The Sword of Truth, book 1: Darkness comes as a new power rises in Angrääl. The Dark Knight has betrayed the Gods and stolen The Sword of Truth, trapping them in heaven. With the power of the Sword he can reshape the world and bring death to all who oppose him. Only one thing stands between the darkness and the light - Gewey Stedding. Only he has the power to stand against the oncoming storm. Only he can mend the world. But only if he can discover his power.Of Gods and Elves, book 2: Armies gather for war in the frozen land of Angrääl, threatening to set the world ablaze. The elves are divided and scattered, and humans fall prey to the dark influence of the Reborn King. Now, Gewey is faced with his greatest challenge yet: unite the world of elf and human before it is too late.The Shadow of Gods, book 3: Valshara has fallen, and the forces of Angrääl are advancing. For the first time, human and elf must shed blood as one, in order to stem the tide of evil. But new hope has arisen. From across the Western Abyss, a people long forgotten have returned. However, hope comes at its own price. Gewey must choose between his bond of love, and his duty to the world he is struggling to save.
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While being advertised as an omnibus I cannot imagine these 'three' books ever being read individually. The ending of each being arbitrary and seemingly random. Unfortunately this is also true for the end of the 'omnibus' as a whole which abruptly ends with no conclusion.
The majority of the characters are well written and engaging. The story itself has a tendency to ramble and could easily be condensed by a third or even half.
The performance is actually excellent on the whole with the exception, unfortunately, of the main character who maintains a laughably child like voice throughout. However I wouldn't hesitate to listen to the narrator on a different book.
I will not be seeking out 'book two'.
I found myself becoming fully submerged in this book not wishing to have to stop listening. It is so well written I ended up feeling concern and empathy for some and loathing to others, desperate to know what happened next. Can't wait to get the next book now.
The characters, the world they live in, and how their individual stories intertwine is remarkable and very enjoyable. My criticism lies in the fact that this cheap and crude 'trick' is used over and over: cliffhangers.
That is a trait in writing I despise. It's as bad as the slimiest of DanBrown's.
Derek Perkins again offered a splendidly crafted rendition. I bow my head! After even a short time one can recognise each of the many both varied and similar characters readily.
Fabulous narration, excellent storyline and deep, likable characters. Hours will fly by as you immerse yourself deep in the world of Guey and become a fly on the wall of what I can only say as one of the best fantasy stories ever told.
The reader tries his best to lift the words off the page and there are some moments of really quite good writing but there are some issues here. I am all for a story having the room to stretch out and get comfortable but this story sprawls.
The main character is just not that interesting and the support characters lack any real passion. Things happen that don't help the plot arc or character arc which makes me wonder why they are there.
I am sorry, I wanted to like this book but it was not for me. The author may have the seeds of greatness but this book is not a ripe fruit.
story line is exciting and keeps you wanting more
the growth of the characters within the story
you will not be disappointed
Some nice plot ideas in what could have been a good story. Sadly the use of 2D stereotypes and clichés wrecks it. Even worse, the stereotypes are repeated:
* A teenage boy? Must have an absentee father, be angry and want to prove he is a man
* Older character? Must be constantly saying they no better
* Elf? Must "owe a life debt" within moments of meeting them
This means the characters are underdeveloped and uninteresting.
tryed a sample and seemed ok but glad I got the 3 book omnibus as once the story was in action I did not want it to stop looking at book 4 to continue the story
Only gave it 2 stars because I actually managed to tolerate the whole 30+ hours. Barely. Poor story, and poorly narrated. Wish there was some better quality listening out there, but looks like I've heard most of it, and can't find the rest!
Absolutely loved these books! Characters very well developed as the story progresses, intriguing plots - what more could you want? Narrative is first class. Looking forward to book 4, 5, 6 etc etc.
"A strong story and very well narrated"
The story has depth with multiple trails will interlaced without overwhelming the reader. The narration was superb. Both character voices and wonderful inflection. The best way to describe it. you forget your own world and you live in this one
"Meandering Tale, weak characters"
While I did listen to the whole thing, I found myself getting annoyed by characters who repeatedly say they must be "ever vigilant" because the villain is out to get them, are never vigilant. Not only that, but they are met everywhere they go by "agents of the villain" that seem to know everything about them, even though they would have no possible way of having the information. For instance; early on, the hero leaves his home with ONE other person, and along the road they meet an elf, and eventually the one other person's servant finds them. Yet the next town they come to, they're met by someone who knows all of them...by NAME. I grew tired of the enemy being all seeing, all knowing, and having machinations set with no possible way of having the knowledge he was privvy to. And despite the all powerful enemy, I never once felt that there was any chance of them failing at anything. Everything just comes too easy to the heroes who rarely do anything truly heroic. They just sort of move along till the next thing happens, and then through some sort of Deus Ex Machina, overcome it.
The setting is interesting, as is the take on magic, but not enough to overcome the characters and plot.
The narration is done well, although I had a hard time at times understanding the character names, as he tends to swallow his opening or ending of names. Gewey, Huey, Gewin...it took me about 1/2 the first book to figure his name was Gewey. It's the same for many of the other characters. Also, many of the voices, especially for the male characters sound very much alike to the point that sometimes I was unable to understand who was talking until the narration of the book stated it. The read was able to keep me engaged though, so that was a good point.
After listening to the first three books, I just don't know if I care enough about the characters to listen or read any more. Especially when I know, through some sort of fiat, the heroes will just stumble to the win.
"Step away from TLOTR clichés!"
So here is my issue with this book, the action really lacked towards the middle and end. It just got a little too boring and predictable. It started out very promising in the first book and even in the second I held on to this hope it would get better but seriously, I know Lord of the Rings really got this genre started and all but it doesn't need to sound like it as well. Don't get me wrong, I love a good fantasy adventure end of world type book but seriously, but step away from the clichés. I'll definitely read the fourth book but at this point, I have a feeling it's going to end with the good guys winning and the world is saved from darkness.
Oh and narrator made a 15-17 year old sound like he's 9. I'm pretty sure by then his balls have dropped. Give him a masculine voice for goodness sake. Even if squeaks at times, it would sound a lot better than how he's protrayed at the moment.
"Very fun YA Fantasy"
The narrator did really well and the characters in the novel were well done. By the end of the 3rd book I really start to like Gewy and his love interest especially.
Eragon, or "Inheritance Series" because it has the young adult/teen feel to it with good storytelling that makes them a real "page turner". "Percy Jackson Series" because of the part God.
His narration was good and he did the characters well. He had great flow and really kept the story engaging.
Sometimes Gods can come in Gewy packages.
I really enjoyed these books. The pace was steady and the characters are good. At first a few are dumb and slow, but that is typical in Fantasy especially. They all grow well, and as always, the females always seem smarter than the men. Overall a good read, and I would recommend it to Teens and Young Adults who love Fantasy and don't mind the use of "Elves". =)
Awesome! Couldn't stop listening. Very creative.
I would recommend this to all my friends and family.
The story was very engaging. I really appreciated the relationship between the characters. Can't wait to listen to books 4, 5 & 6.
"Love this trilogy."
Fantastic fantasy for someone that enjoys fantasy with powerful hero's and dark addvisarys. Both of which grow and continue to matriculate throughout this awesome story.
"well written well narrated"
very balanced story with a killer narrative performance. Derek Perkins is always on point. good value as well
"The Godling Chronicles"
This would be a very challenging to make a film of, definitely a big budget project.
Hmmm, for the last book of a trilogy this felt like just a warm up to what follows. I must say this is a good series but not great. I feel that the reborn king remains far too distant so far as a brooding and near invisible presence. We shall see where this goes next. Of course including the prologue and first chapter of book four was a every clever move.
WARNING! If you buy this, you will not only want, but -need- to listen to the rest of the series. This book is wonderfully written, absolutely immersive and an excellent narration adds to that. To be frank, there's not much about this one that I don't love. 5 stars all the way.
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