Child of prophecy? Harbinger of Doom?
Zaltys is a girl like any other to grow up ranging the jungles of the Southern Lluirwood. She’s a crack shot with a bow and no stranger to the dangers that lurk beneath the deep forest canopy.
On expedition with her family to harvest the forbidden terazul flower, a powerful drug that has gathered many a dreamer into its narcotic embrace, Zaltys is about to unearth a truth long buried by the feculent loam of deception. As the veil is lifted on the world Zaltys thought she knew, a pathway to the Underdark promises the answers her family never gave. Venturing forth in search of truth, Zaltys finds betrayal to be a much easier quarry. But it will take more than a lode of lies to quell the venom in her veins.
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The story is good, but the performance, well... Since it is about a girl, I would have enjoyed the performance better if a woman read this story. I felt the reader rushed through the book so I found it hard to relax and listen. If I was listening to this while I was running instead of to relax after work maybe I would have liked the performance better..
I've looked for hours in this new Audible D&D section to find a book that is NOT the romance and/or psychiatrist-notes-collected-on-the-neurotics (er, I mean, characters) stuff that nearly all Fantasy (Middle Ages tech/culture/myths) novels seem to have been warped into lately.
Nearly all I’ve found so far seemed likely to be the above, or else in the right ballpark but SO HEAVY and WEIGHTY. The kingdom will fall, all magic everywhere will die, the world (and universe) is gonna DIE unless this band of heros –yada yada yada.
I was kind of hoping this new D&D subgenera had escaped the plague. It seems to me that D&D novels should be more like what we had in mind when playing it, if we did. A story about a band of adventurers, operating entrepreneurially, who sometimes also take up a mission if the pay is right or a partner is captured. Movies like Conan the Barbarian, Pirates, or in SCI-FI, Serenity (before the crew gets caught up the govt and zombies thing). Or like the TV series Highlander, Hercules, or Zina. Or even the ancient Jason and the Argonauts from Greek times. Like that in scope and feel. Not HUGE and WEIGHTY and so VERY IMPORTANT TO ALL EVERYWHERE.
The only one like that I’d found so far is Prince of Ravens and the narrator performed it just right for the story. Highly recommend that one and, please Audible, more of Jack Ravenwild with the same narrator. This is the scope and feel a D&D novel should be.
I thought I had found another with this Venom, and maybe the writing is there but I don’t know. The narrator’s voice(s) seems good but he is speed-reading it. From chapter 3 forward it’s like one long fast sentence (probably 3-5) untill he finally has to inhale for 1/4 second and then keeps rushing to the end. Arghhh! What I think I heard (could absorb going that fast) seems to be right. I pushed to bear it an hour but I have to give up. Entertainment is not supposed to be annoying and hard, it is supposed to be entertaining. Please have this one redone. It could even be the same narrator but just have the guy slow the heck down.