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The Sovereign of the Seven Isles Omnibus

Books 1-3
Narrated by: Derek Perkins
Series: Sovereign of the Seven Isles, Book 1-3
Length: 51 hrs and 16 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (86 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Thinblade, book one:

When second son Alexander Valentine loses his brother to an assassin's arrow, he discovers that his family protects an ancient secret and reluctantly finds himself at the center of the final battle of a war that was supposed to have ended 2,000 years ago. Pursued by the dark minions of an ancient enemy, Alexander flees to the mountain city of Glen Morillian, where he discovers that he is the heir to the throne of Ruatha, one of the Seven Isles, but before he can claim the throne he must recover the ancient Thinblade. Thinblade is the story of Alexander's quest to find the ancient sword, claim the throne of Ruatha, and raise an army to stand against the enemy that has awoken to claim dominion over all of the Seven Isles.

Sovereign Stone, book two:

After gaining entrance to Blackstone Keep and recovering the legendary Thinblade, Alexander must seek out the Sovereign Stone, and quickly. Contained within the ancient teardrop ruby is the secret of Wizard's Dust, the source of magic and the one thing that will ultimately decide the final battle of the Reishi War. Prince Phane will stop at nothing to lay claim to the Stone and with it the world.

Mindbender, book three:

War has erupted across the Seven Isles. Alexander has recovered the Sovereign Stone, and much to his surprise it has bonded to him, revealing the truth of his bloodline and his duty. He is the Seventh Sovereign of the Seven Isles and champion of the Old Law. Fleeing the wrath of Prince Phane, Alexander has traveled through the Reishi Gate to Ithilian in search of an alliance, only to discover that Ithilian is facing the threat of invasion as well. Alexander struggles to bring the army of Ithilian to his aid while secretly searching for information about his unique magical calling, information that he desperately needs if he is to have any chance against Phane. What he finds is beyond anything he imagined.

©2011 David A. Wells (P)2015 Podium Publishing

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Awesome story, loads of listening!

Great story line and loads of twists to keep you entertained. Great narration by Derek Perkins. Loved every minute.

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not overly gripping. characters lack depth

i did not find this series of books that compelling, and at times wished for it to be finished. the main characters lack the depth/inner turmoil in their decision making to what I deemed realistic. i did not dislike the book, and at times i was intrigued to find out what happened. its a average book in my opinion.

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love this series

hoping there are more tk the series
i feel like ive been made apart of this ..xxxx

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great epic fantasy series

great story for anyone who enjoys magic based stories. very well narated. have fun reading.

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Epic!

I would venture to say that these first three books are the beginning of an Epic Adventure along the lines of ‘Magician’. I have enjoyed listening to them immensely. The storyline was masterful and David a brilliant narrator!

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fake plastic characters. weak story line. no surprises in the plot. very predictable h o

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Terrible hero

The main hero is terrible, such a goody two shoes, so much so it wrecks the whole story. He may change in the future books, but the first is frustratingly bad.

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fantasy for 13 year olds

i was hoping for an epic bargain.....trilogy 51 hours of listening. but its written for children. no character development, no suspense. great fantasy imagination and a truly evil prince who will be defeated by a truly good hero. but sadly just too juvenile. great to know theres some nice fantasy worlds out there for young people to read with no sex or swearing in. sadly i will have to return it. no way it can keep my interest for another 49 hours

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great

loved it caused me a few sleepless nights but I am not complaining can't wait to get the next book

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Addictive Story

This would have to be one of the best trilogies available I believe. The story, characters and emotion is just brilliant. Now getting into the last three, pity they are all separate books. Having the three together was very handy.
The narrator does the story justice in the way he is able to bring every character to life. Bloody well done.

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  • Lisa K
  • 17-09-2015

Repetitive in spots. Got better as it went on.

The first book was extremely repetitive but it did get better as it went on. Debating on following up with listening to book 4, not sure if it's worth the audible credit.

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  • Chris
  • 17-09-2015

Could Use an Editor and a Thesaurus

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Some spoilers ahead, though not many. I'm actively trying to avoid that.

Derek Perkins went a long way to helping me make it through this story. I will definitely listen to him again.

The work, on the other hand, is very unrefined. A solid edit could probably cut a lot from this book and make it much more enjoyable, rather than feel like a task to finish.

What could David A. Wells have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Many terms were used and reused.
World of Time and Substance
He said to no one in particular
Sea of Infinite Possibility

The list goes on. Change this kind of repetition up or it really impacts the story.

Also, the characters, with one exception, were extremely flat. Very black and white, good and evil. I was able to tell whether someone would be with the hero or an unforgivable villain from just their job title. That doesn't make for a compelling story.

Which scene was your favorite?

Not a scene, per say. But the concept of magic in this novel was good. Given polish to the rest of the book, that concept could have even been great.

What character would you cut from The Sovereign of the Seven Isles Omnibus?

About 30% of the overall length. An editor could be used to trim down a lot of portions of this work without impacting the story. If you're familiar with the term "Chekhov's Gun", this book breaks that a lot. Taking out just those points would help the length.

Any additional comments?

Three last comments.

First, there was definite improvement by the third book. Still not great, but it earned the rating it's second star.

Second, the conservative notes are a little ham fisted. Every "petty" noble and bureaucrat is horrible. Central government is bad, an odd idea for a book about reestablishing a long dead monarchy. You can be a conservative author, but not every union member is a vile person. Not every noble is a slime bag. And red tape is not worse than torture.

Finally, the piece in the third book about how women use magic is a touch sexist. Women are too emotional to detach from their feelings? Was that needed?

I know my words might seem quite harsh, but I forced myself to listen to this entire work to write this. Then I took a couple weeks before I wrote this blurb. Trust me, some harsh criticism is needed here.

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  • nicky brygider
  • 07-02-2019

book isnt working properly

cannot select chapter or move around In the book, other wise book one was great just can't reach book 2 or 3

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  • Megs
  • 29-05-2017

blah

when. telling a story details can be awesome but they are over done every time. also dont need to know what could have happened every time. very dumbed down story

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  • Ichikins
  • 14-09-2016

Good story. Too preachy and too repetitive.

The story was nice. However, the moral bias of the author was bludgeoned into the listener. Over and over again.

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  • Raphael
  • 07-11-2015

Predictable, repetitive and full of clichés

I'm finding it hard to say anything positive about the Seven Isles. There doesn't seem to be a fantasy/D&D trope or cliché that wasn't used in this book. All characters are completely black and white, and don't deviate a bit from the expected stereotypes. The main character can even see with their mage-sight if people are good or evil (and there's rarely anything between the two extremes). There also seems to be little reason why people act as they do, except, well, because they're either good or evil.

Storyline is pretty linear, Alexander keeps running around doing things they need to do to advance their quest. There is plenty of action, but any tension feels ruined by how perfectly things always turn out. The hero of the story seems to only ever make mistakes, so he can thoughtfully reflect on how not-quite-perfect he still is. And naturally, the main characters will always be saved at the very last moment, often multiple times during the same fight and after an interposed explanation of how dire their situation is. If someone does get hurt in the course of a battle, hey, there's a magic potion or a salve that will heal them instantly. And the bad guys, unless they're supernatural and highly impervious to damage, they're all felled with a single blow from the weapon/projectile of choice.

This title does have a few redeeming qualities, though. The story keeps on (mostly) chugging along at a good pace. Magic system has some flavour, there were some actually interesting moments in the story and the narrator is very good.

tl;dr:
If you want to read a story of how a good hero defeats an evil wizard, triumphing in each challenge put before them, do get this book. If you're instead seeking for some depth in the characters or unexpected twists in the plot, turn the other way.

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  • Daniel
  • 29-02-2016

Regret.

I regret buying. Plenty of content, but very basic writing skills. Won't finish the series.

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  • Andri
  • 23-05-2019

Not worth your time

I don't quite negative reviews a lot. But man i did not like this book.
the narration is decent but not great
the story is predictable and uninteresting
the main character is an uninteresting plank
the romance is shallow and hard to believe.
the action scenes are so dull that i tended to stop listening.

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  • Elemental
  • 04-08-2017

The worst story I've ever heard

First, the good: Derek Perkins is a good narrator.
And that's it. There is no more good to be had. This is the most poorly written, overblown fantasy story I've been subjected to in 50 years of reading and listening. The dialogue is barely passable, the plot is essentially non-existent, the characters are flatter than ink on paper. Repetition abounds. It's all tell, even the showing.
I finished and felt like I had been through an absolutely awful beating. If this author were to hire an honest editor, remove 3/5ths of the words, and plump up the characters, it would be almost as good as reading the ingredients on a cereal box.

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  • Leo5001
  • 08-04-2017

slightly above average

it was good enough. the best part was getting such long entertainment for 1 credit.
i will now most likely get the rest of the books just to see how it ends. this isnt an epic book you will try to get your friends to read next but it will pass the time as long as you arent too picky of negative.

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  • verity
  • 02-12-2015

Great!

Loved it!

Always sad when I get to the end of a book love living in the world created each time.

Really enjoyed the magic system in these books!!

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  • Robert
  • 02-01-2018

Cliche and overdone

I rarely fail to finish a book, but made the exception here at the 20 hour point.

This book had every cliche one could think of and a predictable story. Human interactions were simply unrealistic and the love at first sight nonsense is just ridiculous

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  • Rosie
  • 11-11-2015

It's okay.

If this book wasn’t for you, who do you think might enjoy it more?

It's overall an average series so far. It wasn't bad enough to stop listening, and if you are going on a long journey then this would keep you mildly entertained. That aside I wouldn't really recommend this...There are better things out there.

What could David A. Wells have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

So first 3 books...51 hours, and I'm pretty ambivalent to most of the characters so I'd say utilisation of character connection is lacking, or even the world building. It's interesting but it doesn't really stand out to other things I've read. There are moments that are really, really interesting, and I was like "Yeah! This is cool!" ...The first time they happen... Book 1 and 2 are pretty repetitive, and it actually pissed me off a bit towards the end.

Book three picks everything up a bit and I'd give that 3 1/2 stars on it's own. I think the writing does improve, or perhaps I've just got used to it? But more than that I actually started to care about the characters and think they were kinda cool.

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  • R. C. Wissner
  • 26-01-2020

Extremely boring

The book is incredibly boring cookiecutter generic fantasy. very very very very very very boring

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  • Elena Foulkes
  • 20-12-2019

Not worth what I payd for it<br />Ps<br />Spoiler alert

I hate this book. I hate it's main characters I hate the story and heck I even hate the generic and noncencical and frankly ecstreamley unrealistic romance, it's story so common icould predict what would happen I mean the you're actually a king part ir literally I repeat literally everywhere an the main character and his "love intrest" only have in common that they apresheate life and like going outside, this story actually makes me route for the villain but obviasly he lost.
Long story I only payd 1 $6 credit for it and its still not worth whai I payd for it

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  • Anonymous User
  • 25-08-2019

An excellent choice

Recommended, very good story narrative and execution. I can only hope the following books of the series are as well written as this one. Well done to all involved.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-08-2019

just too good

i was on edge all the time waiting to see what happened next to alexander

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  • darron
  • 12-07-2019

enjoyed the whole story captivating<br />

great way to be busy while driving good listening keep chewing treat well written well-read thank you

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  • Richard McFerran
  • 04-06-2019

Exceptional

The book is both heart warming and cold blooded.

The author has written this with a fantastic balance, the narrator has this amazing ability to translate the written word into life.

This is one of my favourites, and could even be a challenger for the top spot.

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  • Tracy Stephen
  • 06-04-2019

Next GOT TV HIT<br />

loved all 3 books so far this must make as big a splash as game of thrones just loving book 4