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Summary

The first audiobook in the new epic fantasy series listeners are comparing to David Gemmell and Raymond E. Feist.

r/Fantasy 2016 Stabby Award Finalist

2016 #SPFBO Finalist2016 Indie Spotlight - BestFantasyBooks.com

A war fueled by the dark powers of forbidden sorcery is about to engulf the Ascendant Empire. Agerastian heretics, armed with black fire and fueled by bitter hatred, seek to sever the ancient portals that unite the empire - and in so doing, destroy it.

Asho - a squire with a reviled past - sees his liege, the Lady Kyferin, and her meager forces banished to an infamous ruin. Beset by tragedy and betrayal, demons and an approaching army, the fate of the Kyferins hangs by the slenderest of threads. Asho realizes that their sole hope of survival may lie hidden within the depths of his scarred soul - a secret that could reverse their fortunes and reveal the truth behind the war that wracks their empire.

Unpredictable, fast paced, and packed with unforgettable characters, The Path of Flames is the first installment in a gripping new epic fantasy series.

©2016 Phil Tucker (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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Best performance of an audio book I've ever heard, and by only a single actor

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Amazing start to a series

Really enjoyed the book, listened to it in a couple of days. Good character development and story so far. Story has really good ideas that flowed well. Kept on just wanting to listen. Excited to start the next one.
I slowed the narrator down slightly but was perfect after that slight tweek.

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I struggled so hard with this. It had plenty of promise but I just didn't care for it.

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  • R. J. Thorne
  • 15-07-17

Endurance is a virtue...

I tried. I mean, I really tried. See the rest of my reviews and you'll see I love fantasy. I love this book, having read the kindle...but the audio version...ugh. The narrator killed it for me. I'm not sure what he sounded like or what he reminded me of, but his voice does not fit the material. Truly bummed because I have looked forward to these books coming to audio for a while. Would loved to have heard a Michael Kramer (Mistborn/Wheel of Time/Circle of Reign), Nick Podhel (Name of the Wind/Castes and the outCastes), Scott Brick (The Passage/Terra Incognita), Oliver Wyman (Crucible of Souls), or a Keith Michaelson (The Lost Shards) type of narrator. I'm not a mean spirited person, I promise! I just have to encourage you to skip the audio on this one and read the actual book.

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  • anthony
  • 11-07-17

Robo reader.

My biggest problem with this book is the narrator. Can't listen to the story. He might as well be reciting the encyclopedia.

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  • Zachary
  • 22-06-17

Bunch of self rightous asses.

The story is fun, interesting, but holy hell some of the characters are so self rightous that it's pathetic and, well, disgusting. If it's part of the authors plan then we'll done. In fact, I could see some people enjoying it, the self sacrifice and forgiveness that everyone in the story demands of people that they themselves would have no idea the pain and story they went through, then the retarded person agrees, yes I want to forgive all the pain, the abuse, I'll forgive that man that raped my wife and murdered my son, or who abused my sister, oh and the daughter that treated me like shit, I'll forgive her too. In fact, it's my fault that I'm like I am, you guys who had life given to you in a golden spoon, and who treated me like shit were right. I do need to forgive you and treat you like the stuck up pricks you are. Jesus it got too much for me, but if that's your cup of tea then ya, could see you liking the book.

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  • RobT
  • 05-10-17

Fun Fantasy

This is a fun fantasy setting with some good tips well used. But a unique religion somewhat reminding me of Americanized Hinduism.
I found it enjoyable and will definitely be getting the next in the series.

The narrator, starts off a little dry, but he picks up a 'voice' or style about a third of the way through. Then he gets much better and I was drawn in.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 22-06-17

Great start to the series!

As far as first book by an author goes, this is a 4.7/5. If I were to rate it soley based on how good of a fantasy novel it is, I would give it a solid 4/5. Which is a very high mark for me.

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  • Eric
  • 12-07-17

Very good story

I would highly recommend this book it has a great energy and flow to the story and the fight scenes are extremely well written. A truly good book that all should take a listen to.

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  • ewen
  • 23-04-19

It feels abridged

The plot to the book is fine, but the whole thing feels like someone cut out all the interesting and important bits that make you emotionally engaged. If you need something to listen to while you are doing something less interesting like watching paint dry, this will do.

I read the whole series and yeah it’s about the same.

At the end of the day I would actually like to read it again if it was fleshed out a lot. The pot isn’t that bad I wanted to like it but it’s just not there.

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  • kc jost
  • 17-08-17

great performance. <br /><br />

The narrator did a great job with the story. And the story is very good. The only thing bad I can say is that some of the book was a little predictable. With that said, I would recommend the book to anyone, especially new listeners, the narrator really make the story easy to listen to.

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  • Alpha20
  • 20-07-17

Unfortunate

This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

Not sure. The narrator was unsuitable.

Would you ever listen to anything by Phil Tucker again?

Do the author's take the time to listen to their books before released? How much control do they have over who narrates their books? So to answer the question... Yes, if Phil can have this book re read by any of the following: Peter Kenny, Simon Vance, Alex Wyndham Michael Kramer, Tim Gerard Reynolds,Christian Rodska, Steve West, Derek Perkins, Neil Dickson, James Clamp. ( Just to name a few) For someone constantly on the go, I rely heavily on audiobooks to help get through the day. This book has potential to be a real contender on the Fantasy audiobook list, but I just couldn't make it through the first couple of chapters. Listen, this is an AUDIOBOOK. The narration comes first before anything else. Any of the above narrators can make an encyclopedia sound amazing. I've listened to audiobooks with a shitty story before BUT if the narrator is good, I can at least finish the book.

How could the performance have been better?

The narrator was not compatible with this book.

Any additional comments?

Sometime in the future... I'll read the actual book and give it a rating it deserves.

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  • The Book Runner
  • 08-09-17

Intriguing

I had never heard of this author, but tried his free prequel and was hooked. I bought the four available audible stories and was so impressed by The Path of Flames! I can't wait to start the next one. The narrator is good, but not outstanding.

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