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Queen of Storms

The Firemane Saga, Book 2
Narrated by: David Thorpe
Series: The Firemane Saga, Book 2
Length: 14 hrs and 52 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (55 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Book two in Raymond E. Feist’s best-selling Firemane Saga!

Hatushaly and his young wife, Hava, are living a good life, working to reopen the burned-out Inn of the Three Stars in the prosperous trading town of Beran's Hill. 

But there is a great deal more to this bucolic scene than meets the eye. Both Hatu and Hava were raised on the secret island of Coaltachin, and though they may appear to be no more than a young couple in love preparing for the midsummer festival where their friends Declan and Gwen will be wed, they are in fact assassins on a mission, waiting instructions from their masters in the Kingdom of Night. 

Moreover, Hatu is the last remaining member of the ruling family of Ithrace - the legendary Firemanes. He dyes his flaming red hair and has studied to control his dangerous magical powers. But however hard Hatu may be hiding from all those who would seek to use or to destroy him, fate has other plans. 

Horrific events are approaching Beran's Hill, bringing death and devastation to the peaceful town as unknown and monstrous forces are unleashed. And nothing will ever be the same again.

©2020 Raymond E. Feist (P)2020 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

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"This is a knockout." (Publishers Weekly)

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A slow burn, but a good one.

It was captivating but the story was slow and drawn out, each situation was so detailed. overall, it was enjoyable and the characters have a lot of depth and they've grown throughout their struggles but yeah it took it's time getting any place momentous.

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Narrator's Mic distorts all the time!

The narration is terrible because his microphone distorts. The audio also desperately needs a compressor, the louds are too loud and soft too soft. So whenever the narrator raises his voice or even goes to a higher octave - it distorts. Mediocre at best! Totally spoiled it for me. Combine this with the fact that you can't listen through something like VLC player - where I would be able to manually smooth the audio out somewhat. Instead your stuck with the subpar audible app that has no settings other than volume.

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Phenomenal

Fantastic second installment. It had been a long moment for me between first book in this series and this release so I was a bit slow to connect the dots at the beginning but I was truly hooked as the characters and settings came back to me. Some plots points I could anticipate but others I truly didn't see coming. Also a willingness to kill off characters as needed, and bring others back. The book has a predictable structure for laying the the road towards future books that will be familiar to readers of Feist's Magician books.

One of the major differences I have seen in this series VS the Magician series are well fleshed out female characters who are not damsels in distress. It is a gratifying to have characters who are well rounded and capable with interesting personalities and backgrounds. I have often felt that lacking in Feist's previous work (Servant of the Empire trilogy as the marked exception with Jany Wurts' influence). While some characters are still of the damsel trope, it is framed with the context of the story and is less glaring.

Some of the voices were particularly grating but I suppose that was the intended effect as the characters weren't supposed to be likeable. Otherwise, the reading performance was great.

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Brilliant storyline

Excellent story and plotline. Recommend for anyone to read. Leaves you in suspense for the next book in the series.

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A wonderful addition

I'm glad to have a fresh new world from my favourite author. This continuation shines.

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  • 04-08-2020

Incomplete

Wait until the next book in the series is published. This is not really a whole book. Feels like the second half is missing

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  • 21-07-2020

A Feisty Second Book Promises Much More!

I do occasionally get irritated and just a little bit grumpy and cantankerous when the publisher's blurb promises a lot but the story within fails to deliver or doesn't really match up to what's promised. No need to worry about that here though because when Feist promises you 'devastating events' he genuinely means it. I'd hate to be a character in one of his books because if he decides that you need to go, even if you were a bit of a star in previous books, then you'd better duck because axes, arrows and flames are likely heading for your vital organs!

In fact this book lulls you into a false sense of security with a fairly steady and patient start and then just when you're nice and relaxed . . . WHAM! It's the reader that gets clobbered from behind and from then on it's high action and drama all the way. It's a typical Feist journey through a well built world with decent characters and of course with a quality narrator like David Thorpe at the helm it never hits a bum note.

I have this down as a series to look forwards to and I very much hope that Feist's publisher is on at him right now to keep beavering away at the rest of the Firemane Saga!

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  • Patrick England
  • 05-08-2020

EY UP i'm narrating our kid

I love this author. but waiting a year for a sub ten hour sequel read by a guy who thinks bringing a character alive means making him northern is too much.

would someone introduce the publisher to Mr John Lee. start again. I'll buy it in a 2 for 1 sale

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  • C. Hegarty
  • 28-07-2020

Vintage Feist

An enjoyable romp with many of the hallmarks of a classic Feist, that fans will surely recognise.
The narration was generally good, the only downside for me being some odd editing; the breaks between new sections, with different characters, often being too short to signal the change.
Otherwise recommended as an easy and engaging listen. I look forward to part 3.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 26-07-2020

Disappointing

I found both the performance and story lacking. The narration jumps between character without a pause for breath making it hard to keep track of which POV you're listening too. The story itself has a slow start and never really picks off.

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  • P Flynn
  • 25-07-2020

excellent story,

the characters are really good, the story continues, the plot thickens, I can't wait for the next installment. where more will be revealed.

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  • Susie Stratford
  • 25-07-2020

Fantastic book, can't wait for next part

absolutely loved this story, it is written so well, it just keeps you wanting to know what's next

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  • Anonymous User
  • 18-07-2020

Listener from Epsom

Good story line fantastic characters sad its finished really looking forward to the next book