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Summary

The first audiobook in the fantasy trilogy from the hugely popular author of the View from the Mirror and the Well of Echoes series.

After 10 years of servitude, Nish is about to be released from the blackest prison of his corrupt father, the maimed God-Emperor, Jal-Nish Hlar.

Using the sorcerous Profane Tears, Gatherer and Reaper, Jal-Nish has crushed all opposition and is remaking Santhenar in his depraved image. The oppressed peoples of the world see Nish as a messianic figure, the Deliverer, who promised long ago to return and cast down his father.

Unfortunately, Nish has no choice but to repudiate that solemn oath, for he's a broken man, powerless and alone. Even worse, his father is trying to seduce Nish into becoming his lieutenant and, faced with the unbearable alternative of another 10 years in prison, Nish isn't sure he can resist the temptation.

The one person who can help him is little Maelys, a shy, bookish dreamer forced by duty to use Nish for an ignoble purpose. But Maelys is the last woman he wants, and she carries a secret that is more likely to destroy Nish than save him.

©2006 Ian Irvine (P)2017 Bolinda Publishing Pty Ltd

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"The final payoff is fantastic. The most unflaggingly inventive storyteller we've seen in years." ( Sydney Morning Herald)

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Brilliant

I don't really like changing who reads the book...
This guy really started out with a monotone voice, not much of any pitch changes between the characters, except maelys.
But if you get USED to his tone, the book is still as incredible as all the previous books written in/of this realm.

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Very enjoyable

I don’t want to damn this book with faint praise because I really enjoyed but there’s not a particular part of it to highlight. It’s just enjoyably plotted and written with characters who were likeable or interesting enough to care about. There are two things that some people will be concerned by. Firstly, the threat of sexual violence is referenced a lot about the main female character even if it doesn’t occur. Secondly one character is likened in the narrative to an ableist slur word. If the word had been used by one of the book’s villains, it might at least have context but in the narrative, I can only assume the author thinks it’s ok to call someone a cr*tin.

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love these books

the story is one I have read a few times over, the only thing I could complain about was some of the voices used for charactors

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great start to a new chapter

this is a great start to a new chapter of this series. i would strongly recommend at least reading well of echoes books first though.

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  • 27-04-21

This dude.

9 books in and the narration is changed. Bad move. Quite literally a huge turn off for the audio books.