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Publisher's Summary

A vital message. A desperate queen. A hero in the making.

He is plainly too young and too inexperienced for the mission, but on the advice of her aged adviser Natoum, and with her husband off at war, the queen reluctantly assigns the task of delivery to...Madrenga. 

Accompanied only by a runt of a pony and a scrap of a pup, he sets off to transport the royal message to its destination. No matter what it might take. 

But things are not always what they seem. Heroes are sometimes made of the strangest stuff, and love is to be found in the most unexpected places...if one doesn’t die while treading the lethal path.

©2020 Alan Dean Foster (P)2020 Podium Audio

Critic Reviews

“Rip-roaring action sequences and the mystery of Madrenga’s curious powers propel the story through a series of consistently surprising twists and turns.” (Publishers Weekly)

"Alan Dean Foster is the modern-day Renaissance writer, as his abilities seem to have no genre boundaries.” (Bookbrowser)

"Foster's brisk and eventful novel should please any reader looking for a quick and diverting adventure.” (Booklist)

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  • Hunter
  • 27-11-2020

Very enjoyable listen.

I really enjoyed this one. It had me just waiting to see what crazy thing would happen next. My only complaint is sometimes the MC would be way to trusting especially towards the end after everything that had already happened to him . Tim Gerard Reynolds was fantastic as always.

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  • Kathy G.
  • 14-02-2021

excellent adventure.

memorable characters throughout. perfect narrator and voice for vivid imagery. heart warming ending of hope.

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  • Alice
  • 07-06-2021

More!!!

Please do not let this be the end! It doesn't seem finished. Madrenga needs to go home.

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  • Phillip Poythress
  • 07-04-2021

Don't eat food with strangers.

Tthe story was very well formed. How could it not be with ADF as the author but that kid's whole adventure could be summed up in the words of the witch. It really did take him forever to figure out when and what to eat.

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  • Wanderer
  • 25-03-2021

A rousing tale

Despite the often contrived action scenes, the story is a ton of fun. Looking forward to the next one!

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  • Warmar
  • 01-03-2021

Fun Stuff!

"No time can be called wasted that is spent making friends."
Just one great Alan Dean Foster quote that you'll find in this book!
The adventure of a boy that can only be underestimated by those who oppose him, and who even underestimates himself, as he proves more than equal to every form of adversity.

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  • Julie Moran
  • 05-02-2021

Unique and captivating!

This is my first Alan Dean Foster book. And I can see now, it will most certainly NOT be my last.

From start to finish, was an amazing tale. As a connoisseur of fantasy, this one grabbed me quickly and didn’t let go. The story took me so many different directions I never once guessed where the courier to the Queen, Madrenga, would lead next. The one constant, Madrenga, captured my heart and imagination, and never once did I see where the boy--or not--- his pup and pony--or not--were headed but I was enamored by their journey. Even to the surprise ending where the mystery of Madrenga’s lineage unfurled in such a way that I audibly gasped.

And speaking of “audible”, Tim Gerard Reynolds-- what can I say?! This is, without a doubt, one of your his best performances. He brought the unusual boy-man to life and painted an effusive tapestry of characters for the title character to engage. I’ve listened to many of Mr. Reynolds narratives but this was his best work.

This was worth a credit, without a doubt.

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  • Nameless
  • 27-01-2021

A jarring experience

I enjoyed this story so far as about chapter 14/15. I was able to get lost enough in the book but when a certain event happened it was like being flung forcibly in a different direction. It didn’t really recover for me after that but I finished it. It’s like most of the story was going then it suddenly became something else. Maybe if events had been reversed in ways it would of been fine but turned me off. If there’s a sequel I’m not sure if I’ll pick it up or not. As always I love Tim’s performance but I gave the story a lower rating.

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  • Michael A. Trivisonno
  • 18-01-2021

Cool Ending

The pollyanna story can be forgiven because the ending was so cool. I almost stopped listening and am glad I didn’t. 🤐

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  • Jellybean
  • 17-01-2021

This story takes a twist midway and changes it all

I enjoyed the first portion of the book on face value but it was almost getting cliche when it takes a turn you just couldn't predict. Very unique and interesting. A fun tale with unusual characters and imaginative world building. light hearted and original.

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  • Laverne
  • 27-02-2021

If it was not for Tim....

Too little back story. Reads more like a teenagers book version of a game.

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