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The Sovereign of the Seven Isles Omnibus

Books 1-3
Narrated by: Derek Perkins
Series: Sovereign of the Seven Isles, Book 1-3
Length: 51 hrs and 16 mins
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Summary

Thinblade, book one:

When second son Alexander Valentine loses his brother to an assassin's arrow, he discovers that his family protects an ancient secret and reluctantly finds himself at the center of the final battle of a war that was supposed to have ended 2,000 years ago. Pursued by the dark minions of an ancient enemy, Alexander flees to the mountain city of Glen Morillian, where he discovers that he is the heir to the throne of Ruatha, one of the Seven Isles, but before he can claim the throne he must recover the ancient Thinblade. Thinblade is the story of Alexander's quest to find the ancient sword, claim the throne of Ruatha, and raise an army to stand against the enemy that has awoken to claim dominion over all of the Seven Isles.

Sovereign Stone, book two:

After gaining entrance to Blackstone Keep and recovering the legendary Thinblade, Alexander must seek out the Sovereign Stone, and quickly. Contained within the ancient teardrop ruby is the secret of Wizard's Dust, the source of magic and the one thing that will ultimately decide the final battle of the Reishi War. Prince Phane will stop at nothing to lay claim to the Stone and with it the world.

Mindbender, book three:

War has erupted across the Seven Isles. Alexander has recovered the Sovereign Stone, and much to his surprise, it has bonded to him, revealing the truth of his bloodline and his duty. He is the Seventh Sovereign of the Seven Isles and champion of the Old Law. Fleeing the wrath of Prince Phane, Alexander has traveled through the Reishi Gate to Ithilian in search of an alliance, only to discover that Ithilian is facing the threat of invasion as well. Alexander struggles to bring the army of Ithilian to his aid while secretly searching for information about his unique magical calling, information that he desperately needs if he is to have any chance against Phane. What he finds is beyond anything he imagined.

©2011 David A. Wells (P)2015 Podium Publishing

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Great!

Loved it!

Always sad when I get to the end of a book love living in the world created each time.

Really enjoyed the magic system in these books!!

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Cliche and overdone

I rarely fail to finish a book, but made the exception here at the 20 hour point.

This book had every cliche one could think of and a predictable story. Human interactions were simply unrealistic and the love at first sight nonsense is just ridiculous

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It's okay.

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

It's overall an average series so far. It wasn't bad enough to stop listening, and if you are going on a long journey then this would keep you mildly entertained. That aside I wouldn't really recommend this...There are better things out there.

What could David A. Wells have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

So first 3 books...51 hours, and I'm pretty ambivalent to most of the characters so I'd say utilisation of character connection is lacking, or even the world building. It's interesting but it doesn't really stand out to other things I've read. There are moments that are really, really interesting, and I was like "Yeah! This is cool!" ...The first time they happen... Book 1 and 2 are pretty repetitive, and it actually pissed me off a bit towards the end.

Book three picks everything up a bit and I'd give that 3 1/2 stars on it's own. I think the writing does improve, or perhaps I've just got used to it? But more than that I actually started to care about the characters and think they were kinda cool.

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just too good

i was on edge all the time waiting to see what happened next to alexander

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enjoyed the whole story captivating<br />

great way to be busy while driving good listening keep chewing treat well written well-read thank you

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Exceptional

The book is both heart warming and cold blooded.

The author has written this with a fantastic balance, the narrator has this amazing ability to translate the written word into life.

This is one of my favourites, and could even be a challenger for the top spot.

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Next GOT TV HIT<br />

loved all 3 books so far this must make as big a splash as game of thrones just loving book 4

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loved this books

the excitement and action around every corner will keep you thrilled for hours can't wait for the next book

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What a ride

Where to start well the first book did well to set up characters and the world but was a struggle to get through it. the second book was better but after listening to 2 books in a row I took a brake for about 3 weeks, now the third book was miles better and I don't know why but I would certainly recommend these books

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  • Steve Leyden
  • Borehamwood, Hertfordshire, England.
  • 22-05-17

exceptional story

I struggled to get into this story at first, then after 5 minutes my patience and determination was rewarded. I'm so glad I stuck at it because the next 51 hours or so were enthralling and thoroughly entertaining, I highly recommend this series.

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  • Lisa K
  • 17-09-15

Repetitive in spots. Got better as it went on.

The first book was extremely repetitive but it did get better as it went on. Debating on following up with listening to book 4, not sure if it's worth the audible credit.

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  • Daniel
  • 29-02-16

Regret.

I regret buying. Plenty of content, but very basic writing skills. Won't finish the series.

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  • Cmat
  • 17-09-15

Could Use an Editor and a Thesaurus

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Some spoilers ahead, though not many. I'm actively trying to avoid that.

Derek Perkins went a long way to helping me make it through this story. I will definitely listen to him again.

The work, on the other hand, is very unrefined. A solid edit could probably cut a lot from this book and make it much more enjoyable, rather than feel like a task to finish.

What could David A. Wells have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Many terms were used and reused.
World of Time and Substance
He said to no one in particular
Sea of Infinite Possibility

The list goes on. Change this kind of repetition up or it really impacts the story.

Also, the characters, with one exception, were extremely flat. Very black and white, good and evil. I was able to tell whether someone would be with the hero or an unforgivable villain from just their job title. That doesn't make for a compelling story.

Which scene was your favorite?

Not a scene, per say. But the concept of magic in this novel was good. Given polish to the rest of the book, that concept could have even been great.

What character would you cut from The Sovereign of the Seven Isles Omnibus?

About 30% of the overall length. An editor could be used to trim down a lot of portions of this work without impacting the story. If you're familiar with the term "Chekhov's Gun", this book breaks that a lot. Taking out just those points would help the length.

Any additional comments?

Three last comments.

First, there was definite improvement by the third book. Still not great, but it earned the rating it's second star.

Second, the conservative notes are a little ham fisted. Every "petty" noble and bureaucrat is horrible. Central government is bad, an odd idea for a book about reestablishing a long dead monarchy. You can be a conservative author, but not every union member is a vile person. Not every noble is a slime bag. And red tape is not worse than torture.

Finally, the piece in the third book about how women use magic is a touch sexist. Women are too emotional to detach from their feelings? Was that needed?

I know my words might seem quite harsh, but I forced myself to listen to this entire work to write this. Then I took a couple weeks before I wrote this blurb. Trust me, some harsh criticism is needed here.

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  • Megs
  • 29-05-17

blah

when. telling a story details can be awesome but they are over done every time. also dont need to know what could have happened every time. very dumbed down story

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  • Ichikins
  • 14-09-16

Good story. Too preachy and too repetitive.

The story was nice. However, the moral bias of the author was bludgeoned into the listener. Over and over again.

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  • Raphael
  • 07-11-15

Predictable, repetitive and full of clichés

I'm finding it hard to say anything positive about the Seven Isles. There doesn't seem to be a fantasy/D&D trope or cliché that wasn't used in this book. All characters are completely black and white, and don't deviate a bit from the expected stereotypes. The main character can even see with their mage-sight if people are good or evil (and there's rarely anything between the two extremes). There also seems to be little reason why people act as they do, except, well, because they're either good or evil.

Storyline is pretty linear, Alexander keeps running around doing things they need to do to advance their quest. There is plenty of action, but any tension feels ruined by how perfectly things always turn out. The hero of the story seems to only ever make mistakes, so he can thoughtfully reflect on how not-quite-perfect he still is. And naturally, the main characters will always be saved at the very last moment, often multiple times during the same fight and after an interposed explanation of how dire their situation is. If someone does get hurt in the course of a battle, hey, there's a magic potion or a salve that will heal them instantly. And the bad guys, unless they're supernatural and highly impervious to damage, they're all felled with a single blow from the weapon/projectile of choice.

This title does have a few redeeming qualities, though. The story keeps on (mostly) chugging along at a good pace. Magic system has some flavour, there were some actually interesting moments in the story and the narrator is very good.

tl;dr:
If you want to read a story of how a good hero defeats an evil wizard, triumphing in each challenge put before them, do get this book. If you're instead seeking for some depth in the characters or unexpected twists in the plot, turn the other way.

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  • Andri
  • 23-05-19

Not worth your time

I don't quite negative reviews a lot. But man i did not like this book.
the narration is decent but not great
the story is predictable and uninteresting
the main character is an uninteresting plank
the romance is shallow and hard to believe.
the action scenes are so dull that i tended to stop listening.

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  • nicky brygider
  • 07-02-19

book isnt working properly

cannot select chapter or move around In the book, other wise book one was great just can't reach book 2 or 3

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  • Cody
  • 13-09-17

hated main character

The book as a whole isn't too bad, but I absolutely hated the main character and his love interest which is the reason for low stars. Yes, they're that terrible. Not in terms of being poorly written necessarily, but they regularly do VERY stupid things that make everything worse. I would love to have alternate version of the book where they both just explode violently for no reason in the first book when they meet.

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  • Elemental
  • 04-08-17

The worst story I've ever heard

First, the good: Derek Perkins is a good narrator.
And that's it. There is no more good to be had. This is the most poorly written, overblown fantasy story I've been subjected to in 50 years of reading and listening. The dialogue is barely passable, the plot is essentially non-existent, the characters are flatter than ink on paper. Repetition abounds. It's all tell, even the showing.
I finished and felt like I had been through an absolutely awful beating. If this author were to hire an honest editor, remove 3/5ths of the words, and plump up the characters, it would be almost as good as reading the ingredients on a cereal box.

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