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Publisher's Summary

The assassination of heroes was once a warning... for an invasion that nearly destroyed the world. Nations were slaughtered, cities were erased from existence, and defending armies were crushed into oblivion. In weeks, all life stood on the verge of extinction. But the end did not come. Instead the black horde vanished, leaving terrified survivors... and rumors. As the centuries passed the holocaust faded into legend, and finally myth. Across the southern sea a gifted young man is completing his training. To him the war is forgotten. To the world a warning goes unheeded. And the killings have already begun.
©2012 Ben Hale (P)2013 Podium Publishing
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Critic Reviews

"Well written... highly detailed." ( Publishers Weekly)
"Ingenious and immersive." ( Best in Fantasy)
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1 out of 5 stars
By Colin on 04-26-14

Adolescent novel?

Would you try another book from Ben Hale and/or Derek Perkins?

Ben Hale no but possibly Derek Perkins.

Would you ever listen to anything by Ben Hale again?


Any additional comments?

M-McCormick hit the nail on the head with that review. I got sucked into this based off the description and the fact it was a recommended listen. Wish I had never wasted a credit on it because I don't think I can even finish it. There needs to be some sort of age appropriate label on these books because this is clearly an adolescent novel. The Godling Chronicles is a similar read in its target audience but you would never know by the description. Anyone who compares this series to others such as LOTR or GOT is off their rocker.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Tracy on 04-10-14

Not what I was hoping for

What did you like best about Elseerian? What did you like least?

I enjoy a story that includes plot twist, character flaws, and a bit of angst, but I still want it to be fiction so that I can escape. This story was too straight forward. The characters were all too perfect and fixed in their stereotype. If there was a challenge, that challenge would be solved before the next one came up, I enjoy a challenge within a challenge and got none of that in this story.

The fight scenes were very well done and the author painted a good picture of this world and the story had promise, but it just fell flat for me.

Has Elseerian turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, for the most part this is my favorite genre.

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11 of 13 people found this review helpful

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4 out of 5 stars
By nicole on 10-11-13

I've already pre-ordered the sequels.

Being objective this isn't great literature and you have to totally suspend your disbelief about abilities and coincidences, even allowing for this being a fantasy novel. It is however, a really enjoyable tale vastly improved by the brilliant narration of Derek Perkins. Perkins acting is brilliant, he uses a variety of accents and tones of voice to give life to the characters and also has a really pleasant narrating voice. The plot is interesting, the characters engaging, varied and likable. Ben Hale is an author whom I would happily buy again.

If you only listen to audio-books occasionally and don't use more than your one credit a month, I have to say that there are better stories out there by authors like Terry Pratchett, Patrick Rothfuss and Ben Aaronovitch. However, if like me, you use Audible a lot, have run out of stories by your favorite authors and just want to listen to something that is easy to get lost in, then this looks like a great series for you. I think this book was well worth the credit I spent on it and I have already ordered both sequels and am glad to see the same narrator is used for both.

I wouldn't usually mention price but at the current time Audible is practically giving them away, so I would order yours as soon as possible. If you are reading this after Audible will have inevitably had to put the price up, have a look at the cost of buying 24 credits which you can use anytime (go to account details then click on Change my membership - you will not be obligated to change unless you click on one of these options). Each credit works out less than the price of most kindle books and they don't have the production cost of audio-books, so at this price each book still works out a bargain.

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6 of 6 people found this review helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Paul on 11-25-13

Disappointing book narrated for kids

What disappointed you about Elseerian?

Badly narrated and difficult to listen to. This is a book for kids.

What could Ben Hale have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

It would help if Ben had made it clear he had written this story for children

How could the performance have been better?

By getting a decent narrator

Any additional comments?

I purchased book 1 and book 2 at the same time. I wish I hadn't as these books have tarnished my library with stuff I will not listen to and don't want in there.

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1 of 6 people found this review helpful

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