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Stormwielder

The Sword of Light Trilogy, Volume 1
Written by: Aaron Hodges
Narrated by: David Stifel
Length: 10 hrs and 6 mins

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For 500 years the Gods have united the Three Lands in harmony.

Now that balance has been shattered, and chaos threatens.

A town burns and flames light the night sky. Hunted and alone, 17-year-old Eric flees through the wreckage. The mob grows closer, baying for the blood of their tormentor. Guilt weighs on his soul, but he cannot stop, cannot turn back.

If he stops, they die.

For two years he has carried this curse, bringing death and destruction wherever he goes. But now there is another searching for him - one who offers salvation. His name is Alastair and he knows the true nature of the curse.

Magic.

©2015 Aaron D. Hodges (P)2016 Aaron D. Hodges

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  • The Bookwyrm Speaks
  • 2016-10-06

Not your typical coming of age story.

When he was 15, Eric had a bad dream, about a dark force coming after him. As he awoke, he sees that his house is burning around him, that a storm is raging around his house, and that lighning has struck the house and his village, and that he is the one that has summoned the storm. Thinking him cursed, he is cast out by the villagers, and for 2 years he has lived in the wilds, trying to avoid people. He breaks this habit and enters a walled town. A nice man offers to help him in the village, and leads him into a trap, where he is beaaten. during the beating, he loses control of his emotions, and summons the storm, Unfortunately, he cant control it. Even though the Lightning kills the muggers, it also wreaks havoc, death and destruction on the village. He is rescued by an older warrior named Alistair, and so starts an adventure that has to deal with the gods of their land, a monumental evil threat thought defeated, and personal challenges as Eric learns just what his "curse" is: Magic, and AListair starts teaching him to harness it. Along this journey, they meet a host of interesting characters, and travel a land raveged by the war the benevelent gods of Earth and sky fought against a mysterious evil that is more powerful than they are. It seems Eric has a bigger part to play that it seems, and the fate of the world may rest with him and his friends. With a fully realized world, a plot with non stop, well thought out action sequences, and realistic characters, this is a story any fantasy fans should be able to get behind.

David Stifel did a nice job narrating, bringing each character to life, and keeping the story flowing nicely. I especially liked his voice for Alistair, it really resonated. I am anxious to start book 2 now, and see where this talented author takes the story.

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  • ecocat
  • 2016-10-31

A Boy, A Knight, & An Assassin Maybe a Goddess Too

Stormwielder started very slowly. Alastair didn't find what he was looking for in the prologue. So the readers/listeners doesn't really know what Alastair is looking for. The prologue was so brief.

Enter Eric in Chapter 1. Eric has believed that he is cursed and has fled his family. After destroying the town Oaksville in self-defense and having no control over his power, Eric is hunted once again until Alastair saved him.

Alastair offered to train Eric in controlling his power if Eric is willing to accompany him in his quest to defeat Archon and save the three kingdoms from Archon. During their quest to Chloe, Alastair and Eric picked up three more allies to aid in their quest.

The story took awhile to understand. The pieces of the story came together when the goddess Antonia showed Eric of the three kingdoms and the two gods came together to defeat Archon. From that moments, Archon has plotted against the two gods and has turned friend against friend. There is also the mystery of why one of the gods left, leaving only two gods to defend the three kingdoms.

Only one person, a descendant of the bearer for the sword of light, can defeat Archon. Finding this descendant would be difficult. Eric is being hunted with accusation of being a demon by bounty hunters. Alastair is being deterred by the forces of Archon. Allies are made. The fellowship is faced with dragons. Friends become enemies.

The story is worth reading/listening. The hardest part is to get through the first few chapters before the story takes flight. The story is similar to Tolken's Lord of the Rings. Tolken fans: give this book a shot.

The narrator, David Stifel does a very good job with the story. There is only one part that makes the characters sound alike is on the "No, no, no...." exclamation. There isn't any difference to distinguish the characters.

I receive an audiobook copy for a voluntary review. I was not compensated or influenced in any way for writing this review.

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  • Lori
  • 2016-05-26

Stormwielder

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The story started out interesting, but never really grabbed hold of me and kept my attention. In the end I had a really hard time with this book. It took me a long time to finish it.

The story follows Eric through his journey/quest to control/master his magic. Even though there is a lot of action, a good story line, great world building and a wide cast of characters in the end I just felt like something was missing.

A narrator can make or break a story and in this case the narration just did not work. Although he has a pleasant voice his narration of this book is very monotone/slow most of the time. I just don’t think he was the right narrator for this story.

I think I would have enjoyed this much more if I read it instead of listening to it.

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

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  • Platypire Bob
  • 2017-05-19

Bob @ Platypire Reviews

*I received a copy of this audiobook to be honestly reviewed*

So, this was pretty good! It was very engaging, the characters were good, and tempo to the story was good, too. I loved the variety of creatures and how everything interacted in this. The narrow escapes and constant running kept me hooked until t was over, and I mean that I was in it enough that a certain bit made me cry.

The narrator was okay. His voice and speed are pleasant, but I wasn't thrilled with his character voices. He had three voices: one for narrating (which was great!), one for men, and one for females + Eric. He wasn't bad at all, it just threw me out of the spell some.

If you like epic adventures, you'll most likely enjoy this.

Bob says: 4 Platypires

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  • MANI
  • 2016-04-15

Stormwielder

If you could sum up Stormwielder in three words, what would they be?

Stormweilder is a very interesting audio book from beginning to end. This is the first in a series. The book follows Eric through a somewhat adventurous, somewhat scary, somewhat enlightening endeavor where he is perceived as evil. I am following this series

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  • Nickie
  • 2017-06-01

A Decent Story...

What made the experience of listening to Stormwielder the most enjoyable?

The Different Experiences The Main Character Went Through...

What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

The Most Interesting Was How He Harnessed His Powers...Being That They Were So Strong...

What does David Stifel bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The Narrator Gave A More Vivid Look Into The Other Characters... He Gave Them A Voice That Painted Their Identities..

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It Had Some Slow Parts...So No I Didnt Want To Listen In One Sitting..

Any additional comments?

"I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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  • Amazon CustomerBeliever
  • 2017-04-21

A Boy Who Controls Storms

Eric is not your typical troubled teen. He controls storms and causes lightning to destroy towns. But he does this because he can't control his talent and thinks he is cursed. Alister comes along and helps him, teaches him and gets him to help secure the land that is being taken over by an evil foe. This book takes some getting used to. I have never read any of the Lord of the Rings type stories so I had no frame of reference as some reviewers referred to this book before I was able to listen to this book. The narrator did a great job with Alister and the other characters not so much. But he carried the story and kept the action going. I got this book via audiobook boom.

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  • Anita Ewing
  • 2017-03-20

Interesting to listen to.

It's tough at times to follow, but the story and characters make this book a good book. The narration makes it fun to listen to. I received this audiobook for free, but voluntarily reviewed.

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  • Marcela R.
  • 2016-08-28

Fun and exciting fantasy

Epic tail about a boy on a journey to save the world. Fun characters and the reader's performance was delightful. Already making my way through part 2 which is also good!

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  • Tiffany
  • 2016-05-09

Good Beginning to the series

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I found the book very enjoyable. I look forward to the next book in the series. I'm curious to see where the story takes me. The narrator was spot on. I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom for my unbiased review.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful