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The Wraiths of War Audiobook

The Wraiths of War: Obsidian Heart, Book 3

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Publisher's Summary

Alex Locke is desperately trying to hold on to the disparate threads of the complex web of time he has created. He travels to the First World War, living through the horrors of trench warfare in order to befriend a young soldier crucial to his story, then to the 1930s to uncover the secrets of a mysterious stage magician.

He moves back and forth in time, always with the strange and terrifying Dark Man on his heels, gradually getting closer to uncovering the true nature of his destiny with the obsidian heart.

©2016 Mark Morris (P)2016 Audible, Ltd

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    ALP England, UK 10/11/2016
    ALP England, UK 10/11/2016 Member Since 2015

    Sci-fi, fantasy, thrillers & ... five-O.

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    "Tying up loose ends..."

    In a lot of ways this was probably the best book of the series. It felt like a very different story to The Wolves of London, as the supernatural element fell into the background and time travel became the main focus, but made for a satisfying end to the trilogy.

    I think others who struggled with the 2nd book would do well to persevere with book 3. There were still some slow sections and far less action than the previous books, but the direction of the story surprised me in a good way.

    I praised book 2 for handling the idea of time travel in a very classy way and not relying on lazy "time travel can fix everything" tropes. This mostly continues here (ignoring the first "plot line fixing" chapter) although at a faster pace, not staying in one place for too long.

    By the time I reached the halfway point the main story line felt finished and I wondered how the book would use it's second half to wrap up the series. By the end the story is definitively finished, doing very well to answer all of the important questions and adding several revelations that I personally didn't see coming. You certainly won't view book 1 in the same away again!

    Overall a satisfying conclusion to a very intriguing series - if you've started the journey I recommend you see it through.

    7 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    tori 12/12/2016
    tori 12/12/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "I wish I'd liked it more"

    book three, and in all honesty it was so rambling and kind of boring I doubt I would have finished it if I hadn't felt an obligation to the trilogy! none of the action or suspense of the first too, just long confusing and with an irritating amount of narration. sorry!

    9 of 10 people found this review helpful
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    sukie 09/11/2016
    sukie 09/11/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "fantastic finale"

    this has to be read in context of the last book from The Wolves of London series. however the story is strong and the author intelligent. A perfect ending.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Adam Meredith Brighton, UK 07/12/2016
    Adam Meredith Brighton, UK 07/12/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "I gave up halfway through."

    the story drags on with nothing much happening and then when it looks like some plot is coming, all the characters are too stupid to ask the right questions. When it became apparent no one was going to work out what was going on anytime soon, I gave up listening.

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    Graeme from Preston 22/01/2017 Member Since 2007
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    "Tying up the loose ends, marred by lazy narration"

    The story does little but tie up the loose ends of the time travelling Alex with little extra suspense. However it was the narrator who annoyed me more. He sounded at times like he was reading a text in class with emphasis and breaks in totally the wrong places making the listener work to imagine what the author meant.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Mike 04/12/2016
    Mike 04/12/2016 Member Since 2014

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    "Brilliant"

    A wonderful story with an ultimately satisfying ending. I enjoyed every syllable! Thank you, Mark

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mikey poole, United Kingdom 23/05/2017
    Mikey poole, United Kingdom 23/05/2017 Member Since 2014

    My perfect night in: Cup of tea, all my wonderful audible books and dramas and a comfortable seat on top of my bed. Nuf sed'

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    "Negative or honest review..?"
    Any additional comments?

    Having read the previous editions of the obsidian heart, I was looking forward to this. It started off great, I loved hearing Alex's adventures in the trenches of France during the first world war. It was captivating. But then things seemed to slow down.

    I became disinterested. All of a sudden the storyline slowed down and the events which took place after seemed menial and they lacked something for me. I don't quite know what, but it just lacked that bit of oomph that captivated me at the start of the book.

    Overall I am quite disappointed, but I'm only being honest and it's only my personal opinion. Onwukwe is a master storyteller, he really knows how to bring a story to life and give such richness to the characters. It's for this reason I couldn't score this title lower, or dissuade others from giving it a try. Maybe it was owing to the length of time in between me finishing the last book in the series to picking up this one: but it just didn't cut it for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    margaret Brandon, United Kingdom 04/05/2017
    margaret Brandon, United Kingdom 04/05/2017 Member Since 2009
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    "Poor narration"

    The narrator gives the impression of never seeing this book until the recording. The disjointed phrases drove me to the point of almost shouting out loud ,Why not at least give the book a quick glance before trying to record it!!!

    The story line was a complete cop out and the constantly repeated description about the after effect of using the heart was another reason I finally gave up and returned the book after 5 chapters

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    Amazon Customer 02/05/2017 Member Since 2016

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    "Not a patch on the first two books"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    A better story line.


    What was most disappointing about Mark Morris’s story?

    This third book in the trilogy was very dull compared to the first two. There was no real adventure, and no more monsters, just seemed to be tying up loose ends.


    What three words best describe Ben Onwukwe’s voice?

    Chocolatey
    Sadly breathy in this book


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Wraiths of War?

    Too many. Lots of rather obvious/ predictable conversations and very little action.


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    ellen 08/04/2017
    ellen 08/04/2017
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    "Oh it's good!"

    This book sat unread in my library for months. Having listened to the previous two books so long ago and so more between, I had forgotten how good they were..... not so with this one....definitely now in my top ten & one I will listen to again. You really do need to do this series of books in order otherwise you will be pretty confused and will not appreciate how clever and intertwined they are , and maybe this is why this last one is so good. It brings together and makes sense (in the time travelling sense of the word "sense") of the somewhat diverse and mad characters you meet along the way and the whole shebang suddenly starts to link up. It's great!!
    Brilliantly narrated. It's a definite 5* from me ✔

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  • Joe Torregano
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    "Another great story"

    Loved this series, story was top knotch. Highly recommended. Ben Onwukwe did an awesome performance.

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