They poisoned his planet, massacred his people, and violated his mother. Now, they're coming for him.
A bastard prince born to a dishonored queen, Zrahnz is the last hope of a dying world nearly decimated after a treacherous interplanetary betrayal. He struggles to reclaim his legitimacy as a ruler and for his planet's survival. But as he endeavors to unravel the manipulations of the past, a debilitating illness threatens his sanity and his life. If he cannot save himself, his planet will succumb to the corrupt intergalactic alliances aligned against them.
The irrepressible allure he feels for an Earth-born visitor, Itanya, threatens to overwhelm him, yet through her, Zrahnz discovers the secret that can ease the devastating agony of his illness. Could she be the key to his survival and the future of Triaxeyn?
With Q-1 Raydren at his side, and with the influence of the Oracles, he discovers corrupted truths and a forgotten prophecy. But he must make a crucial, life-saving decision, or else his people and everyone he loves could be destroyed.
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Well done once again!
- Ally Cat
Home run first time at bat
Absolutely yes! The story is compelling and the narration and voicing by Mr. Bevine is excellent. This is my first buy of an audio novel (I've listened to several nonfiction titles before) and I've been very pleasantly surprised by how easy it is to follow along with the audible version, even though I can't listen for very long periods at one time. Turn it on again, and I pick right up where I left off! I don't know if that's all because of the author's talent, or the narrator. Either way, it's a great combination.
It's very hard to point to just one moment, mainly because one of the main themes of the story -- the love story with Prince Zranz and Itanya, a woman from Earth -- moves so smoothly and is interwoven so skillfully with the subplots and other characters. I'm an engineer, and sadly not much of a romantic, but sharing the budding of their deep love and commitment in the midst of great trials was moving through and through. Bevine does a great job in bringing the emotions to life as they develop with the plot.
I think Bevine has helped my appreciation in two ways. First, like I mentioned before, he really projects the emotions that the characters are experiencing. It's almost like hearing it in real time. He makes it very believable! Second, I have a bad habit of starting to skim when I get in the middle of a page-turner like Rites of Heirdron. The narration forces me to keep a more consistent pace and allows me to better appreciate some of the nuances and details of the scenes and plot twists that are packed into the story.
Towards the end of the novel, the prince is attacked in a completely unforeseen move by one of the minor characters, and Itanya instinctively and heroically reacts. Don't want to say more about it, because I don't want to provide a spoiler, but the betrayal and Itanya's selfless reaction to it were very moving.
I've enjoyed this audible book so much I've started through it again; not because I'm afraid I might have missed something, but just because it was so enjoyable that I want to do it all again. My only fear at this point is that this sets the bar so high I hope I won't be disappointed by the sequel or by other Audible books. I'm definitely going to research for other titles that Bevine narrates, he has a great voice and talent.
- Mike L