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  • The Vigiles Urbani Chronicles: Year One

  • Accession of the Stone Born, Dust Walkers, Shades of Fire & Ash
  • By: Ken Lange
  • Narrated by: Andrew Pond, Paul Clewell
  • Length: 24 hrs and 27 mins
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The Vigiles Urbani Chronicles: Year One

By: Ken Lange
Narrated by: Andrew Pond,Paul Clewell
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Summary

Accession of the Stone Born Death doesn't always ride a pale horse.

Gavin Randall hasn’t been home in nearly thirty years. Upon his return, he steps into a world he never knew existed and awakens dormant powers to discover that he’s one of the rarest beings in the supernatural community - a Stone Born. Now his very existence is a threat to the established order.

A mysterious death pulls him in further, forcing him to face off against family and foe alike. Gavin must reconcile the past he knew with a strange world of magic, along the way encountering new creatures and dangers he’s never experienced.

Will Gavin discover the truth? Or will this new world swallow him whole?

Dust Walkers

When newly minted vigil Gavin Randall is summoned to a small town in New Mexico, the last thing he’s expecting is to have to fight a cartel of necromancers. Their undead horde tests the limits of his powers and shows him just how vulnerable he really is…and that’s not the worst of it. His enemies have spent centuries preparing for a war no one within the Archive has foreseen, and he has yet to learn to control his abilities or figure out his place in this ancient conflict. With time running out, will he be able to forge the alliances he needs to survive the coming storm?

Shades of Fire & Ash

After surviving an unholy horde in New Mexico, Gavin Randall didn’t think things could get much worse, but the world he walked into eleven months ago grows more dangerous with each passing day. A new threat has surfaced in the form of fanatics hellbent on destroying him, his friends, and the Archive itself. It’s his job to make sure that doesn’t happen, but these guys don’t play fair and have found a way to stack the odds in their favor. With the primordial fires of Muspelheim lapping at his heels, can he survive long enough to fulfill his destiny, or will the world be burned to ash?

©2019 Ken Lange (P)2019 Ken Lange

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3 amazing books for 1 credit!?

I love it when I come across an Indy book that really gets me excited and this REALLY did it for me!
So well written with complex characters, an amazing story full of mystery, intrigue, monsters, gods and magic and really well done fights. I loved every minute of it. The use of magic is handled so well and doesn’t fall into the ‘one super spell that wins every fight’ category; every fight is very hard fought!
As for narration, both narrators (yes, the 3rd book switches) are great! Paul sets a great precedent and Andrew heroically picks up the torch and does just as well. Both have really great, distinguishable character voices and pull of the intensity of the situations perfectly. The swap did take a short while to get used to, but doesn’t effect the overall quality or rating it deserves.
If you like these 3, you’ll LOVE Ken’s other books too! I’m just sad to have come to the end and can’t wait for more releases.
This is my honest opinion of a free review copy.

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  • Owen
  • 28-08-19

Loved the story but disappointed with final book

I enjoyed every moment of the first 2 books but then they changed the narrator for the 3rd but and it made it so I couldnt listen to the last one

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 15-10-19

An engaging story that leaves you wanting more!

Ken Lange expertly plunges the reader into a hidden world of magic, secret organizations, and people of incredible power!

Lange's writing is smooth and easy to follow. There were a few phrases that came off as odd, such as, "rolling his shoulders" instead of "shrugging", but by no means does it ever take away from the engaging conversations and exciting fight scenes depicted through out the story.

The narrators bring the characters to life with well thought out accents and inflections. Both Pond and Clewell are easy to listen to, allowing no hesitation for extended listening periods.

Overall, this was an excellent work that left me eager for more!

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  • Lindsay
  • 11-09-19

Surprisingly new and interesting

I went into this book pretty blind, having only barely skimmed a few lines of the summary. But I love urban fantasy and it looked interesting enough. I was impressed by the way the author took bits and pieces of many different mythologies and wove them together into something new and interesting. I especially enjoyed the Reaper portion of the storyline (and where we meet the 2nd Reaper in book 2!).There were several points in all 3 books where the mythology was explained so briefly I wasn't sure I followed it all, and I wish there had been more detail. The narrators weren't the best, but they weren't bad either, so performance gets only 3 stars. One quirk that irked me was the constant references to food and eating. The characters seemed to be eating for two-thirds of the book! There could have been more dialogue or character development, or even descriptions of the various settings instead and it would have made the plot more real.

Book 1 - Accession of the Stone Born was the best of the 3 and I would give the story 5 stars. The magical politics was actually interesting. This book felt more fleshed out since Gavin himself is discovering his new powers, the magical word, and his place in it.

Books 2 and 3 didn't feel like they were going any place important until near the end of Book 3. They weren't slow, they simply didn't seem to tie into one another. The pieces started coming together in the 2nd half of book 3 and we can see how random events might have been important. However, some details were too fast or glossed over to fully grasp. Thus, I'd give each of these books a 4 star rating.

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  • Zoe
  • 08-09-19

Year One

It is a long listen but enjoyed every book in this series. Narrations are also good although there was a change in one of the book. I will definitely follow this series.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-07-21

This includes the first three books of the Vigilé

These books are one of my favorite Urban fantasy Series . I truly look forward to each new book in this expanding series. And I would recommend this whole series to anyone who y this type of genre .

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  • Eric Mort
  • 12-04-21

Great collection.

The first two books in this trilogy we’re good, but I wasn’t as fond of the narrator. The last book has the same narrator as the warden global books, and I enjoyed it much more. My principle complaint is that Gavin goes from getting his butt kicked frequently to having way too much power. I still like the series, and enjoy that it is set mostly in New Orleans. Just bought the next book in the series so obviously I am hooked.

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  • V. Williams
  • 25-01-20

horrible narrator

the story line is great but I'm only into half of the story and I'm falling asleep listen to narrator...definitely not satisfied

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  • Melissa and Josh
  • 07-11-19

Interesting

My husband suggested I give this batch of stories a listen-to even though he hasn’t listened to them, but is friends with the author. Here we go…

Right off, after reading the blurb on Goodreads, I have to comment it needs some work, space-wise. If the blurb needs work, I imagine the story itself also is lacking in that area. With physical or e-books, I’m all about looking for mistakes. Of course, I don’t want to find any, as it’s a bad sign, in my opinion. But I do have fun looking for them. On the other hand, with audiobooks, I have no clue if there are any issues unless the narrator says something questionable. So with the issues I can see, points (or stars) are taken away, whereas, no points are typically taken away in this (audiobook) case.

Overall, I found this series very interesting. I liked the variety of characters we’re introduced to, especially those types of supernatural ones that I’d never heard of, like Gavin and his “Stone Born” title. When the second bad guy group was introduced, I was worried that it was going to get confusing, but it wasn’t. They had different goals which allowed me to easily keep them separated.

My only issue, story-wise, with this batch of stories is the “romance” part or lack thereof. I get not everyone is interested in having a romantic aspect included in their stories. So, with that in mind, I wish the author wouldn’t have included what little he did regarding the growing romantic relationship between Gavin and Heather. Couldn’t they have stayed as friends? Since they were “supposedly” dating, and living together, later on, it just didn’t work for me. Just because a couple of characters are in a romantic relationship doesn’t mean the story has to be focused on it. But the fact whenever they’re… I’m not sure how to describe what I’m trying to say but essentially their interactions (other than those of friends) involved kisses on the cheek, a shoulder bump, and… that’s pretty much it. I felt like their budding relationship was strong in book 1, fizzled out completely in book 2 (as Gavin was in NM and didn’t bother to check in with Heather or anything), then suddenly in book 3, they’re living together. It didn’t work for me. Had I been a beta reader, I would have suggested ditching the romantic aspect between those two characters and just keeping them as friends. Simple.

The narrator for book 1 and 2 was interesting to me. His regular speaking voice had me automatically thinking of Patrick Bateman (American Psycho). Was it just me? Or the twenty-five-year-old pilot that takes Gavin… somewhere… sounded like Bill Clinton. Or even the Cajun, fat man that tried to kill Gavin outside of his uncle’s house had me thinking of Elvis or at least someone with a country accent (not Cajun). I’d listen to him again though. He did a good job with the character voices, so it was easy to tell them apart.

When I got to book 3 and found out there was a different narrator, I just about had a heart attack. Why would whoever was in charge of acquiring a narrator go with a different person, especially when the stories were combined into one audiobook? That’s pure craziness, in my opinion. BUT! I give points to this narrator because I think he did a pretty good job. I don’t if he actually went back to get in an idea of how Narrator 1 did the character voices and therefore went that route (or tried to copy him) so it wasn’t too different for the listener, but that’s what I think he did because he was pretty on-point there.

Narrator 1 had a thing with the word “glowering.” He’d say (or at least that’s how it sounded) as “gowl-ring,” two syllables. That was just an example of the randon things that will stand out to me. I also felt some of the pauses between chapters (one chapter ends, pause, next chapter begins) were too long. There were several times when I thought the story had ended because of how long the pause was. I didn’t notice that issue with Narrator 2.

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Near the beginning, Gavin gets up and is ready to “wind down his evening activities and start the day…” at 2:45 am. Wouldn’t you usually go to sleep after winding down from your evening activities, not automatically start the next day? Anyways, he showers and goes into the kitchen fifteen minutes later, so it’s 3 o’clock. He makes breakfast and Andrew comes in. They eat and talk for a bit, then Andrew tells Gavin that they need to get ready for the funeral, and suddenly it’s after 8 ‘o clock. Did it take them that long to eat and get dressed? I pretty sure there was an issue with the timeline there.

There’s also the part when Andrew tells Gavin about his “special” clothing that he has made and says he’ll get some clothes for Gavin made as well. He tells Gavin that by the end of the week, he’ll have a new outfit. Yet, when Gavin thanks him, he says something along the lines of how he’s going to have a new wardrobe by the end of the week.

I believe it is in book 2, near the beginning when the reader/listener is informed that Gavin is getting harassed by the police captain and how he’s gone to Gavin’s place three times in the last three weeks (something like that). Why would Gavin have allowed that to happen in the first place, especially if the cops were destroying his house? Why would the neighbors have been calling the police in the first place thinking he was a criminal?

There were a lot of characters at different times “chewing on” their lip(s). Had this story been in e-book format, I would have looked to see just how many times. I felt that action was overused.

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  • OlyGirlBlue
  • 07-10-19

A different approach to paranormal

I liked the stories in this collection. A bit of a new spin on the genre. The narrators could use a bit more inflection in their own reading. especially the first but eventually you get used to it. It's nothing that distracts from the story but touches of emotion would enhance. I'll be checking out year 2.

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  • retriever54
  • 02-10-19

Excellent story and performance

This is a great audiobook. I cannot wait for the next book in the series.

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