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Blood and Ash

The Chronicles of Estria, Book 1
Narrated by: Melissa Sheldon
Length: 8 hrs and 31 mins
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Publisher's Summary

The punishment for vampirism is to be burned at the stake. Necromancers, should they be captured, are hung.

I am both.

My master bestowed upon my shoulders a monumental task, one that has become my life's ambition. Should I fail, at least I will burn with a smile on my face, knowing I did not live by my father's rules, the life he would have forced upon me as his heir.

I have brought a legion of slaughter to the foot of the altar where I will soon carve my destiny, and I know more bloodshed will follow. I welcome every drop.

Stuart Thaman is the international best-selling author of the highly acclaimed Goblin Wars series, as well as the Umbral Blade series and several horror titles. His latest release, Shadowlith, launched at number-one on the epic-fantasy charts in both Australia and Canada and peaked at number-two in the US. You can catch up with Stuart on Twitter, Goodreads, and his website, and be sure to sign up for his mailing list to get all the latest offers, promotions, and discounts. 

Currently a resident of Kentucky, Stuart holds degrees in politics and German, and he is currently studying law, though writing epic fantasy and grim horror is certainly his primary passion.

The Chronicles of Estria series is a new line of novels based on Ral Partha's Chaos Wars miniature game produced by Iron Wind Metals. Blood and Ash is the first novel in the planned line, with more to come. Listeners do not need to be familiar with the Chaos Wars universe to enjoy the novel series. Any fan of Dungeons and Dragons, Joe Abercrombie, David Dalglish, or epic fantasy in general is sure to have the time of his or her life!

©2017 Stuart Thaman (P)2018 Stuart Thaman

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  • D. Pope
  • 25-01-2019

Something Missing

I didn’t dislike the story, but it felt like there was no substance. I kept waiting for something to happen and a couple times I really started to get into it, but then it just kind of dropped off again.

The characters are intriguing, but they never develop. I wanted to like any of them, but I didn’t believe any of their motivations, nor did I care if they succeeded. At the end - after no questions were answered and the story just kind of stopped - I felt that I could have just as easily rooted for the antagonist.

The world is interesting and I’d like to know more about it and how it works, but not much detail is given about it other than indirect information about how the types of people interact.

I felt like this could be a very interesting and entertaining story and maybe it is later in the series, but I’m afraid I will not be continuing.

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  • RogueWildChild
  • 13-01-2019

A macabre story with a loathsome "hero"

There was not a single redeeming quality about the main character, and overall little interesting happens with no suspense and a lot of pointless action.

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  • Dustin M.
  • 14-01-2019

Super Serious

I love fantasy books however this one seems to take itself a bit to seriously for my tastes.

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  • Keith
  • 15-01-2019

Intriguing but didn't like the narration

I got about an hour into this but couldn't get past the narration style. It wasn't bad per say, I just found it quite difficult to follow. The story itself is intriguing and I'd definitely try it again if it was by a different performer.