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.
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The Warrior's Curse: your ticket to adult fantasy
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
- Convoke "lokhos"
Great story and well-narrarated