Reawakening : Passage of Hellsfire

  • by Marc Johnson
  • Narrated by Bryan Zee
  • Series: Passage of Hellsfire
  • 7 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

To undo a mistake made a thousand years in the past, the wizard Hellsfire used his magic to bring down the Great Barrier that once divided the northern and southern lands. In doing so, he nearly brought war to his own homeland, and he afflicted the love of his life, Princess Krystal of Alexandria, with a potent and deadly curse.
Since then, Hellsfire has been working in Tyree with its Elemental Council, to rebuild its war-torn land and find a way to break Krystal's curse. Now Krystal's time is running out. As the princess fights for her life, Hellsfire learns that the wizard responsible for the curse - his old enemy Premier - is heading to the Burning Sands to steal the mysterious Jewel of Dakara.
If Hellsfire can capture Premier and learn the secret of the curse, he can save Krystal. But the Jewel of Dakara holds its own deadly secrets, and the hunt will take Hellsfire farther than he ever imagined, and cost him more than he bargained for.
The past is never gone nor buried...

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Reawakening

First off I should mention that I am starting the series with book three. I haven’t read books 1 and 2, so I can’t comment on how well this book fits into the trilogy. I will say that I didn’t have any trouble getting into the story and didn’t feel like I was missing any vital information. Marc Johnson’s writing flows very well, and keeps the reader engaged. First person narrative can be difficult, but he did a nice job of not just characterizing Hellsfire, but also providing depth for some of the peripheral characters as well as describing the world. There were some cool concepts/beings he introduced like the Malika (sp?), Hellsfire’s Darkfire, Crosswalkers, the Burning Sands, the walking construct and the Elemental Counsel.

I’m not sure if discussing the book’s first few pages constitutes spoilers, so I’ll say **Spoiler** just in case: The book began and I was fully engaged with the story, then I was let down with a bump as it was merely a dream sequence. I’m not enamored with dream sequences especially when they start off a story, as the reader feels that they are starting off on the adventure only for it to be a fake scene in a character’s head. That being said after I read the next event, I realized the author was using the dream and the following event as a method to provide backstory for the MC rather than just a straight info dump. So for anyone who dislikes the dream idea, do hang in there as it does serve a necessary purpose and is more interesting that just paragraphs filling in the history. **End Spoiler**

Hellsfire is a decent character. He tends to dwell a bit on his guilt, but he is likable and tries to do right by everyone. I found the scrying and flashbacks to Krystal an interesting way of keeping her somewhat of a main character and present throughout the narrative even though she isn’t actually along for the ride. I would really like to see more of what she’s like as a character when she’s not incapacitated. There were also some interesting and quirky minor characters that would be fun to explore in more detail in the other books (previous or subsequent depending on the character’s intro).

Minor quibbles... I didn’t enjoy the part of the story with Serena and Alana as much as the rest. It felt like this part stalled the storyline a bit and the family bickering was annoying. Also Serena’s use of ‘cutie’ pulled me out of the narrative every time she said it. However, it wasn’t a long part of the adventure and was over fairly quickly.

Narration: Bryan Zee had a pleasant voice and he read at a decent pace. His accent (Australian?) added to the narrative. As a personal preference, I like fantasy read with an accent as it tends to add to the other world-ness for me. Bryan did a good job of voicing Hellsfire, showing both the heart and determination of the character. Occasionally some of the minor character voices weren’t consistent, but he did a nice job of showing character emotion and relaying the excitement of the story. You could tell he was fully engaged in the story and enjoying the narration.

For those who like to know... there are two ‘almost’ sex scenes (very mild) and the swearing was kept to such a minimum, I think there were only two words uttered in the entire book. There was much violence and gore, but it did suit the storyline. I think the book could be suitable for YA depending on the teen.

I received Reawakening: The Passage of Hellsfire, Book 3 free in exchange for an unbiased review.
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- Lady Meserole

Great!

I really enjoyed this story! Full disclosure - I did not listen to the other books in this series but was able to enjoy this one. This was a really great fantasy story that was full of action and suspense. Highly recommend!

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
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- mandy

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-18-2017
  • Publisher: Marc Johnson