A wizard without family....
A warrior without memory....
A world without hope....
One thousand years ago, the world was broken and reborn beneath the boot of a nameless, ageless tyrant. He erased all history of the time before, enslaving the people and hunting those with the power to unseat him.
The power of magic.
Eryn is such a girl. Born with the Curse, she fights to control and conceal it to protect those she loves. But when the truth is revealed, and his soldiers come, she is forced away from her home and into the company of Silas, a deadly fugitive tormented by a fractured past.
Silas knows only that he is a murderer who once hunted the Cursed, and that he and his brothers butchered armies and innocents alike to keep the deep, dark secrets of the time before from ever coming to light - secrets that could save the world...or destroy it completely.
©2013 Michael R. Forbes (P)2015 Michael R. Forbes
Yes. I liked the story and the narrator does an amazing job.
I liked both of our main characters but I'd say that Silas was my favourite. The old drunk with a dark past works really well in the story.
What an amazing narrator!! He drew me into the story and emerssed me in it. He Differentiates characters. Puts emotion in to the characters and story and he makes the story come alive. Brilliant!
Nothing is as it seems in His Dark Empire
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Probably yes. There were points that would be brought forward that are always missed in the first reading
It has a similar feel to The Mistborn series. The story lines are far different but the build up of the characters from low to high is much the same.
Jeff does an outstanding job of narration. This is even more so in that he narrated the entire book with an accent. It did take me a couple chapters to begin to follow the accent; but it became easy and very smooth and really was most enjoyable.
There were several points where I was surprised by various discoveries by the characters. More a feeling of excitement and wondering what would happen to them.
This book was provided to me free of charge in exchange for a review by Audiobookblast.
I felt the character development of the hero from a drunk who had fallen about as far at possible to one who people looked up to and willing to follow and even die for was sensational. I was a bit surprised by the age difference of the various lead characters but the author did a sensational job of ensuring it was not a total naive YA book but was enjoyable by all age groups.
If you did not finish the book the character development as well as the entire universe would have been lost on you. The development of the surrounding structure of the world was really strong in my opinion.
The time to travel in this world was appropriate for the technology of horses and walking and played well for me to understand their problems of timing also.
Overall an outstanding book. Listened to it straight through and look forward to the other books in this series.
"Decent Young Adult Fantasy!"
M.R. Forbes has created a fascinating and dangerous world, that centers around two main characters as their paths cross and come together to take them on a journey with unexpected twist and turns.
Young Eryn has the "curse," and when "His" army comes for her, she loses her immediate family and finds herself on the run. After the horrors Eryn witnesses at this hands of "His" army, all in attempt to capture those who have been deemed as having the "curse", she's determined to destroy "Him", and starts on her path for vengeance.
Silas is old drunkard who lost most of his memories, until the day he is attacked, and must fight for his life. During this encounter, he uses skills he did not know he possessed to protect himself, and it triggers him to slowly start remembering his past. As his memory returns, he realizes he used to be one of "His" soldiers, and would carry out the orders given to him, until someone close to Silas was considered "cursed." Now, Silas is on the path to find "Him" and as his path crosses Eryn's they team up and begin the journey together.
The narration was fantastic! I love the wide range of character voices, and Jeff nails female character voices just as easily, as he does the gruff sounding male voices. His performance definitely made this story more enjoyable.
Overall, this was a decent start to new fantasy series, that was captivating and entertaining. I will definitely be checking out some of Forbes other stories.
"I almost passed this jewel up..."
While I enjoy the fantasy genre in general and M. R. Forbes writing in particular, I had made a decision earlier to skip this novel. I'm not sure why, actually, since that decision was several months ago but it had to do with something in the preview narration. However, after reading a positive recommendation on another, non-Forbes, novel review, I decided to give it a shot. I'm glad I did.
Not only was the story rather unique and well structured, the narrator added just the right tone for unraveling the tale. I was especially pleased at how well he was able to mimic the gruff sounding male characters but his ability to effortlessly transition to the higher tenor of both teen children and female characters was equally enjoyable as it was surprising.
I'll not repeat the description of the novel since that is already well-described in its listing but the travails that the two protagonists experience are well worth the listen for anyone who enjoys both a good coming of age story mixed in with a journey of redemption for one truly wretched man.
"The best book I've experienced since Harry Potter"
Absolutely yes. The story is gripping and not cookie-cutter. There are unexpected twists and it's not just some overpowered hero beating the baddies and taking names. It's a couple unassuming people doing the best they can in the situation they are in.
Harry Potter series and Star Wars.
This has the makings of an epic. I'd read a dozen more books with these characters.
In the interest of disclosure, Jeff Hays did provide me a copy for review. That being said, if you look at my other reviews of free copies that I've received, you'll see that I don't just give rave reviews for free content.
Jeff has a practiced pace, great audio production, and a great voice. I was on board from the first chapter.
It did drop my jaw a couple times and made me angry others at the antagonist.
This is one of the best books I've had in a long time. I definitely recommend it!
"2 people learn about themselves, against the world"
First, Jeff is such an amazing talent in voices. I could listen to this story to hear his work even if I didn't like the story, which I did enjoy it. At the beginning, I loved the lead in with reading of the title page in the lilt of the character. There was music that set the stage for the story, making me all the more excited to get going with the story. Jeff is talented with his voice variation and putting it all together seamless as to create a piece of work that's fun to listen to. He adds the echo of calls, voices around the character, or laughter of many. I do love these small extras added to the story. The best part, we get the story in the Irish lilt of the setting and characters accents. It's clear to understand the words and gives a feel to the world they are in.
I have listened to Jeff Hays and this book is the top of the notch for his works.
At the end, with the information we learn, I was shocked. My heart stopped as we get the information.
The descriptions Forbes uses as he tells the story are like I'm listening to the sounds and seeing the world through the eyes of the characters. The writing didn't feel boring to me as we come to trouble after trouble with Silas and Eryn. There is something new at each turn, growing the world as we go.
Forbes has created an enticing story that we learn about the characters along side them through their battles, internal and external. Silas is a drunk who can't remember his past, and is good with that. Until he sobers up by accident. His body reacts to a threat in a way he never thought he knew how to. Their are accusations made of him. And he starts to remember as his body fights through withdrawal. As he travels and remembers more, we learn the pieces with him. Eryn is cursed and has no idea what that means for her. Eryn learns about the cursed as she travels with a growing determination to end the deaths of the Cursed and their loved ones, for her lost loved ones. These two pair up in a team that feels like a father/daughter relationship, and accept each other for their faults.
We learn about the Cursed as Silas and Eryn do in the book. It's catching when you learn how it all fits together. In the end we get the full explanation of the Cursed and what it is. It's a sort of magic that the people can do. But there is so much more to it and what "He" is hiding.
"One of my favorite listens this year."
His Dark empire refers to the fact that the Ruler of the land is an unnamed immortal tyrant that has had all remnants of history erased. Magic is banned, and all magic users, called the Cursed, are hunted down by soldiers and Mediators.The Mediators then collect the ones they don't kill, and they are never seen again. Eryn, a village blacksmith's daughter, is one such Cursed.When she is betrayed by her brothers friend, she and her brother go on the run while her parents are killed trying to stop the soldiers. Her brother is killed on the journey, and she is almost captured, until she uncontrollably uses her powers to escape.
Meanwhile, Silas, the town drunk in another town, is turning in a Cursed for the bounty. He has a crisis of conscience as it happens, and tries to help the Cursed escape. He all of a sudden knows how to use weapons with amazing dexterity, and fights like a man possessed.He escapes torn, and Meets Eryn down the road as they both try and help some other Cursed to escape the Mediators. Silas discovers he's not who he thought he was, and Eryn finds she might have a connection to Silas. The past is dug up, and they both have to discover the part they will play in the drama unfolding, with consequences that can span the entire empire.
The story is action packed, as all M.R. Forbes books are, with complex, believable characters, and villains you can really loathe. With a fast moving plot, a really interesting and original magic system, this book is a must listen for any fans of epic fantasy.
As always, Jeff Hays does his usual superb job narrating This authors books, giving each character a life of their own.
I was given a copy of this book free of charge by the narrator in exchange for an honest review. throught Audiobookblast
"Unique world that pulls you in and won't let go"
Drunk & Cursed
All. Jeff Hays as always does an amazing job with the narration, voices, and inflections of the characters and surroundings. He doesn't just read the story, he convinces you to live the story with him.
I was provided this audiobook in exchange for an honest review
"The Drunk & the Cursed"
It is a world of strife, a world of fear, and a world under the foot of an immortal tyrant simply referred to as a pronoun. Add in a young girl with amazing powers who is called and considered cursed and an old drunk who is forced to sober up and you have a very interesting world and story plot.
M.R. Forbes draws you into bonding with the main characters quickly and draws out your emotions for others, as well as showing you an intriguing world.
Jeff Hays as always does an amazing job with the narration, voices, and inflections of the characters and surroundings. He doesn't just read the story, he convinces you to live the story with him.
This audiobook was provided by the author/narrator/publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audiobook Blast.
"Great Story AND Great Narration"
I really enjoyed this story. I love the author's style of writing. Most fantasy stories are full of descriptions of everything, which is great, but here, the story is told with a minimum of detail to the surroundings, just enough to let you know what you need to. Sometimes this leads to a feeling of the story being incomplete or dry, but it is perfect for this tale and allows you to know the characters better without having to learn exactly which shade of green every leaf on each shrubbery happens to be. The tale is engrossing, exciting and moves along quickly with no stagnant areas. The ending could have been a little more complete, but I understand that it is written as a series. I don't care much for that, but it is the trend lately, and it's hard to find a book that isn't, so it will do. I loved the narrator!! He did a wonderful job, but I could do without any sound effects. If I wanted sound effects I would watch television. I'd much rather listen to this wonderful performer reading to me. It makes a book so much more personal than when you are hearing unnecessary noises. I am looking forward to the next part!
"Curses swords and sorcery"
Interesting storyline. The narrator did a fair job with all the characters. Thick Scottish or Irish brogue. The plot line is interesting. I will need to read/listen to more of te series to really understand what's going on in the realm in the long run...I received this audiobook from the author narrator or publisher for free via audiobookblast in exchange for an unbiased review.
"Good start to a series"
Free listen for an unbiased review...
I liked the book, first few chapters I thought the book would be corny, but it got its footing and finished rather strong while still leaving a lot that can unravel later on. Though I would like further explanation on some parts (i.e. attack in the valley), I will hold judgement as this is just the first book in a series where I hope these things have further relevance. I would definitely recommend this to anyone who enjoys this genre.
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