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Rise of the Ranger

Echoes of Fate, Book 1
Written by: Philip C. Quaintrell
Narrated by: Steven Brand
Length: 15 hrs and 12 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (18 ratings)
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Publisher's Summary

The Echoes of Fate, a prophecy uttered unto the world a thousand years ago, cannot be denied....

Mankind has lorded over the land of Illian for a thousand years, enjoying what was left to them by the elves, as if it were their birthright. A thousand years is a long time for an immortal race to see the error of their ways and realize a truth that has remained unsaid for a millennia - elves are superior! They are faster, stronger, and connected to the magical world in a way that man could never grasp. Illian is their birthright. The six kingdoms of man are fractured, unallied and always clawing at each other's doors for more power.

War is coming....

Thrown into the heart of this war is an Outlander of the wilds, an assassin, a ranger. Asher was born a thousand years ago, but he doesn't remember. Forty years of brutal training and killing for money has beaten the earliest years of his life away, leaving his ties to the oldest of evils a mystery to all.

©2018 Podium Publishing; 2017 Philip C. Quaintrell

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interesting story can't wait to hear the sequel

I really liked the story in general but would like more details when supporting statements are made as thought they were a known fact I.e. elven abilities. The narrator was way too fast and lacked expression. I do recommend the book to others.

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  • Ali
  • 2018-03-24

Worth it

I loved the story. The writing is great. The only issue I had was with the narration. I could not tell which character was talking. In a conversation between two people, you can normally tell who it is because the narrator will usually have different voices for the characters but with this, it’s the same voice, and it becomes hard telling who is saying what.

Apart from that, good book worth listening to.

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  • Christina t
  • 2018-04-05

Hfofate to say it, but read the book instead

I think I liked this. But, I should have taken heed of other's reviews. Steven Brand has the perfect voice for this story, but 2/3 of the content was lost on me! Could not tell who was saying what. The story changed to a different POV, and 3 minutes would have gone by before I understood this. I think this could have been "one of the greats", but I was way too confused about whom was speaking, where they were, and could barely keep track of the main storyline!
I think it could've been easier to follow had a companion guide been given. Having said this, I am willing to give the next book a try. And, I do hope Mr Brand will narrarate. Maybe the book will have the kinks worked out!?,

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 2018-03-16

kicking myself for not listening to it earlier

I love the entire concept, forever intriguing and immersive looking forward to the next in the series

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  • Anthony
  • 2018-03-06

Great Story

The story is woven to keep the reader engaged and entertained. I am going to purchase the next book in the series .

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  • Emily
  • 2018-03-31

Narrator was hard to listen to...

It got a little better as the book progressed. It was a excited monotone that doesn’t know what punctuation is

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  • JRock
  • 2018-02-25

Loved it!

Great story well written. I love listening to Steven Brand. I can’t wait for the next book to come out on Audible I hope they keep the same narrator.

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  • Crow
  • 2018-04-05

finally something without....

the usual humans fight this or that. it actually has other mystical creatures to make it interesting. loved the book.

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  • James
  • 2018-11-02

Not quite the ravens shadow but close

Gradebook very reminiscent of the ravens shadow which if you haven’t read it is a very good thing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2018-10-21

To confusing

The story has to many characters for me to follow who is who. The narrator reads to fast and doesn't pronounce the names clearly. I have listened to the same chapters and I am still lost. I will return the book and get one I can understand.

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  • N. Langereis
  • 2018-05-14

A nice story, but not a fan of the narrator

The difficulty with a mosaic story set in a fantasy world is often the pace of introduction of new characters, locations and names of items. Here we see/hear such a story. It is incredibly difficult to follow in the beginning, but even later on in the story. I found it very hard to get my bearings and understand the narrative. This is in part due to the narrator, as he almost uses no inflections and/or change in pitch between characters. The voice itself is deep and pleasant to listen too, but often I lose who is talking. Next to this I think the story is nice, but the world itself is quite 1 dimensional and lacks the diversity and depth you might expect from a fully newly crafted world. I will give the author and narrator another try in the second part, but my expectations are low.

3 of 4 people found this review helpful