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Summary

Contains books one and two of Bond of a Dragon, a fast-paced adventure fantasy series featuring fierce dragons, powerful magic, and a hero fighting for justice.

Zahara's Gift, book one

Nineteen-year-old Anders lived a fairly normal life until the only family he had was taken away from him. When he finds himself forced to embark on an action-packed adventure, he discovers there is more to the world than he was told. The magical force that flows within everything around him becomes revealed. Dragons, elves, orcs, and goblins lurk around nearly every turn along the path as he pursues his two kidnapped cousins.

As Anders discovers more about his family’s past, he learns of their involvement in the War of the Magicians and the circumstances leading up to the attack of his hometown. When Anders is told about his potential involvement in a prophecy involving dragons and their powerful magic, he will need to make a difficult decision. Will he continue to follow the path that is laid out for him, or can he make his own destiny? Will he ever be reunited with his family again? And if he succeeds, will he ever be able to return to the life he once knew?

Secrets of the Sapphire Soul, book two

Anders knows the war to stop Merglan from reclaiming his grip on the world is just beginning. With no certainty about where or when Merglan will attack next, Anders and his companions must take action to stay one step ahead of the cruel sorcerer and his evil dragon.

As he searches for ways to stop Merglan’s domination of their world, Anders discovers more than he expected. With several nations of Kartania on the brink of collapse, he must make a difficult decision. Is the young rider ready to deal with the consequences he’s facing? Can Anders overcome the odds and unravel the secrets of the sapphire soul?

©2020 AJ Walker (P)2020 Podium Audio

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Overall well worth a listen

Let me get the negative out the way... the negative being about 50% of book one. This took so long to get any sort of traction to move the story along in a meaningful way. Once the story develops it slowly starts to grip hold of you.
By book 2 its flowing at a steady pace and builds nicely. Again sometimes it seems the writer looses the momentum by jumping from one point to another.
but the end i would be quite happy to listen to book 3 and 4.
The narrator is well above average and makes the difference between quitting or sticking with it.

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Almost plagiarism

This is way way way to similar too the Inheritance Cycle (by Christopher Paolini) , An almost exact copy of the story lines even the name of the dragon try writing something original.

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Somewhat similar to Eragon

Styre is somewhat similar to Eragon, don’t know which was first so I only know one of the writers got much from the other.
Story is good but i don’t like the made up voices from the voice actor, it sounds like most of he characters has a speaking disorder that is hard to listen to in the lenght.
Well worth a listen though.

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Entertaining

Good story with a somewhat surprising plot twist. Narrator did a good job with some strange accents that helped to distinguish between myriad characters. Bit too much detail on the swordplay for me though others may enjoy it. Otherwise a very good read.

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a long read

i took many days to listen to this tale but is a good take and worth the time. now I want the rest of the series.

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Epic Book!

This is one of those books that will have you listening through the small hours. Every single sentence is packed with action and theatre. I give it full 5 *****

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  • 01-03-21

Not bad but feels like i have heard it before

If you have learned to Eragon series it has the same basic premise. It's still pretty good though.

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  • Cody
  • 12-01-22

Just....bad.

I'll keep it short sorta or it will turn into an angry rant. The narrator is bad with accents. The elves sound like someone trying to do a German or Austrian accent with something stuck in their throat it's the same with the Islanders.

There are so many elements to this book that are either cliche or if you've read/listened to other fantasy books, you will tell where he's taking stuff from. So basically near no originality and what is there feels like the type of writing that's meant to fill the checklist of what should be there rather than creating a good story.

I could go on and on but what bothers me the most about this book is that it proves you can't trust the stars rating on audible. Of it was honest, this book should have 2 stars at most.

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  • McTikl
  • 22-08-21

Dragon Copy

The writer most likely read eragon while writing this book. It is most unoriginal material. The main character is boring, way too over powered, and has no development.

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  • Dren
  • 03-05-22

Feels too Predictable and Generic

Many other reviews are correct; this is VERY close to Eragon's plotline. I would like to point out a few other issuess that are less mentioned:

-The dragon herself is incredibly underdeveloped and uninteresting. She is barely in the story; appearing for key plot devices only as a Deus ex machina to the protagonist's problems.

- We spend a great deal of time being given exposition. Some times about species/places that hold no relevance to the current story objectives. Other times to just explain important plot points in the quickest/easiest way possible.

Overall, this story feels like a DnD homebrew that was turned into a book. It SOUNDS great in someone's head, but on paper, it fell apart for me.

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  • Randy Wells
  • 09-06-22

the worst performance of an elf voice ever

the pace of this book is soooo slow. the elf King's voice was rough and gravelly not like what you would think an elf to speak. and of course everything is kept secret and not being told to the main character cuz that would make the reader where what's going on. could not finish it with love to finish it but I just couldn't pick up with the ignorance that was going on it was too frustrating

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  • V. C.
  • 16-08-22

Fantastic!

Dragoon fans will love this series! Action packed. Hope there are more of them.

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  • Robert S.
  • 13-08-22

Great narration of a very good story

I had just finished the third in a very convoluted fantasy trio for every chapter as from the point of view of a different character and it was hard to keep anyone straight. This book was refreshingly straightforward. The narrator been Farro

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  • Ben Black
  • 12-08-22

Diet Eragon

It’s the most 5/10 book you’ll listen to. Nothing really bad, but I never really felt invested in any of the characters. Similar premise to Eragon but the character development felt a bit lacking.

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  • Lupitia
  • 12-08-22

Love

I really love this book, I had no problem to finish it. The audio had really good quality and the narration was great! The story was also amazing!

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  • Randy Heard
  • 11-08-22

Potential but focus is wrong

So very much wanting more stories with dragons I gave this a try. I am invested enough to keep going until finished.

It is very much they have read, “The Inheritance Cycle” series (Eragon) and some “Lord of the Rings” and simplified them. Which isn’t bad but some parts seem very poorly done.

The relationship are not well worked and very much rushed and shoved in. Like meeting a requirement for this being YA novel. Honestly if the resonance doesn’t add to the story it is best not to have it and in this case I think it would have been better without.

Some good/bad things is the time skipping. I am glad we skipped over uneventful travel from one place to the next. But we need it to be clearer how long it is when the skips happen. And have more stuff happen in between even if it is just training so it is believable for the main character to this strong. We need a bit more showing of this.

The performance was okay. The accidents clearly are taken from some places but some of the voices can be a bit iffy like with Thomas. His voice was annoying to hear same with the Red’s voice.

If this stuff can be turned around and more original thoughts for the connection between rider and dragon it would be much higher rated.