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Publisher's Summary

"Caenthell will stay buried, and the North will not rise again until I freely offer my sword to a true descendant of the High Kings, or until one takes it from my dying hands!"
With this curse, the Warlock Malessar destroyed Caenthell. The bloodline of the High Kings disappeared and the kingdom faded into dark legend until even stories of the deed lost their power. But now there is an heir to the North.
Cassia hopes to make her reputation as a storyteller by witnessing a hardened soldier and a heroic princeling defeat Malessar and his foul curse. But neither of her companions are exactly as they appear, and the truth lies deep within stories that have been buried for centuries.
As Cassia learns secrets both soldier and warlock have kept hidden since the fall of Caenthell, she discovers she can no longer merely bear witness. Cassia must become part of the story; she must choose a side and join the battle.
The North will rise again.
©2015 Steven Poore (P)2016 Grimbold Books and Steven Poore
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4 out of 5 stars
By Troublemer on 09-16-16


Would you listen to The Heir to the North again? Why?

Maybe. It was pretty good a true fantasy story

Who was your favorite character and why?

I liked Cassia

Which scene was your favorite?

The fight scene at the end with Baum and Melasser

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

It was about 15 hours. I am not sure i could do it in one sitting.

Any additional comments?

I receive this book from audio boom for an honest review. if you love fantasy then this book is for you. The start was a little slow but once it got started it was WOW. The story is about Cassia, who wants to be a story teller and she gets involved with Baum and Meredith who's mission is to bring back the North and the High King that was destroyed by an evil warlock, named Melasser. But things are not always what they seem. This book has a surprise ending to this adventure. But the adventure is not over. I look forward to reading the next adventure in this tale.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ray Johnson on 05-10-18

A story teller takes control of her tale!

This comes off like one of those books in which you have seen the premise a thousand times before. Basically, a bad guy beats the crap out of everybody and decrees that only the descendant of so and so will be able to break the curse that he leaves on the land.

However, that is just the backstory, and Poore makes it work. For a first time novelist he comes off polished and has a refined storytelling technique. He crafts some very human characters, and has built a wonderful world for us to all come and play in. The book is a bit of a builder. It takes some time to really get things going, and I really respect that. It is important to get to know why things are happening, and to get to carefor the characters before you start killing them. I really appreciated the slow burn aspect of the story, and believe tit is what makes this book work so well. This is not something that you can just jump into like it was a runaway carriage pulled by rabid horses. You have to set the table, you have to wait for the courses to come in order, and when you get to the main course you will appreciate everything that has come before, and see that everything has complimented what has followed.

Diana Croft manages to make a big mark in my book as a narrator. She really pulls the character of Cassia from somewhere within her spirit. That girl is real and genuine. You can feel her emotions, and empathize with her. I love how Croft plays Cassia like a reporter in a war zone who goes from being the one telling the story to the one driving it forward. After all, Cassia just wants to be a storyteller, and you get that from Croft, and when things go pear shaped and Cassia get sucked into the action and intrigue youcan feel her determination as well as her insecurities coming to play. That is a masterful dance. She plays the other characters just as well, but Cassia really stands out.

The only negative thing I can say about this book, is that the cover is really cheesy and does not give you a clue as to what the story is actually about. It almost looks like those covers TSR made back when they were making a line of novels that had nothing to do with D&D, quick and amatuerish. If you want the truth, when I was looking at fantasy novels, the cover to book two caught my eye; I had completely passed up this book because of the art. Remember that art may not be as important as the story, but it is what draws readers in. That is all, I just think that a cover shoukld at least tell a story, and that doesn't say anything except a fight is going to occur.

anyway, for a first novel this is some top shelf stuff. Don't hesitate to pick it up as the story will captivate you, the characters will interest you, and the bad guy will disgust you. Don't wait, get it now!!!! Even though I did receive a promo code for this review it in no way influenced my considerations of the material, and in fact, inspired me to be more honest. In fact, getting a code generally makes me harsher as a reviewer as I am more often concerned what someone like Me will decide based on my review.

If this review helped, please press the YES below. Thank you immensely!!!

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3 out of 5 stars
By Cathie on 01-16-17

The Heir to the North

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

I think I should start by saying that I'm glad this was an audiobook. Had it been a physical book, I never would have reached the end. There are a lot of positives - I liked the story of a young woman setting out to make her name as a storyteller and encountering the usual sorcerers, dragons, curses etc, one might expect to find in a fantasy novel, and also encountering the usual sexism women have always had to battle. In this respect the ending was gratifying too.

It was the narration that kept me listening. Diana Crofts talents for dramatisation, accents and scene setting lent the book the excitement it needed to keep a reader involved. Her portrayal of Cassia as a naive young woman, unsure of her allegiances, working through feelings of abandonment, betrayal, loyalty and love, was beautifully performed and I was impressed by the range of accents and voices - mostly male - that she was able to bring to the book.

What I had issues with was the flow of the story, it lacked an even pace...hard to describe but at times it felt terribly slow then I found some of the action scenes hard to follow, over too quickly to make sense of the meaning the author was trying to convey. I'm not sure I will bother with part two as I don't really care what happens.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Tony Bough on 09-24-16

Epic fantasy

What made the experience of listening to The Heir to the North the most enjoyable?

A very likeable main character thrown into exotic locations and a world brimming with magic, politics, intrigue armies of ghosts. Brilliant!

What other book might you compare The Heir to the North to, and why?

Think of your favourite high fantasy series. Think of the first novel. This is it.

Which character – as performed by Diana Croft – was your favourite?

Cassia, our young heroine, is a great main character and by far my favourite. Although who doesn't like a sarcastic dragon!? We have some great characters in the book but the main character steals the show for me.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

There's plenty going for this book and I hate spoilers so lets go for a simple statement. It's great. Cassia's journey with a great cast of interesting characters takes us on a journey. It twists and turns and the end which sets us up for the next instalment was great. Really good!

Any additional comments?

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.

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