The Banished Lands are engulfed in war and chaos. The cunning Queen Rhin has conquered the west, and High King Nathair has the cauldron, most powerful of the seven treasures. At his back stands the scheming Calidus and a warband of the Kadoshim, dread demons of the Otherworld. They plan to bring Asroth and his host of the Fallen into the world of flesh, but to do so they need the seven treasures.
Nathair has been deceived, but now he knows the truth. He has choices to make, choices that will determine the fate of the Banished Lands.
Elsewhere the flame of resistance is growing - Queen Edana finds allies in the swamps of Ardan. Maquin is loose in Tenebral, hunted by Lykos and his corsairs. Here he will witness the birth of a rebellion in Nathair's own realm.
Corban has been swept along by the tide of war. He has suffered, lost loved ones, sought only safety from the darkness. But he will run no more. He has seen the face of evil, and he has set his will to fight it. The question is: how? With a disparate band gathered about him - his family, friends, giants, fanatical warriors, an angel and a talking crow - he begins the journey to Drassil, the fabled fortress hidden deep in the heart of Forn Forest.
©2015 John Gywnne (P)2015 Audible, Ltd
It's really hard to say what I loved about this book with out ruining it for others, if you have read the other two read this, if you haven't read the other two start now. Proper old school fantasy.
I was getting a little annoyed with the book at first but I am glad I stuck with it as it got more interesting as it went on.
The duel towards the end.
His characterisations are admirable and competent but he reads the book with many amateurisms. The most annoying thing is how he uses a load whispered voice when one of the characters is shouting. I am assuming he is a trained actor, so I expect something more than that.
Firstly, I've come finally to earn a grudging respect for Damian Lynch. This is a difficult character set to narrate and while initially I felt he had chosen some odd voices for some characters, there is one thing he does very well and that is maintain consistency across all the stories so far.
I think my only criticism remaining perhaps is for parts of the story where the characters shout, Damian sort of 'whisper shouts' as if he's got kids in the room next door he doesn't want to wake while reading. It takes some of the emotion out of the reading but for the rest of the story you forget it's being narrated and just become immersed in the story.
And it is a great story, occasionally getting a bit battle predictable with great arcs of blood and hammer crunched bones but I guess there are only so many ways to describe the graphic violence of combat.
Highly recommend, particularly if you enjoyed the first two.
This is the second time I have listened to these books and it is still absolutely fantastic: The story is gripping, the narration is excellent, you just don't want it to end because you know how it will end. Cannot wait for the final instalment. 10/10 (for me).
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Third in the series. If you know the series then you know what to expect. The plot develops and thickens and the well crafted characters mature and, in some cases, die. It took time to appreciate the delivery of the narrator but I now consider him one of the best. It ends dramatically and I eagerly await the next installment.
If this is new to you then, think Martin and Abercrombie and find the first book in the series. A good plot and rich characters but could be a little confusing without listening to the earlier books.
Having read the first two books I thought I would give the audiobook for Ruin a try.
No idea what the deal is with the weird attempts at accents by narrator as he is not particularly skilled at this moment. If you are going to do it get it right. The weird accent of the main character is pretty confusing and amusing in places which does not help the story.
I will stick to the book as this series has been good this far.
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