From acclaimed director and producer Kieth Merrill comes an epic, high fantasy saga and the quest to fulfill a prophecy.
A thousand years ago, the Navigator crossed the great deep in ships lit with 16 stones touched by Oum'ilah, the God of Gods. Over time the stones were scattered, and a prophecy arose declaring that a "child of no man" would gather them again, obtain immortality, and reign forever as god and king of Candelarr. Two religious groups have sprung up around the prophecy, each with its own champion.
The sorceress of the cult of she-dragon has chosen Drakkor, a warrior and mercenary. After surviving a series of rigorous tests to prove his worth, he is given one of the stones and begins his quest to fulfill the prophecy. He swears to return all 16 stones to the sorceress, but the truth is he will let nothing stop him from claiming immortality for himself.
The Oracle of Oum'ilah has placed his faith in Ashar, a young postulant studying the Way of the Navigator on the Mountain of God. But when Ashar discovers he is a direct descendant of the Navigator himself, the Oracle reveals that it is his destiny to fulfill the prophecy and reunite the 16 stones for good. But he must hurry before Drakkor claims the stones and corrupts them.
Meanwhile, miles away, a slave named Ereon Qhuin dreams of freedom. Abandoned at birth, his only possession is a strange stone that his mentor, the blacksmith Rusthammer, promises is the key to Qhuin's destiny and freedom.
A mercenary, a postulant, and a slave - which one is truly the child of prophecy?
©2016 Kieth W. Merrill (P)2016 Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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"just kept reading"
all the way believe that the story started slowly. I was intrigued as it went along and now I'm anxious to read the following books
"Good story. Ended abrupt."
The story concept was interesting. Narration by the T. J. Reynolds was superb as usual. I had to rewind many times to keep track of the different characters. Even though I know this is the first installment of the series, it ended abruptly, just when you got all the back stories of the main characters. I will however, listen to the following books when available.
"All Together Good"
As usual Tim Gerard Reynolds brought the characters to life flawlessly keeping the story flowing even at it's slower moments. The story was good if not a little slow from time to time, definitely one of the better books I've found on audible.
I'll keep this simple of the hundreds of books I've listened to this is by far the worst. It's just a massive info dump of several people shuffled together like a stack of cards. It's long winded tedious and frustrating. It's a giant book of prologue. the only good is Reynolds but for all of his excellence not even he could save this story.
"Game of Thrones.. No story, all character building"
This may eventually be a good series in about 10 more books after all the characters are finally introduced. Entertaining, but better to help you sleep.
"VERY SLOW READ"
I really thought that people were exaggerating or semi joking about what a slow book this is but turns out they were dead on. Its a shame because it seems like it would be a great story. This left me feeling like this story should have been shortened into a chapter as the intro to the epic style fantasy that I was expecting because the amount of story actually covered versus the amount of time this book took was absurd. I really wanted to like this book because the story seems like it would be an intriguing one but when you're 3/4 of the way finished still waiting for the story to start exasperation with the author and the entire book sets in.
Tim Gerard Reynolds does a great job as usual.
yes, great job as always
"Wonderful and fantastic"
The characters are believable and easy to see in the minds eye , I want to be there
This book is too wordy and after all these hours, almost nothing of significance happened
"This was a book where nothing happens"
Every character introduce gives you an hour of introduction. Then you get boring backstory. All that occurs is hours of talking and no adventure.
Then you have these one dimensional characters who are decent and honorable.
If you marry another woman right after your wife does. Your child might be made mad and resent it.
Not every character should get an hour of backstory. Have the character do things that tell who they are.
Hey I quit before the end but I made it to about chapter 40. Nothing of real emotional impact occurs.
There was no real excitement. I found no characters to love or hate.
"Builds you up only to ..."
This story for me was slow to entice me and more difficult to understand in the beginning despite Tim Gerard Reynolds excellent narration. Either I finally grew to understand it better or it changed in it's rhythm because I began to enjoy it the more I listened. I agree with another listener that it ended rather abruptly after taking it's time to build these engaging characters and drawing you in. Now what? There doesn't seem to be a sequel available and that is very disappointing. It's like watching a movie and having it end halfway and no other copies are available to find out what happened. It would have been nice to finish one aspect of the story enough to have you wait but this book has every character's journey ending mid story. In fairness I have bought other books from this author and they were all complete before they continued the journey to new stories so I'm not sure what happened here. Not my idea of fulfilling.
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