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The Ember Blade

The Darkwater Legacy
Written by: Chris Wooding
Narrated by: Simon Bubb
Length: 30 hrs and 40 mins
5 out of 5 stars (4 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Jonathon Mason
  • 2019-04-24

Interesting story but horrible narration

Like the title says the narration was one of the worst I've seen on audible. A distinct lack of emotion when clearly the scene was boiling with it. Two characters could be arguing or yelling during a high stress situation and the narrator would never change the tone of his voice. He did make an effort to have different voices for different characters so for that I didn't give him a 1 star. The story in the other hand is fairly good. Predictably but good.

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  • @tone0189
  • 2018-10-08

Complex Characters.

I was pleasantly surprised that despite the book following a typical narrative the characters are complex and compelling. All their motivations are diverse and feel real. No two dimensional characters.

If you enjoy coming of age fantasy with compelling characters with complex motivations the I recommend the book.

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  • Alen
  • 2018-12-26

sword and sorcery story with some unexpected turns

sword and sorcery story with some unexpected turns, pleasant read and characters are developing nicely

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  • Royal
  • ROY, UT, US
  • 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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  • Boyuan Zhang
  • 2018-11-27

Gripping read

It's been a long time since jaded ol' me cared about characters in a book, but I eventually found myself cheering. Parts of it were definitely slower than needed to be but nothing written that was of waste.

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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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  • 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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  • Jordan
  • 2019-06-13

Absolutely Stellar.

I had not had the pleasure of reading or listening to anything by Chris Wooding before. I loved this book. Wooding has an excellent ability to write characters and relationships within this story. They are complex and real; full of emotions and crucial to the plot. I thoroughly enjoyed this and cannot wait for a sequel.