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Brimstone Angels

A Forgotten Realms Novel
Written by: Erin M. Evans
Narrated by: Dina Pearlman
Length: 13 hrs and 56 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Rejected at birth and raised in a village of tiefling misfits, Farideh expects a life without friends, love, or control over her destiny. Then she makes a pact with a devil named Lorcan, and everything changes. Lorcan promises all she ever dreamed of and asks for nothing in return. Her twin sister, Havilar, urges Farideh to resist the devil’s sway. But Farideh’s not so sure. Lorcan may be dangerous but the power he offers is exhilarating.

In the ruins of Neverwinter, Farideh’s doubts get tangled up in a devilish snare six layers deep. A succubus playing human pawns against an otherworldly foe sees the twins as obstacles in her path. And Lorcan’s monstrous sisters have their eyes on the city—and on Farideh. There’s no time to question her pact with Lorcan—it will take every ounce of Farideh’s newfound powers to get out of Neverwinter alive.

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Very good book!

the book was excellent! Dina Pearlmans performance was good. For the most part her voice fits perfectly although there are occasions where a retake is necessary. But it didn't bother me that much, she still managed to engrossed me in the story.

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  • Korben Dallas
  • 2015-07-27

Good start to the Realms for New Comers

Very entertaining story focusing on Warlocks who get their powers from Devils and the inner workings of the Forgotten Realms' Hells.

Reader does well to have separate modes of speech for each character and stays consistent. However, it is hard to realize when there is a shift of perspective. Most jarring when it occurs mid-chapter especially when focusing on the devils.

My only issue with the story are a couple of moments when characters meet in contrived ways that seem impossible. The city that is in the story is relatively the size of New York yet three main characters bump into each other very easily with no one seeking the others out.

Overall a 5 because it's a good listen. 4's because of a few moments that took me out of the story.

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  • Jim
  • 2015-12-06

Stunning

Amazing story, and I am so glad it was pointed to in the D&D 5e player's handbook in the entry for Tieflings. Provides some amazing insight into the nature of tieflings and warlocks.
The narration was excellent. I was slightly disappointed with the voice for Asmodeus in the epilogue, as I would have expected a deep menacing almost omnipotent threat, but such a voice would be difficult to achieve without heavy audio effects, which obviously was not the style of this simple narrated recording. The voices through the rest of the book were great.

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  • Lange, Patrick J
  • 2015-03-31

Great book!

Wonderfully surprised by the complexity and depth from this book. I thoroughly enjoyed it and can't wait for the next one!

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  • The Super-duper Amazing Silver Golem
  • 2016-02-19

Great example of well rounded characters.

If you could sum up Brimstone Angels in three words, what would they be?

Adventurous. Funny. Human.

"Brimstone Angels" came as a pleasant surprise. The fantastic fantasy adventure from a novel based on the dungeons & dragons games is expected, but not one with so many characters a reader can relate to. Each and every character was well thought out and so well rounded with their own strengths and personal insecurities that the story became something much more than an outlet for fans of the setting and source material. Farideh, her sister, her adoptive father, her new friend and even her controlling bad influence Lorcan could share character traits with people you meet at school, work or in the streets.

Who was your favorite character and why?

If you had ever had a sibling, Havilar, Farideh's sister, polar opposite and personality fence, has to be the most entertaining character to follow. Every time Havilar and Farideh enter a situation together the bickering and jokes come forth in such a naturally silly sisterly way that an audience will be hard pressed not to smile.

What about Dina Pearlman’s performance did you like?

Her performance was great. She nailed the whole silly bickering of the teenage twins routine with such flair that I laughed out loud a couple of times.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

I love the fact that this book seemed humorously stuck on family dynamics. Everything in this book remind me of a terribly funny family reunion. It's not just Farideh, her sister and her adoptive father. Brin has a funny awkward family issue. Even the villains, Lorcan, his mother and sisters, all the way down to the overlords of hell are humorously jabbing each other in their own dark way when they are related.

Any additional comments?

I highly recommend this book, regardless of the source material, because it's a great character study. There is an odd jumping around in the writing towards the end as the plot gets fast paced, but I was able to follow it fine and was totally worth it because the plot and characters were just that great.

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  • Lee Perry
  • 2019-10-20

A slow start to a fantastic romp across Toril.

Brimstone Angels follows the story of Farideh and Havilar, a pair of Tiefling twins during the Second Sundering and other events near the tail end of the 15th century DR in the Forgotten Realms. During their journey the twins and their adoptive father will have to contend with the high stakes games between Harpers, Zhentarim, Cormyrean royalty, and even the various plots of the Nine Hells.

This entry serves as the slow but steady beginning to a long running saga. Thankfully, it doesn't spend overly long establishing setting and instead spends most of its time exploring the characters themselves, all played well by Dina Pearlman. Pearlman's performance is not perfect, and there are several areas where pronunciation can suffer, as well as the myriad problems with maintaining a different tone and style for each of the principle characters. Don't let this sour your opinion of her performance however, what she succeeds at, she does so masterfully by maintaining a good flow and tone for the novel itself, unlike other audiobooks of similar style, such as the Dragonlance novels, where the performance can feel dry and dull at times. These audiobooks do not suffer from that problem and Pearlman deserves full credit for that.

If I have any recommendations, it is to bear in mind that the chapters are not broken up by individual characters or scenes, and therefore within a single chapter the perspective can shift multiple times as events play out for all the characters sometimes in different locations. This trend remains true throughout the entirety of the series but in this earliest novel it is perhaps the roughest and can be difficult to keep track of for any unwary reader.

There are aspects of this novel that can be done better, but equally there are aspects that are very well done and make the audiobook a treat to listen to. If you are a fan of Dungeons and Dragons, sword and sorcery, or if you just want a fantasy romp, this novel is an excellent addition to the library and sets the stage for a fun and enjoyable story.

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  • AJ
  • 2019-09-29

A wonderful story and performance.

After discovering the rarity of this book I was overjoyed to see it on here. An amazing story set in some of Faeruns most memorable past.

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  • Evan R Morrell
  • 2019-09-11

Amazing Addition to Forgotten Realms

Long time reader of the Forgotten Realms universe, and this was absolutely amazing. Right up the with the War of the Spider Queen and the Sellsword Trilogy.

I loved all the characters, and loved the twin Tieflings.

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  • Stacy
  • 2019-08-23

reads like a like a romantic novel

this is why I love adventure books. you get a little bit of everything. some action, some romance, magic and mystery. this book is a good start to a great series

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  • Mike S.
  • 2019-08-14

A pleasure to read

I was incredibly surprised. This book was a fun read and I'll most likely continue the series.

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  • Matthew Becker
  • 2019-07-13

Good story, with some flaws

The story has some good characters, and good plot, but has some pacing problems near the end, and I would have like to have fewer POVs and sometimes it is hard to distinguish who the narrator is portraying as some points.