• Herald of the Storm

  • Steelhaven, Book One
  • By: Richard Ford
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Series: Steelhaven, Book 1
  • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook
  • Release date: 04-25-13
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Headline Digital
  • 4 out of 5 stars 3.9 (10 ratings)

Regular price: $17.55

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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to Steelhaven.....
An unbalanced veteran, a disillusioned assassin, a hapless apprentice, a drunken swindler, a desperate thief...during times of crisis, you don't get to choose your heroes.
Under the reign of King Cael the Uniter, this vast cityport on the southern coast has for years been a symbol of strength, maintaining an uneasy peace throughout the Free States. But now a long shadow hangs over the city, in the form of the dread Elharim warlord, Amon Tugha. When his herald infiltrates the city, looking to exploit its dangerous criminal underworld, and a terrible dark magick that has long been buried once again begins to rise, it could be the beginning of the end.
©2013 Richard Ford (P)2013 Headline Digital
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5 out of 5 stars
By Martin Engelund Rinhart on 04-23-15

Grimdark and just what I was looking for!

Thank you Richard Ford and David Thorpe!

If you are a fan of the grimdark genre in general and especially if you're a fan of Warhammer Fantasy then you should hear this book. The narrator is magnificent, nothing less; I think this might be the best reading I have ever heard.

This book is all the things you could hope for in a late medieval grimdark fantasy. Courage and cowardice, beauty and ugliness, salvation and injustice, delicacy and gore, profanity and eloquence, redemption and regret, romance and vulgarity, nobles and knaves, mystery and action, horror and humor. This book does a lot of things and generally it does them almost absurdly well, all of them.

This book is so atmospheric, witty and moody that it could probably have gotten away with having no story at all. Rest assured that it does have a really good story though, several of them in fact. You jump from character to character as seen in many other books but it's somehow not annoying at all in this book; there simply aren't any boring characters or story lines, so you never find yourself "waiting" to get back to one of the interesting ones (I'm looking at you George R. R. Martin and J. R. R. Tolkien!).

Some good books are difficult to follow by listening, this good book is very easy to listen to. The chapters are short (but not too short) and the writing comes close to being perfect for listening.

I strongly recommend this book for any non-squeamish fans of medieval fantasy.

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5 out of 5 stars
By D. Menashy on 05-22-13

Grimdark goodness...

A seriously enjoyable listen, this "heralds" another fab British fantasy series.Like all of this type of book, once the characters and setting have lodged themselves in your head you can relax and let the individual stories transport you as they meander willfully along towards often surprising destinations. These stories come together pleasingly towards the end but full resolutions & further revelations will have to wait further volumes.

Alongside Mark Lawrence and Luke Scull, Ford is ushering in a mini-Golden Age for "grimdark", where things are never as clear-cut as they seem and characters come in several more than 50 shades of grey.... If you're a fan of GRRM (of course you are), Scott Lynch and Joe Abercrombie, here's another name to swell the ranks. Very well performed by David Thorpe, employing a myriad of apt voices; heartilly recommended!

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4 out of 5 stars
By ruth on 08-14-13

Steelhaven, war, magic, assassin, apprentice.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book could have gone wrong so easily. Take the topics of several favourite fantasy novels, mix it up a little and you could get this book. What saves it from being a pastiche is the really great character and world building and the humour. Some of the lines had me sniggering aloud. There are multiple POVs but, unusually for me, I liked each one although I did favour a few. There is clearly a lot more to come and I really look forward to the next one. Highly recommended.

What other book might you compare Herald of the Storm to, and why?

The Red Knight by Miles Cameron

Which character – as performed by David Thorpe – was your favourite?

Tie between Nobul and Merrick.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The scene where Nobul buries his son.

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