Dream of Empty Crowns

  • by M J Sewall
  • Narrated by Christopher J Mayer
  • 9 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

A new leader....
In need of a new king, the choosing tower fills with names, and Gordon is relieved he has no chance at the crown. He hopes his sweetblood illness takes him out of the running; making it all the more shocking when he's chosen. The beginning of a nightmare that forces Gordon to flee his own kingdom.
A new enemy....
In Gordon's new world of danger and betrayal, true authority over the kingdom lies with one whose pursuit of absolute power stretches beyond his own borders. Someone intent on wresting control from the new boy king by any means.
A new courage....
Pursued by the airships, and the very soldiers sworn to protect him, forced to align with great warriors and face even greater enemies, Gordon's fate lies in finding strength enough to save not only his land...but the entire world.

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Solid First Book in a new Middle Grade Fantasy!

Would you listen to Dream of Empty Crowns again? Why?

Yes! The story is interesting, but moves at a nice pace for listening to while driving, walking or doing chores.


What other book might you compare Dream of Empty Crowns to and why?

I was first reminded of Garth Nix's 'The Seventh Tower' because of the way the new kings are chosen at the beginning. I also found the author's use of the sweet blood illness similar to the way Rick Riordan incorporated dyslexia into his Percy Jackson series.


Which scene was your favorite?

I don't know if I had a favorite scene, but I enjoyed seeing Asa, Gordon's friend, prove his merit by standing up to Trunculin.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No. I was happy taking breaks in between chapters and scenes.


Any additional comments?

M J Sewall has done a wonderful job of setting the foundations for what I feel will be a great fantasy series for readers of all ages. Although geared toward a younger reading crowd (I would say ages twelve and older), this story will also appeal to the child in all of us. There is a charming cast of characters on both sides of what is considered good and evil, and we get some insight in to each of them. I found Gordon’s sweet blood illness a very unique twist as well (another challenge our young hero must overcome in his epic journey) and I especially liked Aline. Every Middle Grade/YA book should have both strong male and female characters and Aline definitely fulfills my personal requirements for a strong female character. Battle-trained and fearless, Aline valiantly protects her friends as they encounter one challenge after the another.

The light use of steampunk elements (the airships and some of the weapons) and the interesting creatures (the Jhalgon that attack the ships) also added depth to the world Sewall has created. My only complaint is I would have liked to learn more about each character and what drives them, but their stories do begin to unfold toward the end of the novel and I expect to learn even more in books two and three. Overall, a tale well told!

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- J.E. Johnson "Independent Author of Fantasy and YA Paranormal Romance. Besides writing, I enjoy reading (and listening to) books, camping and sewing."

Pretty good story. Good narration!

Overall I thought this was a pretty good story. Set in a time where Kings are chosen, but the choosing is an illusion while those in power retain their power through deceit.

Gordon was thrust into an unimaginable set of circumstances at the early age of thirteen. But he along with his companions find ways to deal with the chaos as Gordon leans on the teachings of his uncle to help get him through and attempt to prevail over widespread corruption and steer clear of those hunting him.

Lots of plotting, scheming and betrayal, but also lots of redeeming qualities are found in this book as well.

I received a free copy of this audio book for an honest review.
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- Eric Reeves

Book Details

  • Release Date: 03-24-2016
  • Publisher: Sewall Publishing