The Innkeeper's Son

  • by Jeremy Brooks
  • Narrated by Duncan White
  • 25 hrs and 18 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Before Desirmor came and broke the peace of the Alexidus monarchy with his army of dark beasts, Princess Harmony Alexidus spoke a prophecy of his rise and fall. He would destroy the warriors of the Harven Mountains. He would make the princess his eternally unwilling bride. Then he would wrap the world in a veil of darkness so tight, the people would forget that light ever existed.
But the Harmony Prophecy foretold that a scion of the Alexidus bloodline would find the last descendant of the fabled Harven warriors and guide him to a final clash with King Desirmor.
1000 years have passed. 1000 years of Desirmor's Nine Laws. 1000 years of indentured matrimony for Harmony Alexidus. The world has forgotten the prophecy.
Now, at an inn on a tropical island, Lady Enaya Relador has found the last Harven. But Siminus Kelmor is not a willing hero. He is the naïve son of an innkeeper, sheltered all of his life from the horrors indigenous to people on the mainland. And he is broken. Just as she has found him, Sim witnesses the brutal murder of his parents at the hands of King Desirmor's son, the feared Blood Lord. To mold him into the champion promised by the prophecy, Enaya will need to forge him as a blacksmith turns a scrap of iron into a sword. Because if he is to fulfill his destiny and put an end to the 1000 year reign of King Desirmor, Sim will need to become a perfectly crafted weapon. But can she make a weapon out of a man she is falling in love with?

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Excellent Story and Narration!

I thought this book was very engaging and exciting. Excellent story and narration! Looking forward to the next installment!
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- Michael

Cliche fantasy with little to make it stand out.

There are so many fantasy books available these days that it is quite difficult for an author to be unique and for the most part The Innkeeper's Son fails to separate itself from the pack. There are plenty of standard fantasy clichés to be had here along with a fair amount of "deus ex machina" throughout. The characters themselves are pretty typical and the premise is tired so while the book isn't terrible there just isn't much unique about it.

The story is centered around a thousand year old prophecy which foretells the downfall of the current evil ruler, Desirmor. The time has finally come for it be fulfilled and the savior from the prophecy happens to be the naïve son of an innkeeper. His mute sister also has a role to play fighting the evil that consumes the land and when the bad guys show up at the inn they both narrowly escape. Since they are separated after the attack the book has one story thread for each of them. I found the sister's story to be the more interesting of the two and it contained the only characters with some personality.

Duncan White's performance wasn't any better than the writing. Either the recording was sped up for the first half of the book or he read it too quickly. Despite the fact that he does a decent variety of voices he is fairly monotone and the character interactions don't feel genuine. I would have given him 2.5 stars if I could have but since I can't he gets 2.

Overall the book and the performance aren't terrible and occasionally things do get interesting; however, if you are a veteran fantasy reader you might want to spend your credit elsewhere.
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- Lore

Book Details

  • Release Date: 12-26-2013
  • Publisher: Jeremy Brooks