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Crusade

The Paladin Trilogy, Book 3
Narrated by: Michael Kramer
Series: The Paladin Trilogy, Book 3
Length: 29 hrs and 22 mins
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Summary

Old ways have been broken in the blood and smoke of the Battle of Thornhurst by Allystaire Stillbright and followers of the Goddess. Now the Paladin must recover from his ordeal, carve out a hopeful future for the shattered Baronies, and prepare for the next attack upon the Goddess' new and fragile following.

But the corrupt deity, Braech, the Sea-Dragon, will not easily let go of the power that has long been his. Braech's minions, led by the calculating Archpriest Symod, march on the now-weakened Baronies.

The final battle, a crusade against the Mother and all of her followers, is near, and Allystaire, the Arm of the Mother, is left to rally the survivors - including some of his oldest enemies - to face a foe that will not rest until all the Mother's faithful are broken and each Barony submits to the Sea Dragon once more.

©2018 Daniel M. Ford (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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OMG

A journey never to be missed.

Everything needed in a trilogy of fantasy, adventure and hero's.

Kramer does it again as the narrator.

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The grand finale I've been waiting for..

Since I was casually suggested this book by audible's algorithms because I've listened to other books narrated by Mr Kramer, I came to this trilogy a ways after the second book was released.

I'm a huge DnD fan so the concept of a Paladin and what it's values are in the fantasy sense is not unknown to me. The difference is, no matter who you play Dungeons and Dragons with, it's a power fantasy.

Not a story.

The Paladin Trilogy is a story, a tale in every sense of the word. In the modern day it shines as an example of many things people value but almost never speak of.

From the beginning of this story, until 20 chapters Into the last I listen to the book now, I've seen real raw values portrayed from Mr Ford's mind into the souls of these characters I don't usually expect from a story.

Values expressed through real things that people really think; Family, Honesty, Trust, Home, Love like no other, Peace and the struggle to attain it for the right reasons.

I wasn't expecting this in my fantasy novel story with Dwarves and Magic and sorcerers and death and blood.

One other thing I see in this amazing story is the acceptance of beauty within all the flaws.
Ally's broken nose, Idgen Marte's scars, Torval and his gruff exterior and pained interior. Gideons lost innocence, Mol and her lost adolescents.
If I can update this review when I finish the book I shall.

I came for the escapism, I stayed for the realness and wholesomeness it gave me.
Thank you Daniel M. Ford.
I watch for your future novels with no small excitement.

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  • G
  • 15-09-18

Each book better than the last.

The first book was good but not great. It seemed at times I was at Sunday school and was afraid the lead hero was going to preach for an entire book. My fears turned out to be for naught. By the second book I was hooked and knew Mr. Ford was great a building distinct well developed characters. He built these characters by writing interesting dialogue, so their personality and history was revealed by what we saw them say and do, rather than being told who they were by a 3rd party.

Maybe because I listened to the book and Michael Kramer was the narrator, but several times I almost thought I was reading a Brandon Sandersons book. That is the best praise I can give.

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  • Joshua R. Lee
  • 19-09-18

Listen to This

This is a good trilogy with a good narrator.
The characters and their relationships are placed in a world that draws you in wishing for more at the end.
Daniel Ford delivers some familiar tropes with enough of a unique stamp to avoid a tired same ole same ole feel.
The setting feels vast within a limited region with plenty of unknown lurking at the edges leaving the listener hoping for additional tales in the same realm.
Details of the characters, places, and gods are not mentioned as I do but wish spoil anything. Have some faith in a new little known author, give it a chance, and reap the benefits of a small gamble. As Allystaire would say: have fajth.

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  • BubbaTree
  • 20-02-19

Great story

the only reason I'm not giving this a full five star is because I thought the ending was absolutely terrible. I don't understand the point and not having some happy ending.

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  • Christian
  • 06-09-18

I hope this isn't the end.

The series is perhaps one of my favorite the level of joy and sadness and conflict and hope is like an ever filling pool. It was highly enjoyable. I recommend this book and the two before it. This was and hopefully "is" a great series. Seriously, I hope there will be more (Daniel!!!! Come on man we need more of the shadow and witt and will.)

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  • Jferris
  • 08-07-19

Disappointing ending

RePly good series but w.as very let down by the ending. It was pretty abrupt .

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  • stucknabook
  • 03-05-19

not a bad trilogy.

the book is good, better than alot of what's out there. but I felt like the end was cheap and rushed. and too much left hanging.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 24-09-18

wow

Great story, very well written. I enjoyed this book from the start to the end.

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  • Westin M
  • 14-09-18

amazing

Kramer did a masterful job of finishing this wonderful trilogy! Almost leaves you feeling like you can believe in having the faith The Paladin had

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-09-18

amazing

absolutely fantastic! great characters,story,and delivery I only wish it didn't end felt like it could have more.

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  • John
  • 09-09-18

Faith, Hope, and Love

Well done Mr. Ford. Exceptional work to the very end!!! I look forward to reading more of your work in the near future.

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