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The Wrath of Lords

Warden of Fál
Narrated by: Matt Addis
Series: Warden of Fál Series, Book 1
Length: 7 hrs and 28 mins
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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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Fast paced fantasy, great start to a series

I don't like waffle and over-long poetic descriptions in books, I prefer a good plot and writing which grabs your attention, making you eager to find out what happens next. Wrath of lords was great at this, in fact I found it a little too busy to begin with but it soon settled into a good fast paced flow.

The Irish mythology and 'witcher' style character were new to me and I found it to be a good combination for the story. The only area that I think could have been improved was the various mystery elements. The identity of several characters aren't revealed for a while but in reality it's quite obvious who they are and it seems unrealistic that Berengar can't pick up on the clues.

The narration from Matt Addis was flawless with excellent pronunciation and clarity. His tone of voice and accents complemented the story and added to the immersion perfectly.

I would recommend this book and I'll be looking out for the next in the series.

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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Highly recommended

Looking for a new fantasy series? Try out The Wrath of Lords by Kyle Romines. This is a brillaint epic fantasy book with excellent world building. There's plenty of good action, well developed characters and a plot that keeps you guessing with its twists and turns. This book was highly entertaining and well worth a buy.

Matt Addis did an excellent job of bringing this world to life, making Berengar seem like a truly massive man.

This audiobook was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review.

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Very intense

This book involves a warden who is involved with the capture of a wanted group. When he kills the leader in a church where he has taken refuge it begins a journey that takes the warden into the middle of many secrets and intrigue. He is forced to look deeply not only at those around him but also at his own self in relation to why he does what he does.

There is more than enough deceit and betrayal to go around as people of power try to retain power over others. The interaction between the humans and the other races is examined and those involved are found lacking.

The narration of this book is outstanding. Great range of voices and emotion is shown and well done.

This book was provided free of charge with the expectation of an honest review.

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A New take on a fantasy world.

This book is everything that a fantasy book should strive towards as the first of a series to come. We are introduced to, presumably, the male lead of this story and he is a tough man in a harsh world but through the story we see what makes him human instead of the villain he is to the wider world. The book is full of characters that have full personalities and motives for there actions i enjoyed how the author developed the plot. Dropped into world that is obviously strange and unfamiliar the book makes exploring and learning about it feel natural with minimal exposition which is something i love when the author achieves it. Like other successful novelists he draws on older lore, Irish which is new, for inspiration and it helps to deepen the world.
The narrator was enjoyable although it took a while for me to drop into the story.
The only flaw i find with the book was that at some points it feels rushed but after reading this book i cant wait for the next instalment hopefully with the same narrator.
This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

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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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too short

definitely got that witcher feel,with gerard.
addis does an excellent job,hes in my top five,narrators along with T,G Reynolds.
this book is to the piont ,but with an instant connection with characters.
i need more more more

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Fantasy novel steeped in Irish Folklore

This book intrigued me from the off.
It is full of references and nods to Irish folklore whilst still feeling like a wholly different world.
The characters are well built and evolve in an organic fashion even some of the characters you don’t have a huge dealing with.

The story ducks, darts and weaves around giving you a number of unexpected twists and more than a few surprises.

There are a number of things played out very different to how I expected.

The narration is fantastic and the characters are full of life.
I do feel you need to be aware that the whole thing is in Irish accents which for some people it can take some time to acclimate to however you should stick with it for at least 3 or 4 chapters.

I suddenly realised when two characters said the same word in different pronunciations that I had entirely forgotten it was all delivered in Irish accents.

I hope you give this book a chance as it truly does deliver a unique story that will keep you listening or turning the pages.

I received this free copy at my request and have provided an honest and impartial review above.

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Excellent Start to a Grimdark Series

Thoroughly enjoyable grimdark fantasy novel. I requested the third book to listen to via Audioboom as it looked like it could be read as a standalone, and Romines very kindly gave me all three books, which is pretty awesome of him.

Excellent start to the series. It's action packed from the beginning and generally fun to read. Have already recommended to one friend so hopefully they will also enjoy it. Only criticism I have is there wasn't too much backstory given, so I'm hoping this is explored more in the second book.

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

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Bravo! What a great Fantasy debut for the author

I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

Narration 10/10
The narration is spot on. Everything about it is the way it should be and I can't imagine it any better. For me it really brought the story to life and kept me engaged. The voice tone, the expressions even the narration speed (one of the few books I actually listened on x1.00 and didn't have to speed up to make more manageable) are just perfect.

Story 9/10
I'll be honest, I didn't expect much. I get a lot of review copies and many of them will end up unfinished and deleted from my library that I won't even bother to review. Some others are ok - moderately good, which I'll finish and post an honest review. But this! This was such a surprise! My expectations were low, but unexpectedly it turned out to be one of the best books I finished this year (and I go through 10+ per month).
The story follows the protagonist Berengar, a Queen's Warden with the reputation of a cold hearted man that will get the job done, who, after he beheads a man in a church, is "forced" in a journey to find the local lord's niece who's gone missing,
Berengar is an amazing character, he has his shades of grey, viz, he's not the cold hearted man of the rumors, but he's not your average "white knight" hero either. Instead, he's a well built character with his flaws and contradictions, which are finely presented during the story-line, and affect the turn of events.
The character building is overall well done, and the world is finely presented. The pace is really good, not getting stale at any given point and there is a lot of action, especially during the second half of the book. There are also the occasional twists and unforeseeable events that keep the tension up and make things more interesting.
Even though the seeds are sown for the sequel, the author patches up loose ends and gives a satisfying end to this book as a stand alone novel.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and I would suggest it to all fantasy lovers. Personally I'm definitely listening to the other 2 books in the trilogy in the near future.

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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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  • MANI
  • 12-05-19

The Wrath of Lords

In this audio book, most of the characters in this story are well developed and distinct. The notable exception, unfortunately, is the main character, Berengar. In fairness, he is a complex character with some unique traits All in all, it's an entertaining book

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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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  • 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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  • Spooky Mike
  • 28-06-19

Solid Start to a Great Series

The way the story was laid out reminded me of a bit of the TV show Incredible Hulk. I felt like the main character was on a walking quest and while on that journey was picking up side jobs. I think it started out a little slow but picked up speed as it progressed and got me sucked in to the point I listened to the last half more than once. While the main focus was the over arching story, I felt there were a lot a little stories nestled within that. It really made for a story that seemed richer than the actual overall arching story. Part of me thought that this wasn’t really a fantasy story, but more of an adventure action style and that worked really well with me.

Berengar is a really interesting character. The level of growth with his character was great and I look forward to seeing to where he goes. I didn’t really like him as the protagonist at first, but he grew on me as the story continued. The building of the world Berengar is in is great. This is definitely a setup of an environment that will set the stage for the following stories. All the little fantasy side stories that were added made the overall story that much more.

I really liked the location of the story and appreciated the narrator’s accent. He did a really good job with the character’s voices and you can hear the enthusiasm he put into his narration. I look forward to hearing him narrate the rest of the series.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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  • Rebecca Azizov
  • 22-05-19

WOW

can I just say wow no really this book can't be any more perfect than it was just such a good good good story it was a great world build with great solid and wonderful story just so good first of all I was intrigued by the cover but I couldn't imagine what I bargained for it was just marvelous BTW the narrator was amazing and was a great attribute for the book

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  • Randall
  • 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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  • 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.
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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 W
  • 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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