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Summary

The Monster of Karth has risen once more. Quin Tern of Azbar has met his fate, and his council has borne the price of crossing Raz i'Syul Arro. Now, as the cruel walls of the city fade into the winter storms at his back, Raz rides north, seeking to take the High Priest Talo Brahnt up on an offer he never should have refused. The path Raz has chosen, though, is a bloody one, and before long he and his new companions find themselves pitted against hardships they can neither anticipate nor ignore. As man and snow and beast alike rise up to block their path, it seems almost as though the North itself has woken to wage war against the Monster.

And yet, Raz's greatest challenge still looms ahead. Far to the north, like a plague beneath the trees, Gûlraht Baoill, Kayle of the savage mountain tribes, leads his armies further east with each passing day. He has set his hungry gaze upon the reaches of Cyurgi' Di, the High Citadel, and desires nothing more than to see it razed from the face of the world, offering it and its blasphemous "false-prophets" up as sacrifice to his Stone Gods. Syrah Brahnt, the High Priest's adopted daughter and protégé, has found him out, discovering his plan to lay siege to her home, cutting her and the rest of the Laorin off from the world. As it is, though, there is little and less that she can do, and when the first of the Kayle's generals reaches the base of the mountain pass, Syrah is left with only one option. In the end, she will have to face the wrath of the tribes herself....

Little does she know that the Monster is coming, riding hard to lend her his blades.

Book three in the critically acclaimed The Wings of War series.

The Wings of War:

Book One: Child of the Daystar

Book Two: The Warring Son

Book Three: Winter's King

©2017 Bryce O'Connor (P)2017 Audible, Inc.

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all good

enjoyed very much indeed. easy to follow but good detail will be great to listen to the rest of the books

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great book

a gripping read and fantastic narration highly recommend to anyone who wants a good fantasy book to listen to

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Good but please never again

Spoilers here so don't read if you haven't listened yet.

The book is great, but please please never do that again with a character being raped for so long and teasing it over and over.

I get its a just a book but you need to put in a warning or something and never do it again preferably.

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Oh No! More Waiting!!

I really love this series, and was looking forward to getting hold of this, the third instalment. It was every bit as exiting as the first two books, but I was livid when I got to the end, only to find that there will be a fourth book, and I have no idea how long I'm going to have to wait before I can get hold of it, or if it will be recorded as an Audio Book. Audible is after all infamous for releasing only parts of a series (in my opinion) (Martha Wells' "Raksura" series being only one example). Aside from the waiting, I can't think of anything I don't like about this series. I like the characters, I like the setting. I like the narrator, who does a wonderful job of bringing this story to life. In my humble opinion, A Winner!!

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  • Jesse B
  • 09-12-18

Great narrator, lackluster story

So I've been through the previous titles in the series, and for the most part found them passable. Perhaps it's that I'm using audible instead of reading it myself that I found them this way. I was able to over look the flaws of the series until this title

I've been able to get over the obvious power fantasy that Roz is, and overlook the lack of knowledge the author has for how the world works, but what killed me on this entry was the reunion between the two main characters. It was so forced, unrealistic, and downright unbelievable that I will not be finishing the series.

I had already purchased the next book, so I have been listening to it. The relationship between the two principle characters is so badly written I don't know if I will be able to finish it.

Aside from that the story of the series doesn't do anything new as far as the genre goes. It is a standard by the numbers generic fantasy story you might get from a D&D novelization, but with less world building.

If you are okay with power fantasy characters, bland world, unrealistic relationships, and a plot resolution you should have seen coming from two books away go ahead and get it. For me personally I need something more In my fantasy.

The narrator is excellent though!

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  • Zachary
  • 27-10-17

Tried liking it...

Goodish series. Problem was, the religion that was supposed to be a catalyst for making people be peaceful and nice ended up making people hard and cruel. By halfway through the book, which was all I could stomach, I hoped all the people in the church would just die. Painfully. If you can save someone from getting raped and tortured but only stop because of religion, you fucking deserve to die. Stopping from killing because the person might be redeemed to me is the Pinnacle of stupidity. we make our choices. Trying to sugar-cote the problem with religion means that the "God" is just a cruel bastard who should get ass raped and tortured just to figure out why it is necessary to stop it. Any fucking way possible.

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  • Alex
  • 09-06-20

O'Connor takes a sick pleasure in abuse

not in the three books I've managed to read has a single thing gone right for the protagonists in the story. it might seem like it does, but then everything goes wrong. this as a reader already makes the book hard to read, but the level of depravity in the series from child suicide to gruesome mutilation and rape makes it unbearable. it's really disappointing, because I enjoyed the world and characters. to me this is a reflection of the authors mind, and that is what really disturbs me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-04-22

this is trash

I don't like my heroines raped and tortured even if there ignorant and dumb it just makes me feel sick. but that's not all, the Mc is just as dumb + a simp

. the story has a lot of needless story filler
.it's slow
.has a lot of repeated descriptions of the same thing
.kills off characters like in the walking dead just to get them out of the way
.the story is getting worse and worse in every book
.the revenge for the killed off / rape characters are super unsatisfactory

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  • tb3
  • 11-04-21

Torture and gang rape - Not for me

I want different things in the stories that I listen to for fun.

You can go listen to grimdark all you want. I don't want that.

Other comments on the series -- apparently Dragon-men are superior to humans in almost every way. Stronger, faster, tougher, able to glide, faster to heal. Cute, huh?

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  • Kathleen
  • 31-05-18

Raz i’Syul Arro & Syrah Brandh

They keep you racing to “turn the page” while dreading the last book.

I can honestly say I’ve held off reading sections so that I could pay close attention or because it was so intense I didn’t want to “read” it yet.

Just because you know the author can’t kill them off yet, doesn’t mean you aren’t clenching your fists and holding your breath. Lol

Kat.

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  • Liz C.
  • 02-03-18

Enjoyed every minute

Listening to this book while driving, I found myself taking the long way. Good listen. I even cried a tear at that scene on the island..

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  • David
  • 27-01-18

Gritty, violent

I waited until I finished the series before writing a review. This was a difficult series for me though Bryce is an accomplished author and Mikael Naramore is an outstanding narrator. The story is extremely violent, certainly not for the squeamish. Definitely not for everyone. The climax is very powerful and well crafted, which frankly made the story. Sub plots dealing with cruelty and prejudice including sexual assault were at times over the top. Not a light hearted fantasy read, to be sure.

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  • JCorrine
  • 03-11-17

Excellent

Love Raz, never thought a creature could have a literary impact as he but it’s true. There is fighting, gruesome details but so much love in the same quantity.

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  • David N
  • 03-11-17

One of my favorite authors!

I waited patiently for like 4 months to get his last book on audible. I love the narrators voice to. An audible credit well worth it!

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