Tensions are mounting after a devastating battle before the walls of Shaliyah, birthplace of the Prophet. The East is rising, bringing equal measures of hope and despair to the magical world of Urte.
For some Salim's victory is a call to arms, for others it is evidence of a world gone mad. While the armies of East and West clash in brutal conflict, emperors, inquisitors, Souldrinkers, and assassins all have their attention turned elsewhere as they hunt the Scytale of Corineus. The immensely powerful artifact is the key to ultimate power, and it's in the hands of unlikely guardians: failed mage Alaron Mercer and market-girl Ramita Ankesharan, who carries the child of the world's greatest mage. The fate of the world hinges on destruction should the artifact fall into the wrong hands.
©2014 David Hair (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Published by arrangement with Quercus Editions Ltd (UK).
"Bit of a Letdown"
The world is well crafted, and has a sort of primal ferocity that reminds me of game of thrones. But the author makes a few basic mistakes that severely undercut the value of the series.
First, he's afraid to kill his Main Characters. Even with all the blood and guts and sex and death, the main characters get out of every situation without a scratch, sometimes with the plot going to ridiculous lengths to protect them. They also seem to be immune to guilt, and almost every single one of them has murdered at least one person in cold blood, then apparently forgotten about it.
Less importantly, The magic system is terribly designed. The way its constructed, it can do virtually anything. Even if, by the strictest sense, something falls outside one of the sixteen schools of study there's an easy fix- just mix a few random schools that are slightly related, and it suddenly works.
Which wouldn't be a problem, except its such a magically driven series. Causes dozens of minor plot holes.
On the hole, it was good, but nothing new. Game of thrones and wheel of time have a baby, which then only inherits only their more mediocre aspects. I expected more: The series feels like it has a Lot of potential, but its three books in and still delivering mediocrity.
After building up expectations, the final fight was just pathetic. It left me with a regret of having picked up this series.
"What is this... a soap opera?"
No. I despise when authors use cliff hangers to hook you into the next book... it's a cheap tactic and caused what was otherwise a decent read to be un-recommendable for me.
The final battle would have been great if it had been chapter 1 of a new book and we could look forward to how the protagonists recover from the terrible event. Instead I got left feeling like I wish I'd never started the series, and if I had it to do over I wouldn't have. I'm now unlikely to ever start another of his series, perhaps picking it up when it's fully completed.
I love listening series but the ending of this book was extremely disappointing. Really hoping that Book 4 will be better follow up.
"Just when something good happens..."
Great book, awesome story. I just wish that some people would stay dead sometimes. Other than a few characters being insufferable, yet portrayed as "important", it isn't so bad!
"When do will Ascendant's Rite become available?"
I have really enjoyed this series, I think the narrator is awesome. I do find at times that the characters do act a little helpless when they shouldn't be, but it is still very entertaining. My biggest problem now is that book four is released, but it is not on Audible yet - can we have it please!!
"Enjoyed listening very much"
Narration by Nick Podehl was as good as always.
I greatly appreciated the story, great character development, multiple storylines that converge and separate, tremendously coherent and thought out background lore and consistency. Looking forward to read the last book of this installment.
great book in a great series, I love the character development and plot. it has kept very engaged
I can't wait for the fourth book in the series. I love how this book, and the entire series, develops and moves forward at a good pace, not too fast or too slow. The action and different points of views are excellent. This book is highly recommended.
Narrator is excellent.
This series is excellent and Nick Podehl did a great job narrating. Can't wait until the next book!!!
Quite high I listened to the first book and instantly bought the second and waited impatiently for the next
Nope never I am a new listener/reader to David Hair
I haven't got the patience or time to read a book so the audio book is perfect
The ending because it has made me want to read the next book
The series of the moontide quartet is a very gripping listen I would recommend this series to anyone
"I lost the plot!"
Perhaps it's the way I listen to audiobooks in small snippets, that caused me to lose the plot on this one.but once I had lost the plot, I never really got it back.
It was a long old book to listen to what I have to say that I was glad when it was over.
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