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Fallen Sepulchre

The Darkness Within Saga, Book 3
By: JD Franx
Narrated by: Simon Vance
Series: The Darkness Within Saga, Book 3
Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
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Summary

Threatened by an Elloryan invasion reinforced by the Ancients, the sanctuary Ember and Max sought in DormaSai after Kael’s burial is at its end. A civil war rages in Cethos, and the threat of Wildland tribal attacks in the Blood Kingoms is imminent. They can offer no help to their Southern neighbors, leaving DormaSai as all that stands in the Ancients’ way. When the peace conclave crumbles and the Ancients are forced from DormaSai by unexpected allies, Ember and Max turn their attention to preparing for the Ancients’ inevitable return.

One year after Kael’s death, the Ancients return for the Human Animus seal, and with them, comes the full might of Emperor Mero’s Elloryan military machine. On the dawn of war, startling information from the North reaches the DormaSai military camp as King Kohl’s spies return from Corynth. They bring tales of a DeathWizard restoring the rightful Bale heir to the Cesthosian throne and freeing Talohna’s only ArchWizard from the clutches of the DragonKin.

Ember, Max, and Yrlissa are convinced that only one DeathWizard would have cause to do either - Kael.

As war with Ellorya erupts, their hope that Kael is somehow back from the dead must be set aside. The war that all of Talohna has dreaded for so long is about to begin, and hope is a rare commodity during any war.

Contains mature content.

©2018 JD Franx (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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The devil is in the detail...

That is relevant to both the book and my review :)

Firstly, I highly recommend this series as both the author and narrator do a great job...

This series has a fairly complex story and there are disadvantages of listening to an audiobook. It is not easy to refer back to items in the story and it is easier to get similar names muddled up as seeing them written creates greater distinction. That aside, for me, the job a narrator does to bring a book literally 'to life' far outweighs the disadvantages.

I had a gap of a few months waiting for book 3 to be released and when I started listening to it I found I could not follow the story and was losing interest. I stopped listening to book 3 and listened to the last 3 hours of book 2 and returned to book 3. My understanding and enjoyment returned!!

I am eager for the next in the series and will make sure I review book 3 before I begin listening to it :)

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Can take a while to get into!!

can take a while to get into but, well worth staying with it, as you get used to the names and family tree, it turns i to a film trilogy, that you just can't stop watching, great book.

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riveting

would like another in this series please. I am sure there is more to tell.

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amazing

I loved all of the three books I have listened so far, pure entertainment value

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Concussion to an epic adventure

Gripping, entertaining and thrilling all can be used to describe this fantastic saga. I can't wait for what is in store.

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Another top read

Another top read from JD Franx. I cant wait for the next book. very easy listening, nice narration good flow

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Too much, too many

I ended up becoming tired of this book way before the end. For me there are too many characters, too many locations, too many different types of magic, too many races, elven, vampyre, witches
, dragons, both good and bad, dragon kin, dwarves, humans, on and on. It reads as though the author has looked for every fantasy trope available and lugged it in. Just needs a unicorn to be the cherry on the top !

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Cant wait for the next installment

The magic systems, culture creatures and world are very original. There are some links to current fantasy with races like eleven, Fay and dwarves but on the whole has a new and original feel

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Badly balanced, not exciting.

I liked the first two books but in this one I felt there was too much conflict. one conflict after another without any periods of rest or calm. It mod the story difficult to enjoy as every moment was a tense one.

also I felt like the cast loses way too much. Seriously they suck at every step. Unless they suddenly get a buff to their intelligence next book or the antagonists become stupid, they can not win because of how much smarter the villains are setup in this book.

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Brilliant

this book is a must listen simple brilliant well written , can't wait for the next installment

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-04-19

phenomenal!!! Best series

I cannot say enough good things about this entire series. You know how a lot of books will do a really good 1st book a really good 2nd book and then they fall off on the 3rd and it's not that good, that is not the case with this series the Writer did a phenomenal job. I was hanging on my seat for every moment I am so invested in all the characters. Seriously start reading the series it is so good I can not say enough good things about this rider the narrator and the story so good. It could be the next Game of Thrones it is that good. I cannot wait for the next book.

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  • The Captain!
  • 14-07-19

Dumbest Protagonists Ever

Want to listen to a book where all the protagonists are completely stupid and consistently make poor decisions? The series for you, jeebus! So infuriating

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  • Showtime7400
  • 25-06-19

great read as the other books in this trilogy

looking forward to more from this author and this story. congratulations if you have read through the series and gotten to the end... The end or is it?

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  • Daniel Mohammad Heraty
  • 18-03-19

Biggest let down ever

The third book of The Darkness within saga fucking sucks. There was so much build up, so much expectations, but that all died in a brutally awful manner.

To start with the author regressed in his writing skills. The first book was really cringy, but I gave it a pass since the second book improved a lot in story telling, but for whatever reason the author turned the cringyness back up to a 100,000%. And this is not the funny sort of cringy but the kind that breaks immersion and makes an impossible to get back into the story.

I had so many hopes for this story but most if not all the plot lines ended in a stupid anti-climactic way.

Then there is kale, who keeps getting stronger, but then is nerfed so badly that tavern drunks can kick his ass. Seriously what the fuck, this book ruined the series for me.

Here's my recommendations: save yourself the time and audible credits by finding yourself a new fantasy series to listen to, because I am done with this one.

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  • j c hopkins
  • 15-05-19

Don"t waste your time!

A hero who is a God one minute and weak sniveling baby the next. A hero who is constantly conflicted by the stupidest things. Being an avid fan of high fantasy I plowed through three books of this series constantly hoping it would get better, or at least bring at least one of the story lines to some sort of closure. There is no sense of "YES!!!!!That's what I was waiting for!" in this story, only a continual dribble of idiocy. Complete waste of time!!

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  • brandon ridley
  • 24-03-20

Kel is a moron

I’m not sure who pisses me off more Gideon or kel. Both want to argue at every turn instead of listening, very frustrating. Almost at the point were I don’t even want to listen to book.

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  • Jacob
  • 25-01-20

give it the series a read

I got sucked into this series and can't wait for the next story. try it out.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 23-01-20

Irritating

The story was great but it was executed so poorly it was hard to enjoy. This series ensured I’ll NEVER buy an entire set in one go.
The main character goes from being a steadfast hero to a cry baby on the same page. The author has absolutely zero consistency and seemed to like drawing things out well past their expiration.
If you enjoy tasteless and idiotic plot twists this book is for you.

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  • WhiplashTM
  • 15-01-20

People don’t learn in this

I’m entertained. Listening to the 3rd book now. I’m disappointed in a recurring theme. It’s a plot mechanism that some fantasy writers get mired in and it just repeats itself again and again in this series.

Basically, I’m entertained but it’s a bit flat. The world is fascinating, the history that is intertwined in the plot is fascinating, the actual story arc is repetitive. Characters are flat.

Sort of spoiler alert (not giving away specifics but this will give away the shape/style of the story): Captured. Captured again. Captured yet again, got away and captured by someone else. Other people get captured, and they get captured again...and again. This is spanning all the books, and even though I like the characters and the world, I’m pretty aggravated that I’m reading about yet another instance where the protagonist has been captured. If that theme bothered you in Terry Goodkind or Robert Jordan books, this is more. I’m fairly certain the author believes the grandest thing that can happen in epic fantasy is someone breaking free from their captors, so they put in a LOT of that.

And a specific spoiler. WTF?! Who puts a friggin off switch in the super powerful wizard who has finally acquired all of his powers. And if she had that ability, Why didn’t she use that stuff against the bad guys? “We have to collar him or he’ll kill us all before he wakes.” Why didn’t an editor slap the author with that part of the script?

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  • Andrew Johnson
  • 17-09-19

eh...

I remember being able to stay focused much more in the first few books. This one just couldn't hold my attention.