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Far in the future, a human-crewed starship crashes on a distant planet, carrying alien POWs taken to help discover the secrets of a deadly foe, the group mind known as the Gierj. In time, the humans revert to a feudal society, the aliens are seen as "demons", and the starship's computer survives as a "magical" entity known as the Vaere.
In Book 1, Stormwarden, Auskiere, wizard of wind and water, binds the Mharg-demons with the aid of Ivan, master of fire and earth. But at the moment of his greatest peril, Ivan is betrayed and he swears a terrible oath against his betrayer - an oath so powerful that it begins a relentless "cycle of fire".
Janny Wurts is the author of several fantasy series, including the internationally best-selling Empire trilogy, written in collaboration with Raymond E. Feist. She paints all her own covers, depicting her vision of characters and setting. She is also an expert horsewoman, sailor, musician, and archer.
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By Katherine on 10-01-10
It's a great time to be an audiobook reader!
I???m so pleased with Audible Frontiers for bringing us some older fantasy literature on audio! Stormwarden is a coming-of-age story that focuses on three youth (Jaric, Emien, and Taen) who get caught up in a battle between kingdoms, sorcerers, demons, and aliens. There are some now-classic fantasy characters here ??? scrawny orphan boy who gets a sword, white-bearded sorcerer who controls the weather, a beautiful enchantress with white hair and violet eyes, and a beautiful dreamweaver with black hair, but they're treated with respect by both author and audiobook reader (David Thorpe) who pack them full of vigor, drive, and both admirable and reprehensible character traits and emotions.
There???s plenty of the unexpected, too. For example, much of the story takes place at sea. Also, an alien endows humans with supernatural powers by injecting them with crystallized demons. For a coming-of-age story, the plot is refreshingly unpredictable and Stormwarden ends with an exciting action-packed climax ??? a trademark Janny Wurts feature. The reader also gets a sense of Wurts??? expertise in sailing, horsemanship, and other outdoor pursuits ??? all of these elements feel real and this is something that sets this fantasy novel apart from most of its peers. The narrative style is more expository than is my preference, and sometimes it???s wordy, but it???s full of passion and David Thorpe???s perfect performance lends enthusiasm and verve.
6 of 6 people found this review helpful
By Sandra L. Jacob on 09-27-10
A great fun fantasy romp for YA
A big Janny Wurts fan from reading her later magnum opus, the Wars of Light and Shadow (which I have requested from Audible, hint hint!) I snatched this one up as soon as I saw it. And I was not disappointed. Janny Wurts is one of the best and most under-appreciated fantasy writers around today. This book proves the elements were there even in her early writing.
Diverse characters are brought together to save the Stormwarden who is under enchantment by the evil sorceress, Tathagres, in league with demons. In beautiful Wurts style, the action swoops into a very exciting climax. I can't wait for the next two books to be released! Hurry, Audible!
David Thorpe does a bang up job as narrator, with an ability to create a variety of voices appropriate to the characters and with expression that helps the tension build.
Audible: More Janny Wurts please! In particular The Curse of the Mistwraith, The Ships of Merior, The Warhost of Vastmark, The Fugitive Prince, Grand Conspiracy, Peril's Gate, Traitor's Knot, and Stormed Fortress. I'll buy them all! I promise!
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By Amazon Customer on 12-06-11
Cycle of Fire Trilogy
What can be said, an exceptional read and thoroughly enjoyable. As usual Janny's mix of characters aids the plot and adds interest and intrigue.
I've bought all her books in paperback and wondered how this series would be just listening. I need not have wondered as usual an amazing work by an accomplished author. Even my kids listened to it and enjoyed the experience. Just waiting for her other books to come out in audio book now. I'd definately buy them :)
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By CeNedra Red on 11-26-16
Too Many Long Pauses.
What made the experience of listening to Stormwarden the most enjoyable?
Listening to this book wasn't as enjoyable as I would have wished. Unfortunately the narrator, David Thorpe spoiled the experience by unnecessary pauses after each sentence. It became irritating, waiting for the next sentence to follow, and broke the rhythm of the story.
What was one of the most memorable moments of Stormwarden?
Its difficult to pick out one moment as more memorable than any other, since the narrator did such a poor job of telling the tale.
Who might you have cast as narrator instead of David Thorpe?
Rupert Degas. Andrew Wincott. Simon Vance. Nick Podehl. Victor Bevine. Kevin Stillwell, to name but a few. These are some of my favorite narrators. Any one of these narrators would have given a more enjoyable performance.
Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?
No! If it had been read by a better narrator, then the answer would be Yes.
Any additional comments?
I read this book, and the others in this series many years ago. I don't really remember very much about the story, as I've read hundreds of books since then. I do remember that I enjoyed reading the series, and thats why I wanted to listen to the audio version. As with so many of the books I have read and loved, this is another that has been ruin by a poor narrator.