The Whitefire Crossing : The Shattered Sigil

  • by Courtney Schafer
  • Narrated by Andy Caploe
  • Series: The Shattered Sigil
  • 17 hrs and 30 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Dev is a smuggler with the perfect cover. He's in high demand as a guide for the caravans that carry legitimate goods from the city of Ninavel into the country of Alathia. The route through the Whitefire Mountains is treacherous, and Dev is one of the few climbers who knows how to cross them safely. With his skill and connections, it's easy enough to slip contraband charms from Ninavel - where any magic is fair game, no matter how dark - into Alathia, where most magic is outlawed.
But smuggling a few charms is one thing; smuggling a person through the warded Alathian border is near suicidal. Having made a promise to a dying friend, Dev is forced to take on a singularly dangerous cargo: Kiran. A young apprentice on the run from one of the most powerful mages in Ninavel, Kiran is desperate enough to pay a fortune to sneak into a country where discovery means certain execution - and he'll do whatever it takes to prevent Dev from finding out the terrible truth behind his getaway.
Yet Kiran isn't the only one harboring a deadly secret. Caught up in a web of subterfuge and dark magic, Dev and Kiran must find a way to trust each other - or face not only their own destruction, but that of the entire city of Ninavel.


Audible Editor Reviews

In The Whitefire Crossing: The Shattered Sigil, Book 1, fantasy writer Courtney Schafer combines adept storytelling with a deep knowledge of mountain climbing to bring listeners Dev, a smuggler who specializes in carrying items through the steep, treacherous Whitefire Mountains that divide the magical city of Ninavel and the magic-secular country of Alathia. Under Andy Caploe's intense narration, Dev comes alive as a confident, charismatic force, keeping listeners on the edge of their seats with his challenging mission to transport a young magician's apprentice, Kiran, into the safety of Alathia. Full of magic, subterfuge, and adventure, Book 1 of The Whitefire Crossing is a surefire bet for fans of narrative fantasy and quest stories.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Loved the plot, loved the characters

Any additional comments?

I loved this story! It was fast-paced, kept its sense of mystery and urgency to the end, and I found both of the main characters really likeable. The author has built an interesting world with an unusual take on magic. I couldn't stop listening and I find myself impatient for the next book!

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- Emily

Abysmal. Insufferable.

Would you try another book from Courtney Schafer and/or Andy Caploe?

My daughter wrote a story once about a trip with her cousin to the bounce house and CiCi's pizza. I also listened to a 90 year old man with a sinus infection eat a sandwich for a half hour. Both were more enjoyable than this.

What do you think your next listen will be?

I think I'm done with Audible until I really really need to listen to a book. This was the dealbreaker. I waited so long for a precious credit and wasted it on this.The absolute worst thing I've ever heard. I know it's not Audible's fault, but I'm so angry that this even exists that I have to take it out on someone. Sorry Audible, you've gotten me through some long days, but I think we should take some time apart.

What didn’t you like about Andy Caploe’s performance?

I kind of feel sorry for him. What tricks did this guy have to turn to be paid to read a published work aloud? I lost a contact rolling my eyes so hard. Like every character to sound like Bill S. Preston, Esquire? This is the book for you. I hope you don't read to your kids at night Andy.

What character would you cut from The Whitefire Crossing?

That's not really the issue right now, Audible. The issue is Andy Caploe. A bad book was made infinitely worse by this man. I listened "at" it because I was so put off by the narration. In between the groans and facepalming I had to pull the plug a few times because I was embarrassed for him and couldn't go on.

Any additional comments?

This book is ear-rape.

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- R

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-06-2012
  • Publisher: Audible Studios