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A Tale of Heroes

Book One of Children and Dragons
Narrated by: Andrew McDermott
Length: 5 hrs and 53 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 11-13
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Summary

There’s someone kidnapping the street kids in Twynne Rivers!

DeFrantis is a young human girl living on the streets, trying to eke out a living in the sprawling city, and she has problems. First, after a botched attempt to steal a chicken, she’s on the run. Second, for some reason, someone other than the City Guard is trying to hunt her down. Finally, the poor kids she was trying to feed got sold off to slavers. She has to save them, but first, she has to find them!

Along the way, she gets help from strangers: Antonerri, a soldier turned heretic - Thissraelle, an elven mage girl; Granthurg, the studious giant; and Karendle, a half-dwarf wizard wannabe... But who is the Dragon’s Flame?  

This story is based on the setting and system of the table-top role-playing game, A Tale of Heroes By Mark Hansen, Brendon Hansen, and Jacob Hansen. It’s a family-friendly, story-driven system designed to help families enjoy time together. Roll dice - Build character.

©2019 Mark Hansen (P)2019 Mark Hansen

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“...Each of these characters emerges from wildly differing circumstances, and have unique perspectives and goals, which don't always neatly align with those of their companions, and in some cases can leave them wondering if they're even fighting on the right side. It's that searching and self-doubt - all while being swept up by larger events - that makes these players in this little drama so fascinating.” (Doug Bedwell, Author of A Counterfeit Princess and Robot Captain)

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Couldn't get into it

As the title says, i just couldn't get into the book, maybe its just not for me. The beginning just didn't seem to interest me.

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Enjoyable fantasy adventure

Enjoyable fantasy adventure for any age but particularly good for younger readers. Mark Hansen has provided an interesting mix of quite different characters with diverse agendas coming together and learning about cooperation and teamwork, choices and consequences and lessons about right and wrong. The chapters are very short but, apparently, they are a suitable length for blogging. It makes them bite-sized which is definitely ideal for younger readers. Narration by Andrew McDermott is first-rate and he is able to produce a variety of voices for the different characters. It’s a very entertaining audiobook.

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great book

There’s someone kidnapping the street kids in Twynne Rivers!
DeFrantis is a young human girl living on the streets, trying to eke out a living in the sprawling city, and she has problems
great book enjoyed from the start

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  • Michelle
  • 21-09-19

Exciting Adventure!

This is a fun adventure with a great variety of characters and motivations. I admit, in the beginning it was difficult for me to keep track of who everyone was, but once I got to know each of them, it was easy to follow the story. I liked how each of the characters grappled with their own challenges and growth while at the same time uniting individual strengths for a noble cause. The storytelling is engaging and the author paints a vivid picture with his skilled use of language. It leaves you wanting more adventures! The reader did a great job representing the various characters and the Irish accent adds to the story.

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  • Jodi
  • 15-09-19

Great book

This book was fun. It is clean and would be appropriate for teens on up. Maybe a preteen. If you like fantasy you need to read this book. Upcoming new author.

The Irish accent from the reader, added to the story.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-10-19

Giants and Elves and Dragons .., Oh My!

I thoroughly enjoyed this story from beginning to end. My only complaint would be that it took me a while to adjust to the narrator's thick accent and I had to rewind and listen to a couple of parts over again to figure out what he was saying. Other than that, I was enchanted by the character development and their different motivations. I loved the way they all started on different paths which merged and came together to do something great. I look forward to the next installments with eagerness.

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