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By the vow of her father and her own desire, Raederle was pledged to Morgon, Riddle-Master of Hed. But a year had passed since Morgon disappeared on his search for the High One at Erlenstar Mountain, and rumors claimed he was dead.
Raederle set out to learn the truth for herself, though her small gift of magic seemed too slight for the perils she must face. The quest led through strange lands and dangerous adventures. Only her growing powers enabled her at last to reach Erlenstar Mountain. And there she discovered what she could not bear to accept. Accompanied by Deth, the High One's Harper, she fled. And behind them came a pursuer whose name was Morgon, bent on executing a grim destiny upon Raederle and Deth. Her only hope lay in summoning the Hosts of the Dead, led by the King whose skull she bore.
©1977 Patricia A. McKillip (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Daniel on 03-22-11

Best Series I've Ever Read! Terrible narrator!

This is an excellent book! I gave it 5 stars based on the book. The narrator is terrible! Her pronunciation is horrifically annoying. She slaughters the names of the characters in the book to the point that you wish she would never make another audiobook! This book is excellent and desperately deserves a better reader. Thankfully, this book is good enough that I listen to the audiobook to enjoy the story in spite of the lame narration. It would be a great service for Audible to have Simon Prebble read this book and replace this pathetic excuse for narration with a talented, better suited voice.

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4 out of 5 stars
By Diana on 04-07-11

Here's a hint

Here's a hint to the folks who make audiobooks: If you are recording a fantasy series with fictional character and place names, settle on a consistent pronunciation for them over the entire series, and give the narrators a glossary! This narrator has chosen entirely different pronunciations from those in the previous book in this series (narrated by Simon Prebble). She also has difficulty creating distinctive voices for the individual characters, which makes some conversations hard to follow.

That said, the book is excellent, and the full series is excellent. Once you have adjusted to the strange pronunciations, the story is well worth it. I am delighted that this series is available on audio at last!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 10-06-12

Great follow-up to Riddlemaster of Hed

Having so thoroughly enjoyed The Riddlemaster of Hed, I was slightly surprised to hear someone different narrate Book 2. But having Fiona Walsh narrate Raederle's story makes perfect sense, and while the accents wobble a little during her narration and she pronounces some words differently from the first narrator, she reads well and with feeling. I have read this trilogy more times than I care to remember, but this reading is beautifully done and very moving.

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