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Contains books one and two of Legend of Tal, a sword-and-sorcery, coming-of-age adventure. 

A King's Bargain, book one

The legend of Tal Harrenfel is sung across the Westreach, and with each telling, the tales grow taller.

Though he's declared a hero by his king, Tal has never claimed to be more than a man. After three decades of fighting warlocks, killing mythical beasts, and hunting enchanted treasure, Tal has had enough. Running from the deeds of his past, he retreats to his home village under a different name and meets an unlikely companion: Garin, a village boy who dreams of making a name for himself and seeing the world beyond their sleepy town.

When Tal receives a mysterious visitor, both he and Garin find themselves thrown into a sojourn across the kingdom. Soon, they become embroiled in the plots of monarchs, on the frontlines of an ancient war, and at the mercy of a fabled sorcerer. Now Tal must live up to his legend, and Garin must discover his own power, to survive the forces pitted against them.

A Queen's Command, book two

The legend of Tal Harrenfel lives on, and a new song spreads across the Westreach.

Though Tal and Garin overcame one enemy, victory promises to be short-lived. Garin struggles with his inner demons. Tal is haunted by enemies and memories alike. And a long-kept secret has torn a rift between them.

But circumstances force them to continue their travels together. The roads from Avendor to Gladelyl, once the safest in the Westreach, are rife with danger. And Tal is bound to the commands of the Elf Queen whose intentions are unforeseeable. But reaching the elven realm is only the beginning of their troubles, for Gladelyl is in turmoil. The nobles grasp for power. The underclass and Eastern immigrants seek new rights. And an ancient enemy takes advantage of the chaos to turn them all against each other. Now Garin must come to terms with his demons.

©2020 J.D.L. Rosell (P)2021 Podium Audio

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  • Derrick Smythe
  • 11-06-2021

An Enjoyable Progression

Rosell's writing and Perkins' narration were meant for each other. I think each complimented the other. More importantly, the story moved really well, assisted by a balance of quippy dialogue, description, and action. The skillful prose created a vivid picture without ever taking me away from the immersive experience I enjoy as a listener. "A King's Bargain" reminded me a bit of Patrick Rothfuss' "Name of the Wind", but faster and less depressing. This is not a dig at Rothfuss, whose yet unfinished work I have enjoyed greatly to this point. I simply found myself drawing the comparison as I listened.

The second book in this bundle, "A Queen's Command", brought us into the political realm of the elves, and I loved it. The jockeying between houses and scheming against the established monarchy created additional layers of tension that added to the overall story. All in all, I found myself praising book two above the first, which does not always happen for me. In this case, "A Queen's Command" was built perfectly from the foundations laid out in "A King's Bargain". The relationship between Tal and his mentee became far more complex and the progression of guilt, blame, and forgiveness made logical and emotional sense to me. The same can be said of Tal's relationship with his former lover. And of course, we get some additional magical and combat training for our young master Garin, which is always fun to experience as a listening/reader.

I look forward to listening to the rest of the series!

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  • Matt
  • 23-05-2021

I could not connect to the characters

not a bad book at all. i struggled to complete it as i just could not engaged or connect with the characters. i hope others enjoy it more than me

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  • 18-05-2021

rimdog

spellbinding characters, fast moving, can't wait to devour the next installment
great read for sure

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  • jason
  • 07-06-2021

Entertaining

Fantasy how it should be . Well paced and entertaining . Well written and excellent narration . This story is very worth a credit and your time . Good for those who love fantasy or just a good story .

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