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The Blackest Heart

Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
Series: The Five Warrior Angels, Book 2
Length: 36 hrs and 24 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (11 ratings)

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Summary

Gladiator. Assassin. Thief. Princess. And the slave. The five warrior angels have been revealed; one by one, the mystical weapons they once wielded are being found, and an ancient prophecy is finally being fulfilled. Or is it?

For when it comes to recorded history, much is intended to manipulate and deceive.

Returning to the kingdom of Gul Kana, Princess Jondralyn has suffered a devastating loss, discovering that not all prophecy is to be assumed, not all scripture to be trusted. At the same time, her younger sister, Tala, has found faith within herself while facing off against villains, who are using her for their devices. 

Hawkwood, the former Bloodwood Assassin, is captured. And the knight, Gault, betrayed by the Angel Prince, can only wonder of the fate of his daughter who has fallen into terrible hands. All while Nail embarks upon the deadliest quest the Five Isles has ever known.

©2019 Brian Lee Durfee (P)2019 Recorded Books

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  • Jwiz
  • 29-03-19

The cake is a lie. There is no cake.

This is how I feel after reading the first and trying to finish this book. I like finding out secrets but what if those secrets have secrets. AND those secrets are lies. What if the lies have truths and then some of the truths have lies. But some of those lies by the way are true. Feel like you need some sort of explanation? Nope. You aren't going to get one. Why? Heck if I know. That's the feeling you get when you try to understand what's going on in this book. You have what everyone believes is true. which is of course false. Then you have what the enemy thinks is true which is false, then you have what the book in little sections before the chapter claims is true. And then you have a super secret society that believes they know what's true but then they are so super secret nobody tells each other what is true. THEN you have another confusing society of assassins who are against the truth. Plus each main character in the book have their own version of what is true. Sooooo it's a bit confusing. And if you think reading the second book will be of any help or thought the title of the book was indicative of something, or thought that the books description meant anything that is also not true. Just like in the first book the author seems to forget his own title. And everything about forgetting moon could be summed up in 250 char tweet. "It was found under a mountain, he carried it on a mule and then lost it after his first fight." It's about as interesting as it sounds. And Blackest heart isn't any better. "They found it under a mountain, lots of ppl died, she took it, and then the graditor did." All in all it got fired like twice. very UNDERWHELMING. So the book lies, the titles a lie and the content is about ppl lying to each other.

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  • Humble & Honest
  • 24-07-19

HURRY BOOK 3!

this is an amazing series! book 1 was wonderful & i finished too quickly. i immediately purchased book 2 & again it was over too fast. throughout both books I was constantly immersed in the story. never got bored or annoyed by little quirks that some books fall victim to. despite the different paths of each character group the plot was easy to follow & kept me completely engaged. the narration was impeccable. I will warn you however that book 2 ends very abruptly! you're left hanging. really hanging, hands twisted in anticipation then BAM, it ends! so if you're someone that can't handle the abrupt ending then waiting for God only knows how long for the next book, well then you should add these to your wish list & wait.
OR, listen now & then again with thr release of book 3!

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  • John
  • 14-04-19

Couldn’t Take It

Mr. Durfee is a talented writer. The thing that frustrated me with his writing is that there doesn’t seem to be any character development past their insecurities or their arrogance. Despite all the evidence, main characters still associate with people they don’t trust and provide them with information that they shouldn’t be privy to. Then they are stunned, over and over, when the “bad person” they associate with breaks their trust again. I just got tired of the foolishness of the main characters. I couldn’t sympathize with that level of stupidity.

I did like the way the author wrote about atrocities committed by the antagonists. His unflinching detail made me hate them all the more.

Mr. Reynolds, as always, did an outstanding job as narrator.

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  • ray stubbs
  • 25-08-19

Could have been great...

but tends to move along too slowly, and uses repetition far too often.

On another note the author's writing style is truly superb, and the performer is also really good.

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  • CJinMD
  • 20-08-19

Excellent story and narration.

Well worth the listen. Looking forward to book three! The story continues ever deeper and broader than it appeared at first.

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  • Mitch Silver
  • 17-08-19

Great story telling

Kind of lie Game of Thrones in regards to atmosphere, cultural references, social structure, etc. A little more gory. A little easier to follow; less characters.

Performance was excellent. Great use of accents and overall presentation.

My one criticism is that there a like of time spent on characters reflections and sorting things out in their own heads. During these parts there is a fair amount of repetitiveness, which can be helpful, but can also feel a bit redundant. At times I wished the story would move a little faster.

But overall I loved it and can't wait for the next one to come out.

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  • Don Scheele
  • 10-08-19

want the rest of it .

When will the rest of the series be available? Don't leave a girl hanging . I need to know where's Beermug

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  • Debra Lavigne
  • 03-08-19

Encore!Encore!

I could not stop listening. The miles just melted away as I travelled enjoying this story. Spellbinding narration!

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  • Mikiea
  • 26-07-19

Great story telling. Excellent narration

This is a great follow up to Forgetting Moon. I highly recommend this book. I can't wait to read the next book in this series.

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  • Ryan
  • 17-03-19

Even better than the first!

Mr. Durfee is on a roll and the story gets even better in this second book in what's shaping up to be one of the best series of our time. I can't wait to see where he takes the story from here!

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