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Realm of Beasts

An Epic Fantasy Adventure with Mythical Beasts (Legend of the Nameless One, Book 1)
Narrated by: Tucker McDougall
Length: 6 hrs and 8 mins
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Summary

An enchantress and a wizard get tangled in the grisly plans of an undead creature. 

Tor Lir, the Nameless One, is unsure what he is. However, he knows he was born to bring balance to the powers of good and evil. 

Forsaking his birthplace and fleeing from suggestions of a dark knowledge he’d rather not discover, he decides to take his fate into his own hands. 

A chance encounter with a dead body, a dangerous beast, and a desirous creature lead him on the path to Paradise, where he senses imbalance. 

Banished from her village and lost in a wicked forest, Citrine makes a deal with a dark creature, but that was before she found Paradise - the legendary land of a friendly giant.

Falling in love with the land, Citrine takes advantage of her time to study the lore of herbs and craft a spell of protection for her mythical beasts.

When darkness creeps into Paradise, bringing the mysterious Nameless One and an omen of death, Citrine realizes the consequences of her actions spell danger for herself, her beasts, and Paradise.

As time runs out, the undead come to life. Citrine faces the ultimate showdown as everything she holds dear is ripped away. 

Will the Nameless One save Paradise or destroy it to welcome an era of peace?

Realm of Beasts is the first of six planned audiobooks in the epic fantasy series: Legend of the Nameless One. 

©2018 Angela J. Ford (P)2018 Angela J. Ford

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decent story let down by narration quality.

reasonably well written story, if very very slow to start and a tad chaotic at the start, shifting between too many stories.

Narration is where this falls down, the narrator is very consistent in his reading speed and diction, both which are too fast/upbeat and overpronounced, not being helped by a very echoing recording.

the book picks up after about half-way, and becomes quite enjoyable then.

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  • Montzalee W
  • 11-11-18

Confusing in spots, picks up near the end

Realm of Beasts by Angela Ford and narrated by Tucker McDougall is an audible book I requested and the review is voluntary.
I am an avid reader and audible listener, fantasy and science fiction are my two favorite genres but this book has me confused for most of the first half. It started to make some sense by the last half of the book. I am giving the book a 3 star because it had all sorts of interesting characters. I had no bond with any character, there was no twists or turns I could make out, but there was some world building that was interesting, and unique creatures.
The narration was good but over the top when it was performing small animals. It just sounded silly.

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  • trufriends
  • 23-07-20

enjoyed

I enjoyed getting lost in this adventure and look forward to more. Looking forward to listening to the next book.

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  • Luv2Read
  • 08-07-20

Enjoyable Audio

I enjoyed this dark tale of mystical creatures and how they were affected through the choices of others. The narrator use different tones along with inflections to keep the reader’s interest.
If you’re a fan of fantastic beasts and where to find them, you’ll definitely enjoy this series!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-06-20

Creativity Makes Everything Come Alice!

Aloha Folks!

I love reading Angela J. Ford books 📚 They are descriptive and bring a scene and a magical world to life.Tor Lir, the Nameless One, & Citrine are fantastic! In this book, I also enjoyed the little sub-characters, the animals brought to life. Ford has a way of leaving cliffhangers that often make a person curious about next steps. So much so, they count the days until her next book! We live in a time when we need magic more than ever!

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 22-06-20

I wanted to love this book

I wanted to love this book. The cover art is gorgeous. The idea of a man with no name but with a humongous destiny. An enchantress dedicating herself to creating a spell of protection over herself and her magical beasts. A great protector over a peaceful land guiding the two together into saving the world. I went into this book expecting glorious creatures and a D&D adventure feel. This is book one in a six-part series.

The creatures when described were really cool but they didn’t really come into play beyond dialogue with the Enchantress Citrine until the climax and the ending. To be fair the creatures were in hiding from the evil that The Nameless One and Citrine were trying to stop.

The writing style made me extremely uncomfortable. I’m okay with mentioning sexual things, for goodness sake I’ve read ACOTAR, but there is a line of objectification and at many points, the author crosses it. I actually stopped the audiobook to double-check that the author was a woman because if it had been a man describing a woman that way I would have DNF’d it right then and there. Since it was a woman I gave it the benefit of doubt of it just being one character's perspective but as the story went on it was obvious it was just her writing style. There were no actual sex scenes in the book but the characters regularly compare them to past “copulations” even when no sexual advances or even flirting has happened. It felt like I was listening to 13-year-old boys playing D&D before they had even seen a woman.

She is extremely descriptive of every little detail but for me, it was too many adjectives that made it feel like someone was describing a movie scene by scene rather than pulling me under into the story. I didn’t feel anything for the characters.

I stopped to read other people's Goodreads reviews to decide if I should finish the book and so many of the reviews were glowing and supportive that I pushed through it but I will not be reading the sequels.

If you are interested in giving this book a chance I do recommend reading the other GoodReads reviews to get encouragement on how this book would be a better fit for you than it was for me.

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  • Katie
  • 13-06-20

Realm of Beast

The author does a great job creating the characters and the world within this story. Everyone has their secrets, but will some secrets be the downfall of their world? Can she save the world she has grown to love and protect her beast? Ended on a cliffhanger! What does it mean to not have a shadow?

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  • Laura
  • 02-06-20

Enjoyed the world building

Realm of the Stars, is book 1 of the Legend of the Nameless series.
I listened to the audiobook, which is narrated by Tucker McDougall. I enjoyed the world building and learning about the other worldly beasts as this series is fantasy and sci-fi. The narrator was lacking for me. It was very easy to get confused as to which character he was portraying, Citrine or Tor Lir. I wish there was a bit more of character development. I felt like I couldn’t connect to either character and the narrating of the animals was a bit cheesy. I’m thinking the narrator really affected the story telling for me as I have listened to another audiobook by the author and her writing is fantastic.

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  • LittleE
  • 29-05-20

High Fantasy Adventure

This was a really good listen! The narration was very, very well done, with each character having their own unique voice. The story has all the flavor of High/Epic fantasy adventure. A couple questionable characters are thrown together to defeat a terrible evil that is invading paradise. There is magic aplenty, and the world building has roots in familiar mythologies, while managing to keep it's own kind of identity. I'm definitely interested in the next book, and I'll for sure want to listen to it, because the narration was great.

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  • Janet
  • 27-05-20

An excellent start to a new epic fantasy series.

Realm of Beasts is my first Angela J. Ford novel. I loved the world building, the different beasts, and the use of various characters viewpoints. Some of the dialogue didn't flow well. Tucker McDougall did a great job narrating the audio book version. Overall I enjoyed the book and look forward to the next book in the series.

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  • Carlynne Toomey
  • 23-04-20

Good story

I thought this was a good story. It starts out a little slow, but definitely picks up. The characters are interesting, but could use a little more development. The world building was good and very descriptive. I would recommend this to any fantasy lover!