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House of Blades Audiobook

House of Blades: The Traveler's Gate Trilogy, Volume 1

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Simon can only watch, helpless, as his family is killed and his friends are captured by enemy Travelers - men and women who can summon mystical powers from otherworldly Territories. To top it off, another young man from Simon's village discovers that he's a savior prophesied to destroy evil and save the realm.

Prophecy has nothing to say about Simon. He has no special powers, no magical weapons, and no guarantee that he'll survive. He sets off anyway, alone, to gain the power he needs to oppose the Travelers and topple their ruthless Overlord. It may not be his destiny, but Simon's determined to rescue his fellow villagers from certain death.

Because who cares about prophecy, really?

©2013 William L. Wight III (P)2015 William L. Wight III

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    Samuelson Obigbesan 25/05/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "A most enjoyable read, And I will most certainly be purchasing the next two books in the trilogy."

    This first book of the trilogy was very enjoyable. I really liked the original concept behind the powers the travellers used. I very much enjoyed the interplay between the traditional idea of the hero who is prophesied to save the world, and the one who just wants to do the right thing. Each of the characters was three-dimensional, each having their goals and priorities. Though the twist in the end caught me by surprise. Looking forward to reading the other two. in addition, the author did a very good job of narrating it. usually I'm a bit apprehensive about authors narating their novels, but in this case my fears were unfounded. Each character had a distinct voice owed as much to the writing itself as well as the narration. My only dislike was the fact that the book wasn't longer. I would recommend the house of blades, to anyone who is willing to try a nu entertaining read. Fantasy enthusiasts mostly. I'm hoping that the third novel in the trilogy is going to be recorded fairly soon, as I'm just about to purchase the second.

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  • Kim W
    06/07/15
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    "Such a fun and intriguing story!"

    I enjoyed this book tremendously! I would recommend this book to all fans of fantasy and people who enjoy reading books that are unexpectedly funny and heroic. I really liked the author reading the book as his inflections were great as were his accents. He needs to work on his female voices but otherwise a very enjoyable book!

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
  • jewelandlarry
    11/07/15
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    "Refreshing and the next couple books gets better"
    What made the experience of listening to House of Blades the most enjoyable?

    Quirky characters (I just wished they were more prominent in the series of books with more depth than some of the stereotypical hero/villains. Like Kai and Benson). And the story wasn't that predictable. It kept me entertained enough to purchase the next two books. I thought it just got better and better - almost as if a plausible fantasy/action movie.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Simon is my favorite character. He isn't born with special powers and/or talents. He actually works, painfully, many times, to earn what he gets. His sheer determination to gain the necessary skills to help his friends, family and others from his village is highly commendable.


    What about Will Wight’s performance did you like?

    I had a difficult time distinguishing: 1) when a character was talking; 2) which character was talking 3) when a character was pondering thoughts to themselves. He spoke rather clearly, but the cadence was sometimes quicker in random and obscure spots. Although I've read the 2nd and 3rd books, I would purchase the audio versions when it becomes available. I would hope that they/he may hire a woman that can at least do the female character's dialog. That at least would clear up some audio listening confusion.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes. Once I started, I rarely stopped. Fun for all ages.


    Any additional comments?

    I wish there was a detailed version in any of the books of the "Prophecy".

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    Salem, OR USA
    23/06/15
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    "Empowerment for the Unchosen One"

    I first ran across this writer as a cheap book on amazon's kindle books, paid a few dollars and thoroughly enjoyed this tail about the chosen hero who isn't all that good at being a virtuous hero and a unpopular unremarkable looking guy who also decides to go rescue their people and find power even though he wasn't born the chosen prophesied hero and gets it through dangerous and nearly lethal hard work only for them both to realize how naive they both were wen they finally come to the rescue and realize life isn't like a story where you arrive in the nick of time and you get the girl in the end.

    They both come at it from a different place but it is very interesting and I'm glad the author decided to narrate his own work, he did a great job, only need for improvement is when he does female voices .
    The series gets better with each book. Get themas they come out.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Elias
    22/08/15
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    "What a nice change of pace"
    Where does House of Blades rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Its not the best but its pretty good.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Simon because I thought his character seemed the most interesting for two reasons one he grew the most out of the other 2 characters and two because he genuinely acted the part of the the ignorant traders son who grew up in a small village and is learning about the world he has been isolated from.


    What three words best describe Will Wight’s performance?

    Okay, because lets face it authors never make the best narrators, defined, I could tell when different characters were talking and the like, and Inconsistent, female characters were voiced rather badly in my opinion.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes it was good if you cut out all the parts the weren't about simon, the other 2 characters were boring or ambiguous and/or vague in all the wrong ways, which is to say not mysterious but leaving the reader in the dark, in which case I say why write their part of the story at all.


    Any additional comments?

    I did enjoy the book despite its minor short comings if you are looking for something for a fantasy fix pick this one up.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Greg
    Chester, MD, United States
    20/07/15
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    "grumble, arg"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, its worth the time to listen to. I would recommend waiting till more in the series are released, as the author leaves this story hanging at the end. The ending left me hollow. It felt like there were 50 or more pages left to listen to, but the author was running short for the next book and decided to just wrap things up here. ....like a korean drama. I fully expect the first 1-2 hours of the next book to expound on everything in this book, and then continue with the story. I did like it, but its just..."bad form".


    Did Will Wight do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

    A decent job, his voice was less annoying then some of the authors I have previously listened to. However, and I can only guess this is because the author is reading his own material, the cadence/rhythm through the book never seems to change. By the end of the book, you pretty much know there is a contradiction coming in by the authors tone.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but you are not lost if you let it sit for bit.


    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
  • Doc Merlin
    17/07/15
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    "Fantastic"

    This far surpassed my expectations. It was absolutely fantastic.

    5/5 will buy sequel.

    A few said that the narration was bad. It isn't. Each character is has a distinct voice and the narrator has very good pacing and no annoying voice tendencies.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • P. Zandvliet II
    New London, CT
    30/06/15
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    "Great read"

    I really enjoyed this book. I only rolled my eyes once or twice which is refreshing in a fantasy novel.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
  • Jason
    Lyndhurst, OH, United States
    27/03/16
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    "good read."

    a little more magical than I usually perfer, but it was well done and enjoyable to listen to.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • James Kinard Johnson III
    13/03/16
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    "great it like it was meant to"

    great book, even better when narrated by the author. I got to hear it like he wanted it heard. he had a gps story telling voice.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Ivan R. Cartagena Jr.
    New York, NY
    14/07/15
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    "For young listeners"

    This story should have been advertised as a young adult novel. The characters were very childish. The POV was difficult to follow. The book had promise but it was extremely difficult to get past the author's performance.

    5 of 7 people found this review helpful

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