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The Spirit Ring

Narrated by: Grover Gardner
Length: 13 hrs and 25 mins
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In an alternate Renaissance Italy where the church regulates magic and licenses magicians, fiery Fiametta Beneforte wants to be more than her goldsmith-mage father's unpaid apprentice. But when the Duchy of Montefoglia is laid under military and magical siege, she unexpectedly must join with Thur Ochs, a young Swiss miner and foundryman, to tap their skills in both metalwork and necromancy to rescue her father's soul and combat an evil sorcerer.

©2019 Lois McMaster Bujold (P)2019 Blackstone Audio, Inc.

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  • IreneMBBT
  • 29-07-2019

Well written Supernatural-Fantasy

This book is closest to Bujold’s World of the Five Gods books in that they include spirits and magic, but it’s definitely a complete stand alone.
Fiametta has been an unofficial apprentice to her father, Master Beneforte, a goldsmith, sculptor, and Mage; until the Duke of Montefoglia, his patron, is murdered by the evil Lord Umberto Ferrante.
Thur has left behind the mines of Bruinwald, Switzerland to become an apprentice, but finds out Master Beneforte has been killed. Separately and together, Fiametta and Thur help stop Ferrante and his evil Mage-Secretary Vitelli.
High Quality writing and narrating, but Low Quality production. Unfortunately, my copy of the audiobook was flawed - it had several sections that were repeated, the last of which was Chapter XVIII, which repeats after 44:13. Hopefully Audible will get this corrected.
The story itself gets a definite recommend.

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  • Shantul Nigam
  • 11-01-2020

Narrator is Horrible

Still struggling to get through this book but it extremely difficult to stay interested with this narrator. He reads like an evil wizard in a really bad fantasy movie.

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  • KEVIN B NAVAILLE
  • 09-01-2020

Good but there are 2 spots that the story repeats

Good but there are 2 spots that the story repeats. The recording is flawed in that places in the storyline repeat and each is longer than a few minutes. The second is in the last hour of the audiobook. I wish I could have given a better overall rating.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 27-01-2020

Vorkosigan Narrator

The narrator is the same one for the Vorkosigan series. And with the same intonation and mannerisms, not changed a whit for this series. This made it very hard to concentrate on the story because I kept expecting Miles to lurk around the next word.

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  • Jack T. Noble
  • 20-07-2019

Love it!

Love it, repeated 2 times in 3 parts, otherwise great, wonderful, brilliant great narrative. Again love it

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  • Nancy Tice
  • 13-01-2020

Great story

A great story and performance but the chapters that are listed as an hour long are actually 1/3 material that was already performed within the same chapter.

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  • Cam
  • 20-02-2020

Some issues

I love Bujold and especially when read by Gardner. Thank you for putting this reading together. There are editing issues in chapters 6,8 and 13 - if I remember correctly. They are easy to recognize by their length - longer than the others. At the end of the chapter a portion from the beginning of the chapter is repeated. I really do love both of these artists so much I’d hate for anyone to be put off by this minor issue. Thanks again.

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  • Kinley J.
  • 16-02-2020

Audio is damaged

Large sections of prose repeat themselves. This effect doesn't follow chapter divisions so it's impossible to check ahead to see if it's stopped backtracking.

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  • Sinmara Jotunn
  • 13-02-2020

It was okay.

I could tell this was one of her earlier works. The storytelling ability between this book and the Vorkosigan Saga is noticeable. Still, it was enjoyable enough, and a little different from your usual fantasy novel.

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  • SK Nash
  • 31-01-2020

An enjoyable fantasy tale

I liked this book just fine. I'm on a bit of a fantasy binge and got the audio version for listening at work. The story treads well-traveled paths with some interesting tweaks along the way. I liked the elements of sorcery, enchantments, and the gray line between sanctioned and unsanctioned magic as overseen by the Catholic Church. Even the Abbot is a sorcerer, using holy magic to fight back the darkness. The heroine, Fiametta is intelligent and outspoken. Thur, the romantic hero, is brave and handsome, willing to do what he can with what he has to avenge his brother. Of course, Fiametta and Thur are thrown together for a sweet romantic plot.

There are enough references to Italy that the setting and political machinations feel very real. The characters are wonderful. Even the villains have their moments of doubt, betrayal, and triumph. Every major character grows, learns, and changes as they play out their quest to free their city and save the souls of the people they love.

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  • AMG, London
  • 21-07-2019

Grover is wonderful

I quite liked the original reader of this book, but was so excited to hear that a new version was coming out with Grover Gardner narrating.

It's fabulous. I've always liked the Spirit Ring, but with Grover reading it lifts it from a good book to a really great book. More similar to the Chalion books than the Vorkosiverse, though actually standing alone in its own little universe.