On the young world of Dezrel, brother gods Karak and Ashhur, fleeing their own failed world, recreate mankind in an attempt to make amends. The fledgling race of humanity is guided by the First Families, men and women who will not age so long as their hearts remain devoted to their deities.
But quickly the realms are thrown into chaos by the construction of the Temple of the Flesh, built by exiled children of Karak in the unclaimed land of Haven that lies between the two kingdoms. Those of the Temple refuse to bend knee to either god, no matter the risk. Thus comes Karak's ultimatum to the people of Haven: Destroy the Temple, or he will destroy it himself. But his fellow brother god, Ashur, will not sit idly by while thousands of innocents die...
Can Jacob Eveningstar, the First Man to be given life and Ashhur's most trusted servant, prevent the coming bloodshed which threatens the survival of the fledgling human race?
©2013 David Dalglish and Robert J. Duperre (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
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"I'm Glad I Don't Have To Wait Long For Book 2"
I was introduced to David Dalglish with his Shadowdance series. They were really fun books, but I think this is his best book yet. I don't know if he is just becoming a better writer of if it is the help of his co-author, but this book just seems to have much more depth of characters and depth of the world they create. Bottom line, it is a great book.
There are a lot of new characters and families to be introduced to and the whole religion system to be explained, but it is done very well. I think this is the first book of a trilogy of books, if not more, so I'm glad they take the time to develop the world so thoroughly.
The narration is fantastic. Nick Podehl is one of my favorite narrators and he does not dissapoint here.
I think the next 2 books in the trilogy are both expected out this year, so I'm glad I don't have to wait long for more!
"The Second Half Is Good Listening"
The last 40% of Dawn of Swords is worth the price of admission (more on that in a moment). The first 60% was a struggle and since this is a 20 hour book, a long struggle. The book includes a cast of thousands (just joking, hundreds) and each are introduced in enough detail that I could pick them out of a police lineup. I kept wishing the authors would say, “This person is ugly and an idiot, so let’s move on”, but I had to listen to a chapter or two or three to figure it out on my own.
I did end up enjoying the book. There are several twists and one was totally unexpected. Also, I was not expecting a debate on religious faith. This appears to be a central theme and some of it is interesting while some is repetitive. There was also violence and includes head chopping, disembowelments and people being eaten by animals.
I did not use a credit, but opted to pay the everyday low price of $7.34. This is Book 1 of a series and rest may be priced higher. Dawn of Swords ends with very little resolved and I will have to decide if I want to hear more.
"Brutal but fascinating"
I was unsure about listening to this. Other reviews mentioned the brutality which I'm not really a fan of. The premise sounded interesting, however, and since it was performed by my favorite narrator, Nick Podehl, and also very cheap I gave it a try.
I couldn't put it down. Loved the setting and some of the characters. And not all of them die, but those who do do go horribly. Nick does a fabulous job as always. The first chapters are basically introductions to a bunch of people whose names I didn't remember, but as soon as I heard them speak in Nick's voices for them I recalled who they were.
I don't want to give too much away but there are quite a few surprises along the way too. Great stuff.
The book was dark..... Horrific things happen in the book, twisted, evil. I'm okay with Dark books, but their needs to be a hero. No hero in these books.
"Poorly written, bad story"
I really tried to get into the story, but it was such a bad story that I just couldn't get into it. The plot twist were so poorly executed that they were obvious long before they were revealed.
If I had spent more than $2 on it, I would have asked for a refund less than half way through the story.
"It wasn't a bad read."
I enjoyed the story. It's filled with twists and turns. I truly enjoy a story that can leave my mouth agape at the end. Reminds me a little of the gobbling Chronicles. The narrator wasn't bad. I would recommend it if you have a spare credit lying around.
Interesting story idea and not a bad book. The plot has some "convenience" tricks (the right people or things in just the right places at exactly the right time). You never really get a sense of peril for anyone, nor do you care much about any of the characters. Not great, not bad.
The narration is a bit irritating at times...many of his female characters are grating.
"Aptly narrated, poorly written"
Less bible rip-off, less sex, more character development, more action.
Stop using common modern references! This makes no sense! They use references that should not, or don't exist in the world they created.
Disgust. This seemed to have a lot of promise as a story, but devolved into a mess of confusion and sex and bible stories.
What was the point of this story?? I would love to rewrite this story, taking the premise and making something that's actually worth reading/listening to.
"Disjointed, goes nowhere"
don't see why anyone would
Had it flow and actually have a plot
Not at this time
It was horrifically gory and dark. Ever character you almost wanted to get to know gets gruesomely slaughtered,
I would not listen to these authors again.
Nick Podehl's performance was fine as usual
No redeeming qualiities. I could not finish it.
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