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Publisher's Summary

In a land of forbidden magic, a mysterious cave holds both riches and danger for three adventurers who discover a mighty treasure and a terrible secret.
A short fantasy tale set in the world of Erana - the world of The Light Beyond the Storm Chronicles.
©2014 A.L Butcher (P)2015 A.L Butcher
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By Convoke on 03-15-15

The Warrior's Curse: your ticket to adult fantasy

What did you love best about Tales of Erana: The Warrior's Curse?

I have long loved Alexandra Butcher's Erana Tales: they are smart, sometimes sexy, and always transcend the everyday. The new "Tales of Erana: The Warrior's Curse" shows us Butcher at full power, teamed with exactly the right narrator for her tale, one Rob Goll. Through their efforts, Erana's world of elves and prejudice and love and human foible becomes so real you can reach out and touch it.

What other book might you compare Tales of Erana: The Warrior's Curse to and why?

I'm not sure this book has a comparison to anything done today. Those who loved Tolkien will love this, but the action is much closer to hand, more visceral, not only a tale of war and love but of eroticism: everything you treasured about Lord of the Rings and nothing you didn't like. Those who loved Canticle for Leibowitz will also love The Warrior's Curse, by reason of its arch social commentary and fully realized world view. If you like your fantasy laced with thoughtful allegories that lay bare the human condition, yet never are preachy, you'll want to own this book -- both the audiobook and the ebook; having both ebook and audiobook enhances each. I got both: the audiobook companion to the e-book, and now I can switch back and forth from reading to listening without missing a beat or a word.

What about Rob Goll’s performance did you like?

Rob Goll brings to the audiobook of The Warrior's Curse an elegant, perfectly executed style, a great relief after too many hyper-active comic-book readings. Goll always delivers the story, never makes the story merely a commercial for himself. He sounds exactly the way the narrator for a fantasy of such refined taste SHOULD sound. Give a listen, and you'll want to hear more. He delivers story with easy and grace, always applying just the right amount of emphasis to lines and phrases to make me forget everything else. Bravo, Mr. Goll!

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

I did, but I can't. So I had the joy of pleasures deferred until I finished listening. My husband is listening to Goll read Butcher now, and then I'll listen again. If you ARE able to gobble up an entire audiobook in one sitting, I recommend this one highly: it keeps you immersed until the very last word.

Any additional comments?

I loved this. Butcher's world is truly a world that readers from new adults to the most experienced will want to revisit time and again. In a time of such blunted sensibilities and crass blood thirst, it's a joy to find a story that gives you every story value in proper proportion, narrated by a voice you'll never forget.

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By Geoff on 05-10-16

Great story and well-narrarated

Great fantasy short, well-written and performed. Very strong narrarator. I enjoyed it and recommend it.

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By durara1 on 10-30-15

A fantasy tale of human nature's greed.

Where does Tales of Erana: The Warrior's Curse rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

I am quite new to audiobooks, but the story lent itself well as a listening experience.

What did you like best about this story?

Although the warning of greed in the story could translate to any era, I think that the historical setting gave it a darker slant. It is a very descriptive story, making it easier to picture the people and the events taking place.

What about Rob Goll’s performance did you like?

Rob Goll's performance brought the descriptive narrative to life, subtly highlighting changes in pace and very much enhanced the experience.

If you made a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

Be careful what you wish for.

Any additional comments?

This is not my usual genre, but now that I have been introduced to it, I would definitely recommend it to others. Thoroughly enjoyed this audiobook.

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By Marina on 10-11-15

Rich fantasy tale with the perfect narrator voice

Any additional comments?

The characters, the dialogues and the imagery of the tale truly come to life with the voice of Rob Goll.
A very pleasant first audiobook experience.

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