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  • Burden's Edge

  • Fury of a Rising Dragon Series, Book 1
  • By: Sever Bronny
  • Narrated by: Gary Furlong
  • Length: 15 hrs and 11 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (33 ratings)

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Summary

When a young man chooses a forbidden calling, he must prove his worth...or watch his kingdom fall.

Sixteen-year-old Augum Stone is a warlock prodigy suffocating under the weight of expectations. Students idolize him. Nobles plot to exploit him. Commoners think he's a miracle-maker. And with invasion looming, his already war-weakened kingdom expects him to be its champion. But Augum doesn't want to be a pawn in someone else's game. He'll forge his own path: that of the Arcaner - not a warlock or a knight, but a lethal combination of both.

Legend says Arcaners once had the power to summon dragons. If true, it could change everything. Resurrecting the Arcaner path comes with consequences, however. Scandal. Malice. Treachery. And a harrowing test of character. He must survive. He must prove he's worthy of an ancient path. And he must save the kingdom...before it's too late.

©2017 Sever Bronny Ltd. (P)2018 Tantor

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After all, he's supposedly been through he acts childish and lets other push him around.

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good continuation of the story

It got a bit too political and too many details that didn't initially seem to make sense but it helps the overall story line

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  • MK
  • 04-03-22

A series of unfortunate events

The main character is supposed to be a war hero but in truth rarely acts with enough back bone to be consider one. in fact he is supposed to be some big shot but let's every one walk all over him. Neither is this a trait that's supposed to be worked out over a character ark as there really isn't any.

As an example a cult leader in his province has a women whipped and is planing to hang another for practiseing Arcanari not only does he not do anything but allows the cult leader to openly challenge him in front of a crowd bu calling him a devil worshipper.

He also allows a headmaster of a school to whip him. He allows a tabloid to publish a article on him that actively gets people to try and assassinate him. This all happens the day after every one in his country trys to crown him king as in he has the influence and power that they consider just giving him the country but the day after he is a scared school boy who every one bullies for... saving them from a evil necromancer.

yeah the author needs to work on his story instead of just having a series of unfortunate events happen that don't even make sense with what the author wrote less than a couple chapters ago. Also I really dislike push over charectors. I read to escape from reality not become even more depressed.

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Exciting

Loved the book. It was exciting and intriguing, but I missed Stefan Rudnicki as the narrator since his voice had a more kick that left goosebumps.

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  • Michael K
  • 08-11-20

While story is still great, change in narrator is a shame

The story of Augum Stone continues and takes new twists and turns in this series. However, the change in narrator is unfortunate. Stefan Rudnicki, while not the perfect narrator, did an excellent job of giving different voices to the various characters. His deep and heavy base voice that he gave to make characters contrasted well with the lighter and more whispey voices he gave to female characters. While they were all recognizable as Rudnicki due to the distinct timbre/quality of his voice, he actually displayed a wide range of voices for the different characters. Meanwhile, the new narrator here, while maybe a more appropriate accent for medieval narration, just doesn’t hold a candle. The different characters all sound extremely similar, and somehow the female characters are given deeper and more masculine sounding voices when compared to Rudnicki (who has a much deeper base speaking voice). The range in intensity is also lacking. Despite the situation, narration of events is still deadpan, which contrasted with Rudnickis lively narration. I gave this first audiobook in the series a try, but I may just have to get the readable versions for the rest of it as the narrator just doesn’t cut it for me. It’s probably too much to ask for, but if we could have Rudnicki back as narrator it would be amazing.

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  • Mom of 2 in MD
  • 23-11-20

Love the story...hate when they change narrators

Love this series but the one thing that drives me crazy is when a different narrator is used and they pronounce things differently. Doesn’t change the content of the book but it makes me stop every time something is different from the precious narrator.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 21-04-21

Disappointed in narrator change

While Gary Furlong overall is not a bad narrator, the change from the original Arinthian Line series narrator, Stefan Rudnicki, was disappointing. Furlong pronounces some key words differently than Rudnicki that was so hard to ignore. Also Furlong gave very monotone fight scenes that was so saddening because the epic duals and fight for survival is part of what makes the series so heart stopping and page turning (metaphorically). The BIGGEST issue I had at first was now all the characters have completely different accents!!!!! Part of why I fell in love with the characters, especially the supporting ones, was from the way Rudnicki made each individual character have unique way of speaking. Emphasis on certain words and tones conveying their emotions. Furlong completely changed it and it made it hard for me to even recognize some of the iconic characters from the Arinthian Line books. I want to say again, Furlong is a good narrator, I just want Rudnicki back.

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  • Gabriel Canada
  • 06-11-20

lol me sleep with a monotone voice

Why did you switch narrators?
I love the story, but the man reading has no idea how to read a story to an audience.

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  • brad schafbuch
  • 08-12-19

Too much of the story contradicts itself

The whole story is based on how The royalty felt spurned because he didn't support Them and needed his influence to gain power but on the other hand once they gained power supposedly he held no influence and they didn't need to fear him at all ridiculous self contradictory story

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  • L F
  • 01-05-20

Terrible narrator

The book is pretty good for the most part, but I do not like Gary! Stefan Rudnicki was so good. He set the tone for the books and this falls short!!!!!

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  • G. M.
  • 27-06-18

DUll

Slow and drawn out dull story. Loved his first story but this was borring. sorry.

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  • LT
  • 28-03-21

Enjoyable!

Most of the negative thoughts about the book revolve around the narrator. I thought he did a good job. The only issue for me was that some of the names / spells are pronounced differently than the first narrator.

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  • Justin N. Constantino
  • 09-01-22

I'm not even finished yet but...

it feels like everything 14 chapters in is just intended to piss the reader off... the protagonist seems to be doing everything he can to worsen his situation at every step, he's berated for things that aren't his fault, and evey interaction with another character so far just seems end up with him getting dumped on. do I have to wait till the end before anything even begins to move forward? I'll probably keep going but goddamn is this just drama? or will I get an opportunity to actually like anyone in the story?

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-04-21

4.9/5

I enjoyed the story. Just disliked the change in narrator from the Arinthian line quintet.

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