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Audie Award Finalist, Fantasy, 2016

After the War of the Gods, the demons were cast out and fell to the world. Mankind was nearly eradicated by the seemingly unstoppable beasts until the gods sent the great hero, Ramrowan, to save them. He united the tribes, gave them magic, and drove the demons into the sea. Ever since, the land has belonged to man, and the oceans have remained an uncrossable hell, leaving the continent of Lok isolated. It was prophesized that someday the demons would return, and only the descendants of Ramrowan would be able to defeat them. They became the first kings, and all men served those who were their only hope for survival.

As centuries passed, the descendants of the great hero grew in number and power. They became tyrannical and cruel and their religion nothing but an excuse for greed. Gods and demons became myth and legend, and the people no longer believed. The castes created to serve the Sons of Ramrowan rose up and destroyed their rulers. All religion was banned and replaced by a code of unflinching law. The surviving royalty and their priests were made casteless, condemned to live as untouchables, and the Age of Law began.

Ashok Vadal has been chosen by a powerful ancient weapon to be its bearer. He is a Protector, the elite militant order of roving law enforcers. No one is more merciless in rooting out those who secretly practice the old ways. Everything is black or white, good or evil, until he discovers his entire life is a fraud. Ashok isn’t who he thinks he is, and when he finds himself on the wrong side of the law, the consequences lead to rebellion, war - and destruction.

©2015 Larry Correia (P)2015 Audible, Inc.

Ce que les critiques disent

"This book has everything I like in fantasy: intense action scenes, evil in horrifying array, good struggling against the darkness, and most of all people - gorgeously flawed human beings faced with horrible moral choices that force them to question and change and grow." (Jim Butcher, creator of the New York Times best-selling Dresden Files)
“I loved the book, it was great, fast paced, with wonderful characters, and also a lot of wonderful scenes that screamed to be painted.” (Larry Elmore, legendary, award-winning artist and cover artist for Son of the Black Sword)
"Correia skillfully sets in motion this story of plots within plots, revealing complex, sympathetic characters and black-hearted villains with equal detail and insight. Full of action, intrigue, and wry humor, this exciting series launch promises many more thrills to come." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • lucas
  • 2015-12-13

not bad but definitely not this author's best

Larry Correia is one of my favorite author's he writes books you can't put down and this is a good story just not in par with any others so if this is your first book from this author weather you like it or not definitely try his other books

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  • Anita
  • 2016-03-31

One dimensional hero?

My prior books by this author coupled him with Oliver Wyman as narrator and that was a stunning combination, as I enjoyed their MBI series numerous times. This did not have that splashes of humor or unexpected surprises, nor the versatility of narrator. These Heroes were doggedly plodding in book one. The narrator didn't have much to with which to work.

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  • Greg
  • 2016-01-11

Worth a listen, but be prepared

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The story is ok, the characters and "world" have sufficient depth to keep you going. However, there are a couple drawbacks. One, the reader is a little too one dimensional in the reading to keep track of everything. I lost track of complete conversations at several points. Two, its an easy book to stop. Not sure why. Wish I could put this into words better... but there is a shallow feel to everything, but not so shallow that it feels like Dr. Seuss. For now, I plan on getting the second in the series and hope for better.

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  • 2015-10-31

A Great Beginning to a new Epic Series

From the creator of “Monster Hunter International” and the “Grimnoir,” series one of my favorite authors, Larry Correia, has created a different world from his normal “pulp” fantasy; an intricate new world of swords, magic, and demons as he lays the foundation for his new epic series “Saga of the Forgotten Warrior.”
In book one, “Son of the Black Sword,” we meet Ashok Vadal, Protector of the law; a man tormented by the duty he has always unbendingly upheld, and the truth.
This is a fantastic tale as Mr. Correia begins with an amazing backstory worthy of “The Wheel of Time.” With believable and complex characters and great action scenes, if this is only book one I can’t imagine what is going to come.
The narrator, Tim Gerald Reynolds gives a great performance.

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  • Donald
  • 2016-03-02

Good, but predictable and a little trope-y

I enjoyed the story arc, and the character development was somewhat interesting, but entirely predictable. The main character is supposed to be one-dimensional, but knowing this didn't save him from being the most boring character in the book. It seems like he's the overly annoying paladin in your role playing group, but there's not enough humor in the other characters to bring him down to relatable levels. Make him more human!

As for the narration, I feel he did a good job on engaging us. The only problem is some off hand comments received more drama than I believe was intended. I think this made the writing feel a little cheesier than it might have if the characters didn't sound so dramatic or self-important.

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  • Tania
  • 2016-04-17

Good but not as good as Larry's other titles

Enjoyed the story although the characters seem a little more one dimensional (if that's possible) than in Correia's other books. They do develop throughout the book as does the story, and I'm looking forward to the next instalment. I can sense something big coming. The narration isn't as good as it could be - it's okay but not great.

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  • Toriangirl
  • 2015-11-06

Woo'd & Won

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I’m typically a strictly urban sci-fi fantasy kind of a girl. Save for a few exceptions (think Tolkien, CS Lewis, Douglas Adams, Herbert and Orwell) I prefer my sci-fi/fantasy novels peppered with a hefty dose of the Now – this place in time and space. With trepidation, I downloaded this book on the strength of the author’s previous work. Nary a one of Correia’s books has ever failed to capture and hold my attention.

I downloaded. Lo and behold, abracadabra, shazaam!, I absolutely had myself an audio marathon. That my friends, is so entirely unusual for me, that I was honestly surprised that I enjoyed it so much. Excellent character development, an engaging plot line combine to make this a wonderful inauguration into what I hope will be a long series. And the narrator? Perfection.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2016-02-21

Not Enjoyable At All -- Boring and Uninspired

This is one of the least enjoyable books I have had the misfortune of purchasing based on the reviews of fellow fantasy-lovers.

To start with, there is not a SINGLE character in the book who is remotely likeable, in any capacity. The villains are not intriguing, the author's attempt to cobble together supporting characters with any depth at all is totally laughable, and the main character, and star of the show, Ashok, is one of the most boring fantasy characters ever. Unfortunately, the first 8 or so hours of listening is pretty much 24/7 the Ashok show, so that was really hard to get through.

Beyond that, the plot is thin, tired, unengaging, and not compelling at all. The magic system is terribly defined and deus ex machina abounds as a result, which I find very not-fun. The world is fleshed out somewhat, but the information that I believe Mr. Correira witholds in order to make everything "mysterious" really just means the world feels flat and like it's lacking depth. There are glimpses of ideas that hold a lot of promise, but it kind of seems like these leads just fizzle out after a while and you're left with a wholly uninteresting backdrop for a heinously boring main character to wage his war against society, so to speak. Similarly, a sort of strange political intrigue plot runs in the background that is TERRIBLY yawn-worthy and seemingly constructed solely for the purpose trying to prop up the other already hopelessly-floppy parts of the novel.

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  • Tyler
  • 2016-01-07

Interesting concepts

The book has some interesting concepts and characters that you can get into. It took me a while with the main character, but I care enough now to see what happens next. I think some of the violence could have been edited out because it didn't feel like it was really doing anything constructive to the characters or story. I would give it a 3.5 overall.

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  • Adnan
  • 2015-11-14

Great start, and potential for an epic series

Book starts off slowly and it even seemed that it is another monster hunter type book in fantasy setting. However, author delivers a thought provoking story with depth and complexity. The story surrounds a paladin type person Ashok Vadal who is a protector of law dispensing justice as he was taught; however, Ashok begins to question the law itself as the society is built upon cast system where some of the cast had no rights. Ashok's struggle while discovering the truth makes of an intriguing story line. There is political element that is quiet prevalent in the story that basically want status quo at the expense of unjust cast system that is in place. To round it off, there are monsters, wizards and magic aspects as well. Over all, this book sets up a foundation for a story that could mature into a great series.

Interestingly, there are some elements that seem to be taken from Indian society (such as the cast system) and even name 'Ashok' is Indian. Certainly it is not a commentary on Indian culture or religion, but it is interesting to see what could have been the inspiration for author while writing this book.

As usual, Tim Gerald Reynold's narration is great. And as other (5 star) books, I didn't mind the busy traffic while listening to the book. I would recommend this book and look forward to the next in series.

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