Kingdoms and mountains crumble, but legenders endure.
Arkos, a reclusive artisan, bides the long age of peace carving animal bones and remembering his days of adventure. In the ancient city of Tierrion where he dwells, no one suspects he is one of the legenders - those forces of nature clad in human form who spoke with the elements and shaped them into mighty beasts. After the legenders fought in the bygone war against the living shadow, they faded into myth and have remained in historical obscurity. That is, until a great evil strikes Tierrion and Arkos saves the city with his power over the elements. This grand revelation of his true identity comes at a cost, however, for there are kings and politicians who would use a legender for their own purposes. Bound by an oath of service, Arkos must obey their commands - dire consequences descend upon legenders unfaithful to their vows.
Fearful that Tierrion's catastrophe portends war, the kingdoms order Arkos to the uncharted wastelands of the north to discover if the Living Shadow and his legions are preparing to mount an attack once again. Arkos' journey takes him over perilous mountains and through hostile terrain where he must use his elemental abilities to overcome dangers fatal to man. As he travels onward, a sinister and mysterious figure watches from afar, awaiting his dreadful schemes to unfold. When Arkos reaches the dark unknown and finds secrets lost in history, an unexpected choice confronts him: to take his long-awaited freedom or save the kingdoms that would enslave him.
The Legender draws the audience into a fantastical new world of rich characters. Beyond the excitement invoked by adventure and political intrigue, the story at its core resounds with identities redeemed and courage found, arguing that there is more to us than we ourselves would believe.
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Jason Link creates a fantastical, believable world
Jason Link has a gift for not only creating a captivating new world, filled with creatures and cultural practices a reader has never thought of, but also maintaining a consistent and believable voice throughout the twists and turns of the story.
Without giving too much away, the moment in which Arkos has reunited with his long lost love on the precipice of the mountain is certainly a memorable moment with some very interesting twists and turns!
I loved to see the picture come together as the nations gathered for the race at the very beginning as Jason has carefully crafted each culture that enters the city, complete with customs and culture that give the feel of a real world.
- Mark Abdon
An increadble story in a fantasic world.
Exciting, deep, compelling.
Scott Richard Ehredt is a great actor with a voice that adds depth to characters that is a fun experience unique to the audio-book.
I listened in a few sittings but they were normally over an hour long.
The Legender is fantastic. This book kept surprising me with its originality and creative plot. Perhaps the best part of reading was that feeling you get when you are immersed into a different world, which is exactly what Link has built. There are cultures, geographies, languages, and creatures that come together to make a fun yet deeply sophisticated world. In this way, the Legender reminded me of the greats like Tolkin. I would highly recommend and have done so even to friends who read little fantasy.
- Michael Wiltshire