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The Five Realms: The Gift of Dark Hollow

Narrated by: Dan Bottomley
Length: 5 hrs and 27 mins
5 out of 5 stars (8 ratings)
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Summary

Podkin and his fellow rabbits have been sheltering in Dark Hollow after their battle with Scramashank. Paz tends to the rabbits with sleeping sickness; Crom meets with the war council...Podkin has nothing to do! 

Frustrated, Podkin goes exploring and discovers an abandoned underground chamber. Armed with the Gift of Dark Hollow, Podkin learns to moonstride, and Paz is rewarded with a magical gift of her own.

©2017 Kieran Larwood (P)2018 W.F. Howes Ltd

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An exciting and inspiring tale

I listened to this with my 8 year old daughter and we loved it. The plot is exciting with an enjoyable and enthralling range of characters - who face danger but succeed by working together. The world of the five realms is gripping and we just couldn’t get enough of it each night. It was difficult to stick to bedtime and lights out because we like it so much. Can’t wait for the next story.

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Wonderful

A magical story that is full of adventure. I am looking forward to the next one!

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Like a shorter Redwall - rabbit fantasy adventure

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I devoured the Redwall books as a pre-teen, a wonderful saga over many thick books about mice (and others) battling an evil character, with mythological elements.

This series reminds me of those, but are much more accessible for a slightly younger audience, and have a wonderful bookend narrative structure, with a storyteller telling an apprentice (or audience) the internal tale. It works brilliantly, as the narrator himself is a character in his own stories (we are readers know this), and he has his own story outside of the one he is telling.

Podkin One-Ear, told about previously, has another of his long backstory told to the storyteller's new apprentice, as the Gorm (mechanised rabbits intent on destruction) continue to ravage the land. Still young himself, and along with his sister and baby brother, he forms alliances and comes into the possession of magical items that may be useful in the fight against evil.

A gripping adventurous fantasy, with some mature touches (one character must kill something every day without fail) and a story that doesn't pander to a young audience.

Love the period feel of this, and the structure is refreshingly different. I look forward to more stories from Podkin's 'bard'.

The audio version works well, as the story is 'told' to us, as it is to the listener within the book. It was easy enough to follow both the plot and who is speaking. I didn't listen with my son as we haven't read the first together, but I think he would enjoy the adventure in a year or two.

I would recommend this to readers/listeners aged 8 or 9 and above.

With thanks to Nudge Books for providing a sample Audible copy.