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Summary

When creatures that lurk in the dark dare to venture out into the world, lives are changed forever.

Conrad lives a quiet rural life with his parents in the Northlands. During one fated night, his world is turned on its head, as nightmares become reality. While his Northlands blood cries out for revenge, Conrad’s head tells him surviving is the best he can do. 

Rescued by a motley band of mercenaries, Conrad embarks on a life he could barely have imagined. As new challenges, friends, and enemies present themselves, Conrad knows that one day he will have to face the evil that so altered his life, and when that day comes, he must be ready.

©2021 Duncan M. Hamilton (P)2021 Audible, Inc.

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  • Samuel Hudnet
  • 01-05-21

Similar Feel to Wolf of North + Society of Sword

Narration - Threw me off at first, as nearly all the accents are thick and some were hard to tell apart, but by then end the characters feel familiar.

Plot - At first it seemed like another "bad guy gets powerful magical artifact that lets him do anything," but gladly it took a bit of a different turn as more of the plot unfolds. It felt less gripping than some of Hamilton's other titles, but less action/suspense now set us up for more character and plot development down the line.

Characters - Unlike most fantasy series, by the end of book 1 the main character still feels like an average guy in extraordinary circumstances, with one exceptional ability but nothing overpowered. I hope this continues even as the character grows into his own more! Backstory is minimal for everyone other than the MC, but there is significant development of the overall Middle Sea world's history (for everyone who's read Hamilton's other titles).

Overall - Definitely worth it for readers new to the Middle Sea or those already familiar with Hamilton's world, but don't expect to be swept up quite as quickly as some of his other titles.

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  • Patrick
  • 17-05-21

Great Story, Meh narrator

Story was a great start to a new series.
Narrator tried, and you can tell, but all of his voices sounded similar and it made it hard to tell who was speaking sometimes.
Conrad seems like an interesting character, and all his adoptive dads are cool with enough depth to keep them interesting, though I hope we get to learn more about them as Conrad grows.

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  • Rico
  • 23-06-21

I Loved the book!

It started out as many books do for me, I was trying to grasp the world the author wanted to portray. If i had been reading it, it might have taken a little more time to feel the book but with the narrator's voices and the way he read the book, it blossomed into a story that I couldn't put down. I NEED the next book! Thank you for creating that world for me to get lost in.

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  • Mr. Awesome
  • 20-06-21

Good

Enjoyable. Im not sure yet but i kind of feel ive already figured out all of the subplots. if I have ill be a bit disappointed. this is the reason for 4 stars.

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  • Sunny Days
  • 04-06-21

Young boy goes on adventures

I was hoping for a more original world, but it's the usual "sell swords" and coming of age story. It does hold the interest, bizarrely despite the obvious copies of Harry Potter (young boy goes to school, bullying, and adventures with a little magic) and Game of Throne "icy bad guys" (won't say more and be a spoiler). The Intelligensia should have a different name since she's not very intelligent--more like a typical cope going through the motions-rather than thinking outside the box. Thank goodness for a 14 year old boy who can!
A good beach read.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 03-06-21

Sneaky good

After a slowish mid start pacing is really good, story feels super polished. All the characters not fantasy super hero’s which makes the story more compelling.

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  • Camden Muller
  • 01-06-21

Another great start to a series

Loved the book, I just really would have appreciated no accents from John Lee, I’ve listened to many audible books narrated by him but this one was tedious to the point of irritation.
Please don’t use the accents in the follow up, or get Simon or Derek to narrate…

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  • Fran
  • 31-05-21

Great storytelling

Action from beginning to end. Looking forward for the next book of this series. Great read.

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  • Mark Jones from the U.S.
  • 26-05-21

What a great story!

The story starts fast and before you know it you are, sadly, halfway through. Great characters, great story. Narration by John Lee is superb! I could listen to that guy read the back of a Lysol can. Anyway, if you are on the fence go for it. I am no scholar but I have read all my life and currently have almost 300 unabridged Audible titles finished in my library so I think I know what is good and what is not. At least for me. This is definitely worth a read. Cheers!

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  • Sarah V
  • 26-05-21

Not Hamilton’s best

I’ve read most of the authors books and found them enjoyable, this was by far his worst showing. Story dragged on, the narrators accents were atrocious, overall very poor quality. I hope he ends the series now before it gets any worse.