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Darien Audiobook

Darien: Empire of Salt Trilogy, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

From acclaimed historical novelist Conn Iggulden, Empire of Salt is an epic new fantasy series of spellbinding imagination.

Twelve families. One throne. Welcome to the Empire of Salt.

The city of Darien stands at the weary end of a golden age. Twelve families keep order with soldiers and artefacts, spies and memories, clinging to a peace that shifts and crumbles. The people of the city endure what they cannot change. Here, amongst old feuds, a plot is hatched to kill a king.

It will summon strangers to the city - Elias Post, a hunter; Tellius, an old swordsman banished from his home; Arthur, a boy who cannot speak; Daw Threefold, a chancer and gambler; Vic Deeds, who feels no guilt; and Nancy, a girl whose talent might be the undoing of them all. As the sun sets, their arrival inside the walls will spark a series of explosive events. Before the sun returns, six destinies will have been made - and lost - in Darien.

©2017 Penguin AudioBooks (P)2017 C. F. Iggulden

What the Critics Say

"A master storyteller." (Sunday Express)

"Iggulden is in a class of his own." (Daily Mirror)

"One of our finest historical novelists." (Daily Express)

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    Simon Somewhere between a pair of headphones. 13/07/2017
    Simon Somewhere between a pair of headphones. 13/07/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Great Expectations Partly Met!"

    I'm a big fan of Conn Iggulden's work. He brings history to life with diligent research and his great quality writing coupled with impressive visualization infuses colour and detail. So when I heard that he was to write a novel in one of my other favourite genres I was naturally delighted. Even more so when I read that a quality narrator like Daniel Weyman was at the microphone.

    I have to say that what then unfolds isn't at all bad. There are interesting characters and a detailed enough world, though we never seem to get the kind of background on either that you might expect from Iggulden's work. The story moves along at a fair pace and there is action that Weyman does breathe life into.

    Unfortunately I never quite felt that the characters quite made it all the way from two to three dimensional persona and the lighter-hearted humour that the author aimed for didn't quite work for me. The chemistry wasn't quite right particularly where female characters were involved and the magical powers that some possessed seemed a little too convenient to the plot and simplistic in design.

    So, one of my favourite authors bravely tries something new and fair play to him but in the crowded fantasy genre this one doesn't stand out.

    12 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Robert 09/08/2017
    Robert 09/08/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "nice idea - though the story seems short"

    it is a good idea, nice setting, characters, etc. not an awful lot happens though.
    i have read all of his books, this is the first im a little disappointed with

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    Ali Wyllie 11/10/2017
    Ali Wyllie 11/10/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "BRilliant"

    Great story, great performance, caught my imagination and held it. Looking forward to the next book.

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    Anonymous 08/10/2017
    08/10/2017 Member Since 2016
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    "great listen"

    loved it! couldn't stop listening once I started.
    first time listening to C.F Iggulden but will now be checking out other titles. can't wait till the next book

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    stuart johnson 03/10/2017
    stuart johnson 03/10/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "excellent book"

    What a brilliant read. Con Iggulden magic has done it's work again. Can't wait for the next one

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    paul scott 06/09/2017
    paul scott 06/09/2017 Member Since 2015
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    "Great book good pace and lots of twists and turns"

    Great book good pace and lots of twists and turns in the story. looking forward to the next.

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    Steven 28/08/2017
    Steven 28/08/2017
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    "Definitely worth a listen"

    Superb narrator, well written. Haven listened to and read a number of his books I did expect a bit more but!! I feel this is just the ground work for the rest of the series and cannot wait.

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    Maximus 24/08/2017
    Maximus 24/08/2017
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    "Very different, but very good"

    A departure from Mr Iggulden's norm, but I can't wait for the next one! Interesting characters and story arch and I'm looking forward to seeing how it all plays out.

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    wfcmoog 10/08/2017
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    "fun, well written adventure"

    enjoyed this story and the intertwining journeys of the main characters. It's not on the scale of A Song of Fire and Ice, but Iggulden is a safe pair of hands and gives us plenty to invest in, with likeable characters and believable suspense.

    Hope this is the start of a series as I've read a lot of Iggulden and feel he may have found a perfect genre for his talents

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    Adam Beere 03/08/2017
    Adam Beere 03/08/2017 Member Since 2014
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    "Harry Potter with a sprinkling of Game of Thrones!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book and can't wait for the next instalment of the story.
    Great characters and storylines. Loved the magical gifts.
    I'd definitely recommend it to anyone.
    More please!

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    "A perfect book for fans of Game of Thrones"

    A skillfully told tale of magic and intrigue. Darien is a corrupt city living under the iron grip of twelve wealthy houses. But when three strangers with unusual abilities find themselves caught up in a conspiracy to take control of the city, they're forced to choose whether to stand by the devil they know or risk one who might be much, much worse.

    Darien is a terrific novel from an expert storyteller and the narration by Daniel Weyman is stellar. The combination of the two makes this one of my favourite audiobooks of the year.

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  • Lyndon Skjaveland
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    "interesting"

    liked it alot .... it was hard to follow at first. looking forward to book 2

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