"All things are composed of patterns...." And within the pattern of the realm of Alorin, three strands must cross.
In Alorin...300 years after the genocidal Adept Wars, the realm is dying, and the blessed Adept race dies with it. One man holds the secret to reverting this decline: Bjorn van Gelderan, a dangerous and enigmatic man whose shocking betrayal three centuries past earned him a traitor's brand. It is the Adept Vestal Raine D'Lacourte's mission to learn what Bjorn knows in the hope of salvaging his race. But first he'll have to find him....
In the kingdom of Dannym...the young Prince Ean val Lorian faces a tenuous future as the last living heir to the coveted Eagle Throne. When his blood brother is slain during a failed assassination, Ean embarks on a desperate hunt for the man responsible. Yet his advisors have their own agendas, and his quest for vengeance leads him ever deeper into a sinuous plot masterminded by a mysterious and powerful man, the one they call First Lord.
In the Nadori desert...tormented by the missing pieces of his life, a soldier named Trell heads off to uncover the truth of his shadowed past. But when disaster places him in the debt of Wildlings sworn to the First Lord, Trell begins to suspect a deadlier, darker secret motivating them.
©2010 Melissa McPhail (P)2016 Podium Publishing
Only after warning them that it had weaknesses, however it's not a bad story and is very well narrated.
I was happy listening to it as I was doing so in the garden or doing jobs - if I'd sat to listen to it, I should have got very irritated by the writing style and given up.
No, I don't think so but it was the performance that kept me listening.
No, not really - found bits of the parts with the pirate amusing though.
This book really needed a severe editing. Lots of cliches and over-use of adjectives/adverbs, sometimes oddly - weird use of the word 'subtlety' and lots of repetition. An over fondness of elaborate description and names, both of which are pretty unoriginal holds up the narrative. The basic story is quite good but the writing is a bit ponderous. Hence I shan't follow up with the next volume as I don't care enough about the characters to persist with the heavy narration style.
I loved this book it was captivating and well written and Nick Podehl's narration was brilliant, one of the best narrators I've had the pleasure of listening to.
It was a decent story with more or less alright writing. The narration was great.
Most probably the ones with the pirate. That's all you're getting, no spoilers.
There were quite a few, yet, some of the fight scenes were pretty neat.
Movie 1 of 10 in an epic saga of family, friendship and clumsy attempts at love.
Be warned... For all it's good points, the writing is lacking in a few key aspects. Among other faults is the authors habit of repeating words. There is a limit to how many times in one sentence I want to hear the phrase "tawny eyes". That limit is once. Once per sentence.
Other than that, it's good.
"This is a great book!!!"
If you don't like large fantasy novels expertly written, then this is not the book for you
The start is a bit hard to keep up with, because from page-one you hit the ground running, there is so much going on and it keeps its momentum through out the book.
I had seen an advertisement for this book saying "if you like Brandon Sanderson and Robert Jordan you will love this book."
I am always skeptical when people say things like that, but in this case it was true.
Robert Jordan is dead, Brandon Sanderson completed the wheel of time based off of his notes, (I am a big fan of Brandon Sanderson.) But Melissa McPhail is the closest I have come to experiencing a story that has the feel of The Wheel of Time.
For many years epic fantasy has been a boys club, ( there have been many woman fantasy writers but none of them had the depth or complexity for me to see them as one of the top fantasy writers)
I am glad to say this is no longer the case, (in the past for years alone I have gone through about 1000 books, and I have found great female Fiction writers, science fiction writers, but until now I had never found a great female Fantasy author.
This series deserves its place in the top 10 if not the top five great epic fantasy series out there.
"Average overall — good plot, subpar characters"
No, this is a book to listen to while doing something else.
This is the first one.
Not best performance.
About half way through the novel and I suspect I won't be able to finish it. Here are some of the things that I enjoy about this story. The overall story is interesting and the mysteries behind the plot are compelling. The magic system is unique. This is a long book that gives the buyer a lot of value for the credit. There are a lot of unique species that gives this story a very fantastic aspect, in the most literal sense.
The worst aspect of the book is the unrealistic interactions between many of the characters. For example, every time the story follows Trell "of the tides" you know several things will happen: he will be complemented about being intelligent and wise by strangers (he does not demonstrate these qualities at any time), he will be called handsome by random strangers, and he will fantasize about having sex with attractive women whom he recently met. He also gets lauded for his military genius but you never hear about any of the details. Yes, we are told that he was instrumental in winning a major battle, but what he did and how it was better than what others could do... who knows. This makes many (most?) of his interactions unrealistic. Trell, a major character, is able to single handedly sink this novel, but there other examples that I won't include in this brief review.
I did not feel that Nick Podehl was the best narrator for this novel. I've listened to five or six different novels narrated by him and this was the worst. His desert voices are especially grating. I don't think the story is dark or epic enough to have a deep voice like Michael Kramer, maybe Tim Gerard Reynolds. The way Podehl does the voices enhances the ridiculous way that some of the characters interact.
All in all, not the best and not the worst. For me, believability of characters is more important than fantastic story. I think that if the writing style is improved the next novels will be a real treat to read, but as is this series is for those with extra credits and nothing interesting going on.
Cephrael's Hand is not a good audiobook. Trel, a main character, awoke 5 years ago without any memories. He finally sets out on a quest in an attempt to learn his roots. Several times in the novel individuals offer to answer his questions. Trel, however, declines. UNBELIEVABLE! The world building is never truly explained. Who are the main protagonist? What are their motivations? What powers or abilities do they posses? There seem to be several levels of demigods? What is the hierarchy?Why do some want to kill humanity? Just saying he/she is malevolent does not answer the question. There seem to be multiple levels of conflict. How do they intertwine?
After listening to the book, I am more confused than at the beginning. Nick Prodehl does a good job with limited material. Maybe the written novel has some maps, charts, list of the many characters etc that brings more sense to this mishmash. I give up!
"Hallmark of Something Amazing!"
This story skyrocketed to the top of my "fantasyshelf" after less than half the story.
Have not given female fantasy writers much credit up until now but this one hit the jackpot!
Deep, interesting and original story with really really likable characters that develop and evolve in a true and interesting way.
One of my best audios so far and you will not regret giving it a chance because I had my doubts but it turned out to be truly wondrous=)
Very impressing Melissa McPhail.
Nick Podehl was an amazing match for this story. He made a flawless performance and did a fantastic job to make this story come alive.
Very good variation between characters, both male and female and really brought forth the mindset and feeling of each and every one!
Now Tim Gérard Reynolds has to share his spot as best narrator in my world!
I would give it a sure 10/10 if I could;)!
Waited for the audible release as I listen on my way to work. Amazing story, I find myself just sitting in my car not wanting to stop.
"A panoramic epic of the highest quality."
My anticipation for this book was not met with disappointment in the least. I was quickly drawn in the story, and found myself rooting for the heroes and despising evil. The characters where deep, The story was grandand left me wanting for more. And now I wait on pins and needles for the sequel. Bravo to the author for I am hooked.
Okay, don't get me wrong this is an excellent book. However I caution listen to the first 5-10 chapters twice. There are so many characters and storylines make sure you have them straight then listen on.
i found the book to be very confusing with all the jumping between characters, im left with more questions than answers. not a book I would recommend to my friends.
"If you haven't read this your missing out on life..."
This book is amazing ans well written. It makes you look at magic in a different light. I won't bother given a drawn out review of why this book is amazing. You just have to read it for yourself. If you havent, you are missing out on life.
If she writes it, I will read it. I have a new relationship with this author. #RealationshipGoals.
"She needs a dictionary"
I was unable to get past the first few minutes. There were 3 glaring errors in word use age that made it impossible for me to take this book seriously. If an editor read beyond the first page, I would be very surprised. "Fond" is not a difficult word to use correctly. I am sorry there is no hope for an author who sends out a manuscript like this. Nick Podehl never missed a beat where I would have started laughing. I returned the book. There is no way that Brandon Sanderson or the Late Robert Jordan would want their work compared to this. Podium Publishing needs to have a talk with their editorial staff.
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