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The Cycle of Arawn

Written by: Edward W. Robertson
Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
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The White Tree (book one): In Mallon, the dark magic of the nether has been banned for centuries. Its users have been driven out or killed. Its secrets lost.

But the holy book of the nethermancers has just been found by a boy named Dante.

As he works to unlock the book's power, he's attacked in the street. The nethermancers aren't gone—and they want their book back. Caught between death cultists and the law, Dante fights for his life, aided by his growing skills and a brash bodyguard named Blays. Together they're drawn into a centuries-old conflict that brings Mallon to the brink of civil war.

Surviving won't be easy. But if they make it out alive, they'll step down the path to becoming two of the greatest warriors the world has ever known.

The Great Rift (book two): Dante and Blays have averted war against their new home of Narashtovik. But they didn't do so alone. It's time to repay their debts.

The norren who helped them remain enslaved by the Gaskan Empire. While arming the norren clans for rebellion, Dante hears one of them is in possession of the legendary Quivering Bow. If he can track down the weapon, it could secure norren independence.

But the wheels of war have already begun to turn. As Gask moves to crush the rebellion, Dante and Blays find themselves at the head of a campaign for survival—for norren and Narashtovik alike.

The Black Star (book three): Narashtovik has been saved—but Dante and Blays' friendship has been destroyed.

Blaming the Gaskan king for the loss of his love, Lira, Blays infiltrates the enemy nobility. There he schemes to bankrupt Gask and drive its ruler from the throne. But Dante's been waiting for Blays' return. If he finds and exposes him, Blays will be executed as a spy.

As they squabble, strange lights shine in the east. Harbingers of a long-forgotten threat. If the signs go ignored, Narashtovik will be annihilated by an enemy it never knew it had.

©2012 Edward W. Robertson (P)2015 Podium Publishing

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Listened to this title while driving class 1 shift work. Looked forward to every shift just so I could continue this book until completion. Clear narration easily heard over the road noise of a big rig. My favorite chapter is around part 5 - 6 when the main character truly grasps the magical powers within himself. While using them for the defense of others, some unavoidable casualties were inflicted. If you enjoy fantasy and have the time to listen, this title is time well spent.

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Very Long But Classic Fantasy

This book is definitely an investment. While it's great for fans of classic epic fantasy, you will feel the length of it by the end. Part of that is because much of the story takes place over the span of years, and there are many moments where the main characters train to use their various skills. That said, it is an exciting story that is well written and had some great banter between its characters.

Dante has an interesting, somewhat morally grey arc, as he is primarily focused on gaining power to use as he deems needed. Blaze, his bodyguard/friend/bantering-buddy also had a compelling arc when the third book came around. I found them to have a great relationship that saw highs and lows, and their dialogue was a lot of fun to experience. There were plenty of side characters who appeared in major and minor roles throughout each book as well, many of whom I found engaging.

The dialogue and banter was well written, though it formed a familiar pattern. While I did enjoy it, some of the characters began to sound a little similar. There were great moments of action throughout each story, especially near the end, and the third book had some twists I didn't expect. For the most part, I found the world to be engaging and easy to understand. All of these aspects were created by an author with a solid voice and understanding of his genre and audience.

While I think this series went on a little too long for my tastes and I found my interest waning at some points (though having said that, it could have been the start of a reading slump), I do think this is a compelling book for fans of swords and sorcery and epic fantasy.

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Very long but very good

The beginning felt a bit slow, but by the end I was thoroughly invested in the adventure and story. I wish the Cycle of Galand was offered as one instead of twelve.

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It's long and not terrible.

I'm trying to get my money's worth from each credit. This was another story I can recommend.

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Best fantasy audio book yet for me.

I loved it, it has a good balance of action and humour. The banter between the main characters is great, I was laughing out loud quite a few times.

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A decent adventure.

Dante is a teenager when he discovers a man doing what looks like magic. On his journey to discover how this magic is done he meets another teenager, Blays, who is very good with swords. Dante finds the "Cycle of Arawn" as a guiding text that teaches him the magic.

The three novels contained in this audio book are the adventures of their rise, consolidation and protection of power. Like all good hero stories their intentions are good.

There are two types of magic the Nether, which Dante uses and the Ether, which isn't really explored, and may be explored more in later books?

Tim Gerard Reynolds, as always, does an fantastic job of performing the material. One issue I did have is that I have got so used to his voice in the Riyria and Legends series that it was hard not to think of Blays and Dante as characters from Riyria. Once the story picked up that was no longer a problem.

The way magic works is interesting, the characters are engaging. The last story the characters started to feel more two dimensional and if I had listened to these as separate books, I may have given the third book a lower rating. As it is done as one long story, the third book benefits from my brain being in the same context as the first two books when I listened to it. Also the third book had a way more predictable plot twist than the first two.

Over all a good series, worth the time invested.

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Obnoxious lead characters, great narration

The 2 main characters are horrible, mindless killers, fools, unliveable. There is no logic or reason to their exploits. It’s tiresome listening, but the narration is quite good. I do not recommend this trilogy. I had read that it improves into the second book, but this simply is not true.

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first book is a bit dark and hard to get into

the other 2 books are fun and I enjoyed the bantering between characters. fun listening

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The worst

The performance is ruined by the source material. The protagonists are loathsome. Don’t be fooled by the three for the price of one value proposition. You get what you pay for.

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3 Books and Done...

Tim Gerard Reynolds is fabulous as Always. Love the 3 books and Finished for the first encapsulated part of this series... wish the author could have had the courage to do this with the Cycle of Galand instead of doing the classic milk it for more than it's worth.

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