Children of Fire : The Chaos Born

  • by Drew Karpyshyn
  • Narrated by Phil Gigante
  • Series: The Chaos Born
  • 16 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Drew Karpyshyn has made his mark with imaginative, action-packed work on several acclaimed videogames, including Mass Effect and Star Wars: Knights of the Old Republic, as well as in a succession of New York Times best-selling tie-in novels. Now Karpyshyn introduces a brilliantly innovative epic fantasy of perilous quests, tormented heroes, and darkest sorcery - a thrilling adventure that vaults him into the company of such authors as Terry Goodkind, Brandon Sanderson, and Peter V. Brett.
Long ago the gods chose a great hero to act as their agent in the mortal world and to stand against the demonic spawn of Chaos. The gods gifted their champion, Daemron, with three magical Talismans: a sword, a ring, and a crown. But the awesome power at his command corrupted Daemron, turning him from savior to destroyer. Filled with pride, he dared to challenge the gods themselves. Siding with the Chaos spawn, Daemron waged a titanic battle against the Immortals. In the end, Daemron was defeated, the Talismans were lost, and Chaos was sealed off behind the Legacy - a magical barrier the gods sacrificed themselves to create.
Now the Legacy is fading. On the other side, the banished Daemron stirs. And across the scattered corners of the land, four children are born of suffering and strife, each touched by one aspect of Daemron himself - wizard, warrior, prophet, king.
Bound by a connection deeper than blood, the Children of Fire will either restore the Legacy or bring it crashing down, freeing Daemron to wreak his vengeance upon the mortal world.

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Not a Good Book - Amateurish and Derivative

I'm done. This novel was so bad, I couldn't make it past the halfway mark. I almost quit several times already, and should have listened to my inner voice and wasted less time. It is so BORING I cannot stand it anymore.

Wow, I actually kind of enjoyed Karpyshyn's Darth Bane novels, and was hoping for a fast-paced and action-packed book filled with cool concepts and magic. Instead we get an extremely amateur and unoriginal book that seems to be as dark as possible simply for the sake of being dark. This is exactly what is wrong with modern epic fantasy, and Karpyshyn is just falling right into the well-trod wagon ruts hewn by Martin, Abercrombie, Weeks, and others, albeit with seemingly none of the skill in writing that the other authors have.

I mean, seriously. Don't authors have EDITORS anymore? The whole first part of the book at four bloody and gruesome birth sequences (by the fourth you have compeltely forgotten who was born to whom), ALL of which should have been cut and filled in later on in the story. Then we apparently get snippets of the different kids growing up. I'm not sure because by that point I was so lost and couldn't remember who was who, so stopped caring and listened on max speed. I dare you to try and make sense of this mess.

The novel just gets worse from there. Not to mention the rampant misogyny (another supposed "dark fantasy" trait) - women should be offended at not only how Karpyshyn treats the females in his book, but also in how he writes them. Maybe he should stick with male characters. Right from the start, his descriptions of pregnant women just felt totally misrepresented and sexist to me. Birthing does not have to be the horrible experience that you think it is, Drew. Some women actually are happy when their kids are born! Just about every character that shows up in this book is so stereotyped, I think you could skip a large portion of it and still not feel like you missed anything at the end.

Sheesh, this book is just so bad that it's... No, it's still bad.
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- Joshua "www.newimperium.org"

Worst Performance I've Ever Heard

What would have made Children of Fire better?

A new narrator or some better cue cards maybe.


What was most disappointing about Drew Karpyshyn’s story?

Didn't get to enjoy the story, performance was really poor.


Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Phil Gigante?

Anyone.


What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Disappointment


Any additional comments?

The performance is so bad that I had to stop listening to this book. I cannot rate the story properly as a result of not being able to finish... err really start this book. The narrator sounds like he is reading from cue cards and fumbling with them or flipping pages after every few sentences. The effect it has is that a normal pause between a sentence last three times as long. A few times I thought maybe my bluetooth was acting up, nope. I listened with headphones the narrator pauses for an abnormal long time and it ruins the pacing.

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- Aaron Wurthmann

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-27-2013
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio