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Child of a Mad God

The Coven, Book 1
Written by: R. A. Salvatore
Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
Length: 18 hrs and 3 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (66 ratings)

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From R. A. Salvatore, the legendary creator of Drizzt Do'Urden, comes the start of a brand new epic journey.

When Aoleyn loses her parents, she is left to fend for herself among a tribe of vicious barbarians. Bound by rigid traditions, she dreams of escaping to the world beyond her mountain home.

The only hope for achieving the kind of freedom she searches for is to learn how to wield the mysterious power used by the tribe's coven known as the Song of Usgar. Thankfully, Aoleyn may be the strongest witch to have ever lived, but magic comes at price. Not only has her abilities caught the eye of the brutish warlord that leads the tribe, but the demon of the mountain hunts all who wield the Coven's power, and Aoleyn's talent has made her a beacon in the night.

©2018 R. A. Salvatore (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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Great story, poor ending choice

The story was great and I was drawn in very easily but the story glosses over some ideas near the end and the story does just that, it ends. The story doesn’t finish or wrap up or even leave at the best moment it just stops. I am sure this is get you to read the next book but it feels cheap.

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  • Tim
  • 2019-01-22

R.A. Salvatore has done much better than this.

Struggled to finish this book as the characters were unlikable and uninteresting. I picked this book because of R.A. Salvatore's Drizzit series but this book is not worth the purchase.

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Child of a mad god R.A.Salvatore<br />

Read by Tim Gerard Reynolds.
Excellent reader really enjoyed his performance.
This story I have enjoyed it from the first sentence till the last . can't wait for book 2 as the young witch becomes more powerful by the minute.

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1st time checking out this author

listened to it twice- understood some of the back story better the 2nd time. Can't wait for the next one.

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absolutely breathtaking gripping amazing!!!

It was an absolute thrill to listen too. I have read all of the legend of drizzt books multiple time. and now being able to enter the world of Corona thru this book has gave me one of my new favorite books I've ever read or listened to. the world Is so well displayed and explained and the characters deep and meaningful. i cannot wait until I am able to read book two and hopefully so many more of this amazing new series!

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a little bit jumpy however not a bad read..woild like to read book two. a ok

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Hauntingly satisfying

At first I thought, what have I gotten into. However, before long I became enamoured! The story is thick with spirit... Just as a ray of hope crest the hoizon, darkness engulfed. Brilliantly written by Salvatore. Colourfuly told by Reynolds.

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Great Book

This was the first book I ever read/listened to by RA Salvatore and I was not disappointed . My only complaint is some of the so called plot twists are obvious from the start. #Audible1

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Couldn’t get interested in the story

Couldn’t get interested in the story. Maybe it gets better but I couldn’t finish it.

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MORE!!!!

could not stop listening!!! please more and more soon!!!! R.A always sucks me in and does not let me go until the end but even that's just a false reality cause I'm still hooked long after the book is done!!!

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  • Sailfish
  • 2018-02-10

A witch of a different sort

This is the start of an epic fantasy set in a world of many lands with people of typical customs and several of some very strange bewildering customs. R. A. Salvatore creates several characters through the story, each with their own story arcs along the way, seemingly, unrelated to each other but we knowingly realize that these loose story strands are destined to entangle at points.

The primary protagonist is a young orphaned girl who is part of a ruthless warring tribe that consists of witches and warriors who only seek power and use any means to achieve it. The girl is of a different mind and this, combined with her stubbornness, continually puts her in danger from her own antics and from those around her. The story proceeds with many harrowing, brutal and poignant incidents throughout until it finishes with her framed as in the picture of the book, awaiting a continuation of the tale. One, I will sadly have to wait for.

The review would be incomplete without giving much deserved credit to Tim Gerard Reynolds' performance.

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  • IL, United States
  • 2018-03-16

Why did it have to end!!

Love the Drizzt series, so was anxious to read of this new promising character. I was not disappointed.
Talmadge, is a frontier trader who has ditched the cities to travel the villages of Loch Beag, a huge lake surrounded by mountains. The tribes on the lake are peaceful, but not the dreaded Usgar who live up on the mountainside, with raiding warriors that invade the lakeside villages, killing, raping, and taking whatever they want. These warriors have an advantage from crystal spears that the witches of the tribe, called the Coven, have infused with magic. We first meet Aoleyn as an orphaned child, being raised by her Aunt who is one of these witches. Aoleyn grows quickly in this first installment, as does her natural power to wield the magic of the crystals. Along the way, she is also learning that the brutal ways of her tribe are just that, brutal.
There are many other characters that are developed in this story, along with the lifestyle of the Usgar and the gentle tribes of the lake, with Talmadge and Aoleyn in the center. The ending certainly leaves you hanging, my only complaint of starting a new series before it's complete. Luckily, I haven't read the Corona books so can go to those for a prequel to this new magical land.

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  • steven brachna
  • 2018-02-08

A lot of nothing happening over a long time

What did you like best about Child of a Mad God? What did you like least?

the narrator

How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

I an a great fan of R.A. Salvatore. the highway man was one of the first books I have read. The issue I have is his focus on character development over years, but hardly going into depth on each character. its also a spoiler for his other series with adrians self reflections. I would have left the timeline to not skip as far as it did. it went from a child then a teen then an adult with nothing really happening.

Which character – as performed by Tim Gerard Reynolds – was your favorite?

adrian. during his brief appearance.

Was Child of a Mad God worth the listening time?

I really dont think it was. I felt like i was waiting years for something to happen to the characters then when something happen something else happened to change the characters then the wait I had to wait years again for another event.

Any additional comments?

i wouldnt take up this book if you havent read the demon wars saga.

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  • Jacob
  • 2018-04-26

An interesting story that takes time to develop

I'm completely new to R.A. Salvatore's world of Corona, which may put me at a disadvantage in understanding the complexities of crystal magic, but may also put me at an advantage of evaluating this book on its own merits.

On the whole, this is a solid story. The narration is excellent, as is always the case with TGR. The prose is a step above most fantasy novels, which is a nice change.

I almost gave up on Child of a Mad God. It hooked me quickly with an exciting introduction, and then slowed down to a snail's pace. In particular, Mr. Salvatore's weird pacing in the first 1/3 of the book felt disorienting and disconnected. He'll write an in-depth description of on particular event, and then skip forward several years and write another such description. I found this to be off-putting, and it almost caused me to stop listening.

But I'm glad I kept with it.

Around the half-way point, the story really begins to come together. The characters are fleshed out, and their trajectories begin to reveal themselves in a manner that moves from 'descriptive' to 'interesting'.

One of the major aspects of this book is the brutality with which the main clan of warriors treats not only its enemies, but its own people. At first, I found this to be boring. But as we learn more about the tribe - and, in particular, one former member of the Coven - these power dynamics become interesting because they constitute a hurdle that (I hope) the main character will overcome in future books.

I'm not sure whether this series will amount to something great or just something okay, but I'm excited to find out.

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  • Anat
  • 2018-10-08

Complex and interesting

This was really quite beautiful.

Although it's a bit cruel and callous, I found the story and the world alluring. The characters were round and complex, the sort that get into your soul. The world building was intriguing with lots of scenery and cultures. The magic system was described beautifully.
And it feels like we're just getting a taste of it all, it really feels like the story, the world and the characters have so much more room to grow in all manner of directions.

I also loved the writing style, very vivid and entertaining, but definitely not too simplified. Just right.

And Tim Gerard Reynolds, once again, was simply perfect. He really tells you the story, not just "reads" it. Wonderful in every way.

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  • brad
  • 2018-02-08

I tried...i really REALLY tried!

Couldnt get into this book for all the meandering the author is doing. Long on dialog short on action. If it wasn't for Mr Reynolds I would have not made it to the mid point.

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  • Thomas Doxtater
  • 2018-11-22

Recommended read. Straightforward epic.

Overall good story. Narration is fantastic, the intonations of character and dialect are wonderful and add tremendously over just the plain text. Interested to see where the intrigue will carry in follow up volumes.

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  • Jonathon Phillips
  • 2018-11-16

Another Amazing Tale

Salvatore, again, shows that whether writing of Dark Elves or lake men or demons from a mountain his ability to capture you and take you on an unforgettable Journey is as strong as ever.

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  • D. A. Sterling
  • Louisiana
  • 2018-11-02

I loved it, my 1st book by this author.

I only have a few male authors that I follow. I was searching for "something different" and stumbled onto this book. From the reviews, it seemed the author must be pretty good. But would he be any good with a female being a major character? My answer is yes! Loved the book. Oh, I also have been disappointed in male narrators in the past but this one was excellent!

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  • Vanessa Smith
  • 2018-10-20

Will get the next one

Beginning was a little confusing. Rest of book was great. Will get the next one.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful