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This omnibus was very enjoyable. Can be enjoyed by adults and YA. There is violence and blood but no cussing or sex. I like to check out omnibus recordings as it gives me a chance to check out authors I otherwise would not take a chance on due to the minimal recording time. Anything less than 20 hours the author would have to be up there with Robert Jordan, etc.
16 of 16 people found this review helpful
Solid gold performance by narrator Derik Perkins. I enjoyed the entire series, both reading and listening to it. As for the quality of the storytelling, I'd give the stories in this omnibus an average of 3.5, but I'd give books 3 and 4 (not included) a slightly higher score. I'd give the series 3.9 stars max, as a whole.
Told in 3rd person, this series seems to be aimed at YA - adult. PG-13. No sex or cussing, but there is bloody violence.
HARBINGER is the first full-length novel in the Fate's Forsaken fantasy series, involving humans, dragons, mages, giants, mots (midget humans), pirates, whisperers, and shape-changer animals. I liked it more than SLIGHT AND SHADOW, but both books are fairly good (see quibbles below).
As for plot, the premise is logical, and even though it's nothing new, it's got the makings of a good fantasy. The plot is simple. This is not the kind of brain-taxing fantasy that has a complex magical system or convoluted socio-political arrangement. Some of the action scenes are excellent (especially the chapter called "The Tempest" in HARBINGER, and the final battle against Lord Gilderick and his fallows in Book 2, SLIGHT AND SHADOW.)
The genre is fantasy-with-light-romance, I'd say. By the fourth and final book, there's a bit too much romance for my taste, but I'd be happy with none at all. This series is fairly light in tone, with feel-good scenes of camaraderie and conviviality, interspersed with a few heartbreaking grim-dark scenes (murder, butchery, slavery, starvation). The writing style flows, making it easy to follow. There's a sprinkling of light humor throughout. I smiled and chuckled a few times.
Themes: Coming of age. Friendship, loyalty, faith. Abomination versus acceptance. Interspecies relations. A kingdom in peril. Destiny, Fate, and Death. A prophecy. An orphan child with no clue about his true nature. Shades of Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings.
CHARACTERS: Protagonists are plentiful: Kael, Amos, Roland, Kyleigh the dragon girl, Aerilyn, Captain Lysander the pirate, Jonathan, Jake the Mage, Elena, Nadine the mot, Blood Fang, Eveningwing, etc.
Villians: Bullies Marc and Laomoth. The treacherous King Craven is suitably evil, but he's not a one-dimensional prop. His warlord Titus is canny, ambitious, and vicious. His head magician Ulric delights in torture but is not as shrewd as he believes. His seer Argon is an enigma we don't resolve till book 4. Same with his Beastmaster.
Craven's cabal, The Sovereign Five, oversee the five regions of his kingdom:
Drunken Earl Hubert rules the Unforgivable Mountains, their Valley, and their foothills. Countess D'Mere rules the Grand Forest. She's a villain, but with texture, an enigma unresolved till later in the series. Duke Reginald of the High Seas is a fairly flat villain. Lord Gilderick rules the fertile plains. He's vile and emaciated, but shrewd, with some nasty tricks up his sleeve. Baron Suhar controls the desert, but he plays a very minor role.
Quibbles: Both novels in this package went on a bit too long, without enough momentum through the slow parts. The author needed to either shorten the story or insert some suspenseful scenes into the slow parts. And find a synonym for "rump" (overused, with connotations of rump roast and obesity).
I read the entire series. Books 3 and 4 are the best of the lot. Dragonsbane is available on Audible but Daybreak is not. It may be in production. Early days yet.
It is not necessary to read the prequel novella Poison to understand the series, but it's a decent tale. It is set before the Whispering War, beginning when Countess D'Mere was a child. It is her story. We also meet her lover, Garron, Aerillyn's father.
27 of 28 people found this review helpful
I loved all of this got a little slow once or twice but not for long enjoyed so much already brought books 3 and 4
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
The story was. Well written filled with excitement. A fantastic narrator I loved the main characters kale kylie decline we were all amazing
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
Another good read; with interesting characters - although there did seem to be a little editorial mix up with two characters and their plots from the last book.
Was happily reading at a rollicking pace, with dragons; pirates; bad-guys, good guys, ( both of these dying amongst MUCH blood and gore…)
…Until the denouement, when the book ALL OF A SUDDEN becomes a Right Wing *Reproduction Class* from Texas (or why you should wait til marriage for sex)…!!!!!
I mean - if you're uncomfortable about writing a sex scene - simply leave it out!!!
The irony is the amount of violence, blood, guts, and questionable moral decisions and plot points used throughout the rest of the book.
This COULD HAVE been a great new "world-building" book, but due to the appalling last chapter this is the last book I'd EVER read by this author. I'll be returning this rubbish.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
awesome value trilogy that leads to a truly enjoyable series.
the kingdom of midlan is ruled by a selfish king and our hero starts off as a young boy with a lot to learn. mysteries are gradually revealed and new and interesting characters introduced all the time. the only criticism is that some parts are a little slow and reflective, but action and adventure and battle sequences make up for it. also an underlying love story, great characters and some humour and mischief. also no blasphemy. ....a great plus in my opinion.
keeps you wanting to buy the next book in the series
highly recommended. can't wait for Shae Ford to write her next series!! well I hope she has plans to