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Nightblade's Vengeance

Blades of the Fallen, Book 1
By: Ryan Kirk
Narrated by: Emily Woo Zeller
Series: Blades of the Fallen, Book 1
Length: 12 hrs and 40 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (3 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

In a thrilling fantasy series from the author of the Nightblade novels, revenge becomes a quest for a young female warrior.

In a feudal land, a Kingdom is at risk. With no heir to the fragile throne, its future rests with the powerful members of the dying king's Council, including Minori, a nightblade warrior, and Kiyoshi, a dayblade healer. The two men are bound by the sword but divided by two opposing principles: rule the land, or serve it. In their challenge for supremacy, a spark has been lit.

Her name is Asa. Her creed is revenge.

A fierce nightblade warrior, she's spent a decade in pursuit of the enigmatic general who killed her father in a violent revolt - then mysteriously vanished from all records. Now, her desire for reckoning has led her to the village of Two Falls - and straight into the heart of an impending civil war. Minori and Kiyoshi are vying for her loyalty. And Asa must choose sides.

As fresh betrayals unfold and a new uprising looms, Asa knows that chasing a ghost is no longer just a personal quest for retribution. It's going to alter the fate of the entire Kingdom.

©2017 Waterstone Media (P)2017 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • Kyle
  • 11-01-2019

almost a flawless performance. almost.

Emily was entertaining and skillful in her voice acting, except when it came to the pronunciations of 2 common names. the most irritating of the two was Daisuke. Emily kept saying (Dye-Sue-Kay) which seems like it's correct but it's not. the proper pronunciation is (Dice-Kay). And it all comes to a head in chapter 19 when she mispronounces Daisuke what seems like a billion times. it was a glaring mistake that ruined the emersive quality of this excellent audiobook.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 18-12-2018

Well that was a letdown 😒

well i dont know what els to say about the audio book. It seams it wasent my kind a book

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  • Lena
  • 09-11-2018

enjoyable through and through

great storyline here. unique to where it's not super predictable but when it is predictable it has enough elements within to not make it boring in any way. read the other book as well, definitely one of my favorites!

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  • Phil
  • 09-08-2018

I'll pass on the rest of the series.

Basically, this is a story of Japan in the 1800's with the Samurai's being who they are because of the "sense." Enter the Meiji period... Not at all what I expected. The story lacks depth and is very predictable.

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  • Zander
  • 04-04-2018

Predictable and difficult to get through

The biggest problem for me was the narrator. Her performance keeps ending after every second sentence followed by n couple of seconds of silence. It was really jarring.

My second issue is events in the story itself. Some characters act out of character or logical reasoning near the end and it seems like the writer hurried to end the book off just to get it done.. The story was really poor.

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  • MDM
  • 13-11-2017

Okay but was annoyed by the main character

The story was good, but the main character was annoying. It was disappointing that she chose the way she did, how weak she was. I guess I would get the next one to see if I dislike her less or to see if she redeems herself for the harm her and her family caused for the kingdom. Not that the place seemed very nice to begin with.

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  • Allen Babb
  • 31-10-2017

Meh. Not similar to others in the series.

Less depth and more politics. Felt disconnected from others in the series. Never connected with the characters or peoples. Didn’t care which group won or which individuals died. Just never developed more than a flat story and flat characters. Nearly returned based on the narration, but I adjusted to it well enough after the first hour. Would not have finished if I hadn’t liked the others books in this world.

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  • Color My Flaws
  • 28-04-2018

Colormyflaws

Really great book! I'm a fan of the whole series so it was nice seeing this different perspective

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  • Aaron
  • 01-04-2018

not good

it's not that good but it's still not the worst thing I've listened to. try the sample first

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  • lewis
  • 01-02-2018

really hard to get into, nothing like the others

not like the other books, was boring and felt rushed and wrong. it was a struggle to finish it.

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  • kevin
  • 10-11-2017

weak story and performance

Story feels rushed with a lot of assumption on main plot with lead character and not enough time spent on character building. Felt narrator didn't have the depth of voice to portray all the characters.

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  • Rob Roy
  • 28-02-2019

Great book for all Nightblade fans - highly recommended

Relatively complex plot with lots of interesting characters, set chronologically well before the earlier Nightblade books. You are not sure who you should be rooting for and there is duty, honour, vengeance, loyalty and duplicity spread tnroughout. If you enjoyed the Nightblade series you should enjoy this equally though it does have a slightly different feel to it. Motives are more complex and maybe the tale is the better for it! I will be listening to (and reading) the next book - I will probably not have willpower to wait long. I really enjoy Emily Woo-Zeller's narration.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 10-11-2017

Love the author and the story but this narrator wasn’t up to standard for me

I’ve listened to the previous 3 books in set in this world from this author back to back . I found myself captivated and enjoyed every minute of it . The narrator was excellent and the stories were well written and fast paced. I tried this one and just didn’t like the narrator. The story is still good but I found the narrator monotone and impossible to pay attention to. This could just be a personal issue to me with the tone of her voice but I had to return it on audible and will buy a hard copy instead .