Tarnish : Tarnish

  • by J. D. Brink
  • Narrated by Todd Menesses
  • Series: Tarnish
  • 15 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The complete trilogy combined into the original critically acclaimed novel.
Silver, they call it, the light of the full moon: celestial magic that changes men into beasts and calls the dead from their graves...and young men to their destinies.
Billy Cole is the son of legendary folk hero Ian the Black. He should be marching to war, battling dragons, and rescuing fair maidens. Unfortunately for him, the war is long over, the last dragon was slain by the Dread Duke, and all the girls in Redfield are either several years younger than him or already married. Billy is 16 springs old and ready for a life of valor and excitement. So far, however, he seems destined only for boredom and manual labor in a small farm town.
Then a scarecrow tries to kill him, and a monster of swamp water and vines trudges into town and attacks his father. Evil has risen from the Blood Marsh, and Redfield needs a hero.
And while Billy has the brass to take on an entire army alone, he's smart enough to know better. Instead he straps on the sword of Trevor the Red and takes the name Wil Thunderstrike - wandering hero and teller of tales - to venture into the Free Fertile Lands and find the help they need.
But the world beyond Redfield isn't like in the tavern tales, and not everyone who carries a sword is a hero.
Tarnish is a grittier, more adult coming-of-age tale than you're used to, where destiny is forged, not written.

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Wonderfully epic story

This book was exactly what I've been missing! An epic tale with swords, magic, and heroes!

Since finishing series' such as The Wheel of Time by Robert Jordan (James Oliver Rigney, Jr.), and The Sword of Truth by Terry Goodkind, I have been trying to fill a void I didn't know I had, that is until reading Tarnish. While the writing style is different, it's just enough to show the reader how unique J.D. Brink's telling of this type of story is. This is a wonderful fantasy novel with everything a fantasy lover could want. Do not miss out, and lose yourself in J.D. Brink's world. You will be so glad you did!

Audiobook Narrated by Todd Menesses: I enjoyed Mr. Menesses' voices and reading very much. He was the perfect choice for this novel, and would be excellent in the next in this series.
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- Karri K.

A fun fantasy with interesting take on the genre

What made the experience of listening to Tarnish the most enjoyable?

I absolutely loved the innovative take on the classical epic fantasy Tarnish brought to the genre. I didn't start getting into the story until about 40 minutes in, but I'm so glad I stuck with it. By the end of the first hour I was absolutely hooked, and was really sad when I had to pause to do real life things. I just wanted to get back to the book and finish it.

I'm definitely adding another work from Brink to my TBR pile to see if his other work is as enjoyable as Tarnish. I also REALLY hope he plans on a sequel. This would be a wonderful start to a series.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Tarnish?

The addition of the storytellers telling actual stories within the bars and inns was a stroke of genius. It was my absolute favorite part about the book. There is so much trope that goes into this genre anymore that the way this book was structured was a breath of fresh air.


What does Todd Menesses bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

I really can't get over how perfectly suited to this story Menesses's narration was. His enunciation was great, and I loved all his character voices. It was a first class performance.


Any additional comments?

I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review.

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- Daphne

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-15-2015
  • Publisher: Fugitive Fiction