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Dante and Blays have forced Gladdic from the Collen Basin. But the victory might be only the first battle in a much larger war. With the land on the brink of starvation and politically fractured, Dante and Blays scramble to secure Collen's food, borders, and allies. Before their work is done, rumor arrives from Mallon. The enemy is mustering for another attack.
Even if Collen can weather the coming storm, there's no guarantee their independence will last out the year. During a border raid, Dante learns Gladdic has fled to the shadowy realm of Tanar Atain, home of the Andrac.
And the secrets Gladdic returns with could tip the balance of power forever.
©2016 Edward W. Robertson (P)2017 Podium Publishing
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5 out of 5 stars
By D F on 05-13-17

Absolute Genius

Forget Batman and Robin, this is the dynamic Duo! The writing is as good as it gets. Unbelievable evolving story going back to the first cycle. Should be a series of movies but would be a larger undertaking than LOTR. Author is one of my favorites. Reynolds is a superb narrator. I've even started buying anything he lends his voice to. He makes these fantastic books come totally alive.

I'd put these books right up there with LOTR, Game of Thrones, and King's epic Dark Tower series, and I'm not sure I wouldn't put these at the front of the pack. Amazing!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Craig on 05-02-17

Always love the "Cycles of"

I used to not be a fan of audio books, I'd rather have a hard copy in my hands - feverishly turning the pages... however, the duo that narrator and author make has me absolutely hooked on this series, as I was hooked on the previous. Job well done, both of you. I am so glad that I saved my credits for this and was very excited by the authors note at the end.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Ryan on 05-14-17

more please

this is just the latest masterpiece from Edward w Robertson. I can't wait for the next 2/3 books in the series.

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1 out of 5 stars
By J C on 04-20-18

Frustrating turn for the worst

Would you try another book written by Edward W. Robertson or narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds?

Tim Gerard Reynolds is a fantastic, characterful narrator. I would absolutely listen to another book narrated by him.

I am really disappointed by the failure in Robertson’s storytelling, however, and I can’t listen to the series anymore, which is very frustrating.

The character development seems to be going backwards - strong characters are becoming weak and impotent. The idiocy of the main characters (somewhat charming in earlier books) just grows and grows, and characters you’ve grown to like constantly betray their established nature and take actions that go against everything they’ve done up until this point.

You didn’t love this book--but did it have any redeeming qualities?

The world is absolutely great, and the previous books in the series were fantastic.

Any additional comments?

I have rarely been so frustrated while listening to a book.
Robertson has diligently crafted a compelling world, and characters you care about over the course of the previous books.
In this entry he proceeds to turn potent, world-altering characters into snivelling wimps.
They give up at every opportunity, and by 10 hours in are almost unrecognisable from the principled, determined characters they once were. Many books have such narratives, of course, and character arcs can successfully change and twist with great results.
But there needs to be a motivation, and cohesive reason why.
Robertson unfortunately fails to provide one, and this book becomes a disappointing mire of frustration.

Save yourself, and the story so far, by skipping this book.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Setkeh on 05-10-17

Excellent series of books

This was a great continuation to the story cannot wait for the next one. Tim is a great narrator he really captures the characters well.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Lachlan on 11-21-17

Brilliant story and perfect delivery

No words will ever do this story justice - just read it or listen and enjoy!

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