The fire that burns...
It can lay low a dragon or heal a wounded warrior.
It is the most sought-after magical power in all Faern.
And it is in the reluctant hands of Shandril of Highmoon, a young, orphaned kitchen-lass.
Now she's on the run from half of the evil sorcerers in the land, not to mention their relentless minions. But with the help of a handsome young wizard, some rough-and-tumble Knights of Myth Drannor, and a certain old mage of Shadowdale, she just might manage to stay alive.
At least until tomorrow.
An all-new expanded version of Ed Greenwood's classic tale, including a new forward by the author.
One of Ed Greenwood's most popular novels, Spellfire is being rereleased in an all-new audio edition. This version has been completely reedited and contains added material that bring new excitement to the story. This edition is classified as the first title in the brand-new Forgotten Realms series Shandril's Saga.
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"Not Ed's Best Work"
Oddly, I enjoy reading/listen to Ed Greenwood's work. I usually find it mildly funny and charming in a high fantasy/young adult line of books. This one however, was just horrible from the start and stayed down the entire time.
James Patrick Cronin was abysmal. I have listened to JPC in other Realm's series (Brotherhood of the Griffon) and he wasn't bad. But, for some reason he destroys a few of the main characters here with a sloppy English accent. You'll never want to hear the word "Lady" (he pronounces it lay-day) again.
I'm over 50 books deep on FR on audible. I'll keep going but not with James Patrick Cronin.
Honestly, anyone would have been better. He mispronounces some of the names (people and places) and some of the characters sound horrible with his choice of voice. Of course, a narrator like Victor Bevine would have been much better.
At 17 hours long... the first 4 hours are a confusing mess. Ed is known for this but it's long winded just to be long winded. I found myself starting and stopping the first 8 hours countless times just so I could stop hearing James Patrick Cronin and Ed's trivial scenes.
I have enjoyed both the narrator and author before but this book was very tough to get through. Perhaps reading this novel would have been a better choice. Listen to the preview (I don't know if JPC choice for Norm and Chandrill are in there... but they're bad).
"This was better when I read it"
Maybe I'm just spoiled by the more current readers, but why not horrible, this is lacking the quality I'm used to. Maybe it didn't get the same level of effort the new books get, but the reading drew more attention to the performance than the story sometimes.
I enjoyed the book back when it was new, and is pretty good if you like dungeons and dragon stories.
"Better read than listen to."
Have liked the book since I first read it years ago. Writer is average but enjoyable enough. Reader is absolutely horrible to the point where it is almost painful to listen to. Pauses in awkward places and voices that don't fit and grating.
"an overall satisfying read"
my lady and I quite enjoyed listening to this before bed every night. A greqt book by Greenwood, and a solid introduction to the world of the Forgotten Reqlms. My only quibble might be the narration. Some of the voices aren't consistent and some of the accents seem ridiculously out of place (Brooklyn accent? really?).
Overall, worth the download
I first read this book back in 1988. I enjoyed it then. I still do.
I remembered reading this book when I was in High School. A friend of mine loaned it to me, though not being big in the D&D thing, I found it an ok read. I purchased the audio to re-live the fun in the story. It is an adventure novel where the main character, Shandril, gets a lesson in getting more than she bargained for.
What I didn't remember was how the story gets thick with multiple back stories involving minor characters that interact with the heroine briefly and then usually die. There are so many like sounding names that, at times, became confusing who was friend or foe.
Take it for what you will, Shandrils' story is good but keep a note pad near to keep the characters straight. And if you like whimpy male character, then you will like her male counterpart, Norm. (Let's just say that his name fits perfectly)
Shandril comes into her own, learning to use her power to attack her enemies.
No, but it moves along well enough to keep me awake during my drive to/from work.
D&D fans will love it.
"grab the paperback!"
I hate to give a great book a bad review,but having read this when I was younger I was looking forward to listening to the audio. Not worth it. the reader is not cut out for this book at all, I couldn't even finish it! pick up the paperback or re read your old copy.
"Pure cookie cutter with atrocious narration!"
If the narration weren't so bad I probably would have enjoyed these books more. Listening at 0.90X made the narration a little better, but dragged out the misery. I took a lot of naps while listening to books one and two and I didn't bother listening to book 3. These books are really guards for pre-teens, which I can really enjoy at times. I do not recommend this trilogy. Enough said...
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