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The Cycle of Arawn

By: Edward W. Robertson
Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
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Summary

The White Tree (Book 1): In Mallon, the dark magic of the nether has been banned for centuries. Its users have been driven out or killed. Its secrets lost.

But the holy book of the nethermancers has just been found by a boy named Dante.

As he works to unlock the book's power, he's attacked in the street. The nethermancers aren't gone—and they want their book back. Caught between death cultists and the law, Dante fights for his life, aided by his growing skills and a brash bodyguard named Blays. Together, they're drawn into a centuries-old conflict that brings Mallon to the brink of civil war.

Surviving won't be easy. But if they make it out alive, they'll step down the path to becoming two of the greatest warriors the world has ever known.

The Great Rift (Book 2): Dante and Blays have averted war against their new home of Narashtovik. But they didn't do so alone. It's time to repay their debts.

The norren who helped them remain enslaved by the Gaskan Empire. While arming the norren clans for rebellion, Dante hears one of them is in possession of the legendary Quivering Bow. If he can track down the weapon, it could secure norren independence.

But the wheels of war have already begun to turn. As Gask moves to crush the rebellion, Dante and Blays find themselves at the head of a campaign for survival—for norren and Narashtovik alike.

The Black Star (Book 3): Narashtovik has been saved—but Dante and Blays' friendship has been destroyed.

Blaming the Gaskan king for the loss of his love, Lira, Blays infiltrates the enemy nobility. There, he schemes to bankrupt Gask and drive its ruler from the throne. But Dante's been waiting for Blays' return. If he finds and exposes him, Blays will be executed as a spy.

As they squabble, strange lights shine in the east. Harbingers of a long-forgotten threat. If the signs go ignored, Narashtovik will be annihilated by an enemy it never knew it had.

©2012 Edward W. Robertson (P)2015 Podium Publishing

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Good story spoiled

This could have been great, it had all the ingredients to make an amazing adventure yarn, but is spoiled by too much sarcasm, no one gives a straightforward answer without there being an attempt at humoured smart aleck replies, don't get me wrong, in the right place sarcasm can be funny, but for Dante's sake, give it a rest!!
Having said that I did enjoy the trilogy, but at the same time am glad its finished and I can move on to something with a more balanced and intelligent narrative and storyline.

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Excellent complete trilogy for 1 credit.

Would you consider the audio edition of The Cycle of Arawn to be better than the print version?

I would say the audio book is slightly better as it is a long book to read and listening to it while out and about is a lot easier to do.

What other book might you compare The Cycle of Arawn to, and why?

I would say this is similar to The Redemption of Althalus, a main character at first only looking out for himself, ending up a much better person.

What about Tim Gerard Reynolds’s performance did you like?

Good expressive narrator, he gives the book a good flow.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The climax of the series for moving, I won't say why - spoilers!

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Great Listen

Loved this book, would happily listen to it again. The characters personalities are well thought out and you can't always guess what is about to happen

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Very well read.

Weak Story, but good enough to pass some time. Very good narration. Worth 1 credit, takes ages to get through!

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Great romp

Very entertaining audiobook with a great narrator. It starts a bit slow but quickly picks up pace and is worth sticking with.

My biggest criticism though would be that the two main characters Dante and Blaise are a touch flat compared to the various other characters, although that could be down to the narrator imbuing those with more character when voicing them. My second biggest criticism is that it felt like UST was building between Blaise and Dante which made the romance subplot between Blaise and a minor character feel like it came out of nowhere and I just didn't feel invested in it; I would have much rather the romance bloom between Blaise and Dante which would have given the third book more punch and emotion.

Only criticism I have of the narrator is that sometimes the voices he uses for characters blend together and it can be tricky telling which is supposed to be talking, but considering how many characters there are and how broad a range of voices he uses, I can't really complain.

Overall I'd recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun generic fantasy tale.

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Unstoppable

This is a brilliant book read by a brilliant narrator. My son pushed this on me and I have loved every minute even being disappointed when the husband came home and I had to stop listening, and I love my husband. Well worth a listen

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fell in love with with this book.

fantastic writing and narrated expertly.
following the story of the main characters it's wonderful how they develop and grow. I personally would recommend authour, narrator and book. I can't wait for a new adventure and so pleased to find out there are more to listen too.

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damn good

excellent narration and great story. characters were very well rounded and interesting. filler words here

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Good book, engaging, strong caracters.

If you could sum up The Cycle of Arawn in three words, what would they be?

Engaging, captivating, refreshing

Who was your favorite character and why?

Honestly I don't know, I enjoyed each of the caracters. Especially because they had very different personalities, and they didn't always see eye to eye.

What does Tim Gerard Reynolds bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you had only read the book?

I found the narration easy to listen to. He defined each character well, so you knew who was speaking before any names were mentioned. It allows you to get lost in the fantasy easily, without struggleing to follow.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

To be honest, most elements were predictable. So not really. It didn't take away from the book though.

Any additional comments?

Great length for one credit!

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Truly exceptional.

This story is so well created and told. it was a joy to listen to. and such great value for money!

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