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The High Citadel cannot be seen to harbor a killer. 

This is a simple truth, and one that Raz i’Syul Arro has little choice but to respect. As the winter storms fall away in favor of the North’s pleasant summer months, Raz finds himself having once more to face the cruelties of the world with spear and sword in hand. 

For the first time, though, the Monster no longer walks his path alone. Syrah Brahnt, Priestess of Laor and adopted daughter of the former High Priest of Cyurgi ‘Di himself, has joined him on his journey. Leaving all that might have been behind, they set out together in search of new lives, always striving to stay ahead of the ever-looming shadows of old enemies that hound their every step. 

Raz’s legend, though, has spread too far. After vanquishing the great Kayle of the Northern tribes, his names have begun to echo across the realms: Monster of Karth, Scourge of the South, Dragon of the North. It isn’t long before they are forced to draw on magic and steel to save themselves from the blades that seek them in the night, leaving them with little choice but to abandon everything they’ve ever known in favor of a perilous land neither would have every thought to seek. Meanwhile, waiting for them among the grasslands beyond those strange shores, a man whispers in his sleep, his iron shackles shaking as he trembles and repeats the same prophetic words over and over again. 

"By sand, then snow, then sea, the Dragon comes."

©2018 Bryce O'Connor (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Maybe its just me, but this book just didn't have the 'couldn't stop listening' quality that the first three books had. In fact I couldn't finish it. I listened for about eight hours, and found myself being distracted by other things, and not really caring that I'd missed whole sections of the story. Mikael Naramore does a superb narration, as with the other books in this series. One of the things I love about the other three books, is that they are complete stories. I'll keep the first three books, but this one will be returned.

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  • Kevin Potter
  • 17-01-19

The story continues

As with the previous book, the narrator was very good. Each character's voice is distinct and consistent, and his tempos and inflections are well done.

The story picks up right where the last one ended and goes pretty much in the direction I expected.

The characters continue to develop and continue to intrigue.

I have just a few points of critique.
1, I find Sira's reactions a bit inexplicable. With what she's been through it definitely makes sense that she wouldn't want to be touched by a man. Unfortunately, we clearly see (through her thoughts) that she thinks of Raz as a man, rather than a creature or a monster. So it makes no sense that she is willing (eager, even) to be touched by him.
2. I really wish the author would choose a POV style (either omniscient or limited) and stick to it.
3. The passive construction: was coupled with "ing" verbs is really wearing on me. I don't mind seeing/hearing it occasionally when it's talking about an ongoing action, but when it's used this much is really annoys me.

Now, I really enjoyed the progression of the story in this one. There is a strong sense of what each character is after and the tensions between characters is organic and skilfully weaved together.

I very much enjoyed the compete flip that happens near the end and reach character's reactions to it are natural and believable.

And now, I just have to wait for the fifth book to be written and recorded.

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  • Jose Ramos
  • 13-09-19

Holy mother fuckin dog shit!

I'll admit, when I started child of the day star, I didn't know if I would hang with these books. Thank the Sun and the Moon that I did! from the GREAT narration to a FANTASTIC turn of events, this series will rip you down a road of sharp turns! character development was fantastic. The dragon of the North became a legend. The end, while not entirely a cliff hanger, LEAVES YOU WANTING MORE! Thank you Mr O'connor for a thrilling ride. Can't wait for the next one!

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  • Mitchell
  • 14-06-18

thanx Bryce

great books anticipating the next one eagerly. cant wait to hear your next burst of genius put to pen

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  • Cindy
  • 07-06-18

This series keeps getting better.

I'm so glad to see this series is continuing. it's nice to see the hero get his girl and still the story goes on. Oh my goodness, the Urns had me in tears. Thanks for bringing these stories to audio.

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  • George S.
  • 30-07-22

A Well Narrated Mess

As Iron Falls is where I am going to leave this series.

The book has been a slog to listen to with the only saving grace being the narrator. This series has many promising moments, but for some reason the author has the strange need to add pre chapter excerpts from in lore books/journals. This seems an interesting and even good idea, but unfortunately their use is incredibly damaging to the flow and tension of the story. Allow me to give an example:

The previous chapter(s) will have been describing the preparation to do something, or perhaps it will have just told Raz about a new threat he will likely have to fight. Then the journal excerpt in the start will say something along the lines of "The implications of Raz's defeat of x had far reaching effects..." or something similar, all but saying he did the thing you will then actually hear him do in the following chapters. Every time the author does this he absolutely destroys the tension or interest he has been building over the previous chapters, and for some unknowable reason he does this repeatedly and consistently throughout the series. It's a shame because if we the readers did not have these excerpts constantly spoiling the outcome, there might actually be a question that Raz will succeed in his endeavors.

Raz in himself is an extremely powerful character, and it can be (and has been) argued that he is a self insert character. Every fight aside from perhaps two or three are always the same formula of he enters, everyone is terrified, and he kills/defeats them all. He is always the fastest, always the strongest, always the smartest. It's simply boring after more than a book or two.

I tried holding on to see if the author finally decided to change how he handles these excerpts but it seems he never will, and it's a shame; this series could have been very good but it seems he is content with average at best.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-12-21

They did Ren dirty

The first first three books are hit and miss, especially with Raz as he jumps from being a genuinely well written character at times to a Gary Stu at others. However, I'm only 4 chapters in and I can already tell what's going to happen with Ren. (Spoilers ahead):

So, if you read the last book, you know Cira fell for Raz, which is understandable. She sees him as a protector and I won't lie, I find it very endearing. It's a bit weird though as their relationship is barely established, only touching on the "he comforts her" bits. So it seems weird to me that Ren, a character who is pretty heavily established as Cira's old flame, is just sidelined in the previous book.

Now, Ren is disheveled and apparently angry at the couple. Which, I mean, makes absolute perfect sense. He just watched the love of his life pretty much get swept off her feet by a stranger that saved her once, years ago and fall immediately for him. Which Cira then immediately dumps him for.

I wasn't a fan of Ren in the previous book all that much, but the fact he is a genuinely good hearted character that was the only one who wanted to do anything to save Cira just to be sidelined and treated like dirt for it... that feels weird.

It's hard to root for Cira and Raz when they both treated him like dirt.

Thats where my issue with the writing comes in. Him being mad and filled with anger is entirely justifiable but every character treats him like a nuisance.

I'd be willing to bet money he becomes an antagonist in this book and probably gets some weird lecture about "you have to let her go and let her be happy" when he wasn't even given a fair shake. I hope I'm wrong, but I'm at least disappointed that no one even bothered to talk about this in the story.

Even a scene where Raz and Ren come to blows over her (as trite as love triangles are) would've been SOMETHING. This feels weird.

Ren either should've been ejected from the story or a good friend instead of a lover. Right now, it just feels weird as is.

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  • Brian
  • 15-05-20

Fantastic 4th book...Waiting for the 5th!

I have been listening to these books back to back. Raz and Syrah are together as a team...and they definitely are a force to be reckoned with. Awesome new characters, a journey upon a boat, revolts, and an old nemesis, and a new weapon all make a play in this book. Mikael Naramore continues to IMPRESS with his INCREDIBLE narration and story telling skills!! Grab it now!

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  • N. Nakamoto
  • 16-04-20

more growth

the fact that the characters are still constantly growing and changing, as well as showing they are not marry Sue's is impressive. many stories tend to hit a point where the plot is the only thing moving forward but this doesn't seem to have that issue so far.

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  • Zach
  • 23-10-19

wow

just wow wow wow he is dark and epic
fantasy for the ages wow wow

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 09-07-19

If you wanted Raz at his finest. This is it.

If the show must go on this then this is the next step logical step of Raz's story, the culmination of all his efforts, being brought to bear. Dealing with the spread of the consequences of notoriety, Raz is again dealing with the realization that his life is no longer his own, the story of "The Dragon" has seeped into the zeitgeist of the land. New and familiar faces make satisfying entrances as well as satisfying callbacks and foreshadowing of things to come are moments that are completely satisfying to fans of the series. The combat still vivid and action laced, and I couldn't ask for a better vocal performance, from the narritive pacing to the character voices. For being the 4th book in the series it's definitely the strongest so far.

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