Mage's Blood : The Moontide Quartet

  • by David Hair
  • Narrated by Nick Podehl
  • Series: The Moontide Quartet
  • 26 hrs and 6 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

David Hair is the award-winning writer of two young adult fiction series, The Aotearo and The Return of Ravana (based on the Vedic epic The Ramayana). Mage’s Blood, the first volume of a series called The Moontide Quartet, is Hair’s first work of adult fantasy. In a starred review of Mage’s Blood, Publisher’s Weekly said, "This multilayered beginning to the Moontide Quartet plunges listeners into a taut network of intrigue and mystery that tightens with each chapter. Hair portrays a stark and beautiful world breaking apart, with both good and evil characters desperate to reshape it through magic, war, and treachery. This strong debut should draw in fantasy readers of all stripes." Most of the time the Moontide Bridge lies deep below the sea, but every 12 years the tides sink and the bridge is revealed, its gates open for trade. The Magi are hell-bent on ruling this new world, and for the last two Moontides they have led armies across the bridge on "crusades of conquest". Now, the third Moontide is almost here, and this time the people of the East are ready for a fight... but it is three seemingly ordinary people that will decide the fate of the world.

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Nick Podehl

What other book might you compare Mage's Blood to and why?

Vaguely like the Game of Thrones novels in that it is an epic story across multiple continents with separate story lines that are all on a collision course together.


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

The story and performance were top notch. I often listen to books during my commutes and more than once I found myself in my driveway just sitting in the car because the book was too good to turn off.


Any additional comments?

I'll be honest: I had never heard of this book or this author. I purchased this book solely on the criteria that it was a fantasy novel that was read by Nick Podehl; and I was not disappointed in the least. These days, I consume almost all of my literature through audio books so I have experienced my fair share of audio book narrators (both good and terrible) and without hesitation I put Nick Podehl at the top with the best of them. His range of voices is without compare - I instantly know which characters are speaking and it really allows the reader to fully immerse into the story.

One of the best audio books I've had the pleasure of listening to since the King Killer Chronicles.

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- Logan

Simplistic and overly complex at the same time

Another epic fantasy book I haven't been able to finish, I'm on a bad role at the moment.

First off, Nick Podehl does a fantastic job at narrating this book, but unfortunately a great narration can't raise an average book to the level of good or great.

There are two main problems with this book:

A huge amount of world building information is dumped on us early on. Oddly enough, the world seems to be a close reflection of our own, complete with countries, cultures,

religions and histories which are not too dissimilar to those of our own world.
Given this, the information overload that we are exposed to in the first half of the book seems even more unnecessary.

The second problem is that most of the characters are shallow and one-dimentional.
Its difficult to care about any of them.

Coupled with this is cartoonish dialogue and convenient coincidences to get our heroes out of tight spots.

Save your time and move on to something more worthwhile.
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- Ttim

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-08-2014
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio