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The seven gods of Order had ruled unchallenged for centuries, served by the adepts of the Circle in their bleak northern castle on the Star Peninsula. But for Tarod - the most enigmatic and formidable sorcerer in Circle's ranks - a darker affinity had begun to call. Threatening his beliefs, even his sanity, it rose unbidden from beyond time; an ancient and deadly adversary that could plunge the world into madness and chaos - and whose power might rival that of the gods themselves. And though Tarod's mind and heart were pledged to Order, his soul was another matter...

©1985 Bob Sanders (P)2015 Bob Sanders

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An arresting start

The story of Tarod who's always a step out of pace with his family and who has few friends. But inside he's so much more than any of them expected. He's loyal and generous but is betrayed at every turn. This book will resonate with anyone who doesn't feel part of the crowd and will show just how devious and selfish humans can be when it comes to power and status.

I first read this book when I was in my late teens, and I loved it. I listened to it this time around, though there was no audiobook option to rate this read against. I have to say, I still love the story, it's just as powerful and gripping today as it was all those years ago, but I absolutely HATE the was the narrator says Tarod's name, emphasizing the 'rod' syllable. The narrator gets only a 3*, but the book is too good to reduce its rating.

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  • crydwynn
  • 22-08-20

Great book, poor performance

I love this series and was excited to listen after reading it again and again for the past 25 years. But the performance leaves much to be desired. The narrator stumbles often, mispronounces words and is rather dull. This book deserves a better reader.

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  • Vowels
  • 05-01-18

Great book - mediocre narration

I have loved this series for a long time, so I was unsurprised to enjoy it again, in audio format. There are subtleties I hadn't picked out before that has changed my views on a number of characters, but overall, I still enjoyed this book. The narration has issues, but is passable. If you treat this version like a matron in your family is reading it for the casual enjoyment of a group of friends or family, and allow for the occasional verbal stumble or mispronunciation, then you can enjoy this format just fine. There is the occasional tinny echo sound, but it's all tolerable. Frankly, if you can overlook the mediocre narration, I think you'll enjoy the novel, and it's successors. This series has long been one of my go-to re-reads.

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  • Matt Uhlig
  • 09-11-21

Couldn’t listen and it really made me sad

I loved this trilogy growing up, and in my haste I wasted 3 credits on these audio books. It’s not the voice but rather every thing else that ran me away from the narrator. I felt no emotion, there was no narrative difference in voice (as far as I listened) or any flow ; very droning/flat and austere. Love the story, hope another narrator does it more emotionally at some point.

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  • Tim Regan
  • 19-02-21

Excellent story, somewhat flat narration.

The story is a great one, this trilogy being Ms Cooper's best work. The narration was clear, but without much character, so while it doesn't harm the story, it doesn't add much either. Definitely going on for books 2 and 3. I haven't read them in decades, so the revisit is going very well

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  • Jess Tracey
  • 23-02-20

A thrilling, yet romantic tale of Order vs Chaos!!

I love this trilogy! It has EVERYTHING! A thrilling, suspenseful adventure with romance and friendship to jealousy and betrayal. The concept of Order vs Chaos and the truth that one cannot exist without the other, while leading you on a fast paced adventure of love and loyalty with the consequences of judgement and betrayal. Brilliant!

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  • 28-05-18

What would the Gods of Order be like?

If the gods of order and chaos existed what would they and their followers be like? This series gives its vision of this universe.

Order isn’t good but it’s not free of evil. Like the god of the Old Testament they are about following the rules.

Chaos isn’t evil but it isn’t good either. They are about doing what they want.

A boy is born under strange circumstances and when he exhibits great and terrible power in his early teens, his village tries to kill him. But through luck he escapes and starts a new life with the servants of the gods of order.

He is raised to be an initiate of order. But when powers are revealed again and determined to be from the gods of chaos, do they aid him? Or do they cast him out too?

The production quality of the book is poor. There is a lot of static in the recording like it was converted from cassette tape. The reader only does one voice and pauses at all wrong points. There is no emotion or tension. It’s a straight reading.