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  • A Warrior's Path

  • The Castes and the OutCastes Book 1
  • By: Davis Ashura
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 17 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 100
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars 96
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

Sweeping from the majestic city of Ashoka to the perilous Wildness beyond her borders, enter a world where Caste determines mystical Talents, the purity of Jivatma expresses worth, and dharma may be based on a lie.Rukh Shektan has always understood duty. As a member of Caste Kumma, the warrior Caste, nothing else is acceptable. He is expected to take part in the deadly Trials, to journey the Wildness and protect the caravans linking Humanity's far-flung cities. Though the mission is dangerous, Rukh's hope and optimism are undaunted. Karma, however, is a fickle fiend.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Left me wanting more

  • By El.0221 on 11-09-17

Enjoyable will read on

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

Reviewed: 12-02-19

Pacing at times went a little slack when switching from the main protagonist. In general I feel like authors do it too much to try and be... more diverse? More intricate? Fortunately the story of the protagonist rather than the side plots and characters kept me reading and it ends on notes of promise.

  • The Ember Blade

  • The Darkwater Legacy
  • By: Chris Wooding
  • Narrated by: Simon Bubb
  • Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 102
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 97
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 96

Aren has lived by the rules all his life. He's never questioned it; that's just the way things are. But then his father is executed for treason, and he and his best friend, Cade, are thrown into a prison mine, doomed to work until they drop. Unless they can somehow break free.... But what lies beyond the prison walls is more terrifying still. Rescued by a man who hates him yet is oath-bound to protect him, pursued by inhuman forces, Aren slowly accepts that everything he knew about his world was a lie. 

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Not great..

  • By Texnik on 01-01-19

Gave up 10.5hrs in

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

Reviewed: 20-01-19

The narrator has a distracting stilted rhythm but improves a few hours in. However 10.5hrs (a mere half way) in to this long winded tale where not much had happened, I felt uninvested and unexcited by the characters or plot and decided to call it a day.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Free the Darkness

  • King's Dark Tidings, Book 1
  • By: Kel Kade
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 16 hrs and 34 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 880
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 839
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 837

Raised and trained in seclusion at a secret fortress on the edge of the northern wilds of the Kingdom of Ashai, a young warrior called Rezkin is unexpectedly thrust into the outworld when a terrible battle destroys all that he knows. With no understanding of his life’s purpose and armed with masterful weapons mysteriously bestowed upon him by a dead king, Rezkin must travel across Ashai to find the one man who may hold the clues to his very existence.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Refreshingly excellent!

  • By Aaron on 02-10-16

Author's wet dream

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

Reviewed: 10-12-18

I massively enjoyed parts of this book, the parts where normalcy interacts in surprise with the superhuman-like protagonist. Those are the best moments; the action, the lack of moral entanglement with rationality, the misunderstandings of normal goings on etc. But all the fawning and two dimensional women gawping (doesn't help the narrator makes them sound so whiny but the dialogue and characterization of them is awful to be fair), the painful romances etc really dampen the book. We're clearly living the author's wet dreams here and I feel at times like I'm reading a shitty Twilight book.

  • The Grey Bastards

  • The Lot Lands
  • By: Jonathan French
  • Narrated by: Will Damron
  • Length: 17 hrs and 47 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 216
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 201
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 202

Jackal is proud to be a Grey Bastard, member of a sworn brotherhood of half-orcs. Unloved and unwanted in civilized society, the Bastards eke out a hard life in the desolate no-man's-land called the Lots, protecting frail and noble human civilization from invading bands of vicious full-blooded orcs. But as Jackal is soon to learn, his pride may be misplaced. Because a dark secret lies at the heart of the Bastards' existence - one that reveals a horrifying truth behind humanity's tenuous peace with the orcs, and exposes a grave danger on the horizon.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Hells Angels on Pigs - With Added Style!

  • By Simon on 25-06-18

Had potential

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

Reviewed: 08-12-18

The premise was pretty good but I didn't feel involved or emotionally connected to the characters. A little over the top with the tough guy/sex joke stuff too. The plot was a rambling, haphazard and preposterous thing which seemed to be invented as the author went along. Still, I got to the end but it won't be one I'll be thinking about or continuing with.

  • Blood of the Lost

  • The Darkness Within Saga, Book 2
  • By: JD Franx
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 19 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 206
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 195

After escaping the horrors of Arkum Zul, Kael and his companions survive a terror-filled night on the ocean only to find themselves shipwrecked and stranded in the Wildlands. With forest tribals on the warpath and old enemies roaming the forest, Kael struggles to come to terms with what he is slowly becoming - a killer. A DeathWizard. In the fight against the evil that threatens to consume him, Kael learns that the Dwarven Mountains far to the north may hide an ancient monolith that holds the answer to the corruption that flows in his veins.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Worth a listen, struggled to finish

  • By Amazon Customer on 09-05-18

Decent but frustrating

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

Reviewed: 29-05-18

There are many points in this book where characters don’t community properly simply to further the plot (and other silly moments/decisions I can’t plot spoil). And there’s Gideon, a 500 year old head wizard who is as dense as a plank. The plot is also huge and keeps on opening up further without an end in sight, and the “twist” towards the end can be seen from a mile away (book 1). Also for the love of god stop getting every character to say “fair enough”. This book felt like a filler and while it had its fun moments it had more frustrating ones.

  • The Legacy

  • The Darkness Within Saga, Book 1
  • By: JD Franx
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 21 hrs and 37 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 242
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 231
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 228

DeathWizards have been the scourge of Talohna for over 5000 years; they are executed at birth or hunted to the death. There are no exceptions. Pulled by magic and blood sacrifice into a world he can't possibly begin to understand, Kael Symes soon finds himself the focus of a Talohna-wide manhunt. Desperate and trying to stay ahead of ArchWizard Giddeon Zirakus's execution squad, Kael soon discovers that Talohna's ArchWizard may be the least of his worries.

  • 2 out of 5 stars
  • No quite ready

  • By Magbug on 05-06-18

Minor flaws but worth it

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

Reviewed: 14-05-18

For the love of God stop getting every character to say "Fair enough"! Apart from some discrepancies in magic and actions to further the plot (but mostly was quite tight), an enjoyable read and I've started the next one too. Narrator as usual is great, his accent for a certain region isn't quite right but it's still passable and not OTT.

  • The Mountains Rise

  • Embers of Illeniel, Book 1
  • By: Michael G. Manning
  • Narrated by: Alex Wyndham
  • Length: 13 hrs and 3 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 348
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 321
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 322

**See author's note on adult content below.** From the dark depths of the past, comes the tale of the first wizard of Illeniel. Daniel Tennick lived simply, a young shepherd with few troubles and little to occupy his mind, until the warden appeared. Daniel's power awakens, and he finds himself hunted by the servants of the cruel and uncaring forest gods. Trapped by his gift, Daniel will uncover the secrets of the deep woods and those who live there, a civilization created from the grave of an older one.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Been a long time

  • By John on 03-10-15

Imaginative and dark

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

Reviewed: 27-12-17

I found it surprisingly imaginative and not full of the tropes I was expecting. It’s dark with violence, sex, and other mature themes, as well as being very gripping.

Only minor criticism is condescending to the reader as if we wouldn’t understand the nuances of the character, by explaining obvious things to children who are being read to. Also I dislike that the narrator gives the main characters a soft cockney/London accent which is incongruous for country people and also just a bit off putting.

  • World's Edge

  • Nightblade, Book 2
  • By: Ryan Kirk
  • Narrated by: Andrew Tell
  • Length: 11 hrs and 26 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 155
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 141
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 142

Two cycles have passed since Ryuu lost his adopted father, and he dares to hope that he's found peace at last. But nightblades live by the sword, and when a new breed of warrior threatens the Southern Kingdom, Ryuu and Moriko are pulled to opposite edges of the known world to uncover mysteries that have lain dormant for hundreds of cycles.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Great Trilogy

  • By Poppey on 27-01-19

Enjoyable fun

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

Reviewed: 06-10-17

The writing is basic, even clumsy sometimes. The story is more of a Hollywood blockbuster than something more refined, intricate, unexpected, multi-layered. There's an army of 10,000 on some planes with so little food that one person with magic powers to sense animals can barely survive etc etc It's all silly, and yet highly enjoyable!

  • The Wolf of the North, Book 1

  • By: Duncan M. Hamilton
  • Narrated by: Simon Vance
  • Length: 10 hrs and 23 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 447
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 421
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 419

A chance encounter with an ancient and mysterious object awakens a latent gift, and Wulfric's life changes course. Against a backdrop of war, tragedy, and an enemy whose hatred for him knows no bounds, Wulfric will be forged from a young boy into the Wolf of the North. This is his tale.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I cant help but think someone had read the Lord of the Rings....

  • By Walter on 23-08-17

Solid and enjoyable

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

Reviewed: 30-06-17

No big the world is doomed plots or complex intertwining narratives (refreshing). Instead a grounded and enjoyable story about a warrior and his village. Only slight qualm is why main characters in fantasy are so often soppy romantics bound in platonic love. Narrator was very good.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

  • The Waking Fire

  • Book One of Draconis Memoria
  • By: Anthony Ryan
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 22 hrs and 29 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 650
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 601
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 600

The new star of British fantasy returns with The Waking Fire, book one of the Draconis Memoria series, a thrilling new epic fantasy of exploration and adventure, spies and assassins, explosive magic and the battle for empire. For decades the lands of the Ironship Syndicate have been defended by the 'blood blessed' - men and women able to channel the powers contained in the potent blood of wild drakes. Elite spies and assassins, their loyalty has established the Syndicate's position as the greatest power in the known world. Yet now a crisis looms.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Times for heroes are back!

  • By Nina on 08-07-17

Dull

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

Reviewed: 22-06-17

Anthony Ryan seems to be experimenting in a new style of writing here; the colonial story is reflected in the emotionless, detailed prose which reads much like a diary of events. I found some concepts interesting but getting through was a struggle, In fairness not helped at all by the narrator who reads everything in the same monotone. Great to fall asleep to on long journeys though!

It's a shame that since the first Blood Song which is one of the best fantasy books of all time he has been continually experimenting with different writing styles; as if that visceral and exciting first person view wasn't somehow adequate.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful