Having lost the prince to the madness of The Blessing, Tejohn and Cazia are the only people who know of his plan to retrieve a secret spell that might - just might - turn the tide of battle against the grunts.
But Tejohn's body is broken, and Cazia has been stripped of her magic. Worse, both are being held captive: Tejohn faces charges of treason in the lands where he was born. On the other side of the continent, Cazia is a prisoner of the Tilkilit queen, a creature with a desperate, deadly plan.
While they struggle for their freedom, The Blessing continues to spread across Kal-Maddum, their numbers growing more numerous as the human population shrinks. What had started as a race to restore an empire has quickly become a mission to save humanity from extinction.
Harry Connolly's first book, Child of Fire, was listed in Publishers Weekly's Best 100 Books of 2009.
©2015 Harry Connolly (P)2016 Podium Publishing
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"Great reading, great plot, great characters!"
This is the second book of The Great Way trilogy. If you haven't read book 1, The Way into Chaos, read/listen to it first. That said, this is a great middle book for the series, the characters change and grow, you learn new things about the world and plenty of unexpected things happen, the plot is really full of surprises. The performance is top notch, Kramer gets every nuance of the text and gives a strikingly individual voice to each character. This is a lively and interesting book, I highly recommend it!
"Obviously one book split into three"
This is not a story in itself. It is the middle of a book. Poor splitting on the publisher, i assume.
I read this in ebook format originally, but I couldn't resist spending some credits to get the audiobooks for a reread and I haven't been disappointed. The story is original, the characters believable, and the narration rock solid in the face of fantasy names.
"Can't wait to see what happens next!"
Great building of the sense of peril facing the protagonists. At this point, I don't see how they will possibly overcome it. That is rare when reading or listening to this genre. So many, try as they might to avoid it, fall into a similar formula, although some tell the story better than others. This author has not avoided all of the tropes, but his plot is based on one element that is unique enough that I hardly noticed, and the characters that represented them were believable enough to carry the story along without distraction. I finished this book in a day and a half!
Then, of course, if I am ever on the fence about trying an author I do not know, and the description does not grab me, seeing that Michael Kramer is narrating it makes it a "no" brainer." He's that good.
"The Way ....is amazing!"
as usual the narrator can make or break a book and as usual this narrator stand out above many. so many voices, so much character and depth.
the story has been amazing as well. plot twists and subtle intrigue. character development and so much life made real. I've done book one and two in rapid succession....will three be just as good...I imagine it will.
"fantastic and addicting"
loved it. the characters have depth and the plot draws you in. well worth the read.
I was hesitant to start another of these series because have been disappointed as of late. I was pleasantly surprised. Good characters and Michael Kramer was spot on. Funny, I am always iffy about Michael Kramer when first starting a listen but then very quickly remember that he is great for the long haul. He is consistent with character voices and has carried many a great book. The characters are full bodied and interesting. I have pre-ordered the 3rd book.
"An Excellent Middle for the Trilogy"
The characters are complex and the story is compelling.
Some parts of it remind me of A Song of Ice and Fire, but it's not very close.
My favorite scene was when Kazia spoke to the eagles.
Overall, I thought the narrator did a very good job, but through parts of it he had a strange cadence and a sort of lilt at the end of sentences that made me notice the narration and pull me out of the story.
"This should have been just one book"
If it was released as one book it does not read like three books but one book broken in to three this was a let down good book but poorlu done
"Snakes, Eagles, Hive Creatures and Realms"
The Way continues in book 2 and a great way it is. The two primary story arcs proceed in different directions and, seemingly, on disjoint quests while coming upon new hardships and new revelations on their journeys. With each encounter, the reader is left with an uneasy feeling that humanity is nearing its finality while The Blessing continue to consume and transform thousands of humans with nary any effective means of stopping them. Just when one begins to think that all of the fantastical elements have been encountered the book ends with a crazed minor tyr opening a new portal and loosing a new massive sea creature like Poseidon releasing the Kraken
The writing continues to be very good. I especially enjoy how well Connolly crafted the personalities of the three adolescent girls having elements of maturity beyond their years but also a goodly amount of teenage naive judgements like Cazia's tendency to fall back on her way of prematurely classifying human encounters as either good or "enemy". The narration is also superbly recited by Kramer, of course.
As with book 1, I was not able to resist continuing to finish into the early hours of the morning.
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