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Path of a Novice

Silvan Series, Book 1
Narrated by: Daniel Thomas May
Length: 9 hrs and 23 mins
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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Lee P.
  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • MasterTorian
  • 15-02-2019

Interesting world

As usual, I'll start with the narrator.

His voice is smooth and pleasant, and has good inflections and tempo. Unfortunately, his voices leave a lot to be desired. His default "elf" voice was natural and sounded good, but there the good ends. His "deep" character voice sounded really contrived, almost like Raze from the Underworld movies. And his female voices literally made me burst out laughing. I don't mean to be rude, but it was awful.

Now for the story.
The writing itself is skillful and free of errors, apart from the overuse of the word "albeit." The characters are well written and interesting.

Even though these elves are VERY strongly based on Tolkien's work, there are a few neat things going on in the world (the disparity between the two races of elves being high on that list) that make it very interesting.

I'm giving the story one more star than I feel it deserves because this comes down to personal preference. In general, I really dislike omniscient POV. I much prefer a tight POV that allows for getting inside the heads of just a few characters. This one gives a shallow glimpse into a lot of different characters, and while it might just be my perception, it seemed that quite a lot less than half the time was spend from the perspective of the main character.

The story itself starts out looking like a pretty classic ambitious young man entering the military, but his training is glossed over and we're introduced to others who present the major intrigue of the story.

I was pretty interested in where things were going at that point.

Unfortunately, from there things start to bounce around and get rather convoluted.

I'm not exactly certain why the author chose to end the story where she did. I wouldn't classify it as a cliffhanger, as it does make a relatively neat end point, but there really wasn't anything that I would classify as a climax. There was no major event, battle, or character change that could be considered climactic.

I have a pretty good idea of where this might be going and I'll read at least the next one in the hope that it goes somewhere interesting, but as a standalone I found this one a little bit unsatisfying.

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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!