When the Heavens Fall : The Chronicles of the Exile

  • by Marc Turner
  • Narrated by Oliver Wyman
  • Series: The Chronicles of the Exile
  • 22 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

If you pick a fight with Shroud, Lord of the Dead, you had better ensure your victory, else death will mark only the beginning of your suffering.
A book giving its wielder power over the dead has been stolen from a fellowship of mages that has kept the powerful relic dormant for centuries. The thief, a crafty, power-hungry necromancer, intends to use the Book of Lost Souls to resurrect an ancient race and challenge Shroud for dominion of the underworld. Shroud counters by sending his most formidable servants to seize the artifact at all cost. However, the god is not the only one interested in the book, and a host of other forces converge, drawn by the powerful magic that has been unleashed. Among them is a reluctant Guardian who is commissioned by the emperor to find the stolen book, a troubled prince who battles enemies both personal and political, and a young girl of great power whose past uniquely prepares her for an encounter with Shroud.
The greatest threat to each of their quests lies not in the horror of an undead army but in the risk of betrayal from those closest to them. Each of their decisions comes at a personal cost and will not only affect them but also determine the fate of their entire empire. The first of an epic swords-and-sorcery fantasy trilogy, Marc Turner's When the Heavens Fall features gritty characters, deadly magic, and meddlesome gods.

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What the Critics Say

“A splendid launch. Turner’s unquestionably a newcomer to watch.” (Kirkus)

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Excellent fantasy novel

The start was somewhat diffused, but once the characters came into focus, the plot was set and story carried me away.

The world is well rendered, the magic systems richly diverse, the main characters fairly complex. The Narrator is one of the best, and did a really good job bringing the characters to life.

When the Heavens Fall is well worth a listen.
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- Dennis Chavez

Book Details

  • Release Date: 05-19-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios