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The Ember Blade

The Darkwater Legacy
Written by: Chris Wooding
Narrated by: Simon Bubb
Series: The Darkwater Legacy, Book 1
Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (19 ratings)

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A land under occupation. A legendary sword. A young man's journey to find his destiny.  

Aren has lived by the rules all his life. He's never questioned it; that's just the way things are. But then his father is executed for treason, and he and his best friend, Cade, are thrown into a prison mine, doomed to work until they drop. Unless they can somehow break free.... 

But what lies beyond the prison walls is more terrifying still. Rescued by a man who hates him yet is oath-bound to protect him, pursued by inhuman forces, Aren slowly accepts that everything he knew about his world was a lie. The rules are not there to protect him or his people but to enslave them. A revolution is brewing, and Aren is being drawn into it, whether he likes it or not.  

The key to the revolution is the Ember Blade. The sword of kings, the Excalibur of his people. Only with the Ember Blade in hand can their people be inspired to rise up...but it's locked in an impenetrable vault in the most heavily guarded fortress in the land.  

All they have to do now is steal it....

Read by Simon Bubb.

©2018 Chris Wooding (P)2018 Orion Publishing Group

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Fantastic book.

One of the best audible books I have ever listened to. Story is compelling, narration seemed subdued at first but then drew me in. By the end I cared about every character and was totally enthralled by the story. I can't recommend it enough. Can't wait for the next one.

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Incredible!

I simply loved the book and the reading in this audiobook

Excellent story and characters.

Excellent work yet again by narrator Bubb as well. So easy to listen to him.

Can’t wait for more!!

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  • Liz
  • 2020-01-01

Fantastic Epic Fantasy!

This was truly an epic fantasy!

This has EVERYTHING. Adventure, monsters, fights, humor, sadness and most of all....a fantastic storyline!

It does start a little bit slow and drags on a little bit at the beginning, but it is most definitely worth continuing. It gets much better!

I have never listened to this narrator before, but he has done an excellent job. I would LOVE to hear him read more fantasy novels.

I can't wait for the next one. I really hope there isn't much time between this and the next!

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Good but long...

Good detailed story lots of plot but also lots of fillar. I know it's how these writers make money but man it can make for some dry listening. BUT I WOULD recommend listening it was still worth it.

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  • Stephen
  • 2019-08-28

About the Narrator

I'm about 80% through this book and I am enjoying it. I want to go on and make a comment about the narration. I almost didn't buy this book because of the negative comments about the narrator. I can't understand the reason for this.

The only legitimate criticism that i see is that he doesn't use a lot of different voices for different characters. This is a very minor issue as far as I am concerned. I have had narrators who annoyed me greatly and distracted from the book by using different voices. One in particular used the grandpa voice from the Real McCoys and it was truly awful. Other narrators have tried to sing the song parts. I didn't care much for that either. Some have had awkward pacing and pauses that made no sense. There have been issue with semblance and mouth noises that can be distracting, this narration has none of those.

Simon Bubb does a great job of staying out of the way of the story and not trying to do things that he isn't capable of. I mark this as a strong point for any narrator.

Anyway, don't pass this book by because of the negative comments. It's a great story with well fleshed out characters. I for one, am looking forward to the next installment.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2019-05-09

I cried at the end of this damn thing.

title says it all doesn't it. I read close to 36 fantasy novels each year, between audible and paper. Yes the narrator doesn't do this thing justice, as most of these comments I originally saw before I purchased this thing said. But Chris Wooding has done something amazing here. Do not let a few negative reviews based on narration rob you of the incredible book this truly is. I'm looking forward to book 2 of this series more than im looking forward to book 3 of the KingKiller Chronicles. For those of you enthusiasts of the fantasy genre, you know how big a statement that is. I don't take much time to review books, due in part because this is reducing my reading time, but I wanted to review this one. if you turn down the opportunity of reading this book because of a few negative reviews you're robbing yourself as I almost did. Yes the narration leaves something to be desired, but the book is marvelous.

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  • Zach Miller
  • 2019-06-20

My new favorite book.

Before spending a credit on this book I read a review from a fellow audiobook enthusiast who said that they were anticipating the 2nd book in the series more so than the 3rd installation of the Kingkiller Chronicles. I was very skeptical as Kvothe was my favorite fantasy character of all time. Notice that I said "was". Grubb is my new hero of choice. As I have just finished The Ember Blade, I am still exalting in its greatness. The storyline was fantastic, characters are believable, and the plotline wasn't as predictable as the summary outline made it out to be. I will be buying this book in Hard Cover to add to my already full bookshelf. I cannot praise this book enough. Please do yourself a favor and purchase this audiobook. My only regret is that I finished this 30 hour title in 3 days, I couldn't stop listening. As far as the narration goes, it is not bad. I have finished books with worse voice acting and worse story lines. He is no Michael Kramer but he is a burgeoning talent that will no doubt continue to improve as the series goes on.

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  • Royal
  • 2019-02-07

Lame beginning.... great ending

Great study on betrayel, bad governments, as well as resistance. I couldn’t finish a book for what seems like forever...... and now I finished this one good stuff!

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  • phillip
  • 2019-06-07

Top of the Fantasy class

I have over 300 fantasy books in my audible collection and just as many on paper, if not more. I dont often write reviews, unless, of course, its special. This one is special and belongs in the top ten on my list of all time greatest.

The book begins with two boys who fall into a bit of trouble and find their way into a work camp. What follows is a chase that rivals, and in my opinions bests, that of WoT. On this harrowing journey, we not only get a great deal of backstory for the "good guys" but also the "bad guys". As the book continues, the line between good and bad blurs. You will love the main characters one moment and despise them the next. You will laugh, cry, and scream in frustration. Its a rare fantasy novel that can get my emotions stirring, but this one certainly does. Keep a lookout for Grub - my personal favorite.

For those fantasy heads out there. GET THIS BOOK. Ive recommended to all my friends and all love it so far. Its a rare thing for a fantasy to surprise me. Even rarer when I cant stop listening to it. You are doing yourself a disservice if you pass this one by. Trust me.

Ive seen several complaints about the narration. I dont get it. Hes great. Could have been better, but the title doesnt suffer for it at all. I look forward to the next title and hope the narrator stays.

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  • Gregg
  • 2019-03-21

Fantastic Fantasy Fiction

I was hesitant to purchase this as it sounded like the same old trope... the hero's journey boy thrust into the world unawares... But I was pleasantly surprised. The story is compelling, the caricatures refreshingly flushed out and the plot consistent. My only complaint is...

Part 2 is not yet available.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2019-11-21

Ok. No candle to King Killer Chronicles.<br />

Are some of these reviews even real? Better than King Killer series? Give me a break. that's like comparing this broken egg to a God. They do not even deserve mention in the same conversation. I did enjoye this one after about 8 chapters. I like books that are not always good, this one got in it's own way sometimes. I blame the editor. Some characters were flat, some were more like puffy stickers. I will be listening to the rest of the series.

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  • LindaP
  • 2019-06-15

If you like classic fantàsy READ this Book

I listen to audio books all the time. I think this is the second time I have written a review. This book could do with one more edit. Some passages are a little long. Having said that, I loved it.

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  • Colin E.
  • 2019-06-27

Fantastic!!!

I don't know what other reviewer's who said they didn't like the narrator are talking about. I almost wonder if they are getting paid to post a bad review. I actually do voiceover work and I am a huge fan of Michael Kramer and this narrator was fantastic. Subtle and nuanced at times yes, but overall very very good. The story, the performance, everything I thoroughly enjoyed!

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  • Marcus Swift
  • 2019-06-14

Thuroughly Enjoyable

Just a quick comment to say unlike some of the reviewers I liked the narration. Or at least I didn’t hate it. Story was well paced. Good character development. Interesting and relatable world. Well worth the credit

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