The Cycle of Arawn: The Complete Trilogy
Written by Edward W. Robertson.
Narrated by Tim Gerald Reynolds.
Dante Galand is for all intents and purposes an orphan from a small village where a priest had taken him in and introduced him to a quest for knowledge. By sixteen he had launched himself out of the village and fully into a quest to learn about Arawn. This quickly led him into mugging drunks nightly to stave off starvation, killing a guard hanging around an old temple so he could get a precious copy of a book, hiring his own private thug (Blase Buckler) and eventually being mentored by Callimandicus, a centenarian Nethermancer who wants his head council position back. That is a large bit of the beginning but storyline is only part of the experience.
There are a wealth of species in this tale also. Some kind of lizard folk play a small role as disposable assassins, seven foot tall nomadic clannish hominids called Norren and some really fantastical predator called a Capper that has huge horns, scales and is resistant to most any weapon.
I really enjoy how Dante and Blase play off of each other and others with their constant dry humor. The Antagonists are good too, Cassinder the monologuing bastard trying to enslave everyone, King Morddegan who wants…everything, Samarand who wants to every city in revolt and The Minister who wants to destroy the rest of the world in revenge.
I consumed this work in audible form during my never ending work commute and I enjoyed it immensely. The storyline and narration really never sagged though in the later chapters there four or more places where there were repeats in the narration missed in editing. No problem though, it didn’t detract much.
Good job! Giving this work four out of five entertainment units.
Koban: Rise of the Kobani, Book 3
by Stephen W. Bennett
narrated by Eric Michael Summerer
Excellent continuation of the series, this installment introduces us to another planet in the Koban system that the Kobani (Humans) dub Haven. They discover two of the slave races left behind by the Krall called the Prada and the Torkey. Advances to the Kobani genome and technology proceed at the steady and explainable pace, and the story is well told.
Escalation of raids on Krall supply worlds and augmenting SpecOps in Human space struggles are rampant in this book. Also, the preliminary dealing with Rimmers and Hub Humans and dancing around the proscriptions of genetic tech begin to get traction here. Where in series a normal sag in the story line occurs, this one surprises by not doing that. I’m giving it four out of five stars.
Blood and Bane: The Dragon Sage Chronicles
Audible Audiobook version.
by CJ McKee
narrated by Wendy Anne Darling
The Realms of Arydd are ruled in cooperation between King Ra’saad and the Dragon High Council of Three. The go-between and stave mentor, Galddor, is hard taxed in this story by dealing with wayward pupils bent on creating chaos and exacting revenge. Elves, goblins, mountain dragons, sea dragons…plenty going on and all the sidelines are used in telling this tale.
Wendy Anne Darling’s voice is delightful to listen to as she narrates the story. This work is a great escape and I’m giving it five stars in this version. Well done.
The Last Colony
by John Scalzi
John Perry continues as the main protagonist from his role in Old Man’s War and The Ghost Brigades. Now he is mustered out with his new wife, an ex-Special Forces trooper. An ex- in other things also. The CU, Colonial Union, has been ultimatum-ed by the Conclave. Unless they join they will never be allowed to settle another colony. In true keeping the bad news from the citizenry traditions the CU has not spread this word and is rather going to seed another Colony with John and his wife…wait for it…Jane as the administrators. Anyone who knows anything about how the US colonization went should have sensed something up when the powers that be decided to name the new colony Roanoke.
Anyway, wrong world, standing, encountering unexpected sentient yet vicious life and being used as bait to shape Galactic Events are just some of the things pulled off in this work with sarcasm and Tale Twisting. A thoroughly enjoyable story. I recommend listening to All three sequentially to get full enjoyment. The only thing I wish about this is that the stories were paired together. 9 hours and change is almost a short story in the world of audiobooks. Nevertheless I give this four out five for narration and story. Enjoy!