Lannick deVeers used to be somebody. A hero, even. Then, he ran afoul of the kingdom's most powerful general and the cost he paid was nearly too much to bear. In the years that followed, his grief turned him into a shadow of his former self, and he spent his days drowning his regrets in tankards of ale. But now an unexpected encounter casts Lannick upon an unlikely path to revenge. If he can just find the strength to overcome the many mistakes of his past, he can seize the chance to become a hero once more. And with an ancient enemy lurking at the kingdom's doorstep, he'd better....
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Fantasy with many lives in the balance...
Absolutely. I have connected the dots now and would love to see the depth again with a new view. Andrew makes the story easy to follow with different voices and tones. And there is so much happening in the world.
We have many great things found in fantasy in one place. Assassins, successful assassins. A journey adventure with dangers in the path. Gods of powers. Greedy men who think nothing other than having power and control. A bloodline in danger of becoming extinct, and the dangers that come from that. All are weaved together in events happening. All are surfacing and influenced to do as the evil long hidden in shadows wants done.
This is my second book with Andrew as the narrator and he has done an amazing job with this book. I'm impressed! He starts this story with a strong feel, like the world is strong and harsh and we need to feel that along with the words. Instantly we get different voice tones and personalities as the story opens in a tavern, and troubles brew. Andrew even *spits* as he acts out the action of a character. I really enjoyed Andrew's acting and voice variation to each character.
There are many characters here and I felt I got a lot of feel and story for each one. Lannick has me curious early on. It seems he's someone, or was someone, special for things in the past. But there is also great sorrow there too. General Fane reminds me a touch of Glokta from The First Law series. He's one we love to hate. Acolyte Bale is a member of the Sanctum and gives us a view with more descriptions regarding the magic of things and the history of the Sentinels and the High Kings. Karnag gives us the assassin view and something new as well. Fencress is also an assassin, but a true friend willing to help another. These views are all different sides and gives us the full view of the troubles and evils of the world as it starts to crumble around them.
This was a story I really enjoyed. The world is dangerous and each character is doing their best under the terrible circumstances to survive and take care of things on their list. Blood, gods, magic, and turmoil. The writing style is easy to follow and know who is who and where they are. You got me! I look forward to continuing this series!
*This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBlast dot com, at my request.
A Really Great Fantasy Novel
It's hard to say because Andrew Tell does such a great job narrating this story.
The opening scenes of the novel with Lannick
He gives you a sense of who the characters are through his voice performance that I don't think you would get from just reading the book.
In What Remains of Heroes, David Benem weaves a classic fantasy tale of reluctant heroes caught up in events almost beyond their understanding. Benem's characters are well-developed and memorable, and the author's vibrant descriptions of his setting gives life to the world he has created, which keeps things interesting for the reader.
This book is well-written with nice pacing. The storyline is interesting from the beginning until the end. I enjoyed the story so much that I finished it in 3 days. But more importantly, I was disappointed when the book was finished. I really wanted more, which is always another sign of great storytelling. As a longtime fan of the fantasy genre, I agree with what many of the other reviews have said.This book (along with a few others I have read this year) has rekindled my interest in reading more fantasy fiction.
The opening scenes of this novel with Lannick really resonated with me because we've all known someone who has become disillusioned with their life and longs for their glory days.
This is the second audio book I've listened to narrated by Andrew Tell, and once again Tell delivers a solid performance. He does an excellent job interpreting the fictional language created by the author.
If you're a fantasy fan, I think you will thoroughly enjoy this book and I highly recommend it. I can't wait for the next book in the series. I'll definitely be buying it when it comes out.
Note: I received a free copy of this book in exchange for a fair and honest review.