In an unjust land, the only law is vengeance. In Cython's slave camps, it's the timid and obedient who survive - and Tali is neither, for she has sworn to bring her mother's killers to justice. Her dramatic escape precipitates Cython's war on Hightspall and, when Tali is rescued by Rix, heir to Hightspall's greatest fortune, they flee through a land in turmoil. But Rix's subconscious is scarred by a sickening secret that links him to the killing, and before they can solve the crime and defend the realm, Tali and Rix must learn to trust each other. All the while, Tali is hunted by a faceless sorcerer who canonly be beaten by magic, yet the one person who can teachher to use her unruly magic is the sorcerer himself. As she unravels the conspiracy behind her mother's murder, Tali's quest turns to a lust for vengeance. But how can she avenge herself on a killer who died two thousand years ago?
©2011 Ian Irvine 2011 (P)2011 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd
I seldom find myself in disagreement with the ratings on an audiobook, but this one really brought me up short and I wouldn't be happy if I didn't put voice to this.
Through a combination of sub-par narration, stilted dialogue, ridiculous names and hackneyed prose this audiobook manages something truly unique, being in turns painfully bad, irritating, and on occasion unintentionally hilarious.
I considered giving it a single star but that seemed churlish, besides I'm sure there are worse books, though I've yet to read/hear them.
How many times can someone get caught? After about the fourth time I began to get irritated and wanted it to end. The slave encampment was not well written and slaves had their own rooms - weird.
Not the next one.
He was far too dramatic and sounded like he was whining instead of trying to convey fear etc.
If the twaddle was cut out the story would be far better.
"Eh, never really felt right"
Probably not. Book seemed haphazard and character development not clear and rushed, often seemingly changing. Lots of droning repetativeness that made me often lose focus on what was being said.
I think some of the aspects of the story were interesting, especially his attempt to create the world in which the story takes place.
The most interesting scene was probably the opening one with Tali watching her mother being murdered.
With nothing else to do, it was.
I think the story just fell flat. It read more like a poorly contrived D&D module than a story. Too many bolt out of the blue revelations made by the characters and the constant hand of fate style interventions to force everyone where they needed to be, etc really just detracted from the story.
Starts slow, incredible build up and worth the wait. I love the characters and story development.
Very witty and several intriguing plot lines that converge.
In the beginning, it was hard to follow (since many different perspectives and characters telling the story which hadn't yet been explained), but OMG amazing story overall and worth reading. I absolutely loved this book.
"Pretty good start to a series."
Yes, if they were wanting something other than light reading and long.
He did a pretty good job with the voices. I think the tone of his voice and his accent really helped with bringing the book to life.
The ending enslavement really got to me. With all that had happened in the book I was expecting to find some compassion...although the betrayal fit the character's personality in the scene, my heart went out none the less.
"Awful storyline. Better narrator"
No, not in this genre, but definitely from this author
None. He was fine. His material was weak
Where should I start?
What a weak, weak book. A storyline full of holes, Mr. Irvine has let his too active imagination run completely away from him
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