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Summary

The world is falling to the burning shadow of the Possessed and only the power of a battle mage can save it. But the ancient bond with dragonkind is failing. Of those that answer a summoning too many are black. Black dragons are the enemy of humankind. Black dragons are mad.

Falco Dante is a weakling in a world of warriors, but worse than this, he is the son of a madman. Driven by grief, Falco makes a decision that will drive him to the brink of despair. As he tries to come to terms with his actions Falco follows his friends to the Academy of War, an elite training school dedicated to martial excellence. But while his friends make progress he struggles to overcome his doubts and insecurity. Even Queen Catherine of Wrath has her doubts about Falco's training.

While the Queen tries to unite the Kingdoms against the Possessed, Falco struggles to overcome his fears. Will he unlock the power trapped inside him or will he succumb to madness and murder like his father?

©2017 Peter A. Flannery (P)2017 Cherry Hill Publishing, LLC

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good story but issues in narration

enjoyed the story very much but the narrator mispronounced words intermittently and many sections we're repeated. Greater care needed in editing and quality control

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Great story but rather bad performance.

Loved the story it captivated me and I finished the whole book in under three days.
The only draw back was narrator's performance,
He has a very pleasant voice but at times I had hard time keeping up with him.

2 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Wonderful story, ruined by poor recording.

Brilliant story and performance but ruined by the recording that clipped the end of sentences

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Excellent story, grusomley described

l enjoyed this book, it was well read and the descriptions of the possessed excellent.

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Great story, better editing needed

Great story, better editing needed as it is something difficult to tell which characters point of view is being told.

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amazing story.

very good story but the editing is at a lower standard than any of the books I've listened to so far

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poor narration. lots of errors. GREAT story.

such a shame that the producers cheaped out on the recording. the narrator has a good voice but makes so many errors. mis pronouncing words and even names of the main characters are changed and warped throughout the recording. the story is good. the plot captivates. I enjoyed it overall

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Exceptional

What a fantastic book . Really a cut above. Fantasy gold standard I highly recommend it to all . the descriptive writing and character development is the stuff of dreams.

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Excellent

Excellent excellent excellent excellent excellent excellent excellent excellent excellent excellent excellent. Nothing more to say.

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very good

very good story,well read. would recommend. hard to put down once started and you get into it. strong but very human characters with the book covering well how they grow from teen-agers to adults with responsibilities but strong ties to friends

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  • Loyd Simpson
  • 10-01-18

amazing book!

I was skeptical about this book with such a mundane cliche title however upon reading/listening to it I can now say it rivals books like The Riftwar saga, Drizzt Dourden books, and even the Dragon Lance books from back in the day.

If you like fantasy and dragons then give this a try

50 of 52 people found this review helpful

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  • Lazarus
  • 24-12-17

Stop whatever you are reading and get this one!!!!

Could not drop this book, the action is just draw dropping, it is so well written and The Narration is off the charts, i just wander why lots of people have not checked this book out, and i have to say, i have read over 500 books and this is the first time, i have ever deemed to write a review, that has to tell you something.

85 of 92 people found this review helpful

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  • Nate
  • 12-02-18

Volume needs to be adjusted!

the first quarter of this book is next to impossible to hear unless you are wearing noise suppressant headphones or have it playing through a much louder speaker system. I typically use my Bluetooth headset to listen to audiobooks. I was nearly unable to do so at the beginning of this book. Also at the end of the book, several times the narrator's voice would just drop off at the end of a sentence and you are left wondering what he was saying. It's a shame about the technical problems, but the story is amazing! it was well narrated and the characters are easily distinguishable. Aside from the aforementioned technical issues, the story was immensely enjoyable and I'm sure is an even better read.

18 of 19 people found this review helpful

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  • Chiron
  • 05-01-18

loved it.

I hope there is more to come. loved the story. 8m glad I took a chance on a different author.

6 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Bluesman1972
  • 01-01-18

Don’t do that.....

It really ticks me off when a great story which is narrated great has quality issues with the recording. DON’T do such a disservice to the author and narrator. Awesome book, awesome performance, recording people should be whipped.

52 of 59 people found this review helpful

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  • wjh4256
  • 25-12-17

A captivating read from beginning to the end.

One of my favorite books of the year. An excellently written book with top notched narration. I was totally captivated to the end.

18 of 20 people found this review helpful

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  • ANelson
  • 05-01-18

Fantastic!

Made me laugh, cry, and smile throughout the tale. The emotions are amplifies by the reader's tone. Really great listen!

5 of 5 people found this review helpful

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  • @tone0189
  • 21-12-17

Words lost...

This was a good book and that it was written as a complete story is even better. The only complaint I have was that end of words and sometimes whole words would just dropped.

The narrator would be reading then sudd.... part of a word would drop off completely. This was made worse when ..... words went ........ Fortunately there were only a few places that it was really noticeable.

Overal I recommend the book.

46 of 53 people found this review helpful

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  • Mark Head
  • 31-01-18

GOOD STORY, NARRATOR RUINS IT

I never leave a review, but I'm @ a quarter way through. Good story, but the narrator has got to be the worst I've ever listened to.
The problem I have with him is that he can't change his voice, when he tries to voice a scream it just sounds like an old man gasping for air. He does a great job of telling the normal parts, but trying to change his voice he sounds really bad

13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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  • Nathan Loutrel
  • 03-03-18

Great story with a zero star performance

I don’t usually write these but I cannot let this sorry performance go without speaking my mind. That being said...

The story was good, if not a little predictable. The story could have been easily broken up in multiple books with little effort, so it drags on at certain points.

The biggest problem with the audiobook was the “performance,” if you can call it that... RD Watson has only only one “character voice,” and that is as if he were being strangled. It was so bad that there were more than 12 occasions I rewound the story to make out what was being said.

In addition to the awful “performance,” he mispronounces many words. Several times the mispronunciations are so bad that it changed into another word that didn’t even fit into the story. I forget the specific word, but it was somewhere about 3-4 hrs to the end of the book. Another time there was a word used that changed the whole meaning of the sentence. I’m quite certain that the word was wrong, because it went counter to the preceding and following sentences. I’m sorry I cannot give exact examples, but let’s just say the person who selected the narrator really dropped the ball with RD Watson. If I could, I would give a zero star on performance.

8 of 9 people found this review helpful