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Darien

Empire of Salt Trilogy, Book 1
Narrated by: Daniel Weyman
Series: Empire of Salt, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 2 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (269 ratings)

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Summary

From acclaimed historical novelist Conn Iggulden, Empire of Salt is an epic new fantasy series of spellbinding imagination.

Twelve families. One throne. Welcome to the Empire of Salt.

The city of Darien stands at the weary end of a golden age. Twelve families keep order with soldiers and artefacts, spies and memories, clinging to a peace that shifts and crumbles. The people of the city endure what they cannot change. Here, amongst old feuds, a plot is hatched to kill a king.

It will summon strangers to the city - Elias Post, a hunter; Tellius, an old swordsman banished from his home; Arthur, a boy who cannot speak; Daw Threefold, a chancer and gambler; Vic Deeds, who feels no guilt; and Nancy, a girl whose talent might be the undoing of them all. As the sun sets, their arrival inside the walls will spark a series of explosive events. Before the sun returns, six destinies will have been made - and lost - in Darien.

©2017 Penguin AudioBooks (P)2017 C. F. Iggulden

Critic reviews

"A master storyteller." ( Sunday Express)
"Iggulden is in a class of his own." ( Daily Mirror)
"One of our finest historical novelists." ( Daily Express)

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Great Expectations Partly Met!

I'm a big fan of Conn Iggulden's work. He brings history to life with diligent research and his great quality writing coupled with impressive visualization infuses colour and detail. So when I heard that he was to write a novel in one of my other favourite genres I was naturally delighted. Even more so when I read that a quality narrator like Daniel Weyman was at the microphone.

I have to say that what then unfolds isn't at all bad. There are interesting characters and a detailed enough world, though we never seem to get the kind of background on either that you might expect from Iggulden's work. The story moves along at a fair pace and there is action that Weyman does breathe life into.

Unfortunately I never quite felt that the characters quite made it all the way from two to three dimensional persona and the lighter-hearted humour that the author aimed for didn't quite work for me. The chemistry wasn't quite right particularly where female characters were involved and the magical powers that some possessed seemed a little too convenient to the plot and simplistic in design.

So, one of my favourite authors bravely tries something new and fair play to him but in the crowded fantasy genre this one doesn't stand out.

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conn iggulden

took a while to warm up, but once i finished i was looking for the next installment.

CIgg still not reached the heights of tbe mongal series....

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nice idea - though the story seems short

it is a good idea, nice setting, characters, etc. not an awful lot happens though.
i have read all of his books, this is the first im a little disappointed with

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It started well.

I read one of Iggulden’s historical novels but it seemed it was aimed at that breed of male reader where battles are preferable to plot. I thought this might be different but after a good start we seemed to descend into battle territory very quickly and potentially interesting characters got lost in the melee.

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gripping emotional journey

a very entertaining book with colourful characters and surprising twists and emotion. thoroughly enjoyable read/listen

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not great

struggled to finish. started really well and then half way through characters started to appear from nowhere with ever more powerful magical items. I even looked up to see if this the same con iggulden who writes his historical fiction (which is brilliant).

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Fantastic new heroic fantasy

I can think of no higher praise than to say this series has strong echoes of David Gemmell’s Shannow and Drenai series.

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excellent

not the usual from the author - magic, kings, gunfighters, chivalry, immortals a bit of everything seemingly from every century a very good listen

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Enjoyed.

I enjoyed it hugely. I've read a lot of Conn's books and this is my second of his stories via Audible. It was a thoroughly enjoyable story with characters I ended up caring about. The narrator was perfect in my opinion.

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Excellent fantasy read!

I couldn’t help but be impressed by Conn’s first foray into the world of fantasy literature. I have known Iggulden to be an accomplished author after reading both the Emperor and Conqueror series.

My only complaint was that as an author of Historical fiction, Conn couldn’t help but refer to real world history such as Carthage and Caesar. Although relevant, it felt a little jarring to hear whilst immersed in a fantasy world. That said, these aren’t mentioned often and the story was interesting and engaging. Highly recommended.

The narrator is also brilliant.

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  • Sebastien
  • 13-10-17

A perfect book for fans of Game of Thrones

A skillfully told tale of magic and intrigue. Darien is a corrupt city living under the iron grip of twelve wealthy houses. But when three strangers with unusual abilities find themselves caught up in a conspiracy to take control of the city, they're forced to choose whether to stand by the devil they know or risk one who might be much, much worse.

Darien is a terrific novel from an expert storyteller and the narration by Daniel Weyman is stellar. The combination of the two makes this one of my favourite audiobooks of the year.

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  • Lyndon Skjaveland
  • 26-07-17

interesting

liked it alot .... it was hard to follow at first. looking forward to book 2