Mystic Warrior

  • by Tracy Hickman, Laura Hickman
  • Narrated by LLoyd James
  • 14 hrs and 42 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

New York Times best-selling master of fantasy, Tracy Hickman, and his wife, author Laura Hickman, offer the first book in a major, new, dragon-laden epic fantasy. The Bronze Canticles is an expansive new saga chronicling the world-altering changes that take place as three connected universes, the Human world, the Goblin world, and the Faery world, are slowly drawn together. In Book One, Mystic Warrior, young Galen Arvad, a human with magical powers, must avoid the ritual that puts those with such talents to death. It seems that in the eyes of the community, magic is a sign of lunacy, and in a yearly ritual the local "crazies" are offered up to the Dragon Priests. Galen is suddenly captured and imprisoned. Now, as Galen's wife, Berkita, and his friend, Cephas the dwarf, set off to rescue him, Galen learns of the fate that awaits him, a fate far worse than even his own death.

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What the Critics Say

"Impressive and provocative fantasy....This emotionally intense novel's meticulously crafted magical system and likeable characters evoke an atmosphere both timely and timeless. While lively action sequences and rich descriptive passages provide plenty of excitement, mature examinations of politics and individual responsibility lend philosophical weight and emotional poignancy....A fine example of socially conscious and unpredictable imaginative fiction." (Publishers Weekly)

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Great story and characters

This is a wonderful book. I took it on a 9 hour trip, and I couldn't wait for the return trip to finish it!
I was a little confused at first, because of the way the story starts out, but once the story really got going I was completely entranced. I love they way the stories weave in and out of each other, developing each character individually, but not completely excluding the others. The way the characters see each other in their dreams is some of my favorite parts of the story. My only complaint was that the authors dropped off Galen's wife's tale.
The complexity of the stories intertwining give the story a lot of depth and I can't wait until the next book comes out.
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- Michelle

Decent story

I'll start out by saying, I enjoyed the story. I wouldn't rate it as highly as most of the other fantasy I've read in the last 10 years, but it was still entertaining. The 'magic' system seems rather vague and for something purportedly so universally powerful, highly underutilized. Aside from being able to converse with crafted objects, Galen fails to be the usual strong, unique character that ends up leading an unpopular cause. All epic heroes start out as unwilling participants and eventually resign themselves to their fate, but Galen wouldn't hold a candle to a Rand Al'thor or a Prince Rohan. I don't know whether it's the way it's written, or the way the story is told by the narrator, but the story failed to get me emotionally motivated, or feel strongly at all about any of the characters.

I'll be purchasing Mystic Quest next, but I can't say these go on my top 10 fantasy list. If you've read/listened to most of the existing fantasy, you'll probably enjoy this as an idle read/listen. Just don't buy this expecting a story on the level of a Robert Jordan, George R. R. Martin, or Melanie Rawn.

I'd also have to say that the narrator, while doing an ok job, does choose strange and sometimes distracting accents and voices for some characters. I definitely wasn't expecting goblins to sound like Don Knotts or Jimmy Stewart. Who knew?
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- Zackary D. Deems

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-05-2004
  • Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.