Kingmaker's Sword

  • by Ann Marston
  • Narrated by Austin Vanfleet
  • 9 hrs and 46 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Triumphing over adversity and evil, Kian dav Leydon brings the fabled Rune Blade Kingmaker back to the Isle of Celi after it was stolen, so the Isle will be ready when and if invasion comes.


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A Celtic Sword and Sorcery Tale

The Kingmaker's Sword hits the ground running and pulls you right in. Just to be prepared...the intro does start third person and then switches to first person. It's a tad bit jarring for a couple of seconds and then you settle easily into the story. Ann Marston is a talented writer, the flow of her writing and her descriptions are both lovely. The only minor quibble I have with her writing is that there are some wonderful moments that could have been shown/detailed (ex. meeting the clan). She also has a technique of jumping the reader into a scene, so you have this moment of 'what? how did we get here', and then she backtracks and fills in the backstory. I actually liked how she wrote those parts, once I realized that I hadn't just skipped part of the story. There were some interesting ideas in the book that I hadn't come across before like the technique of healing/walking through memories, and the 'you'll see me home then' ritual. The characters were likeable, and the bad guys were dreadful.

Spoiler: I did find that the 'first level' baddies came across as more evil than the big bad, and I (bloodthirsty me) was disappointed in their quick and easy deaths.

Favourite line: I'd sooner kiss the mare, or the sword, it would be warmer!

Narration: Austin Vanfleets's narration was very well done. In one instance a character is relaying a heartbreaking story that happened many years ago. The anguish in his voice had me weepy. His accents, tone and pacing for the story were all excellent. The conversations between characters sounded like real people, so kudos to Ann's writing and Austin's delivery. As the story is told in first person from Kian, it's so important that Kian's voice fits the character. For me personally, I feel that Austin did a wonderful job.

For those who like to know... there are a few very mild curse words (ones that fit the old world fantasy feel of the story), lots of violence, but not too much gore. One love scene described in the abstract, so shouldn't be offensive/embarrassing to anyone.

I received Kingmaker's Sword: Rune Blades of Celi free in exchange for an unbiased review.
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- Lady Meserole

Fun story

Performance: the performance and narration was really on point. The accent was well worth the listen and well done. As an audio professional I sometimes get bugged by little things on recordings and I didn’t hear any of the inconsistencies in editing or production.

Story: I enjoyed the fact the story did not follow traditional fantasy of “here is a magic item, you must be chosen, go win.” I like when the hero of our story has to work a little harder and find their place in the world. I would recommend this as a fun book to listen to!
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- Amazon Customer

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-04-2017
  • Publisher: Five Rivers Publishing