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The Black Shriving

Narrated by: Noah Michael Levine
Length: 16 hrs and 24 mins
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When invasion looms....

After a harrowing battle Lady Kyferin and her stalwart followers have earned themselves a brief respite from Lord Laur's fury. They know, however, that the next assault will be impossible to resist. Their sole hope of survival lies in forging an alliance with the only force capable of resisting the empire's might: the Agerastian heretics themselves.

But time is running out....

Yet over these political machinations looms the Black Shriving, the ancient curse that has struck down all who seek to defend Mythgraefen Hold. Asho and Kethe must embrace their newfound powers and undergo a dark journey into the heart of hellscape of the upper peaks in search of answers and a hope of salvation.

Their lives hang by the slimmest of threads....

If Magister Audsley can but divine the lost secrets of the Sin Casters, if Asho and Kethe can wrest the truth behind the existence of the second Black Gate, and if Lady Kyferin and Ser Tiron can forge a tenuous alliance with their most hated of enemies, they may just have a chance of surviving the oncoming darkness....

The Black Shriving continues the action-packed new epic fantasy series, following on from The Path of Flames - an adrenaline-fueled debut of sin casting mages, heresy, and cold-blooded betrayal in a land where the deepest buried secrets are finally resurfacing to destroy the world.

©2016 Phil Tucker (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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  • RobT
  • 09-10-2017

very fun listen

I am enjoying this series. book one started tough, but got better and the series has maintained that good standard.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 13-07-2018

Very good

Starting to like this series as much as Game of Thrones and Wheel of Time. Maybe not quite as much but close.

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  • RyRy
  • 06-02-2018

Great momentum and can’t wait to listen to the next

The level of detail that Phil Tucker commands is really impressive. I was enthralled for the entire book and found myself wanting to listen to it even when I probably shouldn’t have been! Can’t wait to start Book 3

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  • The Book Runner
  • 19-09-2017

Truly Amazing

What an imagination! Phil Tucker has a gift for story telling and this story was complex, intriguing, and outstanding. I am amazed and anxious to begin book 3. An excellent series!

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  • MasterTorian
  • 17-04-2019

A fantastic followup!

Oh, what a followup! If anything, I'm sorry it took me so long to continue this series! 


As always, apart from a couple of odd pronunciations Noah Michael Levine gives us a fantastic performance! His character voices and skill in manipulating tempo and inflections are top notch. 


There are so many awesome things going on in this book, I hardly know where to begin. 


We aren't introduced to any new POV characters, giving us the opportunity to get to know our established characters that much better. 


There are some key developments in the magic system that make things much clearer, and also much more limited in its use. 


I love the development in relationships between several of the characters as well as the development in understanding of what the demons are, what they can do, and how they seem to directly tie in with the magic in general. 


There are a number of mysteries that are resolved, questions answered, and of course news ones presented. There are some deliciously shocking twists, especially toward the end. 


And finally, the ending itself. 


As with the first book, we have an ongoing escalation of climaxes that lead to an awesome finale that completely blows past anything in the first book. 


I'm excited to be digging right into the next book!

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  • Jamie D Woods
  • 28-03-2019

Love it!

Awesome continuation of an amazing series, I love the character development and evolution. Lots of twists, turns, and moments that will keep you on the edge of your seat!

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  • AudioBook Reviewer
  • 05-10-2018

May cause Facial Twitches!

I don’t even know where to start with this book. Yet another stunning listen from Phil Tucker and Noah Michael Levine. As I was listening to this book, I caught myself mimicking some of the facial expressions in the book because I was so into it. The only issue I had with the last book was taken care of quickly and my two favorite characters got some amazing screen time in this one. Audsley definitely came into his own and became way more than just that scholar in the back who was too scared to even talk most of the time and I have to say that I really enjoyed his character arc. Likewise, Therok got a lot of time as well and his storyline is just…. enchanting. He goes through so many things that I wish I could talk about but I can’t without getting too spoilery.

I was kind of expecting this one to be more of the same, but Mr. Tucker did it again and just tore asunder my expectations. Some of the chapters seemed a bit off balance, but the way that every chapter left off with a cliffhanger, all the new places in the book, and the rapidly unraveling ideas behind ascension, this book just kept me coming back. I was also quite pleased to see Ser Tiron do something other than glower and yell at everything that moves. He is actually becoming a fleshed out character.

The “Sin Casters” AKA “Flame Walkers” are slowly turning in to my favorite group in the series and I’m just absolutely dying to see how things develop for them in the next book. Nothing quite like binding demons every so often to keep the body young and the skin fresh!

As far as Noah Michael Levine is concerned, I don’t know what I can say about him that I didn’t say in my review for the first book… Fantastic narrator! His many voices definitely keep the story from getting confusing, as it often does in audiobooks, and he just has that right tone of voice to really engross you into the story. Probably my favorite narrator by this point, right up there with Wil Wheaton.

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