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Another good read; with interesting characters - although there did seem to be a little editorial mix up with two characters and their plots from the last book.
Was happily reading at a rollicking pace, with dragons; pirates; bad-guys, good guys, ( both of these dying amongst MUCH blood and gore…)
…Until the denouement, when the book ALL OF A SUDDEN becomes a Right Wing *Reproduction Class* from Texas (or why you should wait til marriage for sex)…!!!!!
I mean - if you're uncomfortable about writing a sex scene - simply leave it out!!!
The irony is the amount of violence, blood, guts, and questionable moral decisions and plot points used throughout the rest of the book.
This COULD HAVE been a great new "world-building" book, but due to the appalling last chapter this is the last book I'd EVER read by this author. I'll be returning this rubbish.
Frustrating to be aware of obvious misunderstandings between characters while they remain seemingly oblivious. I'm intrigued to continue albeit with more trepidation then usual when consuming a series.
"Fantasy with light romance"
Solid gold performance by narrator Derik Perkins. I enjoyed the entire series, both reading and listening to it. As for the quality of the storytelling, I'd give the stories in this omnibus an average of 3.5, but I'd give books 3 and 4 (not included) a slightly higher score. I'd give the series 3.9 stars max, as a whole.
Told in 3rd person, this series seems to be aimed at YA - adult. PG-13. No sex or cussing, but there is bloody violence.
HARBINGER is the first full-length novel in the Fate's Forsaken fantasy series, involving humans, dragons, mages, giants, mots (midget humans), pirates, whisperers, and shape-changer animals. I liked it more than SLIGHT AND SHADOW, but both books are fairly good (see quibbles below).
As for plot, the premise is logical, and even though it's nothing new, it's got the makings of a good fantasy. The plot is simple. This is not the kind of brain-taxing fantasy that has a complex magical system or convoluted socio-political arrangement. Some of the action scenes are excellent (especially the chapter called "The Tempest" in HARBINGER, and the final battle against Lord Gilderick and his fallows in Book 2, SLIGHT AND SHADOW.)
The genre is fantasy-with-light-romance, I'd say. By the fourth and final book, there's a bit too much romance for my taste, but I'd be happy with none at all. This series is fairly light in tone, with feel-good scenes of camaraderie and conviviality, interspersed with a few heartbreaking grim-dark scenes (murder, butchery, slavery, starvation). The writing style flows, making it easy to follow. There's a sprinkling of light humor throughout. I smiled and chuckled a few times.
Themes: Coming of age. Friendship, loyalty, faith. Abomination versus acceptance. Interspecies relations. A kingdom in peril. Destiny, Fate, and Death. A prophecy. An orphan child with no clue about his true nature. Shades of Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings.
CHARACTERS: Protagonists are plentiful: Kael, Amos, Roland, Kyleigh the dragon girl, Aerilyn, Captain Lysander the pirate, Jonathan, Jake the Mage, Elena, Nadine the mot, Blood Fang, Eveningwing, etc.
Villians: Bullies Marc and Laomoth. The treacherous King Craven is suitably evil, but he's not a one-dimensional prop. His warlord Titus is canny, ambitious, and vicious. His head magician Ulric delights in torture but is not as shrewd as he believes. His seer Argon is an enigma we don't resolve till book 4. Same with his Beastmaster.
Craven's cabal, The Sovereign Five, oversee the five regions of his kingdom:
Drunken Earl Hubert rules the Unforgivable Mountains, their Valley, and their foothills. Countess D'Mere rules the Grand Forest. She's a villain, but with texture, an enigma unresolved till later in the series. Duke Reginald of the High Seas is a fairly flat villain. Lord Gilderick rules the fertile plains. He's vile and emaciated, but shrewd, with some nasty tricks up his sleeve. Baron Suhar controls the desert, but he plays a very minor role.
Quibbles: Both novels in this package went on a bit too long, without enough momentum through the slow parts. The author needed to either shorten the story or insert some suspenseful scenes into the slow parts. And find a synonym for "rump" (overused, with connotations of rump roast and obesity).
I read the entire series. Books 3 and 4 are the best of the lot. Dragonsbane is available on Audible but Daybreak is not. It may be in production. Early days yet.
It is not necessary to read the prequel novella Poison to understand the series, but it's a decent tale. It is set before the Whispering War, beginning when Countess D'Mere was a child. It is her story. We also meet her lover, Garron, Aerillyn's father.
"A Good Series"
This omnibus was very enjoyable. Can be enjoyed by adults and YA. There is violence and blood but no cussing or sex. I like to check out omnibus recordings as it gives me a chance to check out authors I otherwise would not take a chance on due to the minimal recording time. Anything less than 20 hours the author would have to be up there with Robert Jordan, etc.
"Must listen. Be ready to laugh."
Awesome series. Shae Ford mixes whit and swashbuckling with a decent love story. This is a must listen. Will recommend it to anyone.
"Loved the characters and story."
I loves the characters and the story. The relationships they built were fragile and felt real. The growth of the main character was filling and makes me look forward to the next book in the series.
This is an excellent series. I am glad I found out about omnibus. It is a good way to find out about new series of books. The main characters a well developed and have a good amount of detail for them. It is also narrated well. Save some coins and add this series to your collection.
"I wanted to like it."
The narrator was very good. It simply did not keep my interest. I could not really connect with either of the main characters and ultimately didn't care what happened to them.
Yes, its one of those stories that you want to read again and again
The battle with the witch
No, its the first time, it will not be the last.
A small group of freedom fighters joined by Giants, Dragons and Small people fighting evil and injustice.
"Worth more than a credit"
I don't write a lot of reviews but this book has a great theme across the whole series. Mystery, hidden story lines, great character development and no normal ending.
The mix of characters. You get swooped into a story line, then it switches and get pulled right back in.
He does an amazing job mixing up the characters' voices. I sometimes forgot that it was one person reading.
Shae Ford is a great story teller and kept it clean. I would let my kids read/listen to this series.
"It could have been good..."
Incompetent, flat villains
This is one of those books that was enjoyable, but had little substance. If your into escapist fantasy, id recommend it. However, if you like a little more meat to your stories, i suggest you look elsewhere.
Also, if i never hear the word "rump" again, it will be too soon.
"I loved it"
I really enjoyed this entire series.
As stated by some other reviewers, the plot line is not as complex as others of this genre, but that is actually what I liked about it.
Shae Ford does a terrific job telling the story.
What I mean is this. Some fantasy authors get REALLY wordy describing every little detail about every little aspect of every rock, tree, building, article of clothing, and on and on. While some description is necessary to create the image in your mind, when they drone on and on about it, my mind wanders, and I just want them to get on with the story.
Shae Ford tells the story. There is plenty of detail to create a vivid image of each scene, each event, but the story moves along. That leaves more time to develop the character, give insight into their thoughts and emotions.
I also loved the periodic, subtly humorous quips, events and mischief from some of the characters. I enjoy a rye wit, and sarcasm. There were little things here in there that actually made me laugh out loud as I listened.
But my favorite thing of all, (and for me to really enjoy a book, it is critical) is that I really began to love the characters. I was rooting for them. Hoping for them. Wanting certain things to happen for them.
If I care about the characters, I become invested in the book. This series did that for me.
The only slight criticism I would offer is that there were a couple scenes that were a little ambiguous as to the outcome. I don't want to inject any spoilers here, but there was one event where I was uncertain if something had been actually resolved permanently, until near the end of the story, when it became obvious that the villain was not going to re-emerge. Maybe I was just a little slow at grasping it, but it seemed like the door was left open for him to pop up again, but the story progressed, ended and , well...I guess it was actually resolved. It didn't really detract from the story. It just left me wondering.
The narrator, Derek Perkins, is exceptional. Each voice for each character is distinct and very well done. He is absolutely brilliant.
Bottom line. I enjoyed this tale very much, and recommend it highly.
The story was. Well written filled with excitement. A fantastic narrator I loved the main characters kale kylie decline we were all amazing
I loved all of this got a little slow once or twice but not for long enjoyed so much already brought books 3 and 4
"justice and humour"
a struggle to survive that leads to rip roaring adventure with laughter and tears along the way.
"poorly written fantasy, or a long child's book?"
this is where im confused, the book isnt marketed as a teenage book or a pre teen book, yet nearly all adult (i dont just mean sex or gore here) themes are seemingly purposefully removed. i mean i know the lad is a teenager in the book but i had more logical thinking as a 14 year old than this feller has and a much broader range of emotions.
so this young man and he is young is rubbing shoulder with one of the most supposedly beautiful women in the known world and never one has a slightly raunchy thought. he also has these powers but seems to mope and never apply teenage rage. its like the author was writing a book for children about a teenager but has forgotten what is like to be both? its just poor, and it didnt need to be put out there for the world to see.
there are noble pirates? petty old men, witches that are ugly and monsters galore. its just to much copy and past ideas from other works with no spice or fire to liven it up. so in answer to the question yes i would change lots. either choose a subject audience and tailor your work accordingly, or write a grown up book and do it well . this half half nonsense is just frustrating.
i don't be leave so could be wrong. narrator was a good lad in my opinion for grinding through this book. but wasnt an amazing narrator in himself.
he seemed to have odd accents for people who lived in the same area. why would the main character a hill billy mountain man who hadn't had a bath till recently have perfect English? no sense or thought put in. and all his voices where husky or squeaky. i mean please.
no infact i would boycott it and go to the hauge court as it would be a crime again humanity
if you have a massive amount of money or a credit doing nothing that is the only way i could recommend this book. it lack whit, humor and grace and tries to stand in the big boy park but falls short.
if you like your main character to be a whining petulant child this is the book for you, personally I gave up halfway
very good story is fluid and moved with a good pace, will have to finish the rest
"ok but nothing new or to creative"
this is a ok Young adult book(and series) its got the feel of similar books of the genre. if you liked eragon and the Inheritance Cycle series you'll enjoy this (about the same but with pirates) a solid if bland magic system and a basic world ruled by evil ruler. if you enjoy books with either a wide array of fleshed out characters or a hero who isn't amazing and instantly a master at everything he tries you make struggle with this book/series.
Gripping story, very well written and thought out
The world the book is set in has clearly been well thought out, unlike a few books which seem to add new places as it goes along there is reference to many islands and continents throughout.
Very good actor and easy to differentiate between characters.
Unusually attached to the characters! The way they have been written and acted out makes them feel very alive to me and do find myself smiling at accomplishments and finding more time in the day to hear the end of situations.
Very glad I gave this a chance, easily becoming my new favourite listen!
"Fate's Forsaken Omnibus."
Kael a young man who saw his parents slain by the mad King and is being brought up by the villages healer longs to be accepted as a hunter. It's his essential good nature to help others that guides him into trouble whilst at the same time wins him allies.
Shae Ford,s delightful narration of these books draws you on and brings Kaels adventures to life as he tries to find out his 'Quest' that evolves around him without him realising.
Looking forward to 'Dragonsbane'
ok first two books last portion seemed to have nothing to do with rest of the books
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