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Hearthglen

Binding Words, Book 3
Written by: Daniel Schinhofen
Narrated by: Andrea Parsneau
Series: Binding Words, Book 3
Length: 12 hrs and 23 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (13 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Having accepted the love of both Myna Mooncaller and Fiona Mithrilsoul, Sean discovered happiness he hadn’t ever thought he would know, and began to acknowledge how different this society was from his old world. 

Everywhere they went, they ran into trouble. First had been bandits, which actually proved to be fortuitous, with Ryann Cullin entering Sean’s service after that attack. The sudden harsh blizzard had been the worst trial they had to endure. Cold that even Sean couldn’t withstand had nearly stopped them in their tracks, but they managed to reach Flento. 

Once the storm had passed, they were finally on their way to Hearthglen. Sean was hoping to use the city to settle down and learn more about what he could do. However, that would require finding a way to make a living, which meant Sean would have to make a name for himself. That was always something he hadn’t wanted to do; it might earn him some friends, but the enemies he would certainly make might very well be his undoing. 

(This work contains adult situations that some might find offensive, the least of which is graphic sex. This book is about an Overpowered MC, and contains a harem. You’ve been warned.)

©2019 Daniel James Schinhofen (P)2019 Daniel James Schinhofen

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  • Otis Coley
  • 2019-10-31

Next book please

Hearthglen picks up where Life Bonds left off and is a good continuation of the story. Sean is still clueless when it comes to women but is picking up skills left and right. I really enjoyed this book and am ready for book number 4. Andrea was great as always. She is one of the best narrators out there

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-11-03

big fat pile of nothing

Good part: narration was top notch, Adriana continues to be my favorite female reader
Bad part: this book was 8 hours of nuttin goin on. You could summarize this entire book in a one page synopsis and skip to the next in the series and not miss anything. Let me give you the cliff notes, (spoiler alert) MC moves to the city, befriend the working class Joes which pisses off the upper class dudes. They set off evil plans that includes not selling him gems and banning him from the public bathhouse.
The MC hires an apprentice who falls in love with him, hires a maid who falls in love with him, hires a shopkeeper...you get the idea. Throughout the MC is oblivious to the fact that every woman he talks to is in love with him.
They eat, they spar, and they go to the bar. Matter of fact, a good quarter of the book is just descriptions of various ales, meals and teas they eat. It's like the food channel sponsored a novel.
Anyways, the MC discovers that he can copy any spell or ability he sees, this leads him to do exactly nothing. After seeing a healer he figured out how to cast heal, which he does on his neighbor and then never does it again. At the end Ryan gets killed, he brings her back to life with the promise of life bonding/marrying her and the book ends.
There, now you know. Can we please get back to the quality of the first book now?

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  • Winston Smith
  • 2019-10-26

Good book. Great performance

This is a good book and good addition to the series. Loved the book, but it needed 2 more chapters. The poor ending in addition to the fact the author has written 4 other books while leaving this waiting really puts a damper on this otherwise great book. This book ends as if you were having a conversation with someone and they stopped talking mid sentence and walked away. It isn't even a cliffhanger, just a hard stop.

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  • brian t
  • 2019-11-02

My favorite series now

I have read many different series, from many different authors, and they all have greatness in one way or another. This one has taken center stage for me. Just the right combinations of MC power use, adult theme, story, and variety. I'm almost sad finishing this installment knowing I have to wait for the story to continue.

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  • Marcopolo
  • 2019-10-28

Excellent! A Great Addition to a Excellent Series!

I really enjoyed Hearthglen. The characters grew and their growth was evident. It was an excellent progression in the storyline and of course left me wanting more. Andrea Parsneau is as always excellent in her narration and greatly enhanced the story playing in my mind. If you like this series you will love this book!

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  • Michael Thorp
  • 2019-10-27

great series. absolutely love it.

great world-building and character development. keep them coming and keep up the good work Daniel.

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  • Dakota Nikaido
  • 2019-10-27

Damn good book

Loved every bit of it and I can not wait to see the next one to hit Audible.

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  • Kevin Z.
  • 2019-10-25

Good performance on an okay book

I’ll start with performance since that’s easy, Andrea Parsneau did her usual fantastic job and saved the story in some places that for me lulled or went to fast when reading, by either speeding up the dull bits or slowing down the exciting ones with anticipation. She’s an excellent narrator, who I hope stays on with this series as it would be a shame to see a switch like with Apocalypse Gates.

**SPOILERS**
**minor ones but spoilers**


I feel like I’ll harp on all of the negative things later because I’m feeling all sorts of rants coming on when there is a lot of positive so I’ll start positive: Sean’s growth in certain ways including his powers, the girls praying to Morrigan, the way Sean was about to man up with Ida before the cliffhanger from hell, the introduction of the fairies, and the bar scenes were a nice touch. Even the fact that this is the first town where he hasn’t (yet) gotten into a fist fight in the bar was great. I like the maids and the staff all having all kinds of personality too.

There is a lot of good in this book but, pacing was an issue, that cliffhanger from hell was an issue (because waiting months for the next one is painful), and for me Ryann was a tremendous issue; her hostility with Ida and the barmaids was frustrating, childish, annoying, and frankly beyond rude at some points, and the fact that Sean never addressed it was almost worse. It was dissatisfying, disappointing, and wrecked a lot of the visible growth that Sean seemed to have by keeping him somewhat meek in not responding to her and letting Meena and Fiona “handle it” by letting Ida and Ryann settle it amongst themselves. Even with that I still love the premise and the character development for the most part. Though I suppose that Ryann is/was a personal issue that I have with the book that many of you may not agree with. However, the changing of pace is jarring since the story goes from quick to slow to somewhere in-between then to slow and finally ends on a fast pace. So all in all a 3/5 for me on the story. Some of you may like it more, some less but that’s where I’m at.

I still love the series as a whole and will wait to read and eventually listen to the next one just as eagerly as I waited for this one but, this is also the worst review I’ve left on a Schinhoffen book to date and I hope the next one is far better.

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  • Matthew
  • 2019-10-24

Phenomenally good!

I loved this book and didn't want it to end. I loved the crafting and family/character development in this book. I cannot wait for the next one!!!!

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  • Barry
  • 2019-10-24

refreshing

This Book is pretty good.
I didn't like book 2 because the MC was complaining about how this new world Is different from his old one.
but this book is a very good slice of life story
i like the character motivations, I like how the story progresses and the Narrator did an amazing job.

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