The Riddle-Master of Hed : Riddle-Master Trilogy

  • by Patricia A. McKillip
  • Narrated by Simon Prebble
  • Series: Riddle-Master Trilogy
  • 7 hrs and 35 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Long ago, the wizards had vanished from the world, and all knowledge was left hidden in riddles. Morgon, prince of the simple farmers of Hed, proved himself a master of such riddles when he staked his life to win a crown from the dead Lord of Aum.But now ancient, evil forces were threatening him. Shape changers began replacing friends until no man could be trusted. So Morgon was forced to flee to hostile kingdoms, seeking the High One who ruled from mysterious Erlenstar Mountain. Beside him went Deth, the High One's Harper. Ahead lay strange encounters and terrifying adventures. And with him always was the greatest of unsolved riddles - the nature of the three stars on his forehead that seemed to drive him toward his ultimate destiny.

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Not sure how much I actually enjoyed this story. At times I found it quite interesting, while at other times I was bored. And I got tired of it in the last few chapters particularly.

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- Andrew

Book 3 is better, but do start here

I found my mind wandering a bit, but I hung in there and was glad I did, because book 3 was worth it. I liked the relationship development in book 3. Poignant. There are some scenes of high-octane, adrenaline-pumping survival and grim death across the series, but these books feel more like old-fashioned classic fantasy (whatever that is). The pace feels slightly slower, more mystical, more nature-based, and not as non-stop bloody action-packed as some fantasy series.

This book ends on a cliff. This series includes numerous twists, so it's best to make no assumptions about events or characters.

The audio narration by Simon Prebble was not bad, but nor did it enhance the story. I could barely hear a difference between voices for Ohm, Danan, Har, and Deth, for example.

As with many fantasies, invented names for characters and places are hard to differentiate and remember via audio. In this case, I found it hard to hear the difference between similar-sounding words of one or two syllables: An, Aum, Ohm, El, Iff, Nun, Tel, Tol, Hed, Har, Hel, Herun, Hlurle, Heureu, Rood, Rork, Ymris, Yrth, etc. To better comprehend, I referred to a VERY helpful website: wizzley (dot) com (slash) riddle-master
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- Skipper

Book Details

  • Release Date: 01-25-2011
  • Publisher: Audible Studios