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The Dagger of Adendigaeth

A Pattern of Shadow and Light, Book 2
Narrated by: Nick Podehl
Length: 29 hrs
4.5 out of 5 stars (59 ratings)

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At long last, the reason for the blessed Adept race's decline has been discovered: powerful beings known as Malorin'athgul are disrupting the Balance and preventing Alorin's Adepts from awakening to their gifts. Who are they? Where are they? And how can they be stopped when they wield a power meant to unmake the universe itself?

In T'khendar, Prince Ean val Lorian has forsaken his companions in blood and battle to join the traitorous Fifth Vestal in T'khendar in the hopes of gaining some insight into the tragedies that plagued his return. Now, he must confront the man he's long thought of as his enemy and discover the role he is meant to play in the First Lord's darkly magnificent game.

The Vestal Raine D'Lacourte has followed his traitorous oath-brother, Björn, through six kingdoms and into the distant realm of T'khendar seeking explanation and atonement. But the condemned realm harbors shocking secrets, and Raine soon realizes he's facing his greatest enemy yet - not in Björn, but in the truth.

Elsewhere in Alorin, the young truthreader, Tanis, faces a new villain in the fiery-eyed man he followed from the café in Rethynnea; the soldier Trell struggles to reconcile his growing feelings for the girl he rescued from the river against the guilt of his unknown past; and in Tambarré, another truthreader named Kjieran van Stone treads the incense-filled hallways of the Prophet Bethamin's temple, hoping to uncover a plot of treachery and betrayal before the Prophet demands his soul.

The time has come for each player to claim his role in the First Lord's masterful game. All will be tested, but only time will tell how many can survive the dagger of Adendigaeth.

©2016 Podium Publishing; 2012 Melissa McPhail

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  • Rachel Langley
  • 07-02-2017

Great world, clunky writing

Top marks for world building, interesting characters and plot development. A couple of week areas, e.g. There aren't many details of what/why/how the magic works nor how the characters learn it, and every scenario is wrung out for maximum possible impact which gets to be a bit much as it all becomes obvious long before the characters get around to realising/saying it. My main gripe is the language - I've never seen or heard 'thusly' used so often in prose and in my opinion it makes what is quite an interesting story overly dramatic and a bit too self important. I will probably buy the next audio book in a couple of months when I can't find anything else I'd like to get with my audible subscription.

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  • e
  • 27-09-2016

amazing

Where does The Dagger of Adendigaeth rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

High any book I would listen to again rates high there are so many plot lines running through the story

What did you like best about this story?

when Tanis was asking the Captain about selling the horse I was actually laughing

What about Nick Podehl’s performance did you like?

fantastic narration

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no its like game of Thrones in the depth of Character and depth of story lines it can be quite intense but if I had a few days off work I may have listened in one go.

Any additional comments?

CANNOT WAIT FOR BOOK 3

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  • Poppey
  • 16-05-2020

Pawns

Alliances, it seems, are made to be broken! Characters are growing and the world is continuing to build. This is turning out to be an epic fantasy which I nearly missed!

We now learn who is disrupting the balance.

Ean has travelled to T’khendar and has joined with Bjorn van Gelderan, as has Raine D’Lacourte, who has much to regret, and much to fear in accepting the truth.

Trell is walking his own path, which is fraught with danger and pain. Kjieran will make the ultimate sacrifice to save his soul. Eshot will finally learn who he really is and the Sundragons will show they really are not as bad as they are made out to be.

New players are about to enter and all will face their ultimate test; only the strong, the believers will survive.

I think my favourite character(s) in this series must be Trell and Gendaia, his Hallovian horse. The character I dislike the most has to be Ean.

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  • M. Greenland
  • 13-10-2019

Great book, great performance.

Nick Podehl is an amazing performer and makes this book really come to life. This book is a great continuation of the series.

It manages to do that thing of having multiple story lines that whenever it makes the switch I want to keep with the current one, until the end of the next one where I want that to continue instead.

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  • S. Putwain
  • 19-06-2019

Outstanding

Totally spellbound & compelled to Finish what I started. So many twists and turns to keep one occupied

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  • Teitur Ásgeirsson
  • 26-01-2019

Good book

I have over 300 audible titles and I have to say that the narration and performance of this book is one of the best I've heard. It's a compelling universe with a great story and awesome characters. I can't wait for a sequel.

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  • iainw
  • 19-11-2018

pseudo-fantasy soap opera

After struggling with the first book owing to its paper-thin plot, aimless mini-episodic meandering, and mangling of language and grammar I decided to give this series the benefit of the doubt and see if things started to come together in the second one.

But it's more of the same.

Even the fantasy is fake with cultures and languages lifted straight from real life. The heroine is repeatedly rescued by the one-dimensional heroes in pointless excursions from the barely discernible plot. The relationships are those of pre-pubescent magazine stories. The way that english language is tortured by the misuse of words is grating and the authors use of pet phrases gets more and more irritating every time they come up.

Very little actually happens in terms of developing the story.

It's pseudo-fantasy soap opera and absolutely NOT recommended.

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  • bdg
  • 23-09-2018

Good plot fundamentals, poor execution

I’ve found listening to this book very frustrating. Underlying the series is an interesting, intricate plot set in world rich in magic and dragons, powerful races and a variety of cultures which keeps you wanting to read more.

The execution of too much of the book is, however, adolescent, clumsy and derivative. The characters are shallow stereotypes without the intricacies of human nature that keep things interesting. The descriptions of emotions from love to lust, from hatred to self-depreciation and all of the more extreme emotions are handled with all of the sensitivity of a weepy, naive 15 year old and the total lack of creativity with regards to the languages of the races, instead using French, Italian etc and grammatically incorrectly at that, is disappointing to say the least.

All of this contributes to the narration of the story being clumsy. The lack of character nuance leads to the different people you meet being presented by the narrator as bloated caricatures of themselves, tending to the whiny and overly dramatic and gives the reading a cartoonish feel

Oh, and for pity’s sake, PLEASE learn some synonyms for “gaze”

When you’ve exhausted the other fine fantasy readings on here (Brandon Sanderson for example) then listen to these but not before

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  • Helbel
  • 17-01-2018

Amazing story with a Great narrator!

Nick Podehl really brings Melissa's many characters to life! I also really appreciate the very minimal errors and the continuity of the characters voices both between Cephraels hand and The Dagger of Adendigaeth, and throughout the book. Highly recommended for any fantasy fans!

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  • robert
  • 10-11-2017

Horrendous ending

Everything was great up till the last 15 minutes, talk about a contrived ending, I'll not be going on to book 3