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  • The Dagger of Adendigaeth

  • A Pattern of Shadow and Light, Book 2
  • By: Melissa McPhail
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 29 hrs
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 147
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 143

At long last, the reason for the blessed Adept race's decline has been discovered: powerful beings known as Malorin'athgul are disrupting the Balance and preventing Alorin's Adepts from awakening to their gifts. Who are they? Where are they? And how can they be stopped when they wield a power meant to unmake the universe itself? In T'khendar, Prince Ean val Lorian has forsaken his companions in blood and battle to join the traitorous Fifth Vestal in T'khendar in the hopes of gaining some insight into the tragedies that plagued his return.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Great world, clunky writing

  • By Rachel Langley on 07-02-17

pseudo-fantasy soap opera

Overall
2 out of 5 stars
Performance
4 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 19-11-18

After struggling with the first book owing to its paper-thin plot, aimless mini-episodic meandering, and mangling of language and grammar I decided to give this series the benefit of the doubt and see if things started to come together in the second one.

But it's more of the same.

Even the fantasy is fake with cultures and languages lifted straight from real life. The heroine is repeatedly rescued by the one-dimensional heroes in pointless excursions from the barely discernible plot. The relationships are those of pre-pubescent magazine stories. The way that english language is tortured by the misuse of words is grating and the authors use of pet phrases gets more and more irritating every time they come up.

Very little actually happens in terms of developing the story.

It's pseudo-fantasy soap opera and absolutely NOT recommended.

  • Cephrael's Hand

  • A Pattern of Shadow and Light, Book 1
  • By: Melissa McPhail
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 32 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 237
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 229

In Alorin...300 years after the genocidal Adept Wars, the realm is dying, and the blessed Adept race dies with it. One man holds the secret to reverting this decline: Bjorn van Gelderan, a dangerous and enigmatic man whose shocking betrayal three centuries past earned him a traitor's brand. It is the Adept Vestal Raine D'Lacourte's mission to learn what Bjorn knows in the hope of salvaging his race. But first he'll have to find him....

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Massive!

  • By Patrick on 22-12-16

decent screenplay for TV but a poor book

Overall
3 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
2 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-18

The problem with this book is that it has the very thinnest of overarching plots and is composed of a series of mini-adventures which do not add to or advance the plot in any meaningful way. It feels like it was written as the screenplay of a tv series and is very much the worse for it. I cannot fault the narration but the dialogue is often mangled by the flowery use of language which again adds nothing.

Serious readers of fantasy fiction will tire of this as realisation dawns.

  • Nightlord

  • Sunset
  • By: Garon Whited
  • Narrated by: Sean Runnette
  • Length: 36 hrs and 49 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 658
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 635
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631

Eric didn't ask to be a vampire. In fact he didn't even believe in them. Biting your own tongue with your fangs does a lot of convincing. Even so, being a part-time undead isn't as easy as you might think. It can let you hold down a day job, true, but sometimes the night "life" can be more than a little difficult, what with those bloodthirsty urges and predatory instincts kicking in.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • a jaunty listen

  • By Robyn on 13-03-17

awful

Overall
1 out of 5 stars
Performance
1 out of 5 stars
Story
1 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 31-08-18

I am rarely motivated to post a review because I nearly always manage to enjoy a book at some level. In the case of this volume however I decided I had to say something.
I really tried with this book in the hope that it would gain traction and improve - but it didn't.

Unremitting drivel delivered in a gratingly saccharin narrative style best sums it up.

Absolutely NOT recommended.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Awaken Online: Precipice

  • By: Travis Bagwell
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 18 hrs and 28 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars 414
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 392

A few days have passed since Jason's confrontation with Alfred and he's debating whether to reenter Awaken Online. Alfred has made a proposition that Jason isn't certain he should accept. After the battle with Alexion, Jason has also been appointed the Regent of the Twilight Throne. He must assume the mantle of ruling an undead city - with everything that entails. His first task is to investigate the dark keep that looms over the city's marketplace. This act will lead to a chain of events that might ensure his city's survival or create new enemies.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I'm hooked.

  • By Mr S L Gibbs on 11-12-18

What can I say...

Overall
5 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
5 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 09-04-17

If you could sum up Awaken Online: Precipice in three words, what would they be?

This pair of books reawakens all sorts of feelings from mmorgs past and present. nevertheless it should have wide wide appeal to those who have yet to dip their toes in to this form of entertainment. A VERY fine product from an author who who clearly has a very detailed understanding of his subject. HIGHLY RECCOMENDED.

  • Night School

  • Jack Reacher 21
  • By: Lee Child
  • Narrated by: Jeff Harding
  • Length: 11 hrs and 12 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,943
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,759
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,748

In the morning they gave Reacher a medal. And in the afternoon, they sent him back to school. Night School takes Reacher back to his army days, but this time he's not in uniform. With trusted sergeant Frances Neagley at his side, he must carry the fate of the world on his shoulders in a wired, fiendishly clever new adventure that will make cold sweat trickle down your spine.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • Really Disappointed

  • By Film_Strip on 15-11-16

Not the best Reacher but adequate

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 12-11-16

If you could sum up Night School in three words, what would they be?

More of same

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

Slow burner but gets there in the end. It does not grip you from the outset so you have to persist for several hours.

Which scene did you most enjoy?

As usual - the finale

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Reacher - sans Tom Cruise!

Any additional comments?

Jeff Harding does his usual excellent job of bringing the plot to life in a uniquely Reacher way, but the book lacks the lustre of previous efforts.

5 of 7 people found this review helpful