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Echoes of a Fallen Kingdom

Stalwart Link, Book 1
Narrated by: Simon Vance
Series: The Stalwart Link Series, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 20 mins
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Summary

Strong-willed and full of hope, Leo strives to learn more of the magic he has read so much about. He's heard of invisible links in his world, and hidden rifts to other realms filled with creatures and stones of power. But Leo's family is stuck in an impoverished city. He performs backbreaking farm work beside his older brother, a rebellious and cunning thief, but nonetheless a brother whom Leo would trust with his life. Their father takes care of them as best he can, but a dangerous secret has weighed heavily on him for years. He won't be able to keep it hidden much longer.

Leo believes everything will change for the better when he begins work as a bookbinder and finally leaves the dreadful farm. He can apply for apprenticeship to the Bookbinding Guild upon his soon-approaching birthday.

Everything will change, but in ways their family would never expect. It all begins when Leo's brother steals something that he should've left alone.

©2018 B.T. Narro (P)2019 Tantor

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It gets really good stick with it to the end.

The beginning is a little slow, but I was gripped by the end of the book, court intrigue, battles, it has the best qualities of the Mortal Mage series I enjoy so much. It feels like part 1 of a novel.

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  • Blister_911
  • 22-07-19

Very Disappointed

I struggled to finish it. Until almost the end, it was just the characters going about their daily lives; no plot advancement. Then, when it finally starts to get interesting, the book abruptly ends. I know this book is part of a series, but once it was decided that book 1 was done, the author could have done a better job of creating a conclusion and setting up a transition to the second book. I was disappointed. If you can make it through, however, book 2 is better.

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  • Chris Long
  • 01-07-19

Enjoyable, but I don't know why

To start with, Simon Vance killed it as always. This story seems like it's going to be great but this first book seems mostly just the setup. Although not a lot of amazing things happened, it was still enjoyable and I'm really looking forward to the next book.

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  • Robert Calloway
  • 01-07-19

Skip the first 24 chapters and lose nothing

On the positive side: There is clear talent on behalf of the author. Characters are well developed, clearly defined and decently complex. The story concept is compelling, and also well developed... BUT... not until the end of the book.
Downside: The first 24ish chapters is nothing but "We are poor, mistreated by everyone, and we hate our jobs". The story (as described in the summery) doesn't even really begin until the last 3 or 4 chapters.
I'm not returning the book, simply because the story has potential.. just needs to actually be part of the book. We'll see.

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  • Susi
  • 05-12-19

SO MUCH POTENTIAL

Wonderfully talented writer, amazing narrator. You have character development, character chemistry. But boring as *$#!. The story is actually very interesting, but he does nothing with it. It's killing me, the missed opportunities to make this book amazing!! It's weird, most authors convolute their stories with so much that you're over it "yada yada, fight, kiss, fight, who's this guy?". This one is like "oh man, it's coming! I can sense it!! Oh. ok. Maybe, he's getting us relaxed then will spring it on us. Oh. ok. Maybe not. Maybe next time". But nope.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-09-19

Slow beginning but i enjoyed it

The beginning is character development but dwells just a bit to long but i did really enjoy what i read. It drastically builds up more in the second half can't wait to get the second book

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  • Cody Martin
  • 17-07-19

Great! I'm hooked!

Great story. I was captured, and lived the struggle of this family fighting for their lives. Was able to connect with these 2 brothers and father working everyday just to put a meal on the table. The dreams of the brothers fantasising for something more, a twist in their story. Narro delivers the twist well, and sets up an epic story for the series!

Narration was the only draw back for me. It took me a good part of the story to get used to Vance. It's a personal thing, but at the end of the day, Simon Vance was still able to convey the story and paint the picture I need to enjoy an audiobook.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-01-20

brutally slow with lots of potential

much potential just brutally slow Not much action which is what we as readers want

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  • Mike
  • 09-12-19

This book has a snails pace, it drags on and on

I bought this book because of the summary. I listened to it for 6 hours. I understand the author has to lay the ground work but after a while it is like listening to a soap opera. It goes on and on about nothing, mostly about how the family eats. Getting enough "coin" is stated over and over, I get it, you have to work to eat.
This story goes no where, and after the first 6 hours it was in the same place as the beginning, only 3 days later... snoozefest.

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  • 3gun Love
  • 02-12-19

Nothing to this book......

I really wanted to like the story, There is just no story here to keep anyone interested and makes me sceptical about a second novel. Like others have said skip the first 20 Chapters.

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  • Mary
  • 30-10-19

So hard to listen to!

Boring daily life and no excitement! seriously, most of it is about them working and being excited for dinner. one excitement was about two paragraphs long and then right back to starving and working. Could've been a good book if they progressed the story l ine.