The Second Draeken War has yet to occur, but his victory is assured. When all life stands on the brink the nations will be forced to gather but it will be too late. The army built to exterminate them will not fail in its purpose. Unless the future is altered. Eleven impossible tasks will give the races a singular hope, to defend their lives as one people. Their completion will not be known. Their impact cannot be measured. But even the Oracle cannot do it alone.
©2013 Ben Hale (P)2014 Podium Publishing
"Well written . . . highly detailed." (Publishers Weekly)
"Ingenious and immersive." (Best in Fantasy)
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"The List Unseen" was Excellent!! Well written, well explained and helped connect all of the dots from the previous book "Seven Days". This story took us back to Taryn Elseerian's parents and what they went through to help make sure their son and the world would be ready for the Second Draeken War. It takes us to the beginning of when Ianna(Taryn's mother) & Mazer(Taryn's Father) meet and their journey of escape and adventure to help with what Ianna has seen in her forsight about the coming war. It is an action packed story full of this amazing journey they go on to accomplish Ianna's LIST of things that she/they need to accomplish before they die.
I LOVE a "strong" female heroine in MOST of my stories that I read whether they be Fantasy or just a good Adult Drama & Ianna is that and more...what I also like is that Mazer is a "true" partner/friend that shows her he is there for the LONG haul and not because it is easy because it isn't...His love for her is demonstrated through out the entire story. I enjoyed having the insight to Ianna's head and what she is thinking and feeling about the times she is fighting the battle that she cannot always say the "whole" truth...One part in the book that had me on edge and tears running down my face is when Mazer has had enough and Confronts Ianna about what she has been holding back from telling him...
This couple is a PERFECT match in more ways than one.
If I was TOTALLY honest about this book it would probably rate more like a "4.5" because I feel this book and their relationship calls for a good "love scene". The tension these 2 build up throughout their story is one that I feel could've exploded when they finally do come together. BUT I knew it was Not to be because that is not what Ben(the author) writes or at least hadn't written in the last 3 previous books...because there is some really good tension building with Taryn & you know who in the book "Seven Days"...
I love that even though I knew Taryn's parents end was coming - Ben had me right there to the end crying my eyes out and hoping, just hoping that maybe it would end differently...When an author can do that to me - that makes them an "unforgettable" author to me & I will ALWAYS pick up their books to read because I know they can pull those emotions out of me and just get me lost for awhile in my world of reading or as in this case the "World of Lumineia".
I LOVED this story and I want to THANK Ben Hale for becoming an author and writing about such a different world that is SOOO different from anything else I read...
"Why make a list?"
To me this should have been the first book in the Lumineia series. This book introduces the reader to the characters and reason things are. Ben Hale pulls at your heart strings as the Auricle defies her position in order to set certain items into play before the world faces it's second Draccon war, a war to end all human life.
I loved Ianna. She possessed the ability to go forward, to never give up. She even defied the constraints of her position and feel in love with a "half-breed". She gave up her magical abilities in order to help save her daughter and the world.
I loved The Hunter. He was tasked with bringing the Auricle home -- dead or alive. But events happened that changed this man forever and set his course in a most unusual way...raising a baby with no mother's help.
I listened to this book while walking on my treadmill. There are so many times I laughed, cried and even caught myself holding my breath. Would they make it? Will the world be better off in the end?
as so many have said Derek Perkins has a marvelous control of his voice. He makes each character come alive by the inflection of his voice.
"one of the author's best so far"
I very much enjoyed the "filling in of the gap". many things have come full circle and make much more sense. wonderful.
loved this one it answered a lot of questions I had from the last book
"Back To The Future"
Loved it. Well written and entertaining. Makes me want to go back and read the first three books again.
"wow this author gets it. leaving us wanting more!"
holy s***! wow just keep it going. Wanting more going further fantastic as an author and as a story teller. just keep going and thank you !
a prequel to the first three books, this tells the story of steps the oracle took to help in the war 20 years before it happens.
the narrator had an amazingly soothing voice and I found myself not wanting to turn the book off. it absorbs you, making you wish for more. the writing is detailed enough that you can envision the scenes, but not so detailed that is a struggle to get through like the LOTR series.
"Exceptional in every way!"
Exceptional in every way! I highly recommend this book. Moving, entertaining, a good love story. I look forward to future books about the Oracle of Lumineia.
"Love this Series!"
Ben Hale weaves a wonderful aside novel of the Oracles in The List Unseen. Derek Perkins delivers a great performance with believable portrayals of different gender characters. I have been absolutely addicted to Hale's entire Luminea series and can't wait for more to be available as audiobooks!
"I want more now!!!!"
I really enjoyed listening. I wish I did not have to stop. I searched and search for more. It really gets you hooked. This was my third time listening to the series. MORE PLEASE !!!!!!
I love listening to Mr. Perkins's. I find myself comparing other narrators to him. He is the BEST.
"Should be book one"
This book starts the journey of Lumineia and if you want to grasp the other books better then start with this one it's a flawless story and fills a lot of gaps it doesn't spoil anything but it does explain much
"the perfect prequel"
I bought books 1-3 ,then checked out the series before listening to see how many more books were there, a customer review of book 4 said that it really should have been book one and anyone starting from scratch should start there, so that's exactly what I did and it fits perfectly! starting from book 4 gives you a greater insight of the story line and knowledge of some of the main characters and their back story which made book one a far more enjoyable "read" would definitely recommend
On the advice of other reviewers I listened to this book first. It was thrilling and now I'm looking forward to the rest of the series!
"This is a prequel to the trilogy"
Although this is book 4 I recommend that it is read first. This is the prequel to the 2nd draeken war trilogy and it tells the story of Ianna and Mazer. Ianna is the oracle and can see the future and she sees the destruction of everyone in a future war with dark demons but she also sees a number of ways that she can intervene to improve the chances of the people of lumineia winning....this is the list as in the title.
A good story, well narrated, looking forward to next Ben Hale book to listen to.
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