Lannick deVeers used to be somebody. A hero, even. Then, he ran afoul of the kingdom's most powerful general and the cost he paid was nearly too much to bear. In the years that followed, his grief turned him into a shadow of his former self, and he spent his days drowning his regrets in tankards of ale. But now an unexpected encounter casts Lannick upon an unlikely path to revenge. If he can just find the strength to overcome the many mistakes of his past, he can seize the chance to become a hero once more. And with an ancient enemy lurking at the kingdom's doorstep, he'd better....
©2015 David Benem (P)2015 David Benem
I really enjoyed the story and flew through it. I struggled ever so slightly with the narration, although that could be the accent - since I'm a Brit. I just struggled to ease into it, although the voices became familiar quickly. despite this, the narration was clear and concise.
The characters wonderfully sit in the grey areas of grimdark and the good and the bad are not clear, which I liked. Happy that there were characters who weren't warriors, but heroes in themselves. All in all it's proved an intriguing beginning to an epic saga.
I was blown away by this book. Really, really, good!! A mature and very enjoyable epic of a fantasy book that I could not stop listening too!
What really gripped me was the way that the writer has effortlessly woven the stories of some great characters into a brilliant story. We have a dark world with real characters. It's not a good guy vs bad guy formula. The characters change and develop and you will like them and then wonder why you did and then like them all over again. Very good writing!
I liked the character of Lannick, although as I've said the character development in this book is outstanding. I found myself wanting to give him a kick so that he could reach the potential that I could see in him. Very good narration to avert, very good book. Overall excellent!!
I read a lot of fantasy, crime, thrillers etc. This one caught me by surprise and I couldn't stop listening. It's a brilliant book that's just simply well written from start to finish.
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"Fantasy with many lives in the balance..."
Absolutely. I have connected the dots now and would love to see the depth again with a new view. Andrew makes the story easy to follow with different voices and tones. And there is so much happening in the world.
We have many great things found in fantasy in one place. Assassins, successful assassins. A journey adventure with dangers in the path. Gods of powers. Greedy men who think nothing other than having power and control. A bloodline in danger of becoming extinct, and the dangers that come from that. All are weaved together in events happening. All are surfacing and influenced to do as the evil long hidden in shadows wants done.
This is my second book with Andrew as the narrator and he has done an amazing job with this book. I'm impressed! He starts this story with a strong feel, like the world is strong and harsh and we need to feel that along with the words. Instantly we get different voice tones and personalities as the story opens in a tavern, and troubles brew. Andrew even *spits* as he acts out the action of a character. I really enjoyed Andrew's acting and voice variation to each character.
There are many characters here and I felt I got a lot of feel and story for each one. Lannick has me curious early on. It seems he's someone, or was someone, special for things in the past. But there is also great sorrow there too. General Fane reminds me a touch of Glokta from The First Law series. He's one we love to hate. Acolyte Bale is a member of the Sanctum and gives us a view with more descriptions regarding the magic of things and the history of the Sentinels and the High Kings. Karnag gives us the assassin view and something new as well. Fencress is also an assassin, but a true friend willing to help another. These views are all different sides and gives us the full view of the troubles and evils of the world as it starts to crumble around them.
This was a story I really enjoyed. The world is dangerous and each character is doing their best under the terrible circumstances to survive and take care of things on their list. Blood, gods, magic, and turmoil. The writing style is easy to follow and know who is who and where they are. You got me! I look forward to continuing this series!
*This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com, at my request.
"A Really Great Fantasy Novel"
It's hard to say because Andrew Tell does such a great job narrating this story.
The opening scenes of the novel with Lannick
He gives you a sense of who the characters are through his voice performance that I don't think you would get from just reading the book.
In What Remains of Heroes, David Benem weaves a classic fantasy tale of reluctant heroes caught up in events almost beyond their understanding. Benem's characters are well-developed and memorable, and the author's vibrant descriptions of his setting gives life to the world he has created, which keeps things interesting for the reader.
This book is well-written with nice pacing. The storyline is interesting from the beginning until the end. I enjoyed the story so much that I finished it in 3 days. But more importantly, I was disappointed when the book was finished. I really wanted more, which is always another sign of great storytelling. As a longtime fan of the fantasy genre, I agree with what many of the other reviews have said.This book (along with a few others I have read this year) has rekindled my interest in reading more fantasy fiction.
The opening scenes of this novel with Lannick really resonated with me because we've all known someone who has become disillusioned with their life and longs for their glory days.
This is the second audio book I've listened to narrated by Andrew Tell, and once again Tell delivers a solid performance. He does an excellent job interpreting the fictional language created by the author.
If you're a fantasy fan, I think you will thoroughly enjoy this book and I highly recommend it. I can't wait for the next book in the series. I'll definitely be buying it when it comes out.
Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.
"Book was so good, I had to get the audiobook!"
I read the kindle book and liked it so much, I had to get the audiobook. I was not disappointed. The performance by Andrew Tell was fantastic. He really brought the characters to life. I hope once Benem finishes the series it gets picked up as a movie or HBO series.
Can't wait for the next installment!
"Outstanding entry series opener"
Did not read the book
The opening scenes of the novel with Lannick
Enjoyed listening to the book
I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review of what I thought of it. The opinions stated are my own and not influenced by the free download.
"Can't wait for the next one!"
Great story! Very much worth the listen!
"This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com."
before I begin I must disclose that I was provided a copy of this book at no charge for writing a unbiased review .
The story is very good, nice twist and character development. The only thing that I heard enough of was the characters complaining and crying g about how tuff their life was. I like the hard charging hero that never waivers in purpose .
That being said I did enjoy the book and look forward to the connclusion or next phase of the story in the next book.
"Better than I expected."
This novel is pretty good, though it's not for immature audiences, because of an opening sex scene and the S, and F bombs here and there. Basically, this is an epic story of good vs evil, set in a medieval world, that follows the paths of a few different characters, each of whom hold some aspect of the fate of the world in their hands. It also has an interesting magic system with powers coming from various demigods.
Andrew Tell is an excellent narrator. I really enjoyed his performance. However, I had to listen at 0.85x, because he talks pretty fast.
I'll definitely keep an eye out for the next book. I may even re-listen to this book, which I don't often do, unless I rated a book as a 5 star listen.
BTW...I don't like these reviews by people that receive a copy of the book for free just for a review. They kind of rub me the wrong way. Be assured that This is an honest review, because I Paid for this Book with a Credit...and I'm glad I did.
"Really fast paced and well written!"
For the most part, this novel follows the exploits of three primary characters: Lannick is an old soldier, once a hero and a captain in the royal army, and a former member of a sort of secret society of protectors. Now he’s more of an old drunkard who spends most of his time in the pub drowning the sorrows of losing his entire family to a gruesome murder. Karnag is a thief and an assassin who is going completely bonkers insane because of the last job he did. (B-O-N-K-E-R-S. Like… right off the deep end). Last but not least, Bale is a socially anxious scholar who, despite it being the last thing he wants to do, is sent to investigate the same murder that’s driving Karnag mad.
We also get some pretty awesome secondary characters: Fencress, a mercenary and member of Karnag’s company; Gamghast, a prefect of the same religious order as Bale; Brugan, an old friend of Lannick (and purveyor of drinks), and Lorra, a woman who agreed to guide Bale to his destination. Interestingly, sometimes we see the story from the POV of some of the secondary characters, in fact, Fencress’ POV takes over Karnag’s as the story progresses and he’s not… really in his right mind. I think my favorite character is Bale. We have a lot in common, Bale and I. Except the religion. >.>;
This book is very well written, not at all boring, and dark AF sometimes (Lannick’s first encounter with the Necrists, I’m looking in your direction). You would think that the main antagonists of the book, who are basically a group of necromancers trying to revive their nightmare god, would make the whole thing kind of cheesy, but that’s not at all the case. They were legit creepy AF, wearing people’s faces as masks and stuff. Other reviewers have pointed out that this book does have a few commonly used fantasy tropes, but it doesn’t feel at all like a common fantasy novel. Benem does a great job using tropes like the retired soldier, and the evil necromancers and making them seem new and fresh.
Andrew Tell, the narrator did a very good job at telling the story. I liked the voices that he gave Bale and Fane (who is easy to hate to begin with, but I might have hated him more because of the voice), but I loved the voice he gave Karnag most of all. Very menacing and appropriate (though, there were a few times that I desperately wanted him to say ‘I’M BATMAN’ with all that menacing gruffness). He made each character quite unique and helped immerse me in the story. Well done!
What Remains of Heroes is a story of a formerly war hero, Lannick deVeers, a priest, Bale, and a thief and murderer, Karnag, and two other characters. Lannick has fallen hard after his family has been murdered. He has been drowning his sorrow at the Wanton Vicar when he made a mistake of sleeping with the General's daughter. In order for him to gain the revenge that he desperately wanted and to save the kingdom of Rune, that he protected, he would need to become the man he was before.
Bale is sent to investigate one of the Rune's seven protectors that have been banished from Rune for treason. As an ancient enemy is returning, one of the seven protectors is residing in a human vessel and is heading to Rune. Before the vessel could make it there, he is killed by Karnag.
Karnag is now possessed by the Rune protector and he is driven mad. His companion is now following him to find a way to break through his madness.
What Remains of Heroes has so many characters taking active roles in saving the Kingdom of Rune. A former hero searching for himself, a priest, a thief/assassin, and a killer, each playing a unknown role of a hero. They may not have the same plan to go about it but they are intent on saving their home. The story will have readers/listeners to come back to see what will happen next as the armies of their ancient foe marched forward to Rune.
The narrator, Andrew Tell does a great job in narrating so many characters. The story is quite long to narrate but listeners will be able to distinguish which voices go with what characters.
I was given this book by the narrator via Audiobook Blast in exchange for an honest review. I was not compensated or influenced in any way for writing this review.
"Outstanding entry series opener"
Yes. I might like to listen again to regain detail that could be missed the first time through.
I liked the way the story built so that the purpose of the characters seemed to become more clear.
When the queen decides that it is time to take the heir to safety
There was several moments when the characters seemed to find a strength they needed to perform whatever function they were about.
I received this book in exchange for a review. It started slowly and it was not for several chapters before I realized the author was weaving the threads of the various stories into on solid fabric. Each chapter built well on the others and by the book's end it had a strong story going. I was left with the feeling that I would need to read the next book for sure as I was left wanting to see how this story would end up.
The narrator was excellent and very understandable. He did an outstanding job with the voices of the various characters and made them come alive in his performance. A most enjoyable performance.
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