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King of Kings, Lord over Men and Demons Alike: Only one ruler had ever held that title, and now Iraj Protarus, an orphaned prince exiled to a small village high in the Valley of the Clouds, dreamed of being the next great conqueror. The key to his destiny would be Safar Timura, a youth with an awesome gift for sorcery, whose visions foretold Iraj's rise to power. And in those visions, Safar stood at Iraj's side, his soul-blasting spells enabling his friend to attain his dreams. But Safar had other visions with darker portents, and his spellbound knowledge raised secrets better left buried. The road the two men followed would be rich in titles and fortunes, but it would also be rich in death and disaster, in intrigue--and in unforgivable betrayal.
©2007 Allan Cole (P)2010 Books In Motion
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4 out of 5 stars
By Jonathan on 08-31-10

A good listen

The problem with the narration is that everything is emphatic. There's barely a conversation (seemingly) that is less than 'full on'. Also there are curious pauses (like the narrator loses track of the text) and some odd emphases which distract from the content. But it isn't as hard as other reviews to suggest to ignore those deficiencies.

The story itself is good and immersive. The characters and world that the story is set in is also fairly well developed. There are a number of situations that could be developed further even warrant novels of their own (such as the flying circus). I personally don't like the way the time line jumps back and forward at times. Several times a past event is referred to and later on the narrative jumps back to that event instead of leaving it mysterious. Some ideas could be fleshed out a little better.

Otherwise the story is compelling. Highly recommended.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Deborah on 04-12-16


I absolutely loved it. The story line was great. I enjoyed the narrator. I am going to read the book 2 if there is one.

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3 out of 5 stars
By Angela on 04-12-13

A hard listen

I am going to avoid anything read by John Hough in future as he has taken what was a very enjoyable story and made it painful because of his apparent lack of understanding of the purpose of punctuation. Someone really should have told him to use the punctuation supplied by the author rather than shove it in any place.

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