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Fallen Sepulchre

The Darkness Within Saga, Book 3
By: JD Franx
Narrated by: Simon Vance
Series: The Darkness Within Saga, Book 3
Length: 15 hrs and 57 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (27 ratings)

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Threatened by an Elloryan invasion reinforced by the Ancients, the sanctuary Ember and Max sought in DormaSai after Kael’s burial is at its end. A civil war rages in Cethos, and the threat of Wildland tribal attacks in the Blood Kingoms is imminent. They can offer no help to their Southern neighbors, leaving DormaSai as all that stands in the Ancients’ way. When the peace conclave crumbles and the Ancients are forced from DormaSai by unexpected allies, Ember and Max turn their attention to preparing for the Ancients’ inevitable return.

One year after Kael’s death, the Ancients return for the Human Animus seal, and with them, comes the full might of Emperor Mero’s Elloryan military machine. On the dawn of war, startling information from the North reaches the DormaSai military camp as King Kohl’s spies return from Corynth. They bring tales of a DeathWizard restoring the rightful Bale heir to the Cesthosian throne and freeing Talohna’s only ArchWizard from the clutches of the DragonKin.

Ember, Max, and Yrlissa are convinced that only one DeathWizard would have cause to do either - Kael.

As war with Ellorya erupts, their hope that Kael is somehow back from the dead must be set aside. The war that all of Talohna has dreaded for so long is about to begin, and hope is a rare commodity during any war.

Contains mature content.

©2018 JD Franx (P)2019 Podium Publishing

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I tried

waffle. not the traditional type with minimal sugar.
I listened and remained hopeful. best of luck listeners.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 16-04-2019

phenomenal!!! Best series

I cannot say enough good things about this entire series. You know how a lot of books will do a really good 1st book a really good 2nd book and then they fall off on the 3rd and it's not that good, that is not the case with this series the Writer did a phenomenal job. I was hanging on my seat for every moment I am so invested in all the characters. Seriously start reading the series it is so good I can not say enough good things about this rider the narrator and the story so good. It could be the next Game of Thrones it is that good. I cannot wait for the next book.

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  • Aaron
  • 19-06-2019

Pace change

The pace of the book increased and it decreased the quality. I would’ve preferred having another book added with more detail too.

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  • Lezelle James
  • 11-06-2019

Greatness

I have followed JD Franx, The Darkness Within Saga, and the further I go within the saga. the more it pulls me in. Book 3, just like books 1&2, has a diversity of people, language, and fantasy. When you think that you know everything , something else occurs that makes you think back to books 1&2, tempting you to referrer back.

I am now anticipating more, and more writing to come, by JD Franx.

L.James

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  • Nicholas Ochoa
  • 30-05-2019

This made me lose interest in the series

This part feel kind of flat. The previous two books I at least enjoyed, but this one I had to force myself to listen to after the halfway point. The pacing is all over the place, and all the characters are acting silly in order to further the plot.

The characters are essentially the same people as they were at the end of the first book, just more magical power across the board. Don't worry about armies, they really don't matter.

**possible spoiler ahead**

So a reunion happens in this book, I would say the most important reunion of the story. By God is it unsatisfying and horribly slapped together, especially considering the events around that meeting. Zero talk besides maybe a paragraph or so, no hug, no heartfelt hellos, or even a bro nod. But the reunions that character has with people they knew for less than a year get waaaaaay more depth to them.

This book killed the series for me.

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  • Laverne
  • 23-05-2019

engaging and well read

An an avid audio fantasy fan, the combination of world building, characters and narrator has to be a.... magical mix.
This one is.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 19-05-2019

Obtuse!

While I’m a huge fan of Simon Vance there are some stories not even a master narrator can make awesome. The truth of this book is that there is no finesse. Every twist or word used in this storyline is so broad that you could probably beach a metaphorical whale on it. The setbacks are so improbable and the victories ( if you can call them that) are such a given that I took the time to write this to anyone who’s thinking about purchasing it.

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  • j c hopkins
  • 15-05-2019

Don"t waste your time!

A hero who is a God one minute and weak sniveling baby the next. A hero who is constantly conflicted by the stupidest things. Being an avid fan of high fantasy I plowed through three books of this series constantly hoping it would get better, or at least bring at least one of the story lines to some sort of closure. There is no sense of "YES!!!!!That's what I was waiting for!" in this story, only a continual dribble of idiocy. Complete waste of time!!

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  • Magnus Erixon
  • 05-05-2019

Very good

BUT what kind of ending was that??? There must be a book 4 comming right? It can't end like that?

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  • Taylor
  • 04-05-2019

hell yeah

I see why he had to die..... good job cant wate for the next book

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  • linda arnold
  • 29-04-2019

Just when you think an great story cant get better

love this series so far. perfect amount of magoc and adventure. can't wait for the next one to come out!

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  • Richard McFerran
  • 01-03-2019

The devil is in the detail...

That is relevant to both the book and my review :)

Firstly, I highly recommend this series as both the author and narrator do a great job...

This series has a fairly complex story and there are disadvantages of listening to an audiobook. It is not easy to refer back to items in the story and it is easier to get similar names muddled up as seeing them written creates greater distinction. That aside, for me, the job a narrator does to bring a book literally 'to life' far outweighs the disadvantages.

I had a gap of a few months waiting for book 3 to be released and when I started listening to it I found I could not follow the story and was losing interest. I stopped listening to book 3 and listened to the last 3 hours of book 2 and returned to book 3. My understanding and enjoyment returned!!

I am eager for the next in the series and will make sure I review book 3 before I begin listening to it :)

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  • Art283
  • 23-04-2019

Cant wait for the next installment

The magic systems, culture creatures and world are very original. There are some links to current fantasy with races like eleven, Fay and dwarves but on the whole has a new and original feel

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  • Snapper
  • 22-02-2019

Badly balanced, not exciting.

I liked the first two books but in this one I felt there was too much conflict. one conflict after another without any periods of rest or calm. It mod the story difficult to enjoy as every moment was a tense one.

also I felt like the cast loses way too much. Seriously they suck at every step. Unless they suddenly get a buff to their intelligence next book or the antagonists become stupid, they can not win because of how much smarter the villains are setup in this book.

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  • ohaneymoya
  • 14-02-2019

Brilliant

this book is a must listen simple brilliant well written , can't wait for the next installment

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  • Marcus a
  • 07-02-2019

great book

the quiet in the tree like the series I like the twist and turns and also like the way they portray as just because you might have some knowledge or might be older or and smarter you can still be wrong I can't wait for the next book