At long last, the reason for the blessed Adept race's decline has been discovered: powerful beings known as Malorin'athgul are disrupting the Balance and preventing Alorin's Adepts from awakening to their gifts. Who are they? Where are they? And how can they be stopped when they wield a power meant to unmake the universe itself?
In T'khendar, Prince Ean val Lorian has forsaken his companions in blood and battle to join the traitorous Fifth Vestal in T'khendar in the hopes of gaining some insight into the tragedies that plagued his return. Now, he must confront the man he's long thought of as his enemy and discover the role he is meant to play in the First Lord's darkly magnificent game.
The Vestal Raine D'Lacourte has followed his traitorous oath-brother, Björn, through six kingdoms and into the distant realm of T'khendar seeking explanation and atonement. But the condemned realm harbors shocking secrets, and Raine soon realizes he's facing his greatest enemy yet - not in Björn, but in the truth.
Elsewhere in Alorin, the young truthreader, Tanis, faces a new villain in the fiery-eyed man he followed from the café in Rethynnea; the soldier Trell struggles to reconcile his growing feelings for the girl he rescued from the river against the guilt of his unknown past; and in Tambarré, another truthreader named Kjieran van Stone treads the incense-filled hallways of the Prophet Bethamin's temple, hoping to uncover a plot of treachery and betrayal before the Prophet demands his soul.
The time has come for each player to claim his role in the First Lord's masterful game. All will be tested, but only time will tell how many can survive the dagger of Adendigaeth.
©2012 Melissa McPhail; 2016 Podium Publishing
Top marks for world building, interesting characters and plot development. A couple of week areas, e.g. There aren't many details of what/why/how the magic works nor how the characters learn it, and every scenario is wrung out for maximum possible impact which gets to be a bit much as it all becomes obvious long before the characters get around to realising/saying it. My main gripe is the language - I've never seen or heard 'thusly' used so often in prose and in my opinion it makes what is quite an interesting story overly dramatic and a bit too self important. I will probably buy the next audio book in a couple of months when I can't find anything else I'd like to get with my audible subscription.
High any book I would listen to again rates high there are so many plot lines running through the story
when Tanis was asking the Captain about selling the horse I was actually laughing
no its like game of Thrones in the depth of Character and depth of story lines it can be quite intense but if I had a few days off work I may have listened in one go.
CANNOT WAIT FOR BOOK 3
Great storyline, characters seem to jump out at you, as you follow the twists and turns of this compelling story, well narrated as well, keeps you hooked, already downloaded the next instalment, can't wait. Absolutely brilliant!! Top notch!!👍👍👍
"fantastic series.. enjoyable sequel"
I read the first book, it was great. A perfect melting pot of dragons, shape shifters, magic, other dimensions, portals, time travel, you name it. The reviews for the second book made me a little unsure, but I risked a credit and it paid off !! The second one unravels whole new layers of complexity and it is soundly built on the first book. So Im wondering, did the reviewers writing the negative reviews about romance/sex etc even read the same book?? And with Nick Poedhl narrating, its even more enjoyable. A book credit well spent.
"Very good second book!"
This is the type of book I search for. A long book that keeps you engaged each moment and makes me listen to it way longer than I should. Great story, great characters, keep those books coming!
"one of my top 5 series, right up there with Jordan"
Definitely one of my favorite series. and Nick Podehl is the icing on the cake. seems like whatever he does is a really great story plus with his storytelling skills I have neelver been letdown. but this one is one of my top 5 series. great magic system, this book actually breaks it down and explains how it works
"Romance author got lost in a scifi book."
Stick with the fantasy aspect and leave out all the romance and sex, the book drops into pure harlequin mode and stays there.
Yes, very solid reader, he was doing well with what he had.
Anything that includes "his loins, inflamed, penetrated her, feverish desire, consumed by thoughts of her.
Yeah audible gets this one back, nothing worse than picking up a scifi, and it morphs into a romance. I have two rules for blacklisting a author, Leave a cliffhanger or write a romance and hide it in a scifi cover.
"great narration horrible story"
There was too much cheesy romance and sexuality. McPhail got so distracted trying to make people sexy that she forgot to give the book a plot. What plot the story does have is scattered and torn. Again McPhail used phrases repeatedly when they are not necessary and they get overused. The magic is awesome and the story could be great but it isn't. It also felt like McPhail was trying to be Ayn Rand and she definitely is not. As always Podehl did an amazing job narrating. He is phenomenal and the only reason I was able to get through this book.
The best audiobooks I have listen to in a long time. I have been listening any time I have free time. Can't wait to start book 3.
"super confusing but i want to like it"
The book was just like the first one. Where character were thrown in at random and you were just supposed to know who they are and what they were all about. I still don't understand the hierarchy of this book. It makes no sense when is ref to a prince who is next in line to the thrown as lowly when there are other princes who are have no chance at the thrown. Be sides all that the story barley makes a lick of since. And i do think there is an over-archering. Enemy but he rarely even mentions them. Mean while the main characters run around in literal circles looking for each other. which is i guess is better than the first book were they were doing the same thing except they nor you knew that's what they were doing. The end of each book leaves a lot to be desired. I mean it is not satisfying at all. There is not conclusion or rap up that makes you feel like some kind of goal was reached no it just ends and you like really that's it.
"Perfect story evolution and escalation."
The first book was great, but a multitude of characters, alliances, nations, factions and realms with all their associated relationships were introduced. This introductory phase is perfect for any epic's first installment. Yet, so many authors don't know when to transition from introducing the players and their roles/relationships to pure story telling of said players. Mellissa McPhail accomplished this transfer flawlessly. Cephreals Hand sets an exquisite table laden with numerous delectable hors d'oeuvres. Dagger serves up the first 10 courses piping hot and ready to devour. Dagger is a perfect sequel.
"OK but not Good"
Drawn out.. Some points could have been expressed easier and in less time. It is brutal from ch.1-25. and multiple chapters from there on.
"The "Game" is gaining full speed!"
How could one just pick a favorite scene? Every page and scene is intertwined with the others and watching how this all unfolds is illuminating in of itself on how the "Game" will intensify as this story unfolds.
The Subversion of Balance
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