In a sleepy farming stead, a young man, Alant Cor, is found to be one of the few Humans who can manipulate the Essence. And, not simply manipulate it. Alant has more power over this magical force than any Human in known history. Does his younger brother, Arderi Cor, possess the same ability, or something more sinister?
Clytus Rillion, the commander of a mercenary troop, embarks on a quest to cure his dying son, Sindian. Though he doubts he will survive the journey, he will pay any price to save his son's life. The beast, known only as Klain, born a slave and now used to entertain the masses in a bloodthirsty sport known as the Games, finds out his true value to those who own him lies with his death. All are resigned to walk the paths fate has put them upon. Yet, is this of their own accord? Or, is an ancient and powerful race, the Elmorr'Antiens, manipulating the other inhabitants of Talic'Nauth?
Change is falling upon the Plane. Some Elmorr'Antiens are making preparations to weather the storms ahead - others intend to use the coming chaos to seize power over all the races.
Follow these seemingly unrelated lives as their paths are set on a course that none can hope to survive. Listeners to the Genesis of Oblivion saga will immerse themselves in the depth of a unique world culture, the grandeur of its civilizations, and the sheer awe of more than 96,000 years of history!
©2009 Maxwell Alexander Drake (P)2010 Books In Motion
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This book just introduced us to the characters and gave enough of a taste that I almost have to get the next one just to see what happens. The plot development is good and the characters are interesting. Long way to go to get introduced to them, it is like reading a Robert Jordan Novel in that way, I expect this to go to book 13 or 14.
Only small complaint is the pointless changing of time units, from hours to arn, this is pointlessly complicated for no real reason. With all the new races and strange character names really adding this unnecessary change is silly.
That aside the book was well written and the characters are interesting, the setting is unusual. I will definately read the rest of the books.
The dramatic pauses are getting a bit long at some points and really distracted from the reading.
It was a very slow start, very slow but there is always a hint of promise. And there is repetition, a lot of repetition in namings and descriptions of surroundings and the thoughts of characters; eg "He whistled" and then narrator whilstels on top of saying that the character whisled...
The characters develop, the story starts to take shape, the plot starts to develop and....the first book ends.
Yet, i will get the 2nd book and see if this investment of my time was worth it, at this time there is doubt... I hope it pick up pace and reduces repetition.
"So if you need to rip someone's face off"
If you are curious about EXACTLY what happens if you happen to be a giant lion man beast who needs to rip someone's face off in the name of gladiator combat, look no further. The beautifully narrated passage, approximately five minutes, will let you know exactly how the musculoskeletal framework of your opponents face will hold up to your aforementioned face ripping off. Eyeballs? Where will they roll? No worries, you will find out.
I feel like I might enjoy this title more in print form, where I can do some judicious skimming, as the world building was quite promising.
This is the only audio book I haven't completed. The narration was too off-putting. I've listened to many books where accents and dialects enhance the experience. In this case odd pronunciations, pauses and inflections, perhaps intended to add drama to the reading, result in a jarring disconnect from the story.
The book was recommended to me, so I believe it is a story worth reading, just not a story worth hearing.
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