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Path of a Novice

Silvan Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Daniel Thomas May
Series: The Silvan Series, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
5 out of 5 stars (9 ratings)

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An immortal half-blood becomes a novice warrior and joins the ranks of the Silvans as they battle Sand Lords and Deviants. He only ever had one dream: to become a Silvan captain in an army commanded by the dominant Alpine elves, colonizers of the Great Forest. There had once been another dream, though - to know who his father was, but years of unanswered questions later, he told himself it didn't matter anymore.

Meanwhile, the powerful Alpine lords weave a story of racial superiority, relegating the native Silvans to second-class subjects. Village leaders, Spirit Warriors, and Foresters are starting to rebel. Fel'annár learns the true meaning of warrior hood when he travels as the only novice warrior in a multi-racial patrol into the Deep Forest. As he battles the enemy for the first time, a power unfolds, one he cannot control - does not want. While friendships are forged, a destiny begins to unravel, one that is tied to a past he knows nothing about. For others, though, it is only a matter of time before the truth is revealed and the danger becomes real.

Can Fel'annár overcome his fears, become the warrior he always wanted to be, or will his dreams be stunted by his own shrouded past? By one elf's lust for absolute power?

©2017 Ruth Kent (P)2019 Tantor

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  • Claudia L.
  • 01-03-2019

An epic story!

I read Path of a Novice several months ago, and was immediately drawn into the story, the characters, and the world they live in. Once the audiobook was released, I had to listen to it - it brings the book to life even more.

I love that Path of a Novice is written with a style that is more reminiscent of Tolkien than many of the more modern fantasy stories. There is a level of detail that paints each scene on a canvas, while the story itself grabs hold of you and refuses to let go. I don't mind that the point of view changes, because it helps the reader become more invested in characters that are important to the continuing story, but who might otherwise be overlooked or sidelined. Having that glimpse into the larger political and social background adds gravity to what might otherwise come across as a simple coming-of-age story.

Overall, the narration was well done. The only time I felt distracted from the story was when Daniel May voiced female characters (of which there aren't many) - they didn't sound as natural as the male voices. For that, I deducted one performance star.

Path of a Novice is a compelling start to the series, and I look forward to reading and listening to the rest of the story!

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  • myrtledove
  • 21-02-2019

Excellent Audiobook, Wonderful Story

This is an excellent audiobook that brings book 1 of this wonderful, epic fantasy story to life. Kudos to the narrator for daring to give a different voice for every character that speaks, his range is impressive. Don't believe any negative reviews of this audiobook. Be patient as the author gradually builds up the story to its apex in the later chapters. Chapter 15 is my favourite to listen to, it's so dramatic & heart-wrenching and can bring tears to one's eyes. A worthy purchase.

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  • V. S. Luna
  • 17-02-2019

A Wonderful Story told by A Talented Narrator!

I had read the book several times in anticipation of the next addition to the story. wait for young Fel'annár's tale to unfold. R. K. Lander has created a world full of wonder and strife. I was honestly sad everytime the book would be near its end.
No matter how many times I read the story I would get lost in the tale. As if each time was my first. I would get lost in the life like characters and their entertaining wit. In the different cultures of Silvan and Alpine.
All the Narrator did was bring the story to life!
Through him I watched Fel's story unfold in my mind. I could see the Great Forrest and Silvan villages. I could see Alpine cities and warriors at work. I could see Sand Lords and Deviants attacking and seeking Immortality.
All I can simply say is I can't wait for the next installment of Fel'annár's life to unfold!

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  • PeggyC
  • 13-02-2019

A wonderful fantasy read!

I absolutely loved this book! RK pulled me into her world, and I lost myself in it. The world building is fantastic and I loved the characters.

Daniel Thomas May does a fantastic job voicing the characters and I can't wait to listen to Road of a Warrior!

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  • Timothy Carter
  • 14-02-2019

Great narration of an amazing book

Words can not do this book and series justice. The author R.K. Lander has created a beautiful world with rich characters and a great story. I am normally not a big fan of audio books as I enjoy reading the written word. That said, after reading this book over 5 times I found myself mesmerized by the audio version. It actually gave me additional insights to the story and characters that I had not gleaned from my reading. I highly recommend the audio version of path of a novice and if I were to author a complaint it would be the author is not writing fast enough😄

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  • Bunty
  • 09-07-2019

ABSOLUTELY WONDERFUL SERIES

Fantastic story and well performed by Daniel Thomas May, one of the best narrators! Excellent plot with interesting characters. Lots of action and kept me awake the whole night to finish it. I'm purchasing the next two books - thank goodness the rest of the books are already published. Bravo to R K Lander, a brilliant writer. Most enjoyable.

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  • Tyrel Comeau
  • 16-05-2019

more in depth

I enjoyed the the story. the book was a fun listen and my only complaint is I would have like the first couple chapters to be stretched out a little more.

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  • Shasta
  • 25-02-2019

Great Book!

I had already read this book and love the series, listening to it I would say that there are a couple voices I dont particularly like. Amareth's voice sounds like a very old lady and being that elves are immortal I do not believe that she would sound like that considering what I surmise her age would be. That being said I feel that is how it always is when you have previously read a book before listening to it because you already have preconcieved how they will sound so this is still an amazing book to listen to and would highly reccomend it to everyone!

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  • M Stauffer
  • 16-02-2019

Great Read

Loved it. I've read the book many times. Hearing it made it more beautiful.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-06-2019

Graduation

Hey guys what's up I have gradation tommorw And I'm high asf and I just wanted to say this is a good book you should buy it.
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  • Dan
  • 09-03-2019

Kick-arse hero drives great coming-of-age story

Enjoyed binge listening to Felannar's adventures immensely. Some wonderfully gratifying action scenes in which our hero more than proves his worth, but was also moved to tears on occasion by the emotional story arc and immensity of his destiny. Solid characters, fully-realised world building, promise of more to come in the next episodes, this is the start of something great!

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  • bookworm
  • 03-05-2019

Take a back seat Tolkien. There’s a new tale of elves

I read this book and was transported. This is a well crafted and brilliant start to an eagerly awaited sequel. I decided to listen to it second time around and wasn’t disappointed I highly recommend this series in any format. A definite favourite.

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  • Alaina Carroll
  • 23-03-2019

Loved it

I absolutely loved this book. It pulled me in from the very beginning and has just left me wanting more. I found the characters fascinating, especially Fel’annar, and loved the world it was set in. The authors writing style was fantastic. I honestly can’t wait to listen to the second book.
The narrator speaking voice is very good. My only niggle was that he read Fel’annar’s voice very softly which wasn’t how I imagined him to speak. But like I said, it’s a tiny niggle for someone who was otherwise a very good narrator. To be honest, the story is so good even a bad narrator wouldn’t of stopped me from listening to it, and there’s no book yet where that’s happened. I can’t recommend this book highly enough.