Having lost the prince to the madness of The Blessing, Tejohn and Cazia are the only people who know of his plan to retrieve a secret spell that might - just might - turn the tide of battle against the grunts.
But Tejohn's body is broken, and Cazia has been stripped of her magic. Worse, both are being held captive: Tejohn faces charges of treason in the lands where he was born. On the other side of the continent, Cazia is a prisoner of the Tilkilit queen, a creature with a desperate, deadly plan.
While they struggle for their freedom, The Blessing continues to spread across Kal-Maddum, their numbers growing more numerous as the human population shrinks. What had started as a race to restore an empire has quickly become a mission to save humanity from extinction.
Harry Connolly's first book, Child of Fire, was listed in Publishers Weekly's Best 100 Books of 2009.
©2015 Harry Connolly (P)2016 Podium Publishing
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"Great reading, great plot, great characters!"
This is the second book of The Great Way trilogy. If you haven't read book 1, The Way into Chaos, read/listen to it first. That said, this is a great middle book for the series, the characters change and grow, you learn new things about the world and plenty of unexpected things happen, the plot is really full of surprises. The performance is top notch, Kramer gets every nuance of the text and gives a strikingly individual voice to each character. This is a lively and interesting book, I highly recommend it!
"Obviously one book split into three"
This is not a story in itself. It is the middle of a book. Poor splitting on the publisher, i assume.
"Two novellas intertwined---what about a full book?"
Above average, not sure about a particular number to stick on it.
There are several memorable moments. My favorite was a tragic scene with infected farmers and soldiers.
Tejohn. I think Michael Kramer does the best voices for grizzled military veterans.
This is a fine story, albeit short (compared with its predecessor). Because there is a sneak peek at the next book in the series the audiobook is even shorter than listed. Listed time is about 9.5 hours but it actually ends at about 8.5 hours. The first book ends at about 15 hrs. While the first book ends with a life or death cliffhanger for all parties involved, this book ends with a minor cliffhanger for one character. It really feels like the story was about half-way finished when it ended. I don't understand why the author didn't switch the point of view for another half hour or so and give the reader cliffhangers for both parties.
The story has all the good stuff from the first book (man-bears, magical creatures, compelling characters, etc.). Cazia and Tejohn fight against the grunts (man-bears) in their own ways, but their stories do not overlap a single time. It reads like two separate four-hour long novellas.
Unfortunately, unless you are a big fan of the first book, I do not recommend spending a credit on this unless you have an excess of credits. I started listening to the third book and if you skip from the first to the third you don't feel like you are missing much. To me, this is a clear indication that, while fun to listen to, book two isn't necessary or complete, mostly just a resolution of the cliffhangers from the first book.
I love the writing but wish I got more than half a book.
"unsuspecting twists, not perdictable"
love the unsuspecting twists, not perdictable at all. thr narrator doea a great job on character differentiation with the voices.
"Cannot stop listening !"
loved every minute! Masterful narration! Awesome story! Can't wait to purchase the next one. I shall recommend this book to my son.
I read this in ebook format originally, but I couldn't resist spending some credits to get the audiobooks for a reread and I haven't been disappointed. The story is original, the characters believable, and the narration rock solid in the face of fantasy names.
"Can't wait to see what happens next!"
Great building of the sense of peril facing the protagonists. At this point, I don't see how they will possibly overcome it. That is rare when reading or listening to this genre. So many, try as they might to avoid it, fall into a similar formula, although some tell the story better than others. This author has not avoided all of the tropes, but his plot is based on one element that is unique enough that I hardly noticed, and the characters that represented them were believable enough to carry the story along without distraction. I finished this book in a day and a half!
Then, of course, if I am ever on the fence about trying an author I do not know, and the description does not grab me, seeing that Michael Kramer is narrating it makes it a "no" brainer." He's that good.
"The Way ....is amazing!"
as usual the narrator can make or break a book and as usual this narrator stand out above many. so many voices, so much character and depth.
the story has been amazing as well. plot twists and subtle intrigue. character development and so much life made real. I've done book one and two in rapid succession....will three be just as good...I imagine it will.
"fantastic and addicting"
loved it. the characters have depth and the plot draws you in. well worth the read.
I was hesitant to start another of these series because have been disappointed as of late. I was pleasantly surprised. Good characters and Michael Kramer was spot on. Funny, I am always iffy about Michael Kramer when first starting a listen but then very quickly remember that he is great for the long haul. He is consistent with character voices and has carried many a great book. The characters are full bodied and interesting. I have pre-ordered the 3rd book.
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