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Book one of The Heretic Gods

Banebringers. Source of the bloodbane who stalk the land. Cause of a thousand wrongs. Despised. Cast out. Hunted.

Vaughn never asked for the powers of a long-forgotten moon goddess. But rarely do the gods give humans a choice when using them in their machinations. Now Vaughn is a Banebringer, loathed by all who discover his true identity - even his father, a man obsessed with his own power and bent on destroying Vaughn's miserable life.

Vaughn is desperate to end his father before the madman ends him. But to do so, he'll need the skills of Ivana, a vindictive assassin with her own scores to settle. The only question is whether Vaughn can keep himself from becoming another of her targets long enough to see his father eliminated.

©2018 Carol A. Park (P)2019 Carol A. Park

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  • Bette
  • 18-10-2019

Great Story & Narration🎧 Fascinating & Captivating

I thoroughly enjoyed this book, Carol A. Park creates an imaginative world with interesting characters and storylines, as well as terrific world dynamics and what a “Banebringer” is, how they come about and what they can do. She has wonderful writing style, descriptive and detail orientated she builds her story in a way that makes you eager to learn more. Her characters are complex and continue to develop as the story goes on. The two leads are my favorite characters, Vaughn and Ivana aka Sweetblade, I loved how they met and how their relationship built over time. There is so much to depth to these characters it was great to learn more about each. Ivana history and how she became who she was, an extremely strong and independent, cunning woman who is quick on her feet. Vaughn is such a nice guy, I liked his attitude and how he did not give up on his mission or on Ivana. His father was a real piece of work, we are shown what power hungry people do to remain in power, the way of their world made up of lies, prejudices and hate. That said we are also shown goodness, what some do to survive, prevail and help others in need. I highly recommend this book, there is never a dull moment, it is beautifully plotted, with plenty of drama, angst, action, a bit of mystery, suspense and some touching and heartfelt moments. I hope to see more of the two lead characters, there is definitely something between them, a trusting bond was formed, they just need to get past their own barriers, especially Ivana. Thank you Carol A. Park for this fantastic story.

I listened to the Audible edition, Eric Bryan Moore is a fabulous narrator and voice artist. He brings these characters to life, giving each their own voice and personality. He did an amazing job projecting the emotions and attitude of the characters as well as the drama of the story into his performance. His portrayal of these characters were pure perfection, I loved his Vaughn, how he humanized him, also loved his Ivana, grasping her strength, hardness and determination. He is an entertaining storyteller and a pleasure to listen to. Thank you for this fantastic listen🎧

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  • J and M
  • 13-10-2019

Loved it!!!

This genre is so hit or miss for me. That said, I'm really excited when it's a hit, and this one was. I love this genre when it's the kind of story that sucks me in and holds on and doesn't let go until the end. I wanted to know what was happening next. The characters were well done and interesting. The story was well developed and unfolded at a great pace. The writing was fantastic. The world building? or society? was a one that felt realistic despite being a fantasy. I can't wait for the next one!

And narrator Eric Bryan Moore was perfect for this. He seemed to capture the essence of the story and each individual character. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Hope another is coming very soon.

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  • Rusty Miller
  • 19-01-2020

Excellent book in all ways

Banebringer is a book that was on my radar for quite a while, especially with such a cool cover and a few good reviews from trustworthy sources. Here are just some of the ways in which I think the book shined:
- Well-written characters that are flawed, are willing to explore their motives and biases, and who ultimately land on the side of a code of morality.
- A world that is both well outside of what could be humanly possible, and yet strangely comfortable and plausible.
- A multi-layered, multi-faceted plot that has plenty of unpredictable moments, and is full of political and familial involvement.

While the best books will need to hold up in all those areas, I will always be drawn most to books that handle its characters best. This book did that extremely well, most notably in its main characters. I was especially compelled by Ivana. She was written with such a complex backstory that was revealed in small tantalizing glimpses as the story progressed, and by the end, her motives that were shown throughout became not only clear, but filled me with so much respect for her. She has flaws, and she does not let many people get close to her, and that makes her very relatable. I found myself running the gamut of emotions around her arc from frustrated to disappointed to simpathetic.

The world was full of texture, nuance and depth. Just one example was the magic system. It felt somewhat fresh and new, authentic and viable. I especially loved the twist that demonic creatures would be unleashed into the world if certain individuals were killed. This added a layer of consequence to every action, and prevented fight scenes from simply becoming a bloodbath. Speaking of the creatures, there were so many unique and interesting monsters that were a treat to read.

Finally, I loved the tone of this book. This a world with its share of darkness and struggle, but it wasn’t grim. (After a run of several grim books I have recently read, this struck a perfect balance between morality and a broken world.) I loved that there was a little hope interwoven through this book, a willingness to stand up for those who are disadvantaged, and a commitment to what is right.

This is a book that I easily recommend, easily giving it a 4.5 out of 5 stars. I am very curious to see where the series goes from here. I would like to thank the author for the copy in exchange for my honest review.

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  • James
  • 15-01-2020

Strangely Fun

Enjoyed this strange and different book. Narration was spot on. Really good story.

“I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.”

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  • rachel pohler
  • 14-01-2020

Highly entertaining!

I really enjoyed this story. The characters were lovable and I love how they were moving beyond their prejudices and forming friendships and relationships. I was hooked from the beginning and I highly recommend this

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  • Evan
  • 17-12-2019

A Banter-Filled Romp with Shots of Action

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

I found this book to be charming and witty. Its use of both light and dark humor were well balanced and kept a bit of an edgy feel throughout the story. The concepts behind the Banebringers and Bloodbanes were intriguing and left me with many questions as to the hows and why's, which in my opinion is a good thing, these questions help to leave an open avenue for the author to continue the series and and potentially shed light on the subjects.

Eric Bryan Moore gave a wonderful performance in his portrayal of the characters within. He kept his pace even and his sense of presence never wavered that i could hear (IE: his voices for characters never got mixed up). I have no qualms or complaints about his efforts in this production.

My only real gripe with the story was the MC's flip-flopping disposition in regards to the female lead. One moment he is the living embodiment of Casanova and the next he is a fumbling, bumbling teenager with a penchant for opening his mouth one too many times and making that one extra comment that spoils the scene. Though this was likely intentional, it was frustrating for me personally. I yelled at the main character more than a few times...

In the end, I found this to be a great title and I'm personally looking forward to further installments of the Heretic Gods series.

To Carol A Park and Eric Bryan Moore. Thank you both for bringing life to this story and inviting the rest of us to share it.

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  • Charles Gibbs
  • 11-12-2019

An excellent beginning

First to get it out of the way, "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."
That being said, This story is a wonderful introduction to Carol A. Park. If you haven't heard of Carol yet, you most definitely will soon. This new author is one to keep your eyes on.
The book Banebringer quickly draws you in and carries you along to a very satisfactory conclusion. The character development is solid. the plot flows smoothly, and the world mechanics are well thought out.
There's is some light romance, nothing over the top or contrived. Some violence, but then again nothing unnecessarily graphic. So this is a book parents will not have to be concerned about.
The narrator Eric Moore delivers a spot on performance that breaths added life to this gem. This is my first encounter with Eric and he delivers a performance that may having you wanting to check out more of his work.
I look forward to more from Carol. If Banebringer is anything to go by, it should be interesting .

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  • Kevin Potter
  • 22-11-2019

A fascinating and brilliantly crafted dark fantasy

Here we have a complex and fascinating story with brilliantly imagined characters and plenty of mystery.

Eric Bryan Moore's narration of the audiobook is very good. As is common, he struggles to create believable opposite-gender voices, but otherwise his voices are distinct and well crafted. His vocal inflections are on point and his tempo shifts throughout the text easily convey the tension of each scene.

From the very beginning, Vaughn is a fascinating character that clearly has a deep and sordid past, while generally (at least trying to be) a good person.

It's not immediately apparent just what it means to be a Banebringer, but clearly it has its uses.

Ivanna, on the other hand, at first appears to be a walking contradiction. A mixture of qualities that seems all-but-impossible. Before long, however, we see that she, too, is largely a product of her environment.

The political and social/cultural structure of the world is fascinating and original, as is the magic system. It's really unlike anything I've ever seen, yet somehow also feels eerily familiar.

I must confess, however, to a bit of disappointment concerning the banebringers. I was really hoping for a clear explanation of just what exactly they are, where they come from, and how they're made.

Now, as the story progresses it becomes increasingly clear that there is far more going on than is readily apparent. What began as a simple revenge story quickly becomes far more.

I have to give the author props. This is the first time I've read a book with such an obvious romance subplot that had a believable reason not to reach its culmination in record time!

Although at times I wanted to scream at Vaughn for being an idiot, the whole thing is very well constructed and at times actually rather sweet.

Well done!

The closest thing I have to a criticism is there are a number of points where we just skip over days, weeks, or even months with no real inkling as to what was happening in the interim other than a vague, nebulous idea of "preparation" or "research."

Finally, the ending.
Again, more details would have really heightened the experience, but between the last two major climaxes in the book we come to a pretty epic conclusion to this fantastic story. It brings together several plot threads to provide a very satisfying ending while still leaving tons of room for the continuation of the story.

I'll definitely be reading further in this series!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-02-2021

Enjoyed it alot

Good book and narrator i like the kind of uniqe magic system and the characters grow alot.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 30-06-2020

awesome wow

this book contains well magic and mayham ssoo if u don't like that then look for something new

but in all seriousness I bout this a while ago but haven't posted a review because well it was the only one in the series on here for the longest time but now that theres more coming I feel it's worth my review. so the magic users in this book r feared and ridiculed strife around every corner and of course what good series would skip out on the love interest but this is portrayed in a way iv not "seen" yet so I'd say 11/10 give this series a chance iv been w8ting but it finally paid off with the next in the series being released!

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  • Syed Sahaf
  • 03-01-2020

Amazing

Really loved it, found it very satisfying and enjoyable to read. The world-building is also incredibly strong and I found myself completely immersed in it. It's a darker world that lends itself to dark fantasy well without falling into the straight-out grimdark category, and it has so much detail that really makes this feel like a complete world

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