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I received this book in audio format from the narrator in exchange for an honest review.
One night woodsman Broderick glimpses what he thinks it is a meteorite falling to Earth. Decided to make some money trading it he goes to its capture. But the little object who Broderick finds is not a meteorite but a shard of the new sun, placed there by old sorcerers to replace the old one after its death. This shard has great powers and it will be sought by evil wizards.
This was a quick and easy listen. I found the fact about the sun original but I would have liked to have more information about it. There are some interesting aspects in the book but, like with the sun, Fierce just skims the surface and quickly goes to the next point. I think there is a lot of Deus ex Machina going on here, and for moments I felt that the characters were thrown here and there without much planning or foresight from the author.
I like the characters but I felt that they should have been more developed and explored. I think both Broderick and the Necromancer would have had interesting backgrounds, and this would have increased the quality of the story. I found the character's relationships quite forced, to be honest, but that goes with what I have already mentioned: Deus ex Machina and plain characters.
I could not help but feel that some aspect were inspired on Tolkien's books. There were goblins, swords with names, a town with a very similar name to Rivendell, and Elves with beautiful voices living on trees.
The end of the book feels rushed and it curiously constitutes the epilog. The story has not concluded though, but I am not sure that I will bother to listen to the next book when it is published. It was entertaining and an easy listen but I think more work should have been put on it to get a more polished book.
Skyler Morgan's narration was correct and clear, but I missed some variety in character's voices. All sounded the same, even female characters. I think Morgan would benefit in working on his voice range and interpretation skills. There was a tiny room noise on the recording but I was not bothered by it.
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One day while working Broderick sees something fall from the sky, immediately thinking back on his parent's good fortune on finding meteorite he sets off to find himself a piece to make his own fortune. Only to later find that it's not a meteorite but a shard of the sun, that gives great healing power to the person who possesses the shard. His cousin's wife is abducted, Broderick then sets off to find her, he is soon being hunted by various people and mystical creatures all wanting the shard for themselves.
This should have been a very quick and easy listen as the book is only a few minutes short of 6 hours. However I could not connect with the narrator's voice, I had to stop and take a break a few times. I haven't listened to any books narrated by Skyler Morgan, his voice is below average and I felt the narration was dull. He talks very slow. His voice didn't differentiate between characters, his narration also didn't convey excitement or urgency. When it comes to the production quality there is only a faint background noise but it does not draw attention away from the narration.
This book wasn't very different from others in its genre nor did it have anything that stood out! The book started off a bit slow and picked up towards the end, it almost felt like the Author had a limit to the number of pages he could write and forced a lot of the action in towards the end. A lot of the story was predictable. I would have liked some more detailed descriptions of the locations and mystical creatures as well as more backstory to some of the characters and events mentioned in the book. The Shard of the Sun has healing power and bring people and animals back to life but the shard didn't heal Broderick after an attack or heal the necromancers eyes. I would have liked a little more of a build up between Broderick and the necromancers romance, it felt like it just happened. This is also the first time where and epilogue didn't feel like an epilogue, it felt like just another chapter. It didn't satisfy my curiosity on the other characters in the book, I am left with many unanswered questions. I have no idea if this book is part of a series, I would listen to a follow-up just to satisfy my curiosity about the other characters, not because of the actual plot of the story. I might recommend this book to beginner readers in this genre as I would think well-read readers of this genre would find this book lacking in details.
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Richard Fierce does a good job with this book, the pacing is good and the dialogue is well written and engaging.
The characters are believable and you can understand them. The characters are unique each with their own goals and motivations. Unlike a lot of these stories the main character is nothing special, they are just a normal person and that helps makes them relatable.
This world clearly has a lot of history behind both explained and left unknown, it will be interesting to find out more about this setting as time goes on in the next book. This is a good start of a series, introducing lots of things and its world slowly letting us learn more about it’s secrets. this book feels like how I remember this book in the long run is going to very much depend on what happens in the next one.
Skyler Morgan has a good voice that you can listen to for hours and fits the story. They are at their strongest when they are speaking as the narrator narrating the narrative, descriptions and action. They make everything flow well this really drags you into the story. They are still solid but not quite as good at voicing the characters. It lacks a little spark, that little extra flair that makes a voice fit the character perfectly.
I would give them 5/5 for their story narration and 4/5 for their voicing of the characters.
All good and no errors I noticed.
I enjoyed my time with this book and would recommend listening to it.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.
Richard Fierce is a complete wiz at weaving stories in and around characters that have amazing depth and motivation.
What starts off pretty slow build till you actually can't stop listening... there's good back story woven in, crafting (a must for anyone who loves this genre) and intense action.
The time totally whizzed past me, and I wanted more. Some parts, I literally was on the edge of my seat. A total joy to the ears, and it made the book go so much quicker. I believe Richard and Skyler nailed this one, and I'm so excited for more.
Now for some deeper thoughts.
As I said the plot itself was slow to get going, I do admit that there were some word choices and lengthy sentences that even made me think twice about the meaning, but it really didn't detract from the story.Skyler Morgan was fantastic and made me care all the more,a perfect pairing of author and narrator
Overall this is great book with potential to become a series. And I do hope it becomes one
I really think/hope the writer has a lot more up his sleeve for these characters and I can't wait for more.
I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.As always this is my honest opinion