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The Avatar’s Flames

Through the Fire, Book 1
Narrated by: Ruth Urquhart
Series: Through the Fire Series, Book 1
Length: 10 hrs and 51 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (6 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

Ruethwyn's life was promising. Talented in magic, the young elven woman didn't fit in in her hometown but was scheduled to attend the most renowned academy of magic in the kingdom and was even building up the courage to confess her love in the hope it might be returned.  

That all ended in a dragon's fire. Resvarygrath the Gilded, lord of the Golden Dominion, destroyed Ruethwyn's village, killed her parents and teacher, and stole away the young women of the village. Maimed by the dragon's flames, Ruethwyn was spared by a curious dark elf who gave her a chance; she had two years to rescue her beloved or risk losing her forever.  

Now, Ruethwyn has little time to recover as best she can. Missing an eye and an arm, her magic half-crippled and her wounds impossible to heal due to a curse, Ruethwyn's prospects at the academy are limited, but she refuses to give up. No matter what challenges she may face, she is determined not to surrender. She's lost too much and refuses to lose another.  

First, though, she needs to survive long enough, which proves more challenging than Ruethwyn expects.

©2018 Benjamin Medrano (P)2018 Tantor

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Fun Listen, Cast Needs Improvement.

The author finally replaced the old narrator with one capable of doing male voices well. Which is VERY nice. The writing is also a large improvement over his previous books, albeit character communication and motivations can feel artificial and stiff at times.

To expand and to be overly critical. I really do enjoy this author's works. However, I find they've one major thing they need to improve upon. Unique and fleshed out characters. I own the majority of Ben's works and find the quality starts to drop as he increases the size of the cast. Whilst a common problem in writing, this has resulted in me dropping sequels in both This and the Ancient Dreams series. I hope the author can work on building a story with a much smaller but fleshed out and unique cast in the future; or at the very least make the main cast more interesting. This however is dependent on both Ben and his narrator, in addition to it being a lot of work. So I'm hopeful Ben will continue to improve his writing as he goes.

Overall, an enjoyable listen. If you're interested in this kind of story, I encourage you to give it a go.
Whilst I don't know yet if I'll continue past beyond this book, I'm certainly looking forward to getting my hands on Ben's next series of books.

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  • Steven Don Porto Carero
  • 13-12-2018

Good fantasy book.

For Medrano's writing this book is very chaste. So if that's what you're looking for you will be disappointed. But if you are looking for a good fantasy book with a female mc that has a spine you have to look no further. The narration was pleasant to listen to.

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  • Kevin
  • 15-05-2019

excellent

can't wait to start the next book
and looking into the other books he's written

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  • Megan A Field
  • 05-04-2019

just wow

fanfreakingtastic i can't wait to listen to the next book! totally worth the long listen

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  • KC
  • 28-02-2019

5 stars of course!

Another excellent book. Could not put it down! Hope to see her kicking some rear in the next book. No need to think about getting this book just do it!

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  • Koffe Karlsson
  • 15-12-2018

The master story teller does it again!!! Don’t miss out on this.

I truly love every book Benjamin Medrano has written, I just can’t get enough of his books, they always makes feel like I am personally getting to know a whole new world. The narrator for this was spot on what a great jobb she did, with telling this intriguing tale. Once again a great female lead that doesn’t start out the most powerful, But fights to protect those around her even if it costs her everything. Couldn’t wait for book 2 to get out on audible so I went ahead and bought it in kindle.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 26-11-2018

Can’t wait for rest of the series.

Looking forward to the rest of the series on audiobook. Just as good as his other works.

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  • joao P.
  • 22-11-2018

Another great entry

A story of inner strength and resolve.
Great characters with lots of growth possibilities but that is expected from Benjamin Medrano.
The narrator was a perfect fit for the series.
5/5 and waiting for the rest