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Warden's Will

The Will and the Way, Book 1
Narrated by: Amy Landon
Series: Tyranny Cycle, Book 1
Length: 11 hrs and 23 mins
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Summary

The are few forces more powerful than the Will of a fully trained Warden, but those who endeavor to become Wardens must first escape the crucible fires of Black Mark Academy. Very few who enter will leave as Wardens, and many will never leave at all.  

Lillin ends up at Black Mark Academy not as a willing volunteer, but as forced penance for a past wrong. She soon discovers that the training involved in becoming a Warden is more nightmarish than she could have imagined. With her face marked permanently for her past crimes, she has to either survive the Warden's cruel training program or die in the process. She must discover the determination within herself to move forward and kindle the flames of the eternal fire, the Warden's Will.

Warden's Will is the first novel in a new series by Heath Pfaff, author of the Chaos Awakens trilogy, and The Hungering Saga. He has had multiple books appear in Amazon's top ten fantasy rankings and is well known for his dark and sometimes horrific fantasy stories.

©2017 Heath Pfaff (P)2018 Heath Pfaff

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What if Hogwarts was run by maniacs?

Many books have focused on a protagonist's journey through a unique school or academy, this one tends more towards the cruel end of the spectrum with it's portrayal of an order that employs a harsh training regime on their potential recruits with a rate of attrition that includes a large numbers of deaths and not simply people leaving the training.

The book does a good job of showing the development of the main character from a fairly selfish and unlikable person into a competent and determined young woman who faces the horrors she faces and comes through them all the stronger.

The narrator does a generally good job of enhancing the book with her performance with a distinctive range of tones for the various characters, but at normal speed the pace of the narration felt a little bit slow for my liking.

Overall, an interesting first book in the series that potentially set a good foundation for the rest of the series.

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

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  • Karl hill
  • 23-04-19

Cannot Wait to Listen to the Rest of the Series!

I read a lot of YA books in this genre and I really liked this book because it took the aspects that I liked from The Hunger Games and Divergent and intensified them! However, I thought the premise and story were unique. Initially, I went back and forth if I should take a chance on this book, and I am so glad I did.

Lillian ends up at Black Mark Academy for killing someone, and she does not want to be there. She finds out the training is extremely brutal and very few survive. Her only other option, beside passing the academy, is to die/be killed. This story was non stop action from start to finish and I completed it in one sitting. I enjoyed it that much. I cannot wait to see what Pfaff will have next for the series, and I cannot wait to find out. I am new to his writing, but I am already scouting a few of his other books I might enjoy. I have already recommended this first book to a few friends.

This book does get very graphic and points which I do not mind. I just wanted to worn others just in case.

Lastly, I think Amy Landon does a great job with distinct voices and really brings the emotions of the characters through. I really hope she will continue with the series.

I received this audiobook at my request, and I have left a voluntary and honest review.

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  • Trevor
  • 07-10-18

great story. a <br />

a little darker than most of the fantasy I read but what a refreshing change of pace. no cookie cutter story here. I've read his other book and been following him for a while.
if you're debating grabbing this title, do it. if you enjoy it check out his others.

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  • Douglas E. Noll
  • 11-09-18

Intense

This is one of the most intense books I have listened to in years. The story line is predictable enough, but the way Pfaff builds the characters and the world they live in is what makes this book. It is also disturbing as the trials Lilan must go through to save her life and become a warden are nothing short of horrendous torture. I am not sure any human could survive the ordeals the warden training puts her through. I know I couldn't, and I am pretty tough. Well, she manages to survive even the horrible water test. I will want listen to the next installment to see what Pfaff creates for our heroine. The narration is well done. Recommend this one.

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  • Craig Pfaff
  • 11-09-18

Another outstanding book from this author

If you are looking for a great Epic Story this is for you. The character development is outstanding. Welcome to another fantasy world created by the author!

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  • Ohtochooseaname
  • 21-10-19

Heath Pfaff is a master of the horror/adventure

This series is a horror/adventure/coming of age book in an interconnected parallel worlds fantasy setting. I really think Pfaff does a masterful job of walking the horror/adventure line where things are dark but not too dark, where the main character is flawed, but not evil. His books are pretty unique in the fantasy genre, snd I always look forward to the next one, and this book is definitely no exception.

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  • Deejay
  • 28-04-19

Great start

This was a great start to the series. It is unlike any other books I've read in this genre. I really felt for the characters. I can't wait for the next one.

The narrator was great. I could easily tell the characters apart.

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  • Christine Newton
  • 23-04-19

Great start to a series

I was pleasantly surprised with this audiobook, particularly the editing. I'm never quite sure how to review the first book of a series, because character development and plotting will likely be stretched across multiple volumes. One of the things I liked was that the heroine was plain-looking; sometimes I get tired of beautiful heroines. I also like her internal flaws and found her decision-making to be believable. The author places her in a very unusual situation and I'm very curious to find out what happens to her. There is a lot of death and many unanswered questions (we don't yet have a full sense of who the 'bad guys' are, for example) so there is a lot to look forward to in the next installment of the series.

The narration was good - the narrator's voice is consistent with the mental image that I have for the protagonist. I increased the playback speed slightly to suit my personal preferences.

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  • James
  • 16-04-19

Good 1st book

Main character was well written, likable and narration was great. The overall story seemed a little disjointed at times as the other characters weren't nearly as interesting, but was overall a good listen.

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  • TU
  • 15-04-19

A good start to a new series

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This was a suprisingly good book. I really thought it was put together well, and really sucked me in quickly and kept me there the whole time. It is a great blend of sci fi and fantasy. The world-building is superb. The character building is also done very well. The narration is good. All in all, this made for a great listen. This is a series I will definitely follow.

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  • Jason Begly
  • 11-04-19

Warden's Will

Let me first apologize to Heath Pfaff because when the book started I thought this was going to be a Hunger Games knockoff. Oh, how wrong I was. This was really, really good... and disturbing and anger-inducing and wicked. I am not sure how one comes up with something like this, but I am happy the story has been started. I need to read the second book, from the reviews I have read it seems like it is even better. There is a healthy balance of sci-fi and horror here. At different points, the genre swung to each end of the spectrum. The "doors" to the training grounds and the way the worlds were interactive and "bubbled" moments in time was very science-fictiony, but the hodge-podge collection of robotic parts on the "spider" creatures that attached corpses to their frames and used the dead to replicate was something straight out of a nightmare. I could go on, this book was awesome. I am not sure I liked the way it ended, but knowing that it will continue in another book makes me happy. The writing was great and the narration was good. Pick this up if you like bloody, dystopian, subtly sciencey, maddeningly unfair stories of redemption... kind of.

This story was given to me for free at my request for my voluntary and unbiased review.