to the acerbic Edric isn't certain, nor is the morose knight in desperate search of secrets to the afterlife. Another scheming monk seems to have all the answers...or does he? But circumstances cause the beggar, the monk, and the knight to collide in the same quest, some of whom would see Azriel permanently locked away and Edric hanged for murder.
©2014 Jeri Westerson (P)2016 Jeri Westerson
A tale of twists and turns involving a Knight, a beggar, a monk and an Angel or is he a mad monk. I enjoyed the concept of being a who is he rather than a who done it.
I found this a really captivating book. Edric is a good man laid low by circumstances and a harsh life. He rescues a man from a ditch and life changes for him. At the centre of the tale is Azreal. He says he is an Angel but at the same time we hear that a mad monk has escaped the monastery. Both a Knight and a brother Monk are looking for him. I recommend listening to the very end and even though the outcome for some characters is not made clear it didn't diminish my enjoyment of the parable.
Joel Froomkin's narration is perfect. All the characters are clearly identifiable and he manages to capture not only their age but a feel of their station in this century. The impression of weary Edric downtrodden by life comes through as well as haughty Azreal. He manages to weave the characters around each other making it a treat to listen to and easier to visualise.
On the whole this is one I will happily listen to over again.
I was given a copy of this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.
"What a beautiful listen!"
At its core, this book is basically three separate stories. But what stories they are!! There is so much attention to detail in the writing that the people and their worlds come to life right before your eyes! There is a bit of a moral lesson with this listen and as a result, I found myself questioning who I am and how I'm being perceived. What a journey!!!
And the narration!!!! In the hands of anyone else, this listen may not have achieved the correct emotional and stimulating chord. But with Fromkin and his ability to produce believable accents and complete characterizations, you can't help but feel the angst and pathos. The characters have so much depth that it's hard to believe they are not being voiced by more than one narrator.
This is such a beautiful listen and should not be missed!!
"Historical Fantasy with a Message"
I haven't read "Though Heaven Fall". This is a exceptional story, and I most definitely will read the Kindle edition.
Edric, the essential main character. The book does such a fine job of depicting his struggles and frustrations, which lead to the evolution of the story.
It's amazing! Essential to why this Audible version is so powerful! His accent ,while easily understood, seems to be spot on for the time frame. Distinct between characters, dramatic without hysterically overreaching.
Edric as explained above. Azriel too, they need each other. Without giving too much away.
The characters, plot, and relevancy of the story are first rate.
Thanks so much for the opportunity to review "Though Heaven Fall"!
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"To slow to hold my interest"
Started pretty slow and I had a hard time getting into it. It just didn't hold my attention or interest me.
The narrator was good and gave a great performance.
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