The war is over, but there is a void of power that must be filled and no shortage of souls eager to fill it.
Tarah Woodblade was the best guide and tracker in the land, but she ran away from the war. She returns to Dremaldria expecting to be labeled a coward, but finds herself lauded as a hero. It seems a hero is needed too, because someone is hunting rogue horses....
©2013, 2015 Trevor H. Cooley (P)2016 Trevor H. Cooley
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"Good set-up for Series for Jharro Grove"
Tarah has a very unique personality. She generally is an introverted person and begins to evolve as a character throughout the story. This is Post-war and Tarah finding her place.
If they were to start the Jharro Grove Saga, then yes. This is a biography and set-up for Tarah and to tie her into the universe.
Andrew Tell is good as ever.
Make a moonrat armor and wield a Jharro Staff. :)
FYI: Jhustan doesn't show up until the Epilogue. Book 2 of Jharro Grove Saga has 3 stories going on. One of which is the continuation of Tarah Woodblade and her further growth of skills and character.
"feel good well written yarn"
no crazy mind blowing twists but great writing in a world we come to love
"a great story with a great ending"
I enjoyed the fact that this brought in new characters from the bowl of Souls world. Trevor offers immense character depth when it comes to each of character traits, so you feel like each of the characters are fully fleshed out with a very interesting background. Each of Trevor's components to a story offer the breadth of what you expect from any interesting fantasy action novels. I had a very high hopes for the story especially from what the previous books offered and I definitely wasn't let down.
"Tarah, a Dwarf, and a Red Staff Adventure"
Terah Woodblade is the sixth book in the “The Bowl of Souls” series and the first book in the “The Jharro Grove” saga, however it is the first book I have read in the series. Because this was my entry into the series, there were a few plot items I believe I missed had I read the previous five books. The author does a good job of providing enough backstory to assist readers with some high-level details to better understanding events from the earlier books. After reading this book, I will defiantly go back and read the others in the series; I enjoyed it that much. It is cliché, but I would say that you can judge this book by its cover, both are great.
Fantasy is one of my favorite book genres, but I have often stuck to more traditional or contemporary fantasy books written by authors like Brandon Sanderson. I was unsure what to expect from this book as it appeared to be more fantasy focused. Wow is all I can say after finishing the book. It exceeded all my expectations and it had me engaged from start to finish. The pace of the story was well done and at no time did I feel I wanted to skim over sections to get past slow periods. The author is able to tell a great adventure story by including flashbacks, dream sequences, and even a few twists and surprises. For me, the book was enjoyable and unpredictable; which is not an easy thing to accomplish with so many other fantasy books available. There was a good amount of excitement, humor, sub-plots, etc. to give the reader a deep experience. The regular battle between good and bad, but it is well told on this book.
The author painted a very believable story and included many fantasy character types while injecting a few unique creatures. The development of the main characters in the story was done very well; not too much or too little. Terah in my opinion would be classified as either a ranger or huntsman (huntswoman) based on simple RPG type classifications. And I would say that her adventure did not disappoint. One aspect I found strange was that she often would refer to herself in the third-person when speaking with others. This took some getting used to, but stick with the story as you will learn a few reasons why nearer the end of the book.
The author is able to tell a very compelling and exciting story without having to resort to the use of vulgar language as many other contemporary fantasy authors do. Language of this type would not have existed in the time the book takes place, which for me keeps it more realistic. I would like to personally thank the author for providing a deep and adventurous story that my teenager can read and enjoy and I feel comfortable allowing her too. The author expresses his characters through other means than stooping to such words. It is not a big deal, but a word that somewhat grated on my nerves was used by one of the main character. It is not a crass word, but again more a modern word which I would not think used during that period.
Regarding the audiobook narration. Andrew Tell does an excellent job of reading the book and bringing the many characters of the book to life. For a story that could have been read in a monotone way, Mr. Tell reads in a way that is expressive, inflective, and flowing. Even with the main character being female, Mr. Tell does a good job of voicing her which does not seem overly breathy or falsetto; like other narrators do.
Andrew is one of my new favorite narrators, and I will be listening to more material by him. He seems to do many other fantasy narrations along with other genres.
Disclaimer: This book was provided to the reviewer by the author, narrator, or publisher in exchange for a non-bias review.
"Stick with it, it's well worth it."
Character development is always a huge factor in my enjoyment of a story. Tarah doesn't know who she is in the beginning, and is trying to live her life by other people's rules. As you journey through her story, it's very entertaining watching her learn about herself, and evolve as an individual.
The relationship between the two main protagonists is a lot of fun.
Well... there's the whole being able to do two things at once thing... kinda hard to pull off while reading a paperback. (Not that I haven't tried...) I do enjoy the narration though, the voices and inflections bring life to the world.
I loved the pillow.
Tarah isn't very likable in the beginning - this is mostly a function of her upbringing, give her a chance - and she'll grow on you. It's a terrific book, and the whole series is well worth reading.
"The fun continues"
I thought the Mother of the Moonrat was the last of the Bowl of Souls books, because the war had ended, but I was pleasantly surprised to see this audiobook on Audible yesterday, and so I bought it immediately, downloaded it, put the current book that I was listening to aside, and started listening to Tarah Woodblade right away. This book takes place after the war, during the rebuilding process. It introduces us to brand new characters and tells the tale of their adventure. There are only cameo appearances of the regular list of players, and most of them are at the end, signaling their return in the followup books to come. I was just a little bit disappointed that the regular cast and crew were not heavily involved in this story, but at the same time it was good to meet the new team players and the new evil antagonist(s). Andrew Tell did an excellent job narrating, as usual! I can't wait for the next installment. Based on the very ending of this book, things could get very interesting indeed!
"Not Trevor H. Cooley’s Best"
Prior to this novel, Trevor H. Cooley took five novels to tell his “Bowl of Souls” story. I really enjoyed those five novels, but I was also glad it was over because although the novels were great, it felt like the story was never going to end. Now I could read/listen to a hundred novels about the “Bowl of Souls” if the author has that many to tell, but I can’t have one story take up all one hundred novels. When writers keep stretching one story across novel, after novel, after novel, after novel, I begin to feel like they don’t care about their audience as people and fans. I start to feel like they just see their audience as an object of manipulation. A means to an end, with that end being a wallet holding the cash to purchase another book.
Now Mr. Cooley has written “Tara Woodblade,” the first book in his Jharro Grove saga. The Jharro Grove saga seems to be a continuation of his “Bowl of Souls” storyline. Okay, I can definitely live with a new saga written in the “Bowl of Souls” world. The problem for me was that “Tara Woodblade” felt as if Mr. Cooley is running out of gas. Not every book in a series is going to be a grand slam home run or even a single run, home run, but “Tara Woodblade,” is just a single, period.
The first four books of the “Bowl of Souls” series made me chomp at the bit waiting for the next book. “Tara Woodblade” has had the opposite affect on me. The new characters feel like they were created from templates of the old characters from the first five books. They even sound the same. Part of the reason I feel that way must also be blamed on narrator Andrew Tell. The incredible job he did in the first five novels just feels ordinary now because he uses the same voices for new characters that he used for the “Bowl of Souls” characters. I found that off putting, especially with the first set of books so fresh in my mind.
Overall, “Tara Woodblade” is not a bad novel. Trevor H. Cooley is too good of an author for that. “Tara Woodblade” is simply not a great novel. Maybe that’s not a fair critique, but Mr. Cooley set his bar very high with the first set of books. I would still get the next novel in this new series. The author’s past works definitely grants him at least a one book grace with me, but things will have to get much better, quick fast and in a hurry for me to stick it out past the next novel.
Finally, this audio book was provided by the narrator at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of Audio Book Blast.
"Tarah guides the way!"
It was a good story but yes, I would have to say that I would have changed a few things. The story wanders all over the place and the theme is hard to understand but still there was some interesting moments.
Yes, I would recommend the story to some of my friends. The characters were well defined and there were some interesting fight scenes.
Yes, he has a good voice. He has a story telling voice that brings you into the story.
Not really. There was a certain inspiration to be a better person and help others.
I enjoyed listening to this book. I received this Audiobook for free from Audiobook Boom in exchange for a unbiased review.
"Getting better and better"
The narrator is getting better and the story is getting better and better. overall I'm happy about it
"Sometimes accepting yourself's the hardest journey"
I've grown to really like background music when narrators read the title page of a book. Sets the mood for what's to come. Andrew is a narrator I've listened to and enjoyed. When I see a book in the genre I enjoy, I have to have it. This book holds true to his fantasy narrations. He does different tones and emotions for each character, making them distinct for us. I do enjoy his different inflections and timber for individualizing the characters. His voice is clear and easy to listen to.
*This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com, at my request.
Tarah knows what she did when the war was happening. She ran. People died. She wasn't here to help them. And it all weighs on her mind because they think her a hero for what she did in Pinewood. Tarah also has her Papa and Grampa Rolf in her mind reminding her how she should act and what she should do. They are like her conscious.
There's Djeri. He becomes Tarah's travel companion, co-worker in a sense. But Djeri the Looker becomes much more than just that to Tarah. They both start to realize it as they are there for each other through this travel and obstacles of threats. I like how this relationship evolves through the book.
When we meet Arkon I'm caught by him. It's a quick intro to him and Melinda. Their connection is a unique one here in this world, and I'm getting the feel an unwanted one. The magic and assassins sent after them are wild. I love it! Arkon is a mage and has his own tricks. I'm thinking he might be my favorite character but because of the mystery surrounding him.
I've not read or listened to any of The Bowl of Souls series, though I'm wanting to. I've started in with this book with fresh eyes. I'm not aware of the ways of this world or the war that has ravaged the lands, but it was easy to understand the world. Tarah is even haunted by her past during the war, those that she didn't save and how she ran. It leaves a mysterious feel to Tarah and keeps me wondering the whole story with her past, keeping me listening to learn.
There is a moral to the story, it's tied to Tarah struggling with who she is. She doesn't understand who's inside because she's left other people's thoughts of her affect her. She comes to learn from Djeri, who becomes dear to her, that she's who she is through actions not what people think of her. This is a strong lesson for Tarah, and what readers can take from the story too.
The epilogue introduces new characters and new troubles to be followed in the next book. I'm curious how this will cross with Tarah Woodblade's next mission, which we know of by how this book ends.
"Love this author"
I have loved every book in this series so far. I would rate this in my top ten series of all time. It was nice to have new people to follow. The narator does a brilliant job as always. Time for me to start the next in the series. If you want a good fantacey with good action,magic interesting creatures and a great storey line then give these books a go.
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