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The Wrath of Lords

Warden of Fál
Narrated by: Matt Addis
Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (2 ratings)
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Summary

The job sounded simple enough. Rid the village of an ogre and rescue the girl. In return, the local lord would overlook that ugly business in the church. It was nothing he hadn’t dealt with before.  

That was before he heard the howls coming from the Bog of Móin Alúin. Before he crossed paths with the headless rider. Before he woke to find the witch’s crooked fingers on his face.  

Now, Berengar must unravel the labyrinth of secrets and lies surrounding the village before a deadly curse claims his life, all while a darker evil looms in the shadows....

©2019 Kyle Alexander Romines (P)2019 Kyle Alexander Romines

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Action packed mystery in a fantasy setting

The headline says it all, unlike a lot of fantasy books this one dived straight into the action and never stopped. You can feel the main character coming close to losing control of the events occurring around him as he dives further into the mystery. The book is very much focused upon the perspective of this main character and this includes the world building. Events and people are hinted at beyond the story, allowing you to understand the character’s place within this world. It is a very different style than I usually listen to and I am happy to have found it. There are apparently more books planned that are set within this world, which I am very much looking forward to listening to.

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Good Fantasy

This is short self-contained fantasy story; from the epilogue it was originally created to be a novella of about Berengar but the story got expanded.

Berengar is a gruff warden with a companion wolf. He deals out his own judgement on monsters and people alike (mostly killing them) but unlike all the stories told about him and his reputation he does have a moral compass that distinguish him from being truly evil.

Through being coerced into the tasks to rescue a kidnapped girl and kill the ogre. While trying to achieve this quickly becomes cursed, has to deal with a group of goblins while getting to the bottom of the mysteries of the village. As time is short and the pressure builds Berengar constantly losing his temper and succumbing to his dark tendencies.

There was a little bit of a slow start to the book and I struggled to like Berengar. Although, the pace and action did ramp up by half way through and there was a hectic last act. This book hints at the large world and possible future books.

The narrator was top notch and would happily listen to any other fantasy audiobooks he has done.

[Note - I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.]

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  • Natalie @ ABookLoversLife
  • 08-05-19

Engrossing.

The cover of this book is what caught my eye initially, and then the synopsis just made me want to read it more, but it was the fact that this is set in Ireland that made me really eager to read it. I'm Irish, so I love finding a fantasy book set here!! I wasn't sure what to expect with this book, but I didn't expect to love it as much as I did. I was totally engrossed the whole way through and didn't want it to end.

We start with a brief history lesson about the Kings and Queens of Ireland and how Queen Nora became the High Queen presiding over the rest. We are then introduced to one of Queen Noras' Warden, Berengar. Known as the Warden or the Bloody Red Bear, he is feared, hated and respected where ever his job takes him. His word is law and he is sent by the queen to be her enforcer. On one such hunt for the leader of The Black Hand, a band of killers, something happens that causes him to become beholden to the Lord of Kildare, and the only way to get his freedom is to kill the ogre that took the Lords' niece. Berengar has no trouble with that but his journey isn't as simple as he thinks and there is more going on than meets the eyes.

The plot of this was richly detailed and complex. What starts out as a simple task for Berengar, turns into a mystery that needs to be unraveled before Berengar loses everything. There is twists and turns throughout and I had such a hard time putting the book down because there wasn't a moment where the action lets up. Berengar has problem after problem to solve and I needed to see what happened each time. Between Ogres, Goblins, Witches, headless horseman, werewolves and other humans, it was brilliantly written and executed. I honestly devoured it!!

The world building and character development was amazing. Ireland is a beautiful country rich in folklore and the author utilised that. The descriptive writing made it easy to picture the places, plus it helped that I recognised nearly all of them ;) The Bog of Móin Alúin was creepy, and the village and surrounding area was well described. I could picture everything. Each of the characters were well written and developed too. I loved Berengar and his dog (not going to try to spell his name because I couldn't). Berengar goes through the most changes and I can't wait to see what else is in store for him.

In all, this was a welcome surprise. I've never read this authors work before but I will definitely try some of his other ones now! This is going on my favourites list and I can't wait to read the next one.

I'm seriously impressed with the narrator Matt Addis! It's my first time listening to a book narrated by him and wow is all I could think of. He gave a brilliant performance and really brought the book to life. He had an impressive array of voices and gave each character their own one. I had no trouble figuring out who was who. He also impressed me with his Irish accent!!! I will also have to check out more books performed by him.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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  • DSI
  • 18-05-19

Engaging adventure, great worldbuilding

This was an action filled swords and sorcery style adventure. The main protagonist is well written and develops during the story. The main story in the book is well done, even if bits of it are formulaic. The overall world is well written, loosely based on a magical version of Ireland during the dark ages. The narration is clear and understandable. Overall I really enjoyed the book and will be picking up future books in this series.

Disclaimer: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Aurora McMillian
  • 17-05-19

What a fun read!

What a fun book to listen to! with the video game style storyline where you are given big quest and have to complete a bunch of little quest along the way and then there was the Headless Horseman and a werewolf lol who would have thought it! but I did like it! ** I was given this book for free in exchange for my unbiased opinion**

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  • Charles A.P. Wetherington
  • 17-05-19

Very intense fantasy!

Exceptionally smoothly flowing storyline. Narration was Professionally accomplished. This story demands a sequel.
I recommend this audiobook for ages 17 and older due to violence and language used in stressful situations.
I was given this audiobook for free and I freely give it my opinion and rating

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  • jason young
  • 17-05-19

swords and sorcery, a witch, and a headless rider!

sleepy hollow meets Chris Fox, werewolves, ghosts, and an axe wielding Scotsman what more could you ask for? A witch? yup got that too, I liked it A lot. I need to mention that I requested a copy of this book and have left this review freely.

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  • Montzalee Wittmann
  • 17-05-19

Truly epic!

The Wrath of Lords by Kyle Alexander Romines and narrated by Matt Addis is an audible book I requested and the review is voluntary. I love a good epic fantasy book and this really superseded my expectations by a long shot! It has everything a great epic fantasy needs including a quest, a damsel or two, ancient relic, goblins, ogres, magic, curses, demanding Lords, evil hag in a bog, the unsung hero, and spineless villagers! Yep, check on all of those!
Plenty of action, wonderful world building, well developed characters, a twisty and unpredictable plot, and the sense that you are actually there in this God forsaken place and need a shower, ax, and a clean drink of water!
The narrator made the story really POP with his rich voice and it seemed to really fit this world and the main character that was a big bear of a man! I really felt part of this world and can't wait to dive in to the next book! Great job!!!

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  • Sadyztik
  • 14-05-19

Absolutely fantastic! Perfect.

This is one of those books that grabs you and won't let go. The world is so vivid and you start to feel like you're there. The characters are so real you feel like you know them. I am absolutely in love with this book. It has action, mystery, ghosts, witches, goblins, werewolves, etc. It reminded me of playing the Witcher, which is in my top 3 all-time favorite games. This is by far the best fantasy book I've read yet. This is what fantasy novels should be. I can't wait to get the next book in the series.

If you're looking for a well written, well narrated, fantasy/mystery look no further.

At my request, I received this audiobook in exchange for an honest review.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 14-05-19

Solid adventure.

Kyle Alexander Romines has crafted a rich complex world filled with intriguing characters, tons of action, and one heck of a story. Our hero, Warden Berengar, just can't seem to catch a break and what starts off as a seemingly simple task soon spirals into so much more. I enjoyed the heck out of Wrath of Lords and look forward to continuing to follow Berengar's adventures. While the next book in the series isn't available in audio format yet, which is a shame as I really enjoyed Matt Addis' narration. I was able to purchase the kindle version.

I was given a free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • Michael P.
  • 12-05-19

Well Done and Fun

Although this book is a bit on the short side, that doesn't keep it from being good. We see in Beranger a character with much more depth than you might expect at the start of the book. Sure he's a bit daft when it comes to figuring out some really basic plot points, but nobody's perfect. :) The book kept me captivated to the end.

Narration by Matt Addis was great, with his voice a good fit for the story and main character. Pacing was good for a comfortable read. Looking forward to following the rest of this series.

I received a review copy of this book for free, in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

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  • Charles Gibbs
  • 12-05-19

A gritty delve into murder, mystery, and magic

First, to get it out of the way.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
That being said, Kyle Romines with this story, creates an atmosphere with the feel of the detective pulps of the 40s and 50s. This with the setting of a fantasy realm, and the overtones of Celtic Mythology,gives the reader a fine introduction to a world that will leave many readers and listeners wanting to delve farther into Kyle's vision.
Don't look for white here, there's only black and shades of grey.
Overall, this is well worth your time.

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