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Harbinger of Doom (Epic Fantasy Three Book Bundle)

Series: The Harbinger of Doom, Book 1-3
Length: 16 hrs and 55 mins
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Summary

Epic fantasy featuring Norse gods, valiant knights, powerful sorcerers, otherworldly demons, and the undead! This series appeals to fans of Game of Thrones and The Lord of the Rings.

This three book bundle includes the first three volumes in the acclaimed epic fantasy series, Harbinger of Doom.

Mad wizards wrenched open a gateway to hell on Eotrus land. A gateway that's determined to stay open.

What is the young knight, Claradon Eotrus, to do when he discovers that the man he recruited to help him close that gateway is either the greatest hero the world has ever known or the devil himself, thrown down from the heavens by the gods in olden days? Is he out to save Midgaard—or destroy it? Does he serve the Norse gods: Odin, Thor, and the rest, or did he slay them? And if he's truly the harbinger of doom, how can Claradon stop him? How can he even survive him?

Claradon's Midgaard is a world filled of valiant knights, mysterious sorcerers, ruthless bounty hunters, complex political intrigues, monsters of myth and legend: the undead of this variety and that, gods and demons, and otherworldly evils so frightening, you dare not read these books before sleep. But most of all, it's filled with stories that you will always remember and characters that you will never forget.

©2008 Glenn G. Thater (P)2017 Glenn G. Thater

Critic reviews

"Thater is one of the most talented and exciting authors of our time. He is right up there with Tolkien, maybe even better. His unique writing technique leaves you pondering what is going to happen next and yearning for more." - Google Play reviewer

"...a masterfully crafted epic fantasy about the ages old struggle between good and evil." - Carol Marrs Phipps, author of Elf Killers

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More than you think

It does get addictive after a while. Already bought the next two books and I'm probably going to listen to all of them. I do not know how to approach the historical part but it fits the classical fantasy genre quite well. I'm very happy with it overall.

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Not interesting Boring Unremarkable and annoyingly narrated characters. Don’t bother. Couldn’t slog my way through it

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a great lore story!

loved it. can't wait to get the next volume! wonderful way to learn about Norse gods!

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awful listen to conan instead

the fake history but in British counties and norse oaths made it seem lazily written, accents were difficult to bear with. I cannot give a full review as I did not listen to more than 30 minutes

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Eurghhg

No real depth to this one . My own fault , Desperate for a new book I foolishly believe the Facebook ad of “ if you like lotr and game of thrones you’ll like this “ . I do and I most definitely didn’t . But I’d payed for it so tried to get through it .gave up . Just plain boring .

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Disappointing

Not a bad story but a very very long and not really needed introduction!
I got board.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 25-01-18

A Great great introduction to G.G. Thater ...

fantastic audio version of a fantastic series. I am excitedly waiting for more to be converted to audio books. I have read many books of this series and I have to say I really enjoy Glenn G. Thater's work in this series. They are fun easy reads that will keep you wanting more.

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  • Jeff T.
  • 31-07-18

an epic tale

A good listen with, the story line is good and keeps your intrest. Gets a bit away from the viking saga and has a biblical turn for a bit but comes right back. Already downloaded the next in the saga and imagine if the next is as good as the first three I will own all of them shortly.

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  • T-dub
  • 26-05-19

enjoyable Norse fantasy fiction

i picked these up off a 3 volume set from a link on Facebook. I'm glad I did. The story is excellent and a welcomed departure from the standard FF fare. The narrator does an excellent job with the story and kept me engaged throughout all three books!!!

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  • MasterTorian
  • 28-04-19

Great performance, lackluster story.

As always, Stephan Rudnicki gives us an amazing performance. The only mark against him is a couple of the voices were not consistent.

Now, the truth is I only listened to the first part of this collection. I just couldn't go any further.

Okay, first, let's talk about the author's "foreword."
Is there some sort of factual basis to this character (Angle Theta) or is this a fabrication similar to what William Goldman did for The Princess Bride?

I honestly don't know, but I lean toward the latter. Either way, it comes off as gimmicky and disingenuous. If it's true, well that's cool, but it doesn't change the story. And if it isn't, then it's a heavy handed gimmick.

Either way, in my opinion it should have been omitted.

Now, as to the story itself, I have to confess myself disappointed. I knew going into it that I'd be getting something Conan-eske in A Norse setting, so it would be brutal yet heroic and relatively simple.

Had that been what I got, I would have been reasonably happy with it.

Unfortunately, rather than resembling Conan the hero (I hesitate to call him main character or protagonist as he's not actually the focus for that much of the story) is more like superman.

He's brilliant, he's immensely strong, incredibly skilled, possessed of powerful magic, and seems to know things far beyond the ken of ordinary mortals. The stories say he's killed giants, dragons, even gods.

All this has the unfortunate side effect of making him rather boring. He has no weaknesses and no character arc.

Also unfortunate is that we learn about all this not by seeing it but by being told about it.

The other hero, Gabriel, has a similar history. Yet for some reason, everyone else around them scoffs at the reports of Theta's accomplishments while accepting Gabriel's as gospel.

All that aside, my two biggest complaints about the story are so common as to be almost cliche. Unfortunately, they were common of books written in the 80s. It always frustrates me when I read a new book that does these things because it screams loud and clear that either the author learned to write during that period and hasn't kept up with modern standards, or has only read very old books and never bothered to learn about writing techniques and grammar standards at all.

They are,
1) Head-hopping. Bouncing around between the POVs (being inside the heads) of multiple characters within a single scene.

Yes, there is an argument to be made for it being in an omniscient POV, but it doesn't seem that way. We don't consistently see every character's thoughts in each scene and each POV seems to be in the voice of the character rather than on omniscient narrator.

2) Lots and lots of back story. Excessive back story. Most of it completely irrelevant to the story. For example, shortly into the story we have a MASSIVE aside about one character's past love interest who never reciprocated. We hear about how their friendship began, how it progressed, and how it was finally expunged, all in the middle of some fairly interesting things happening, so it completely killed the tension of the plot.

And did that information matter to the story?
No. Not one little bit. The love interest makes no appearance in the story and none of the information given comes into play in any way.

The only thing about the entire aside that means anything at all was learning that for members of the warrior order this character is part of, marriage is frowned upon.

During the first half to two-thirds of the book, I would say (I'm guessing, so don't quote me on this) the story is about 60% back story.

Almost everything we learn about each character is told rather than shown, and their actions in the present largely do not support those things we have been told about them.

There is a surprising amount of cultural detail, but surprisingly little description about the things I would expect it of. We get rather long descriptions of rituals and the like, as well as the appearance of main characters and their weapons and armor, but almost none of any of the monsters until the big ones at the end. I got almost no sense of what most of the creatures are meant to look like.

As expected, the story is very straightforward with no real twists or turns. In the end, it's largely a battle between larger than life heroes and godlike demons.

There is some decent action, but the lack of vivid details of the action makes it read like a summary, which unfortunately takes away almost all the tension and makes it quite dull.

The ending does come off as something of a blending of the Cthulu mythos and Conan the Barbarian, which could have been amazing if the author had pulled it off.

In the end, if you enjoyed the tone and style of the Howard Conan stories but found the action too intense or the back story far too light, this might be a book you would enjoy.

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  • naiveblueeyes08
  • 17-12-18

Not my cup of tea...

The author provided me with a complimentary copy of this audiobook with no expectation of a review. Fantasy books are not my preferred genre (not by a long shot). This book is filled with constant battles and preparation for battles. If you like books with elves, gnomes, and other mythical creatures and filled with lots of action and adventure, then you will love this box set. The narrators did a good job but I had a hard time finishing the set. The third book ends with a major cliffhanger so keep that in mind when listening to this box set.

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  • Jamie B.
  • 30-11-18

great book

good story but narrator's voice is very deep, makes it difficult to hear while driving.

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  • Tripp
  • 21-11-18

Not a bad first try

An interesting listen, and an ambitious effort.

While listening, I couldn’t help but hear many lines parroted, almost verbatim, from some of my other favorite works though. It became distracting to have it happen so often.

I can’t decide if Theta is more akin to Conan, Gilgamesh, or Elric. Perhaps even Fafhrd?

The writing style, particularly the Forward, was Lovecraftian in its effort to provide a real fictional reality behind the story. I was glad to not have one of the references by the Mad Arab Alhazred!

A lot of mythology mixing here! Some will be offended by it, once they figure out what the author is doing, who Theta is, and the context of his background.

I give the story 3 stars. I’ll try book 4.

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  • Jermain Martinez
  • 15-11-18

Love Theta

The story is great the Characters feel real, and the narrator makes Ob sound like what I imagined On would sound like.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 08-11-18

Trying too hard

the story started out super interesting and I was enjoying it a lot up until in the second book the horrible things that this God was doing stories pulled straight from the Old Testament. I found it a little unnecessary to take jabs at Christianity instead of just telling a story that I thought was supposed to have to do with Norse mythology.

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  • JC
  • 04-11-18

Great book to listen to

I really enjoyed the book and narration. I would recommend the story for anyone. Awesome