The Black River Chronicles, Level One

  • by David Tallerman, Michael Wills, Digital Fiction
  • Narrated by Alan Ross
  • 7 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

You know these characters: The ranger, the fighter, the wizard, the rogue. But haven't you ever wondered how they learned to be those things?
Three months into his studies at the Black River Academy of Swordcraft and Spellcraft, Durren Flintrand is shocked by the news that from now on he'll be assigned to a party and that his only hope of progressing beyond the lowly rank of level one is to succeed with his new companions. However, Durren has a secret that may make that impossible, and his three partners have problems of their own. Wizard Areinelimus is terrified of her own magic. Rogue Tia has no patience at all with others. And warrior Hule is just an idiot. In fact, when a disembodied, floating eyeball is your most competent party member, you know you have serious problems.
To stand a chance of succeeding, they need to work together, and that means learning to tolerate each other while surviving a world of angry rat people, murderous sorcerers, and homicidal unicorns. But even if they can somehow find a way to get along, dark and ancient forces are stirring, ones no level-one students should ever have to confront....
The Black River Chronicles is a new fantasy series from David Tallerman and Michael Wills. Set in an academy for young adventurers in training, the Black River Academy, our new dungeon crawlers set out to learn the ropes. Follow them in their adventures and misadventures and see if they save the day - or flunk out of school before earning their next level.

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What the Critics Say

"[T]his book is a lot of fun. Surprisingly realistic fun. Enjoyable, immersive fun. 'I want more' fun. And there's a promise that this fun will be followed by more. At the same time, all on its own, this book tells a great tale that comes to a satisfying ending." (Ed Greenwood, The Archmage)
"[S]uperb pacing, competent writing, well-described action, fun situations, and appealing characters. The first in a series, the book remains a pleasant confection. Well-crafted fantasy fiction about a team of young trainees tackling dangerous missions." (Kirkus Reviews)
"A fast-moving and energetic fantasy, packed with humour and magic." (Adrian Tchaikovsky, Arthur C. Clarke Award Winner, 2016)

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

hopeful but disappointed

I decided to listen to the book Because I had a long trip to make and wanted something entertaining. That being said I didn't have high expectations but it still lacked beyond what I really expected. There was no real character development, and the plot was severely underdeveloped. The end was incredibly disappointing, and it seems to me that the author pretty much gave up because they did not know how to end it. I honestly don't even see how this can become a series other than just a lot of unrelated stories. the characters themselves were not exactly original, they were somewhat intriguing, but all together did not serve much purpose other than having the traditional roles expected of an epic Tale
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- Amazon Customer

great book!

fun, clean, and the characters were enjoyable. Highly recommend for anyone who wants a quick read!
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- Bryce

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-04-2017
  • Publisher: Digital Fantasy Fiction, an imprint of Digital Fiction Publishing Corp.