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A Warrior's Penance

Narrated by: Nick Podehl
Series: Castes and the OutCastes, Book 3
Length: 19 hrs and 9 mins
Categories: Young Adults, Ages 13 & Up
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Summary

The thunderous conclusion to the award-winning fantasy epic...

Following Stronghold's destruction, Rukh and Jessira lead the ragged remnants of the OutCastes on the long march to Ashoka. There they seek sanctuary for her people, but in order to do so they must overcome unyielding law that demands exile for all ghrinas. Meanwhile, Hal'El Wrestiva - exposed and reviled as the Withering Knife murderer - escapes from Ashoka and hatches one final scheme to resuscitate his soiled reputation. The Virtuous, a newly formed organization full of certitude and strife, plots the destruction of House Shektan. And Li-Choke and the Baels launch a final desperate plan to save their kind as well as all of Humanity. But it is Rukh who must confront the harshest of choices. It is one that will cost him everything he loves but might also see to the salvation of his home. He cannot falter, for Suwraith has once again turned her ruinous intentions toward Ashoka.

©2013 Davis Ashura (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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Sorrow Bringer, Life Giver

The Outcastes have been given sanctuary in Ashoka, but not everyone is happy. This is reinforced when a group of zealots, the Virtuous, seek to destroy the House of Shektan.

Hal'El Wrestiva still has one final card to play, but he underestimates his adversary.

Li-Choke of the Baels, Aia and her brothers of the Kesarin pull together to try to save their humans and the City of Ashoka.

Rukh and Jessira make the ultimate sacrifice to save Ashoka by challenging Surwaith, but all is not lost.

This has been one enormous trilogy and one which I am glad I purchased.

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  • Cory
  • 04-08-16

Great book, wonderful narration

A wonderful finish to a great series. Unlike other books or even movies where you feel the passage of time, this book enraptures you so you feel as if only two or even three hours have past when the book comes to a beautiful end.

One aspect I greatly enjoyed was the multiple viewpoints of the same event. It truly is a refreshing change from the multiple story lines that converge into one eventually. No longer are you ripped from your emersion to simply plot build. instead you can experience the same event from the different eyes which only serves to expand on and deepen your excitement and emersion.

The character development was satisfying but not overly drawn out to the point a boredom. while the action scenes we're exciting without being too over the top.

One aspect that felt was lacking was the delving into the new abilities acquired by characters in the story. Although the author does an adequate job to explain them he does little to expand on them.

Overall, it was a very enjoyable book with wonder narration. I strongly recommend this book to any fantasy enthusiast.

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  • FIONA GRANVILLE
  • 26-07-16

Amazing!

I will listen to anything that Nick Podehl reads. He makes the story interesting and fun. This was a great finish to a great story.

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  • Daniel Hocking
  • 21-05-18

Repetitive

Painfully repetitive and uninspired. quite boring. Barely made it through. The narration was good and I finished it after having read the first two books in the series.

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  • R. Ludwig
  • 05-01-17

skip the third.

awful writing rushed story telling. truly horrible book. the first 2 were so good and this book was total crap

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  • Laura
  • 03-10-16

Couldn't finish

I loved the first two books. This one, however, became predictable and booring. I finally had to put it down.

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  • Audio Eficionado “I do at least 30 audiobooks a year”
  • 12-08-16

Fantasy. Action. Magic. Seeing the human soul

I want to be transparent. Davis and I are friends. We became friends through our books. He read one of mine before I ever had contact with him and posted an unsolicited favorable comment on SFFworld. So, this is an honest review.
When Davis's books were produced to audiobooks (using the amazing Nick Podehl as narrator), I wasted no time checking his work out. From the first introduction to his main characters, they leaped out of the story. They sang. I maintain a healthy envy as an author for his ability to develop lively characters that are so authentic despite being set in a fantasy story. That realism continued throughout each book. I loved the relationship between Ruhk and Jasira. I loved the political strife between the Castes in Ashoka. I loved the political maneuvering and consequences of them, good and bad, upon characters you both love and hate. I loved the redemption of one antagonist in this third volume that gave insight into the human soul. Davis has a knack for bringing out raw emotion in his characters that translates to us as readers and listeners.This series is truly original in its magic system. There's a part in this third installment in the first third of the story where a conflict arises that is just GRIPPING. I truly did not know what was going to happen. My heart was in my throat. After that, the book did slow down a bit much for me, but (BUT!) the payoff was amazing. I'm not kidding.
I will listen to this series many times like I do Stormlight Archive or the Kingkiller Chronicles (hurry up Rothfuss, Ancients take me). There aren't many series I listen to again, but Ashura's Castes and the Outcastes will be one of those few.

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  • Jacob
  • 30-08-16

A bland ending to an okay series

The first two books in The Castes and the Outcastes were solid, if somewhat shallow and familiar. They constituted a healthy freshman effort from Ashura; while the world was never properly fleshed out, and the characters were drawn largely from familiar archetypes, the stories themselves had heart and some soul.

Much of that is gone in AWP. Ashura steps largely away from his zone of strength (battles, action, and conspiracy) and tries without success to write compelling romance. The result is overly dramatic purple prose that rings false. The story just doesn't move forward in the way that the first two do, and as such it ends up sodden and stuck in place.

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  • David
  • 27-07-16

great book

great fantasy, need more of this. it was very enjoyable I wish we could read else deeper into this world and find out maybe 10, 20 years in the future how all the characters are fairing

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  • Nicholas
  • 27-07-16

great series!

After going through all three books I really enjoyed the story. I hope Davis continues to write along with this world!

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  • LornaDavis
  • 29-07-16

Enjoyed all 3 books

4-4.5 is where I put this. Excellent narration and good storyline with easy to follow characters that you care about. Not at the top of this genre but well worth the credit.

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