The Wrath of the Orphans : The Kinless Trilogy

  • by Chris Philbrook
  • Narrated by Kevin T. Collins
  • Series: The Kinless Trilogy
  • 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

What do you do when everything you've ever known is ripped away from you, leaving nothing but ashes and charred memories behind? You get angry. So very angry.
Malwynn and his twin sister, Umaryn, live in a small town in Northern Varrland. In idyllic New Picknell nearly nothing happens, and when their day-to-day routine is interrupted by a skirmish between an invading patrol of the dead from The Amaranth Empire and a defending force from Varrland, their world begins to come undone. With international war looming on the horizon, New Picknell becomes the center of quite unwanted attention, and the twins have their world shattered. With nothing left to lose, they set out on a mission of vengeance that will take them to places they'd never dreamed of visiting, discovering mystical powers in The Way that will change their lives forever, and revealing dark knowledge best left undiscovered.
The Wrath of the Orphans and the world of Elmoryn are filled with elements of dark horror, steampunk, and sorcery. It is an ancient world filled with heroes of immeasurable valor and ancient secrets tearing at the past to be known again. Written by the author of the Internet phenomenon Adrian's Undead Diary, The Wrath of the Orphans is the first book in a sprawling dark fantasy epic trilogy that is sure to thrill, charm, and disturb.


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a cross between zombie and fantasy

Malwynn and his twin sister, Umaryn live in the near idyllic setting of a farming community and the gentle magic of their mother on the planet Elmoryn. Malwynn is about to be engaged to the love of his life and Umaryn is apprenticed to a master blacksmith. Both are happy and looking forward to a peaceful future. Tragedy strikes while the two are away on a stroll in the mountains. Their entire village is burned to the ground, everyone, including their parents and little sister are dead. Their lives are destroyed and their grief is unbearable. They vow revenge, no matter what the cost, even if it means traveling to the northern Amaranth Empire where zombies and necromancers reign.

Some kind of plague on the planet of Elmoryn struck almost 300 years ago. Anyone who dies, either becomes a zombie, or has their soul released into a kind of twilight world where they can be called on for magic and healing. Many people on Elmoryn have special skills to touch this magic, called “The Way.” Umaryn has the ability to speak to man-made objects to strengthen or weaken them at her will.

Wrath of the Orphans is a cross between zombie and fantasy novels which is in itself is pretty intriguing. The inexperienced twins reach into their limited experience to fight impossible odds over and over, discovering strengths and abilities they didn’t know they had. The story is linear, unfolding in a straightforward way, from challenge to challenge, solution to solution. Help, healing, magic and friends arrive at the perfect moment each time. There is plenty of action, but little in the way of suspense.

The story is performed by Kevin Collins. His voice is pleasant and his character voices are easily discerned. His reading style is to dramatize every sentence which can be distracting, but eventually the listener gets used to it. The voices of the villains are the most developed and compelling. Overall a good performance.

If you are looking for a new twist on zombies and fantasy, Wrath of the Orphans is worth a listen. There is nothing all that groundbreaking here, just an entertaining story with a straightforward plot.

Note: The teenage characters and theme make this story a good candidate for young adults. Be warned there is strong language.

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Horror Fantasy

Following Umaryn and Malwyn as they seek revenge "The Wrath of the Orphans" takes a touch of fantasy and a touch of lovecraftian influence make for a great story. I've been waiting rather impatiently for this book to come to audio and wasn't disappointed. Kevin Collins did a great job narrating and already wonderful book. I can't wait to hear the rest.
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- Christopher MacDonald

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-12-2016
  • Publisher: Audible Studios