The Dagger of Adendigaeth : A Pattern of Shadow and Light

  • by Melissa McPhail
  • Narrated by Nick Podehl
  • Series: A Pattern of Shadow and Light
  • 29 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

At long last, the reason for the blessed Adept race's decline has been discovered: powerful beings known as Malorin'athgul are disrupting the Balance and preventing Alorin's Adepts from awakening to their gifts. Who are they? Where are they? And how can they be stopped when they wield a power meant to unmake the universe itself?
In T'khendar, Prince Ean val Lorian has forsaken his companions in blood and battle to join the traitorous Fifth Vestal in T'khendar in the hopes of gaining some insight into the tragedies that plagued his return. Now, he must confront the man he's long thought of as his enemy and discover the role he is meant to play in the First Lord's darkly magnificent game.
The Vestal Raine D'Lacourte has followed his traitorous oath-brother, Björn, through six kingdoms and into the distant realm of T'khendar seeking explanation and atonement. But the condemned realm harbors shocking secrets, and Raine soon realizes he's facing his greatest enemy yet - not in Björn, but in the truth.
Elsewhere in Alorin, the young truthreader, Tanis, faces a new villain in the fiery-eyed man he followed from the café in Rethynnea; the soldier Trell struggles to reconcile his growing feelings for the girl he rescued from the river against the guilt of his unknown past; and in Tambarré, another truthreader named Kjieran van Stone treads the incense-filled hallways of the Prophet Bethamin's temple, hoping to uncover a plot of treachery and betrayal before the Prophet demands his soul.
The time has come for each player to claim his role in the First Lord's masterful game. All will be tested, but only time will tell how many can survive the dagger of Adendigaeth.

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Customer Reviews

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Romance author got lost in a scifi book.

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Stick with the fantasy aspect and leave out all the romance and sex, the book drops into pure harlequin mode and stays there.


What could Melissa McPhail have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

See above


Have you listened to any of Nick Podehl’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

Yes, very solid reader, he was doing well with what he had.


If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Dagger of Adendigaeth?

Anything that includes "his loins, inflamed, penetrated her, feverish desire, consumed by thoughts of her.


Any additional comments?

Yeah audible gets this one back, nothing worse than picking up a scifi, and it morphs into a romance. I have two rules for blacklisting a author, Leave a cliffhanger or write a romance and hide it in a scifi cover.

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- Michael G. Grant

great narration horrible story

There was too much cheesy romance and sexuality. McPhail got so distracted trying to make people sexy that she forgot to give the book a plot. What plot the story does have is scattered and torn. Again McPhail used phrases repeatedly when they are not necessary and they get overused. The magic is awesome and the story could be great but it isn't. It also felt like McPhail was trying to be Ayn Rand and she definitely is not. As always Podehl did an amazing job narrating. He is phenomenal and the only reason I was able to get through this book.
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- Richard

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-06-2016
  • Publisher: Podium Publishing