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Publisher's Summary

Contains books one and two of Legend of Tal, a sword-and-sorcery, coming-of-age adventure. 

A King's Bargain, book one

The legend of Tal Harrenfel is sung across the Westreach, and with each telling, the tales grow taller.

Though he's declared a hero by his king, Tal has never claimed to be more than a man. After three decades of fighting warlocks, killing mythical beasts, and hunting enchanted treasure, Tal has had enough. Running from the deeds of his past, he retreats to his home village under a different name and meets an unlikely companion: Garin, a village boy who dreams of making a name for himself and seeing the world beyond their sleepy town.

When Tal receives a mysterious visitor, both he and Garin find themselves thrown into a sojourn across the kingdom. Soon, they become embroiled in the plots of monarchs, on the frontlines of an ancient war, and at the mercy of a fabled sorcerer. Now Tal must live up to his legend, and Garin must discover his own power, to survive the forces pitted against them.

A Queen's Command, book two

The legend of Tal Harrenfel lives on, and a new song spreads across the Westreach.

Though Tal and Garin overcame one enemy, victory promises to be short-lived. Garin struggles with his inner demons. Tal is haunted by enemies and memories alike. And a long-kept secret has torn a rift between them.

But circumstances force them to continue their travels together. The roads from Avendor to Gladelyl, once the safest in the Westreach, are rife with danger. And Tal is bound to the commands of the Elf Queen whose intentions are unforeseeable. But reaching the elven realm is only the beginning of their troubles, for Gladelyl is in turmoil. The nobles grasp for power. The underclass and Eastern immigrants seek new rights. And an ancient enemy takes advantage of the chaos to turn them all against each other. Now Garin must come to terms with his demons.

©2020 J.D.L. Rosell (P)2021 Podium Audio

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Lots of suspense!

Enjoyed this book. Kept my interest from start to finish. Can't wait to read the next one.

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book one is incredibly boring, very little happens, it jumps through sections leaving out large parts of story, world/character building, hell even conversations seem to end abruptly. There are 2 mc's a young boy around 15 who doesn't tell his mentor anything about the weird voice and song he hears. absolute moron behavior, the book doesnt even end on a cliffhanger, just "alright time to go to a new place" shiiiiiit writing Do not recommend book one at all. as for book 2 i don't think I'll even bother starting it. Glad this was free because I'd be pissed if I paid for this

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  • MaDonna Wesberry
  • 2022-01-08

seems like another weak spineless mc novel

ok so I'm about an hour or two into this book. 3 characters are traveling together. the "Legendary" Tal, a super powerful mage on direct assignment from the king sent to retrieve Tal from his self imposed banishment, and the young apprentice/friend/maybe son or close relation to the Legendary Tal not sure yet but tal seems to have a connection to him that hasn't been revealed yet. ok so these bird snake things show up in a flock and attack. they get their weak asses kicked and the snake chickens go after the cowardly apprentice (that ran like a coward) then the only thing that saves him is this evil spirit that has managed to hitch a ride in the cowards mind because he is a weakling with no will power. what is with all this weakling trash being peddled. the most badass dude in the land who the whole first chapter is dedicated to telling us all these badass things he has done and his name is feared and hated by the entire world gets his ass rolled by some snake chickens in the first couple hours screw this I'm out

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  • 2021-05-18

rimdog

spellbinding characters, fast moving, can't wait to devour the next installment
great read for sure

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2022-03-16

Great series right up there with Ryan, Abercrombie, Hamilton and Cobble!

Great new series that I would rate in my top 5 authors. I truly enjoyed the book and the orator was exceptionally good. I really enjoyed the first 2 books and can’t wait to start the third.
Joe B

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  • 2021-10-06

Worth the credit for 20+hrs

Great listen, I hope that more purchase so we may hear more from this author.

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  • Sygrda
  • 2022-01-02

Wonderful traditional fantasy adventure

Yes, it is in many ways a story that is familiar, but the world building and character development is great. I like the familiar feel of a traditional epic in a new place. I have spent a couple years trying to enjoy books that kept falling short. For me this one got everything right. The characters feel like home.

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  • Matt
  • 2021-05-23

I could not connect to the characters

not a bad book at all. i struggled to complete it as i just could not engaged or connect with the characters. i hope others enjoy it more than me

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  • Randy Stevens
  • 2022-05-10

pretty generic

the writing was fine, but the story lacked originality. I didn't really connect with the main characters either.

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  • Justin from Lake Forest
  • 2022-05-09

good story

I will listen to the next books if they are available. I only 4 star for performance because the narrator does different voices for characters. those that do that always mess up with who is talking.

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  • Naswinns
  • 2022-05-08

good story and narration

I enjoyed this. I liked the characters and narration. Authentic fantasy, magic, and world with many races.

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  • E. Stuckey
  • 2022-05-06

I enjoyed it but needs more world building IMO

So this one had a little bit more action and adventure than the 1st did. Some people don't enjoy it but for me I think what I need more of Is descriptive and world building. I still really enjoyed it