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Pile of Bones

Written by: Michael J. Sullivan
Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
Series: Legends of the First Empire, Book 0.5
Length: 1 hr and 45 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (32 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

When a storm reveals a mysterious cave behind a waterfall, the young mystic’s apprentice and her wolf investigate. Inside, she discovers a secret place containing a pile of human bones and the young girl makes what could be a fatal mistake. 

In this Legends of the First Empire prequel, we witness the events that helped shape the woman who would one day become Suri the Mystic, the first Rhune Artist, and a hero to a generation.  

©2020 Michael J. Sullivan (P)2020 Audible, Inc.

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This is a really great, well-rounded short-story. Short stories can be tricky because they always seem like they are either not well developed enough, or that they are too long to be considered a short story or novelette. The protagonist is fully realized and the performance (as always) was stellar. Wouldn't mind a follow up to this story!

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  • Samuel Hudnet
  • 2020-01-11

Good preview, unsatisfying story

This one felt a little too short and lacking conclusion. Unless you read the main books a lot of the terms would be left unexplained, so I'd think you'd be even more confused.

If you've read the series, this is a nice free addition.

If you haven't, check out some of the author's other free titles first. Those a more self-explanatory than this one, so not only do you get a sense of his writing style, but also a complete story.

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  • Jess H.
  • 2020-01-10

Easy read and interesting

I was given this book free. Here's my honest review.

I would classify this book as Young Adult, which I don't normally listen to.

It was easy to listen to, good narration, interesting short story. I felt it was a little too short, would have loved more context. I wanted to know more. It is a good teaser to get you to listen to the series.

At the end, there's a preview of next book in the series and that was much more descriptive. My guess is the full length books will have more context.

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  • 2020-01-15

Very nice story line

All I can say is that I can't wait for the book to release. This short story kept my interest and I am looking forward to finding more books by Michael Sullivan. He has a way of making a book come alive. The narrator is also great at telling the story. If you're looking for some adventures in a book, this is just snip it of where you will go.

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  • Andrew Vigil
  • 2020-01-13

A Good Intro

This book is a short story containing also the start to the main series. This not only helped display the author's writing style but also helped whisk you away into a fantasy realm. Giving a range of moods from happy and everyday to down right creep in a short period with no whiplash. I am excited to continue reading the rest of this series.

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  • Carolyn E. Jaques
  • 2020-01-19

Great short adventure

I loved the characters. the narrator, and the authors preface. Great strategy for getting me to investigate other stories by both author and narrator.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-01-16

Immersive.

This story was over before I knew it. This story boasts beautiful imagery, superb narration, and intriguing characters. I am proceeding to the series immediately upon the commencement of this submission.

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  • Jacob P
  • 2020-01-16

Wonderful, and Creepy, Short Story

This is a wonderful short story to introduce new listeners/readers to Sullivan's writing. As a fan of his Riyria books, I went in with high expectations and they were met. Makes me look forward even more to getting to reading/listening to the rest of the Legends of the First Empire.

P.S. The bonus excerpt from the first book in that series is a wonderful, horrible tease. Need to make more time to read/listen now...

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  • midobal
  • 2020-01-16

Lovely short story and good starting point

A lovely story about Suri and Minna. A good starting point into The Legends of the First Empire, although it has additional value if you are familiar with the series.

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  • Ariadne Erle
  • 2020-01-10

Charming

Not at all what I expected but was thoroughly charmed. I’ll read more by this author.

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  • Lonnie-The GreatNorthernTroll-Moore
  • 2020-01-21

A sweet short story!

Pile of Bones is a sweet short story that spotlights Suri, a young mystic, and Minna her wolf sister. Suri listens to Minna, the trees, the brook, the whole world of Elan, in fact. When Minna, or Elan, speaks to Suri, it's always sage advice, and sometimes it will even save her life! This story can be read as a stand-alone, or as a precursor for the first book in the series, Age of Myth.
Tim Gerard Reynolds is scary-good as the narrator, so snatch it up ASAP, hopefully while Audible is still listing it at a special reduced price for members!

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