In a land of eagle-riding knights, bloodthirsty beasts, and a ruthless prince, no border is safe for long. And as smoke billows from the only blockade standing between the great city of Korindelf and certain doom, young Morlen races to escape the inevitable siege. Thrust from the chaos with thousands of snapping jaws on his trail, he discovers that the abilities he's buried all his life are awakening - and it could not have happened at a worse time.
War has come, and he doesn't dare rely on his untested talents after stealing the coveted Goldshard, which makes strength and invincibility just a panicked whisper away. His dependency on it carries him through many dangers, until it becomes an enemy far worse than those he must fight hand-to-hand. And the allies he meets on his quest are just as troubled: a legendary warrior too afraid to leave his sheltered paradise, a wizard tormented by his past, and a disgraced king who has lost any hope of saving his people.
A Facet for the Gem is a coming-of-age fantasy that brings Morlen from distant kingdoms to sprawling airborne battles, into the fiery breath of a stony dragon and side-by-side with a lady knight who is the last person in need of rescue. Follow him as his epic adventures culminate in a final showdown against swords, fangs, and greatest of all: his own fear.
©2016 C.L. Murray (P)2016 Podium Publishing
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"A Legendary Battle of Good versus Evil"
Admittedly, I've only listened to a handful of audiobooks, but this ranks with the best I've listened to.
I enjoyed how Morlen's character developed throughout the story as he learned more about both his present potential and his shrouded past, and the relationship between them.
Mr. Foster provides a well-paced delivery, smooth enunciation, and steady voice volume, with appropriate inflection and a distinctive style for each character.
Unfortunately, I don't enjoy the luxury of enough free time to enjoy a book in one sitting, be it print or audiobook, although if I could, I would.
An imaginative coming-of-age tale set in a vivid world rich with lore and fantastical creatures, C.L. Murray's A Facet for the Gem reveals a legendary battle of good versus evil. The desperate lad Morlen uncovers more than he could have ever imagined as he discovers his past and the root of the nefarious evil gripping the land. The Tale of Eaglefriend, Volume 1, is a well-paced, exciting, fantasy adventure, delivered in an excellent, professional, and enjoyable audiobook.
"A good listen"
This is not a perfect book. I probably subtracted too many stars for the storyline, but I added them back for the overall...so, I suppose we are even now. The storyline just bugs me. There are breaks in logic and main character consistency. Its not horrible. Its doesn't ruin the book, but it does feel like the book could have been more if the storyline was drawn out on a white board and shown to the author. The reader did an ok job. A bit monotone, a bit too over dramatic, but ....eh. I was not happy with the death of the two princes, personally. They were the only two characters with some joy...albeit, a bit too much male pig.
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