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A QUEST OF HEROES (BOOK #1 IN THE SORCERER’S RING) revolves around the epic coming of age story of one special boy, a 14 year old from a small village on the outskirts of the Kingdom of the Ring. The youngest of four, the least favorite of his father, Thorgrin comes to learn he has mysterious powers he does not understand, that he has a special gift, and a special destiny. An epic tale of friends and lovers, of rivals and suitors, of knights and dragons, of intrigues and political machinations, of coming of age, of broken hearts, of deception, ambition and betrayal. It is a tale of honor and courage, of fate and destiny, of sorcery. It is a fantasy that brings us into a world we will never forget, and which will appeal to all ages and genders.
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“THE SORCERER’S RING has all the ingredients for an instant success: plots, counterplots, mystery, valiant knights, and blossoming relationships replete with broken hearts, deception and betrayal. It will keep you entertained for hours, and will satisfy all ages. Recommended for the permanent library of all fantasy readers.” (Books and Movie Reviews, Roberto Mattos)
A most enjoyable book. A story of a young lad not much cared for at home. With two older brothers who had no time for him and a father that thought very little of him as well.
The boy has a dream to join the Royal Guards. There is something special about him. In this book he struggles with things he doesn't quite understand about himself.
I found this a bit slow to start but am now hooked wanting to know more of his tale.
The narrator is reasonably good, but is a little monotone at times.
"Good reading if you're 12 yrs. old."
This isn't fantasy, it's a fairy tale. Very simplistic and predictable. I read about 2 hours and stopped. I can't understand the good reviews, except that they must be kids. If you are a kid, you'll enjoy it. If you are an adult, don't waste the credit or your time.
"Hackneyed, *and* repetitive"
This book isn't for anyone who pays attention to what they're reading or listening to.
I don't think a single page of this has ever been introduced to an editor. There are strings of sentences that all repeat the same thing - and using the same words! The author is too lazy to come up with different phrases and just uses the same ones over and over. E.g., the main character is "burning with indignation". Then two sentences later, "Indignation is burning in his veins." And in the next paragraph, he's "burning with indignation" again. As a result the characters have no depth and it's very difficult to immerse yourself in the story. The plot is also relatively unimaginative, but I expected that.
The narrator is a good fit for this author. They both have a very small, shallow bag of tricks to work with. The vast majority of sentences in the story are all voiced with the exact same inflection, as if the writing were metered or in verse. It usually doesn't suite the actual content of the text, and becomes terribly annoying very quickly.
I was very disappointed with the whole book almost immediately. And depending on my mood otherwise, listening would sometimes make me so frustrated with the stupid mis-steps by the author and narrator that I had to stop.
"A bit too simplistic"
The book started off really well. I was looking forward to a good listen, but it didn't really live up to the expectation.
I think that the problem I discovered was the simplicity of the story line. The line is too thin and too straight. There's no real branching. Nothing much happens in parallel. There's not too many twists. The plot develops simply. The main character suddenly and inexplicitly rises to the next level after each challenge.
There are holes in the plot which just leaps ahead without much in between and there is a rush of events. For example the protagonist arrives at court and is suddenly the centre of attention. Everything seems to happen within a handful of days, with almost no intervening time for thoughts or emotions to develop. Just struck me as odd
The story had a lot more potential which could have been realised with just a bit more attention. I'm glad that it only cost me half a credit. Not sure that I would pay a full credit for others in the series.
"Good for what it is - a young adult novel"
The narrator was probably my least favorite thing about this book. I think he portrayed the voices of different characters well- but he has a tendancy to be overly dramatic and he elongates words - it kind of sounds like he's trying to read poetic verse sometimes instead of a novel. "Soldiers" became "Soooldiers." I will admit that I'm partway through book two and he's kind of growing on me- but every now and then I want to shake my tablet and be like "YES, YES I KNOW YOU HAVE AN AMAZING BRITISH ACCENT! QUIT TRYING SO HARD TO SOUND LIKE YOU HAVE AN ACCENT!"
Actually I listened to this book strictly during my commute and while at work during mind-numbing data-entry sessions. I didn't feel the need to listen to it while doing more enjoyable activities- and it wasn't one that I just HAD to listen to RIGHT NOW to see what happened next. That being said, I DID enjoy it- I just wasn't rivited by it.
Please don't buy this expecting it to be a brilliant example of fine literature. Don't buy it if you're looking for the next Medieval Harry Potter, WOT or the next LOTR. Don't expect sweeping story arcs and completely developed characters.
DO consider this book if you're looking for a simple story and the cliche of "country boy makes it big at the king's castle" appeals to you. I enjoyed this story. I LIKED the characters (even if they were silly teenage kids for the most part and the "older" characters - at 25 years old or so - were either complete asshats or ridiculously melodramatic.) Yes, there were plenty of places where I quite literally rolled my eyes at things the characters said to each other or events that transpired. Yes, there were instances where I giggled at some pretty bad writing ("He was going to face death- in the face!") But I have a 14-year-old kid at home, and this book reads like a Disney movie- it's entertainment, but not a whole lot of substance. It's about a boy having every other young boy's daydreams come true.
So if you're willing to give this a shot- be willing to overlook it's flaws, quit being so uptight with all the "this would NEVER happen like this, not in a million years" overthinking, and just enjoy it. Let Thor have his moments of greatness without whining about all the rest- for the sake of every young person out there who ever thought "wouldn't it be cool if this happened?"
"Don't waste your money or credits"
I usually don't review books I listen to. Just usually don't care to take the time. Sorry. But I had to warn other listeners to stay away from this book. Poor writing. Predictable and bad plot. Inconsistencies in the plot. Inexplicable story lines. Shallow characters that you can't engage with. No depth to the characters. I kept listening hoping that it would get better. It didn't. I didn't have any other books to listen to and wasn't where I could download more so I was stuck wading though this book. Would have been better turning it off.
Tempo and reading style hard to listen to. I listen to about one book each week and I could not recommend his reading.
Just avoid this book. If you decide to listen to anyway, your choice, but you have been warned.
Yes, I've already read the book several time, but this audio book really helped bring the characters it to life.
Eragon, both books create a wonderful world that you can picture yourself living in.
I particularly enjoyed the scene where Thor was accepted into the legion
Morgan Rice should be really proud of this audio book, an already fantastic book was really brought to life by this performance.
The story is well written and very well performed but there is 11 books out in the series and only two in audio format I do not recommend getting this title until the rest of the series is out in audio format. The second book seems unfinished and stops at a bad point leaving the listener hanging.
"A great start"
The book is well paced and does a good job in establishing a new world for the series. Can't wait until the next one.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone interested in the genre.
The entire story evolves fast and has plenty of action.
Thor is a great lead character.
I listened to this book while driving to and from work (45min. drive) I'd find myself not wanting to get out of the car when I got to work.
I have already read all the books in the series and I enjoyed listening to the book in the car. However, it was a little harder to keep track of all the characters via the audio book vs reading the books. Great story line and keeps you captivated though.
Thor, who else?
This is the first of his performances I've listened to
Don't expect much from this book! The narrator makes it much the worst for it. This particular idea could have been made good if written better.
"Has no redeeming qualities."
Terrible writing. Flat characters. Boring world. (And then, two hours after meeting him, I realized that he was going to be my very best friend forever) The whole thing is god awful. Just. Don't. Save your time and your money. If you do decide to download it anyway listen on the x1.25 setting because the reading is so slow it's unbearable.
"A light fairytale"
Some plots are ridiculous but it is just a fiction after all. Decent fantasy book.
"A real page turner"
Brilliant story cant wait to read/hear the next book in this series. Couldnt stop listeniing to it
"Should I read it?"
This book thus far ranks 3.5 out of 5
The complexity of the numerous characters.
Imaginative fantasy with a childs perspective and attitudes.
While an interesting read unfortunately each book could have easily been combined with the following book in the series thus, while marketed well it does little for the wallet.
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