Elseerian, book one: The assassination of heroes was once a warning...for an invasion that nearly destroyed the world. Nations were slaughtered, cities were erased from existence, and defending armies were crushed into oblivion. With hundreds of thousands dead, the races stood on the verge of extinction. But the end did not come. Instead the black horde vanished, leaving terrified survivors in its wake. As the centuries passed, the holocaust faded into myth and legend. With the tale forgotten, the renewed signs go unheeded. Only a supreme warrior can stave off the inevitable, a warrior named Elseerian. For the killings have already begun....
The Gathering, book two: Born of darkness, the ultimate army has been unleashed. The only hope lies in destroying the source - before all life is extinguished. Fate has chosen Elseerian for the impossible feat, but as he embarks on the harrowing journey the invasion must be delayed. With time as their only weapon against extinction, the elves issue a desperate call...for every race to ally. Facing annihilation, many will realize that survival lies in unity, courage sleeps in ordinary citizens, and average people can turn the tide of war. The Gathering has begun.
Seven Days, book three: Forced to ally, the world has gathered against the endless night. Numbering over a million souls, they are the survivors of nations. They have armed themselves with weapons and magic and defend the strongest fortress ever built. Led by a supreme strategic mind, the races have organized into battalions, designed unique tactics, and fortified their position beyond any conceivable need. But now their foe is at their gates, and to a man they cling to the same hope - to survive until Elseerian can defeat the source. The best they can last is Seven Days....
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I was a skeptic of audible books, but I've been won over! I listen to my books everywhere, even while cooking. Audible is a perfect escape!
A great storyline with such a believable array of characters and worlds/lands. The storyline for each important character and the various important events is well developed. There's a lot of action, mystery and some romance. The thing I enjoyed most though was the strategic planning and the details of the strategic elements of the main battle - even though this is something most females would not find interesting, it is this aspect of the book that is most intriguing and intellectually stimulating. None of the heroes nor heroines in this story go unscathed and their characters and strengths are stretched and tested beyond unfathomable limits that leaves the reader in a cyclical array of intense emotions. The story may have been slow and dragging in a few places but such can be taken as a respite following or before heart-wrenching action. I like it most that you get to buy and read the trilogy at once, as an omnibus. I wish most SciFi books provided this option!
After reading the synopsis and listening to the sample, I was expecting an exciting, fast paced and gritty action novel. What I got was a slow and tedious teenagers fantasy. The characters are totally unbelievable and lack any depth whatsoever. The story is very slow and predictable, leaving me totally uninterested in what might happen next.
Part of the problem springs from the fact that the main characters are, to my understanding, meant to be adults having trained for many years to become martial masters however they talk like young children. This isn't helped by the narrator reading the leading characters parts like he was reading a nursery rhyme. I'm not sure these trained warriors would be talking in baby voices!
No, not really. I just need to find a well written one.
I should also explain that I gave up listening after chapter 16 out of over 100.
Life is just too short and thank God for Audibles refund guarantee.
Really, don't waste your money or credits.
I use audible because I am too lazy to hold a book.
Another author writing a different story.
Anything to wash the sound of this dreadful narrative from my bleeding ears.
Derek Perkins must have been desperate to have sacrificed his pride to maintain his considerable talent to read this drivel.
I'd gladly have edited the whole thing by chucking the drafts offered by Ben Hale in the bin.
The cover and, frankly, dubious review ratings are misleading. This is perhaps only a book for VERY young readers but as a teacher I still wouldn't recommend it even then. The story is so completely plot driven that is sounds like a primary school narrative and the direct speech is dull and repetitive. Characterisation is ponderous and authorial perspective is poorly controlled. How has this book got such a high rating?
The main character sounds like a dullard. With the rest of the characters having 4 maybe 5 different voices to separate them. with such a large character Base this isn't really good enough. the story itself was the only reason I could finish though it had become fairly predictable by the mid point of the second book.
The book is completely plot driven. Characters are shallow and uninteresting. I think even children books have better plot twists. Voice acting is also bad. The main character sounds like a whining child. All in all, buy at your own risk. You have been warned.
"Should have been classed as Teen Fantasy."
The Trilogy wasn't a bad listen but it was a bit too simple for my taste. I do wish that books such as these would be listed under the teen fantasy category rather than epic fantasy.
"Great Story for Young Teens"
Great Teen Story
Great as always!
This book was a good story, but the interactions and character development are simple yet they work for the series. The book I believe would be a good read for teens because the battles while interesting have an innocent nature (limited blood, no brutality, etc.) that removes that adult/real-life feel to them. Good guys wear white and bad guys wear black. :)
Also, the people in the book fall easily to the paths of good or evil with no conflict, concerns or inner turmoil about their decisions.So again, good teen read or in my case a new author to try while I waited for the next edition to some of the titles I am curently following.
"Omg! So freaking boring!"
I wanted to care about the characters, but my goodness. I have to be honest. I couldn't make it through the whole series. I tried multiple times though, listening and re-listening to see if I was crazy but nope..... This was some of the most boring fantasy I've ever given my time too
"Mediocre LotR, Eragon, etc. copy"
Simple story. Simple characters. Entertaining, but not worth a second listen. Glad I got them for a single credit.
What was missing were the subtle details within scenes, that bring stories to life.
"straight out of dungeons and dragons"
I'm sorry but I almost put this book down after a few hours. The conflicts are always extremely simple, the main character is overpowered, and everything is destiny, but nothing about this is done in a clever way. It was like listening to a dungeons and dragons adventure in text, played by 15 year olds. My friend and I began to listen to this just for laughs. I mean seriously, the language is called "common". The main character is only skilled at fighting and had no other skills, that's his one "flaw", it's as if all of his skill points were converted to feats, right out of D&D. The adventuring party is literally pushed from one quest to another and consists of a fighter, a ranger, a magic user, a rogue, a barbarian at one point, and one elf and one human side character fighter types. there was a little bit of creativity with the lore and the dark army, but honestly stuff I've heard before. The narrator also doesn't have almost any variance between voices for anyone, and the slight differences there are sometimes lapse if one character is speaking for a while. everything is just way too simple in this book. I'm sure it's great for a 15 year old, but it is not complex in the slightest for an adult reader who enjoys epic fantasy.
"Long winded sappy D&D session."
I only managed to finish it because the reader was good and I have long boring hours to kill at work. The story was episodes of a D&D game mixed with lame attempts of romance and sentiment. whole story could have been told in and hour rather than the 30 something I just endured.
"Excellent narration for a mediocre story"
Derek Perkins's narration made this book series for me. The story is essentially every cliche fantasy action sequence brought to text. Though the author has skill in characterization and world building this book reads more like a novel about fighting a bad natural disaster than a tale of good versus evil. Plot holes and weak characters abound and make the loss of truly beautiful characters feel flat and static. In my opinion the author watched to many movies about sword fighting and didn't read enough of the fantasy greats to make his action scenes feel less like they came from a kung-fu movie.
"Another Tolkien Duplicate"
No. This book followed your typical, foam-top, Tolkien wanna-be formula with a few spots of originality. I didn't think a book could move so slow with minimal character definition.
Better character definition and an original plot line.
His voice differentiated the characters well. Probably would do well with some solid reading material.
May was not needed. Too many surprise characters. It was like the author was making them up as he went along.
I'm sure this book will be a wonderful read for many people. It just wasn't sophisticated enough for my expectations.
"great story, mediocre writing. Amazing narration"
Excellent world-building in a compelling story.
However characters abilities we're inconsistent.
The biggest flaw was the late delivery of key details. Almost like an editor read through it and said "this doesn't make sense" and the author entered one sentence to make his thoughts make sense, instead of going back and setting up the story better. I hate it when that happens even once or twice in a story, this happened every chapter.
"Take one part Drizzt, one part Avatar, and one part LOTR and mix it together"
That is what you get from this story omnibus when all is said and done. Nothing bad to say about that mixture. Well developed characters that get you invested in them. Heroics on the epic scale. Enough love to make you laugh. A really well written story arc. Performance is excellent by Mr. Perkins. I enjoyed it.
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