Against all odds, Owen Kiskaddon grew from frightened boy to confident youth to trusted officer in the court of Kingfountain - and watched its regent, Severn Argentine, grow ever more ruthless and power-mad. Robbed of his beloved protector, his noble mentor, and his true love, Owen has anticipated the day when the king he fears and reviles, yet loyally serves, will be toppled. Now, as Severn plots a campaign of conquest, the time has come to take action...and Owen's destiny demands that he lead the strike.
Ordered to incite war with a neighboring kingdom, Owen discovers its beautiful, reclusive ruler, whose powerful magic might even exceed his own. Together they mount a daring plot to overthrow the corrupt monarch, crown the rightful heir, and defeat the prophesied curse threatening Kingfountain with wintry death. But Severn's evil is as bottomless as the fabled Deep Fathoms. To keep his ill-gotten throne, he'll gladly spill the blood of enemies and innocents alike.
©2016 Jeff Wheeler (P)2016 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.
"enjoyed it but recommend reading legends muirwood"
As I listened to this book, I wasn't sure how to feel. There were characters who were lost that I felt didn't necessarily have to go or at least not in the manner that it happened as well as another character who shows up and plays a slightly significant part in the story but then whose story line doesn't get resolved by the end of the book.
In fact, this book felt both like an ending to a series and a set up for a new series. Despite this, I still found myself enjoying the story and I'm going to miss them. On a side note, I highly recommend reading the legends of muirwood series first as the ending of this book will have more impact if you know the characters from muirwood.
However, not reading muirwood will not make you miss out on a plot lines, in fact, muirwood only comes into play on the final part. It makes the ending go from "o-okay, I guess that's it.." to "oh dang are you serious?!"
"Clean Epic Fantasy!"
Jeff Wheeler writes a complex story with twists and turns. It keeps you on the edge of your seat! It is pure fun and without the gratuitous sex and language. Thank you Mr. Wheeler!
I am speechless. I didnt think it posdible, but this book is beter than the last.
( I erroneously stated ths was a trilogy- there is one more to follow.)
What I like best of this series is the fact that it is the choices made that determines an individual's path, and that many decisions aren't right or wrong, but the decisions made have consequences.
I plan to gift this series to friends and family.
Kate Rudd is a gifted story teller. I loved listening to her in the Muirwood trilogy, and she was magnificent here.
"I love the book and series. it is intriguing to l"
listen to and to see how it all will unfold. I love the authors books
"Alternate History with Magic"
Interesting idea - what would have happened if King Richart III had killed Henry Tudor instead of the other way. The names of the main characters are changed but they can be recognized as historical people. There is a strong element of magic which adds to the story. Well written and the reader is excellent.
I liked this book as I do all of his work. Will look forward to the next one.
"MARVELLOUS. VERY GOOD CONCLUSION TO A GOOD SERIES!"
Excellently written and performed. Th ending was fantastic it tied up all loose ends . I could not imagine how it will end but Mr Jeff Wheeler did it brilliantly. I loved the whole series and intend to listen to the whole series again. Ms. Kate Rudd performed wonderfully with all the different voices for the characters. Most enjoyable.
Loved the trilogy and after waiting on the edge of my seat to read the conclusion I wasn't disappointed. Kate as always provided a great performance to accompany a wonderful story.
"Couldn't stop listening"
The characters have come alive like they should when an author's love of writing flows. This book had me constantly wanting to listen and the terrible king's fate was not easily guessed as in so many novels. The twists and turns of this book kept me hoping that this novel would just keep going. I have become so fond of the characters I wish to know what happens as they go through life. The worst part of this novel was reaching the end & not having more!
The story was excellent.
There was a very good blend of charactors, and I really enjoyed the complexity of their personalities. They seemed very real, possessing different shades between black and white. I liked how their personalities developed through the books, as the unfolding events changed them.
The plot was full of suspense and unanswered questions that kept me engaged, wanting me to know more. I really liked the tension that built, as difficult choises had to be made.
I would recommend this series to others.
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