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Stormwielder Audiobook

Stormwielder: The Sword of Light Trilogy, Volume 1

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Publisher's Summary

For 500 years the Gods have united the Three Lands in harmony.

Now that balance has been shattered, and chaos threatens.

A town burns and flames light the night sky. Hunted and alone, 17-year-old Eric flees through the wreckage. The mob grows closer, baying for the blood of their tormentor. Guilt weighs on his soul, but he cannot stop, cannot turn back.

If he stops, they die.

For two years he has carried this curse, bringing death and destruction wherever he goes. But now there is another searching for him - one who offers salvation. His name is Alastair and he knows the true nature of the curse.

Magic.

©2015 Aaron D. Hodges (P)2016 Aaron D. Hodges

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  • mani
    15/04/16
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    If you could sum up Stormwielder in three words, what would they be?

    Stormweilder is a very interesting audio book from beginning to end. This is the first in a series. The book follows Eric through a somewhat adventurous, somewhat scary, somewhat enlightening endeavor where he is perceived as evil. I am following this series


    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
  • Kindle Customer
    31/10/16
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    "A Boy, A Knight, & An Assassin Maybe a Goddess Too"

    Stormwielder started very slowly. Alastair didn't find what he was looking for in the prologue. So the readers/listeners doesn't really know what Alastair is looking for. The prologue was so brief.

    Enter Eric in Chapter 1. Eric has believed that he is cursed and has fled his family. After destroying the town Oaksville in self-defense and having no control over his power, Eric is hunted once again until Alastair saved him.

    Alastair offered to train Eric in controlling his power if Eric is willing to accompany him in his quest to defeat Archon and save the three kingdoms from Archon. During their quest to Chloe, Alastair and Eric picked up three more allies to aid in their quest.

    The story took awhile to understand. The pieces of the story came together when the goddess Antonia showed Eric of the three kingdoms and the two gods came together to defeat Archon. From that moments, Archon has plotted against the two gods and has turned friend against friend. There is also the mystery of why one of the gods left, leaving only two gods to defend the three kingdoms.

    Only one person, a descendant of the bearer for the sword of light, can defeat Archon. Finding this descendant would be difficult. Eric is being hunted with accusation of being a demon by bounty hunters. Alastair is being deterred by the forces of Archon. Allies are made. The fellowship is faced with dragons. Friends become enemies.

    The story is worth reading/listening. The hardest part is to get through the first few chapters before the story takes flight. The story is similar to Tolken's Lord of the Rings. Tolken fans: give this book a shot.

    The narrator, David Stifel does a very good job with the story. There is only one part that makes the characters sound alike is on the "No, no, no...." exclamation. There isn't any difference to distinguish the characters.

    I receive an audiobook copy for a voluntary review. I was not compensated or influenced in any way for writing this review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Marcela R.
    28/08/16
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    "Fun and exciting fantasy"

    Epic tail about a boy on a journey to save the world. Fun characters and the reader's performance was delightful. Already making my way through part 2 which is also good!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Amazon Customer
    14/07/16
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    "Great story elements"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Stormwielder to be better than the print version?

    Did not read the printed version


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Eric,his journey/quest to control/master his magic


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    The end it made me want more


    Any additional comments?

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Lori
    26/05/16
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    "Stormwielder"
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    The story started out interesting, but never really grabbed hold of me and kept my attention. In the end I had a really hard time with this book. It took me a long time to finish it.

    The story follows Eric through his journey/quest to control/master his magic. Even though there is a lot of action, a good story line, great world building and a wide cast of characters in the end I just felt like something was missing.

    A narrator can make or break a story and in this case the narration just did not work. Although he has a pleasant voice his narration of this book is very monotone/slow most of the time. I just don’t think he was the right narrator for this story.

    I think I would have enjoyed this much more if I read it instead of listening to it.

    This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Tiffany Markworth
    Bellevue, NE United States
    9/05/16
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    "Good Beginning to the series"
    Any additional comments?

    I found the book very enjoyable. I look forward to the next book in the series. I'm curious to see where the story takes me. The narrator was spot on. I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Steve H. Caldwell
    Tacoma, WA
    6/10/16
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    "Not your typical coming of age story."

    When he was 15, Eric had a bad dream, about a dark force coming after him. As he awoke, he sees that his house is burning around him, that a storm is raging around his house, and that lighning has struck the house and his village, and that he is the one that has summoned the storm. Thinking him cursed, he is cast out by the villagers, and for 2 years he has lived in the wilds, trying to avoid people. He breaks this habit and enters a walled town. A nice man offers to help him in the village, and leads him into a trap, where he is beaaten. during the beating, he loses control of his emotions, and summons the storm, Unfortunately, he cant control it. Even though the Lightning kills the muggers, it also wreaks havoc, death and destruction on the village. He is rescued by an older warrior named Alistair, and so starts an adventure that has to deal with the gods of their land, a monumental evil threat thought defeated, and personal challenges as Eric learns just what his "curse" is: Magic, and AListair starts teaching him to harness it. Along this journey, they meet a host of interesting characters, and travel a land raveged by the war the benevelent gods of Earth and sky fought against a mysterious evil that is more powerful than they are. It seems Eric has a bigger part to play that it seems, and the fate of the world may rest with him and his friends. With a fully realized world, a plot with non stop, well thought out action sequences, and realistic characters, this is a story any fantasy fans should be able to get behind.

    David Stifel did a nice job narrating, bringing each character to life, and keeping the story flowing nicely. I especially liked his voice for Alistair, it really resonated. I am anxious to start book 2 now, and see where this talented author takes the story.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Reg
    McKinney, TX
    29/09/16
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    "Nice Start to the Series"

    Aaron Hodges has created a multifaceted world that could be among the greats, eventually. I found the direst of dire circumstances a twinge too much. In most other fantasy series, there are plenty of fights to the almost death where the hero or the hero's companions face death, and some even die. Here, though, the grim circumstances never let up. The group goes from bad to worse with no pauses, no reflection, no humor, and no reprieve to restore or get to know one another. I get it, it's the end of the world, and it's worse than the worst times have ever been.

    I was drawn to the characters and enjoyed watching Eric come to understand his 'curse' and become determined to use his power for good. I liked that he came to trust Alistair and Kailen and Inkan.

    I can only hope Enala sets aside her arrogance and anger and starts to help instead of being comatose and continuing with the woe is me attitude. And I hope someone who knows how to win steps up and starts to tell us what is going one and what needs to be done so the good guys can win. I am also hoping that what appeared to happen with Antonia at the end of book 1 didn't really happen or that I misinterpreted the outcome.

    I enjoyed most of David Stifel's narration. He was good on the male voices and OK on the female voices (some could use some work though). He had a bad habit of stepping into 'the narrator' mode and sounding a bit stiff which brought me out of the story.

    I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom! in exchange for an honest review.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Natalie @ BookLoversLife
    20/06/16
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    "It's OK."

    My actual rating is 2.5 stars but I'll round it up to 3. In all honesty, I don't know what to say about this book. I hate giving negative reviews and rarely do but since this is a review book, I have to write something!!

    All I can say is that it started out good, with Eric losing control and destroying the village. It sounded promising but I don't know what happened then. I just kind of lost interest in both the story and the characters. It was dull and boring and I wanted so much more from this!

    The narrator also didn't help, he read it in a very monotone voice and didn't seem like he enjoyed the reading. I may check out more by him, but I'll have to try the sample first.

    *I received a copy of this for review. This in no way affected my thoughts.*

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Andrew
    25/04/16
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    "Solid start to an epic fantasy series."
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, if they were looking for a short but engaging fantasy.


    Any additional comments?

    I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review courtesy of audio book blast.

    I liked Stormwielder. Nothing about it particularly blew me away, but it was a pretty solid traditional epic. The characters were well-done. The plot, for all that it was a bit boiler-plate, was executed well. My one "WTF" moment when reading this one was the epilogue. I'm not a big fan of dropping titanic plot shifts in epilogues, and this one was pretty huge. Still, that might be a personal preference thing. I'd also say that the motivations for one of the major villains were not very clear, but hopefully we'll learn more about that in later installments. Over all, a fairly promising start.

    1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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