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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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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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Another Golden Tale

Thrust into another Raymond E. Feists' adventure, I find the warmth and clarity of story and character fill with each chapter. The narrative is clear and concise; Our Narrator Thorpe is enthusiastic and talented. On its own the new series is growing and in the years to come, we'll see it bloom into another Epic. It's worth every word, Feist you good thing you.

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Great sequel

Deist builds an intriguing Web of story lines that cross paths with one another. Very enjoyable.

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Awesome second book.

Loved this book in down time over festive season. not what was expected, and looking forward to the next book.

Great job by the narrator.

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Very uneven pacing in otherwise great narrative

The first half of the book takes a very long time to get going; near five hours are spent warming up to the main thrust of the story, which is a shame because, when it does arrive, Feist's plot is very engaging. The time spent getting into the "meat" of the novel unfortunately also means that the second half of the book moves at an almost break neck pace and feels very rushed. For the same reason, the ending comes on rather suddenly, overall leaving the book quite uneven. Issues of pacing aside, the character work is excellent this time around, lots of development or satisfying set up for future development. The core of the plot, too, is very good and the scope of Feist's universe really starts to open up.

The performance is excellent. The only issue is that POV changes (which takes place frequently within single chapters) are usually run together as if the new paragraph is a continuation of the previous one. It can make it a little difficult to immediately identify that we have changed characters. But it's a quite minor point and seems like something that is more within the editors remit than the performers.

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Story is good, feels unplanned

This story is fairly entertaining and the world is fairly interesting, however it feels as though connections between characters and world plot devices are not planned and are magically made after the fact. It feels that as a character is made interesting the author invents a reason to make that character a main part of the story. This detracts from an overall good story in my mind.

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Readers voice is biggest let down

Some characters have voices so course it's actually hard to listen to the book. King of Sanjura for example. 😬

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great new story and world from my favourite author

the narrator took some getting used to but after the first couple hours was fine. great sound quality. really looking forward to the next book in the saga!

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Awful narration, brilliant story

Narrator's timing and intonation is terrible. Plot alone kept me going. Take a leaf out of Gemmell and use an Andoa or Barrett.

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Great read

enjoyed the story and the characters .
I can not wait for the next installment

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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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  • Simon
  • 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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  • 22-09-2020

Excellent

An excellent follow up to King of Ashes.The next book can’t come out quick enough.

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  • Darkmor
  • 07-09-2020

Awesome!!! can't wait for the next book.

Loved every minute. Narrator is excellent. Can't wait to see the release of the next book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 31-08-2020

Disappointing

Disjointed storyline. Lacks any real focus. I really hope the next book will be better.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 29-08-2020

Great listen

I really enjoyed this book. A long time fan of the author he didn't disappoint

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  • Sk3lnonch
  • 16-08-2020

Narrator

Can't say I think the narrator is doing these books any justice. I've been a big fan of Raymond feist since magician. But struggling with these due to the story telling.

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  • Patrick
  • 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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