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House of Blades

The Traveler's Gate Trilogy, Volume 1
Narrated by: Will Wight
Series: The Traveler's Gate Trilogy, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 28 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Simon can only watch, helpless, as his family is killed and his friends are captured by enemy Travelers - men and women who can summon mystical powers from otherworldly Territories. To top it off, another young man from Simon's village discovers that he's a savior prophesied to destroy evil and save the realm.

Prophecy has nothing to say about Simon. He has no special powers, no magical weapons, and no guarantee that he'll survive. He sets off anyway, alone, to gain the power he needs to oppose the Travelers and topple their ruthless Overlord. It may not be his destiny, but Simon's determined to rescue his fellow villagers from certain death.

Because who cares about prophecy, really?

©2013 William L. Wight III (P)2015 William L. Wight III

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Good book

It was a bit strange at the start and I thought that the reader wasn't that good, but then I realised that the reader is the writer and it was his strange humour. So the book was really good and I've just finished reading all 3 books

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10/10 with rice

Great book! I would read again... Might read the rest of the series first 15

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  • Tamara Schroeder
  • 19-05-2016

Compelling

What did you love best about House of Blades?

The world building and magic is unique, I've not come across anything like it. It was a compelling listen.

Would you listen to another book narrated by Will Wight?

I will but only because I want to know what happens in the series. The narration was the weakest part of this audio book. Will Wight reads too quickly at times and isn't great at voice characterization.

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  • Kim W
  • 06-07-2015

Such a fun and intriguing story!

I enjoyed this book tremendously! I would recommend this book to all fans of fantasy and people who enjoy reading books that are unexpectedly funny and heroic. I really liked the author reading the book as his inflections were great as were his accents. He needs to work on his female voices but otherwise a very enjoyable book!

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  • Greg
  • 20-07-2015

grumble, arg

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Yes, its worth the time to listen to. I would recommend waiting till more in the series are released, as the author leaves this story hanging at the end. The ending left me hollow. It felt like there were 50 or more pages left to listen to, but the author was running short for the next book and decided to just wrap things up here. ....like a korean drama. I fully expect the first 1-2 hours of the next book to expound on everything in this book, and then continue with the story. I did like it, but its just..."bad form".

Did Will Wight do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?

A decent job, his voice was less annoying then some of the authors I have previously listened to. However, and I can only guess this is because the author is reading his own material, the cadence/rhythm through the book never seems to change. By the end of the book, you pretty much know there is a contradiction coming in by the authors tone.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes, but you are not lost if you let it sit for bit.

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  • jewelandlarry
  • 11-07-2015

Refreshing and the next couple books gets better

What made the experience of listening to House of Blades the most enjoyable?

Quirky characters (I just wished they were more prominent in the series of books with more depth than some of the stereotypical hero/villains. Like Kai and Benson). And the story wasn't that predictable. It kept me entertained enough to purchase the next two books. I thought it just got better and better - almost as if a plausible fantasy/action movie.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Simon is my favorite character. He isn't born with special powers and/or talents. He actually works, painfully, many times, to earn what he gets. His sheer determination to gain the necessary skills to help his friends, family and others from his village is highly commendable.

What about Will Wight’s performance did you like?

I had a difficult time distinguishing: 1) when a character was talking; 2) which character was talking 3) when a character was pondering thoughts to themselves. He spoke rather clearly, but the cadence was sometimes quicker in random and obscure spots. Although I've read the 2nd and 3rd books, I would purchase the audio versions when it becomes available. I would hope that they/he may hire a woman that can at least do the female character's dialog. That at least would clear up some audio listening confusion.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

Yes. Once I started, I rarely stopped. Fun for all ages.

Any additional comments?

I wish there was a detailed version in any of the books of the "Prophecy".

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  • The Bookwyrm Speaks
  • 29-06-2015

Very original, I love this series!

I originally read this on my Kindle app a few years ago, and kept asking Will Wight on Facebook when it would come out on Audible. He kept saying be patient. Well, I was, and it was worth the wait. I love the originality of the story, the idea that the Prophesied One is from the main characters village, bound for great things, but Simon, the main character, has nothing said about him. Well, he doesn't take that lying down and goes about getting the power he needs to help his friends and get a little payback as well. The characters in the book are engaging, with a lot of shades of grey to most of the characters to make them a little more complex and realistic. The magic system, made up of Travelers drawing power from different dimensions is very creative, especially as it is explained just how they gain their powers. The plot twists and turns, and you can actually find yourself rooting for any side at different times, although some characters are just loathsome, in a well drawn out way. Anyone who likes original fantasy, sometimes dark, sometimes light and funny and not just your average cookie cutter epic fantasy will enjoy this book. I can't recommend it highly enough.

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  • STEPHEN PESSOTTI
  • 26-06-2019

A fantastic book and worth a listen.

I honestly wanted to give this audiobook five stars. however the story well amazing held back just a tiny bit.
Also well will wight doesn't do a bad job he doesn't do a great job either reading it I would say middle of the road hence three stars.

The world is very interesting,characters are fun and different with varying degrees of complexity. The magic system is honestly just a TON of fun and I really hope the other books in the series (which I have bought) explore it and the realms further.

If your looking for a good fantasy book this will have you. it is a traditional fantasy with YA touch to it. I found it soo refreshing after all the dark or grim stuff out there. it has some politics,struggles and twists and ...honestly stop reading this and take a dive.

(I will note here Will Wight is quickly moving up my top fantasy ranks with his Cradle series and now this, check em both out.)

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  • E. Guttesen
  • 23-06-2019

great book! poor narration, although gets better

Writer writes better than he narrates, world is in shock. nobody could have seen it coming, he gets better along the way though. the world and magic is interesting, I really like the combat writing as well. it's a good setup to the series. good humour too.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-06-2019

Nice concept, doesn’t flow

Magic system is unique and a the book has a decent idea for a plot. Listening to the book however is a little hard. The story doesn’t flow. It’s almost as if a comma is never used. A bunch of small sentences and thoughts just thrown together. That’s what it sounds like to me anyway.

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  • Sailfish
  • 07-06-2019

An interesting story but narration lacking

This appears to be one of Will Wight's early novels and lacks the burnished craftsmanship of his Cradle series, which I highly recommend. Even so, the tale itself is interesting and Will puts an ample amount of words to creating an interesting character set. It is mostly a coming-of-age story but I found myself scratching my head at times on how cavalierly most people react when so many people are butchered. Even the MC, Simon, was somewhat accepting of the wholesale slaughter, even of people very close to him. This be a strange land, indeed. Will's narration performance comes off like he's simply reciting the words and a bit too hurriedly which fails to illicit much emotion like other, more trained, narrators are capable of.

Still, I did a sneak listen to the sample of Book 2 and determined that Will had slowed his reading pace and I've decided to move to Book 2 to see how this story, and the author, progressed.

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  • r_parr
  • 02-05-2019

great story but a little fast

great story!! put your speed at 90% to enjoy it the most. Narrator is a little fast!! still worth getting though!

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  • Samuelson Obigbesan
  • 25-05-2016

A most enjoyable read, And I will most certainly be purchasing the next two books in the trilogy.

This first book of the trilogy was very enjoyable. I really liked the original concept behind the powers the travellers used. I very much enjoyed the interplay between the traditional idea of the hero who is prophesied to save the world, and the one who just wants to do the right thing. Each of the characters was three-dimensional, each having their goals and priorities. Though the twist in the end caught me by surprise. Looking forward to reading the other two. in addition, the author did a very good job of narrating it. usually I'm a bit apprehensive about authors narating their novels, but in this case my fears were unfounded. Each character had a distinct voice owed as much to the writing itself as well as the narration. My only dislike was the fact that the book wasn't longer. I would recommend the house of blades, to anyone who is willing to try a nu entertaining read. Fantasy enthusiasts mostly. I'm hoping that the third novel in the trilogy is going to be recorded fairly soon, as I'm just about to purchase the second.

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