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The assassination of heroes was once a warning--for an invasion that nearly destroyed the world. On the brink of total victory, the black horde mysteriously vanished, leaving terrified survivors...and rumors. As the centuries passed, the holocaust faded into legend, and finally myth. But death is stalking heroes once more, and only a miracle will allow life to survive agai The assassination of heroes was once a warning--for an invasion that nearly destroyed the world. On the brink of total victory, the black horde mysteriously vanished, leaving terrified survivors...and rumors. As the centuries passed, the holocaust faded into legend, and finally myth. But death is stalking heroes once more, and only a miracle will allow life to survive again..a miracle named Elseerian.


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The assassination of heroes was once a warning--for an invasion that nearly destroyed the world. On the brink of total victory, the black horde mysteriously vanished, leaving terrified survivors...and rumors. As the centuries passed, the holocaust faded into legend, and finally myth. But death is stalking heroes once more, and only a miracle will allow life to survive agai The assassination of heroes was once a warning--for an invasion that nearly destroyed the world. On the brink of total victory, the black horde mysteriously vanished, leaving terrified survivors...and rumors. As the centuries passed, the holocaust faded into legend, and finally myth. But death is stalking heroes once more, and only a miracle will allow life to survive again..a miracle named Elseerian.

30 review for Elseerian

  1. 4 out of 5

    Mike (the Paladin)

    I go 5 stars on this book....I like it. It may be "just across the line to 5" but it gets there. Okay, now...why? I saw a review here where the person gave the book 1 star and right below it a reviewer who gave it a 5. There seems to be a bit of disagreement. The book does have a "sound" or "feel" that I think may effect each reader differently. It puts me strongly in mind of what I'd call..."traditional Epic Fantasy". There is a portentous feel to the book from the start. You'll get some common I go 5 stars on this book....I like it. It may be "just across the line to 5" but it gets there. Okay, now...why? I saw a review here where the person gave the book 1 star and right below it a reviewer who gave it a 5. There seems to be a bit of disagreement. The book does have a "sound" or "feel" that I think may effect each reader differently. It puts me strongly in mind of what I'd call..."traditional Epic Fantasy". There is a portentous feel to the book from the start. You'll get some common elements here that you've seen in other fantasies. A hero who's "somehow unique" and a group of people who form around him to carry out, "THE QUEST". Okay...been there, done that but it's done well. I saw one reviewer who referred to "our hero" as a "super man". Okay I suppose there's a bit of that but again it's well done. He is as noted "different" and "unique" and he sort of has to be for prophecy to come into play...right? There's a slight negative in the way the writer handles his "split viewpoint". There were times as we jumped back and forth between our 2 groups when I had to stop and say...wait, who am I with now?" The writing sort of made the two groups "sound alike" though they were going through quite different things. Still we got past that and the book remained very readable. As noted good book, good story, characters you can get to know, nice pacing. I liked it. I plan to follow the series. I recommend it. Enjoy.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Brian

    Corny, cheesy, cliche, dull. I am shocked this got such high ratings. Basically the protagonist is a super man, and all his friends are really awesome too but not quite as amazing as him. He trains at an island where people rarely ever master one weapon style, but he masters 4 completely different ones in record time... and invents his own style using 2 extra large blades people usually have trouble wielding just one of...and single-handedly defeats 4 masters with apparent ease on his graduation Corny, cheesy, cliche, dull. I am shocked this got such high ratings. Basically the protagonist is a super man, and all his friends are really awesome too but not quite as amazing as him. He trains at an island where people rarely ever master one weapon style, but he masters 4 completely different ones in record time... and invents his own style using 2 extra large blades people usually have trouble wielding just one of...and single-handedly defeats 4 masters with apparent ease on his graduation day (even though he made it clear he had never defeated at least one of them before as they trained him regularly)... Oh and if that's not enough, he immediately realizes he has insanely powerful magic weapons - that never run out of power (except for a few minutes, during which time they recharge so it doesn't really matter). And of course he figured out how to activate them with ease since he is almighty. Oh and he just happened to enjoy sneaking around in the woods as he grew up so he also luckily became a master of stealth... The only thing he can't do is cook (hilarious right)... The characters feel like cookie cut-outs and are all so happy with each other. It's like one big fantasy fulfillment session. I.e., it feels like some kid sat down and wrote out his fantasies: my character is young and a master of the sword, and hand to hand combat, and the bow too, and dual wielding as well! And he has super magical weapons! And skilled warrior friends he can go questing with (with their own specialties)! And he has a really hot elf babe who is also an expert at the bow! And he has a tragic past and must learn about his parents! Awesome! It is all so ridiculous and unbelievable, even in the world of fantasy. And because there are no real challenges, obstacles, suspense or conflict it is not at all fulfilling. I like to play video games too but at some point after you turn on god mode it starts to get really boring...

  3. 4 out of 5

    Marius

    Fun classic fantasy. The first book is mostly about the Elves, but in the coming books other races like Dwarves and Trolls will also make an appearance. Our hero is an orphan half-elf named Taryn, well, more like super hero, he can do most things better than anyone else. I don’t mind that as long it is well written and presented, and it is. And he should be special, after all, he is part of a prophecy. Adopted by an Elf weapon master, he is trained from birth to fight and he is better than anyone a Fun classic fantasy. The first book is mostly about the Elves, but in the coming books other races like Dwarves and Trolls will also make an appearance. Our hero is an orphan half-elf named Taryn, well, more like super hero, he can do most things better than anyone else. I don’t mind that as long it is well written and presented, and it is. And he should be special, after all, he is part of a prophecy. Adopted by an Elf weapon master, he is trained from birth to fight and he is better than anyone at it. The story takes him off the island he was raised on, and the only place he ever knew, in search for some answers about his parentage. Parents he knows nothing about and the only thing he has from them are two swords. Accompanied by a few friends he soon discovers that something dark spreads across the world of Lumineia in preparation to unleash itself and destroy every living soul. Pretty basic story, but nicely written and well laid out, and for some reason it takes me back many many years, when I used to read David Eddings. Times which I remember with fondness. Will definitely continue reading the series, and how could I not, I already bought all the books :P

  4. 5 out of 5

    Paul Hughes

    I loved the book. It started with a teaser that made you want to find out what happens regardless. It is rare I give a book 5 stars but this one deserved it. I will get the second book soon for sure. The story has many similarities to my first book 'The Prophecy' by Paul Hughes (me) which is probably why I loved the story so much. It is well written with few errors (most books I read nowadays seem to be full of grammatical errors as well as spelling mistakes) so that made it even easier to read a I loved the book. It started with a teaser that made you want to find out what happens regardless. It is rare I give a book 5 stars but this one deserved it. I will get the second book soon for sure. The story has many similarities to my first book 'The Prophecy' by Paul Hughes (me) which is probably why I loved the story so much. It is well written with few errors (most books I read nowadays seem to be full of grammatical errors as well as spelling mistakes) so that made it even easier to read as I was not constantly shouting at the book, which I tend to do when I find lots of errors. Characters within the book are well thought out and very diverse in their own way. Congratulations.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Cheeseman

    This is my 1st time listening/reading Ben Hale's work and I LOVED it!!! Very thorough and very captivating. I loved this 1st book getting to know the characters and not leaving me hanging too much at the end. It left me knowing there is more to come and that the characters have even more developing to do. I am an AVID fan of Kevin Hearne's "Iron Druid" series...I did not think I would really want to read/listen to another "fantasy" type book of this sort, but after meeting Ben in Florida at Indie This is my 1st time listening/reading Ben Hale's work and I LOVED it!!! Very thorough and very captivating. I loved this 1st book getting to know the characters and not leaving me hanging too much at the end. It left me knowing there is more to come and that the characters have even more developing to do. I am an AVID fan of Kevin Hearne's "Iron Druid" series...I did not think I would really want to read/listen to another "fantasy" type book of this sort, but after meeting Ben in Florida at Indie Book Fest and then deciding to give his books a try - I am definitely a FAN... GREAT story - interesting Characters and GREAT Villain...Perfect balance of human, magic & power... I plan to download the 2nd book right away!!! I look forward to finding out HOW it goes down... NOT a waste of time to check this one out...Worth every minute!!! Thank you Ben.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Deep S

    After a long time a book i really enjoyed and was difficult to put down. The characters are lovable and pretty well defined. Ben hale has built a a lovely story with pretty good fights and war scenes. every moment you get a new facade of the characters, the writing is pretty good and easy . the book was not too long and dint look dragged. Just hoping the other books in trilogy are equally good. :)

  7. 5 out of 5

    Orson

    This first book in the Chronicles of Lumineia starts with action and it never lets up. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The characters are well developed and take the reader on an exciting adventure into a fantastical world of elves, humans, and incredible evil. I can't wait to read the next book in the series. This first book in the Chronicles of Lumineia starts with action and it never lets up. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The characters are well developed and take the reader on an exciting adventure into a fantastical world of elves, humans, and incredible evil. I can't wait to read the next book in the series.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Filipe Lemos

    30 July 2015 1,5 stars this book bored me out of my mind the plot is predictable, the characters always needed to explain everything to everyone... finishing this book was a struggle I'm not particularly proud of... 24 July 2015 about half way through, so far not better than a 2. hope it gets better 30 July 2015 1,5 stars this book bored me out of my mind the plot is predictable, the characters always needed to explain everything to everyone... finishing this book was a struggle I'm not particularly proud of... 24 July 2015 about half way through, so far not better than a 2. hope it gets better

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah

    Original Review found at: www.beawesomebeabooknut.blogspot.com FUN! that's what this book was, crazy cool fun! Fantasy book lovers this is one you should give a try because it's darker than your average young adult book and the characters are interesting, the story line may not be original but it's fast paced and when it comes to the action the author doesn't mess around because it's packed! But it also flows very nicely The world building was fascinating, the author did a through job of descript Original Review found at: www.beawesomebeabooknut.blogspot.com FUN! that's what this book was, crazy cool fun! Fantasy book lovers this is one you should give a try because it's darker than your average young adult book and the characters are interesting, the story line may not be original but it's fast paced and when it comes to the action the author doesn't mess around because it's packed! But it also flows very nicely The world building was fascinating, the author did a through job of description and paid attention to detail. This story has everything a fantasy lover would want dwarfs, elfs, trolls, giants, humans, dark elfs, amazons, barbarians, demons and more Our main character Taryn Elseerian is interesting, because for someone who doesn't like to kill or he can't kill (if I'm not mistaken) and tries not to, he is in an awful lot of fight scenes. He is likeable, relatable and easy to connect with. Although he is part elf, dwarf and human, which all parts of him play an important role in saving the world. He is orphaned and raised by and weapons master who is elven on an island of warriors which explains the crazy fight scenes. When Taryn becomes of age he leaves his him to find out about his true origins and find the Oracle and he leaves with 2 of his friends. And their adventures along the way with a nice undertone of romance which keeps us girls wanting more. The banter between them is fun and entertaining and there were times I chuckled. The main villain is I think Death himself and he was crazy scary and well written. In the beginning of the story it starts you off with a fight with Death and just a great beginning to the story. Overall this was a GREAT start to a promising series. With adventures galore, romance, action and some humor this fantasy book offers a lot and is worth reading. Sexual Content: mild Language: mild Violence: moderate (PG-13) Drugs/Alcohol: mild

  10. 4 out of 5

    Mitchell

    I'd actually push this up to the 4.5 range, as I really enjoyed it. It gets the slight knock just because it follows some of the cliched fantasy tropes. However, this was fairly unique in a lot of ways. The author introduces us to the series' main conflict at the beginning, with a fight with Death himself. My memory of this quickly faded as the reader is introduced to the main character in the book. This is where the story was a bit predictable, but it is very unabashedly predictable. There is n I'd actually push this up to the 4.5 range, as I really enjoyed it. It gets the slight knock just because it follows some of the cliched fantasy tropes. However, this was fairly unique in a lot of ways. The author introduces us to the series' main conflict at the beginning, with a fight with Death himself. My memory of this quickly faded as the reader is introduced to the main character in the book. This is where the story was a bit predictable, but it is very unabashedly predictable. There is never any doubt that the main character is going to be supernaturally powerful, but I found that endearing. I like how it makes no bones about Taryn being the most powerful guy in the room. Sure, he can't cook or start a fire, but man he can fight! And he gets the super-magic weapons in the first Act! I could see why some people might not like that, but I found it refreshing. And since the bad guys include Death, he's got to be pretty handy with a sword. The uncertainty in the plot lies more in the mundane, which is probably why so many readers can relate to the characters. In all, I would recommend this book, and I'm looking forward to reading #2.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Trevor Cooley

    Ben Hale is an up and coming independent writer and this first book shows his talents well. The main character is likeable. He is a good person and earnest, something which I think writers today are too eager to get rid of. A main character that isn’t gritty and morally gray is fun to get behind. The action scenes are well written. Ben is really good at describing the moves and flow within a battle, which is something I quite enjoyed. His main villain, the specter of Death, was impressive and sc Ben Hale is an up and coming independent writer and this first book shows his talents well. The main character is likeable. He is a good person and earnest, something which I think writers today are too eager to get rid of. A main character that isn’t gritty and morally gray is fun to get behind. The action scenes are well written. Ben is really good at describing the moves and flow within a battle, which is something I quite enjoyed. His main villain, the specter of Death, was impressive and scary. I wish there had been more of him in the book. The ending was well paced and exciting. The fight with Death was harrowing and the resolution setting up the other two books explained a lot of the character choices he made and made me very interested in reading the rest of the books and finding out how his characters overcome the great evil that overshadows them. I have started the second book as well and it is even better than the first. Give it a shot, Trevor H. Cooley

  12. 5 out of 5

    Dan Green

    I enjoyed this book enough to start the sequel, but just barely. spoilers may follow. Ever been to a movie that was nothing like the previews? that's how I felt about this book. There is nothing in the book about heroes being targeted, "Death" doesnt stalk and kill anyone after the prologue until the end of the book. The rest of the book is basically about Superman somehow not realizing he is anything special while confidently doing impossible and amazing feats, and crossing paths with other supe I enjoyed this book enough to start the sequel, but just barely. spoilers may follow. Ever been to a movie that was nothing like the previews? that's how I felt about this book. There is nothing in the book about heroes being targeted, "Death" doesnt stalk and kill anyone after the prologue until the end of the book. The rest of the book is basically about Superman somehow not realizing he is anything special while confidently doing impossible and amazing feats, and crossing paths with other superheroes who decide to tag along and put their lives at risk for the very compelling reason of just because. That is my biggest gripe, characters doing things that need to happen for the story to move along, but are completely illogical, or silly,or simply unexplained... the only reason they do things is that the story can't move forward until they do. However if you can get past those things, the books is a fun read.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    A decent, if conventional story, buried in way too much fluff. By the time I gotten about a 1/3 of the way into the book I found myself thinking "this point could have been made in a sentence or two, it didn't need a whole paragraph" or "this could have been said in a paragraph not a page or 2". Just past the halfway point the story grinds to a halt while Liri takes Taryn sightseeing in the elven city. A whole chapter is used to make the point - it's virtually impregnable - the dwarves built it for A decent, if conventional story, buried in way too much fluff. By the time I gotten about a 1/3 of the way into the book I found myself thinking "this point could have been made in a sentence or two, it didn't need a whole paragraph" or "this could have been said in a paragraph not a page or 2". Just past the halfway point the story grinds to a halt while Liri takes Taryn sightseeing in the elven city. A whole chapter is used to make the point - it's virtually impregnable - the dwarves built it for the elves in return for a favor - no-one remembers what that favor was At this point, I gave up reading and started skimming.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mark Halse

    Terrible book. Static writing, soulless characters, a plot which is driven by nothing. In his author profile Ben Hale says that he is inspired by "anything that is written well." A pompous statement from the author of this nonsense. I can't believe how many books he has written set in this world. No fucking thanks. Terrible book. Static writing, soulless characters, a plot which is driven by nothing. In his author profile Ben Hale says that he is inspired by "anything that is written well." A pompous statement from the author of this nonsense. I can't believe how many books he has written set in this world. No fucking thanks.

  15. 4 out of 5

    James

    I tried. I really tried to like this. I met the author's family and they are nice people. I gave it almost half the book to become likeable. This is a crime against words. But then again, the author makes a living writing like this. So somebody likes it. Good for all of them, I suppose. I tried. I really tried to like this. I met the author's family and they are nice people. I gave it almost half the book to become likeable. This is a crime against words. But then again, the author makes a living writing like this. So somebody likes it. Good for all of them, I suppose.

  16. 4 out of 5

    The Pirate Ghost (Formerly known as the Curmudgeon)

    Between a 3 and 4 star read, entertaining, well written, with a sometimes simplistic plot,that is character driven. There are some fixtures that remind me of other works of fantasy, Terry Brooks, Tolkien, Star Wars, earth sea etc.

  17. 5 out of 5

    David Keyes

    Great story just for the next.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Glen

    A "Hero" that can do everything immediately or within a few tries ALL the time really puts me off. I had to lem this 2 1/2 hours into the audio book. Maybe it will get better but.... A "Hero" that can do everything immediately or within a few tries ALL the time really puts me off. I had to lem this 2 1/2 hours into the audio book. Maybe it will get better but....

  19. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    didnt like it, its like, hey, i am an op chatacter, but have no personality at all, have a crush o the chick, and its painfull to read those 15 years old scenes...

  20. 4 out of 5

    David Ekman

    I was not a fan

  21. 5 out of 5

    AudioBookReviewer

    ABR's full Elseerian audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer. First thoughts about the cover of Elseerian: The Chronicles of Lumineia, Book 1? A man carrying a knife in each hand being stalked by red glowing eyes and a scythe. Interesting. Is the man a hunter? A fighter? A mercenary? Is that death stalking him, or is it a sign that he brings death? The main character is Taryn. He is part elf, part something else. He is stronger, faster, and is excellent with several type ABR's full Elseerian audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer. First thoughts about the cover of Elseerian: The Chronicles of Lumineia, Book 1? A man carrying a knife in each hand being stalked by red glowing eyes and a scythe. Interesting. Is the man a hunter? A fighter? A mercenary? Is that death stalking him, or is it a sign that he brings death? The main character is Taryn. He is part elf, part something else. He is stronger, faster, and is excellent with several types of weapons. Almost the perfect weapon in human form. What takes away from his perfection? He hesitates on taking a life. That helps make him that much better of a person. Less of an assassin type, more of a person that has faults and fears. Liri seems to be the secondary main character. *Spoiler alert* She’s an elf princess. She’s also an absolutely great marksman with a bow. She’s Taryn’s best friend. Her ability to put people at ease and be social help show us how awkward Taryn is in social situations. It’s a lovely contrast. She is strong, witty, and a great partner for Taryn. The Narrator is Derek Perkins. He has a lovely accent. It’s soothing and kind of poetic. Think favorite reading spot, warm tea and honey, and whatever favorite reading cookie that brings you comfort. That is his voice. That is how his voice soaks in and sooths. And as for his voice being compared to a favorite reading cookie? You can never settle for just a little. The Author is Ben Hale. This book is 12 hours long.The story starts with a nice suspense, but then slows for awhile. Once it gets going again, it picks up the pace and helps hold the attention. Elves, Dwarves, Humans, Pirates, and many more different people are in this story. The back story of Taryn being an orphan and the story having the underlying of him trying to find answers of his heritage help keep the reader and/or listener hooked in and wanting more. Thankfully there are more books in The Chronicles of Lumineia storyline. This book left me both impatient and content. Impatient for more of this story. And content because it made me happy. It is a great book. Loads of well written fight scenes, witty banter, and a young love lurking at the edge. Not a lot of gore, perfect for the mid-teen and up reader. Would definitely suggest it to others. Audiobook provided for review by the publisher.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Mark

    Really its a 3.5 rating...I wanted to like it more, but the first half bothered me. I wanted to like the MC more then I did, but his constant worrying is annoying. He's a great fighter, I get that he doesn't want to take lives, but stop feeling guilty. Man up, do what you have to do to protect yourself and those with you, worry later. The constant "winces" and "guilty feelings" as he's engaged in combat really got on my nerves. I found myself skimming more then I usually would. But he also duel-wi Really its a 3.5 rating...I wanted to like it more, but the first half bothered me. I wanted to like the MC more then I did, but his constant worrying is annoying. He's a great fighter, I get that he doesn't want to take lives, but stop feeling guilty. Man up, do what you have to do to protect yourself and those with you, worry later. The constant "winces" and "guilty feelings" as he's engaged in combat really got on my nerves. I found myself skimming more then I usually would. But he also duel-wields, anytime a MC duel-wields they become an instant favorite of mine. The action was well done, as someone else said its a clean kind of violence, which isn't bad. Every scene that included Death was also amazing, the writing was superb. Going to continue on to book 2, as the story is really interesting and I hope the MC can mature more as the story goes along.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Cutbirth

    The premise of the book was interesting, but the execution was lacking. Ben Hale can write the hell out of action scenes. They really come alive. With that said, the fight sequences are the only thing that kept me reading. His prose comes off formulaic and predictable. It felt like he wrote the entire series by outline, and it was obvious, instead of seamless. He hits all of the bullet points, but doesn't really flesh out the characters, relationships, or any of the in between stuff. He basicall The premise of the book was interesting, but the execution was lacking. Ben Hale can write the hell out of action scenes. They really come alive. With that said, the fight sequences are the only thing that kept me reading. His prose comes off formulaic and predictable. It felt like he wrote the entire series by outline, and it was obvious, instead of seamless. He hits all of the bullet points, but doesn't really flesh out the characters, relationships, or any of the in between stuff. He basically misses the aspects that makes the story immersive to the reader. I never felt truly connected to the world or characters. Unfortunately, I feel this is the best book of the series. He is a fairly new author to the genre, so I hope he can develop the intangibles that will take his writing to the next level.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jack

    This is an example of the (been there and done) but still a solid fun read that will last for 4-5 more novel's, If your looking for a long epic fantasy this is a good place to look , the character's are well thought out and you enjoy reading about them separate and as a party. The MC is the dreaded' natural warrior with magical weapons left to him from his mysterious parent's. Been trained from birth to fight and has proven he is just simply the best at it. The characters actually come from a sc This is an example of the (been there and done) but still a solid fun read that will last for 4-5 more novel's, If your looking for a long epic fantasy this is a good place to look , the character's are well thought out and you enjoy reading about them separate and as a party. The MC is the dreaded' natural warrior with magical weapons left to him from his mysterious parent's. Been trained from birth to fight and has proven he is just simply the best at it. The characters actually come from a school where they spend many years learning a main weapon then passing a test to move forward, this is the set-up in a few novels (Blood Song) that maybe should have stuck with the idea, looks like this one did for a few more novels that I will probably come back too as a back-up sure read.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Ron

    Really enjoyed the story but the characters seemed....flat? They use cheesy lines and they have almost no background. Why would I care about a character that gets killed when there has been no emotional development with them? They came into the story, do almost nothing and have very little dialog then get killed. With most books a can picture a movie in my mind while reading them, with this one it was very anime. All the action was over the top with a hero that is basically superhuman. Then ther Really enjoyed the story but the characters seemed....flat? They use cheesy lines and they have almost no background. Why would I care about a character that gets killed when there has been no emotional development with them? They came into the story, do almost nothing and have very little dialog then get killed. With most books a can picture a movie in my mind while reading them, with this one it was very anime. All the action was over the top with a hero that is basically superhuman. Then there is the loophole that allows the one guy to kill the main villain? Weak. All that said, I'm still gonna try and download the 2nd book to read because the story is actually kind of interesting.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Scott Wozniak

    I wish I could give this a higher rating. I just gave the same author a five star rating for another book. But this is clearly one of his first books, if not his very first. The characters are exaggerated stereotypes and the action sequences are cheesy. The plot isn't bad, but it wasn't enough to overcome the sloppy writing. His later books are good--glad he didn't stop here. I wish I could give this a higher rating. I just gave the same author a five star rating for another book. But this is clearly one of his first books, if not his very first. The characters are exaggerated stereotypes and the action sequences are cheesy. The plot isn't bad, but it wasn't enough to overcome the sloppy writing. His later books are good--glad he didn't stop here.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Sean

    Great book, i'm a huge fan of hack n' slash fantasy novels and while remaining clean of overly gory imagery, Elseerian delivers. The combat scenes are perfectly detailed, not creating confusion between geography and maneuverability. I especially enjoy main characters with social disadvantages. Great book, i'm a huge fan of hack n' slash fantasy novels and while remaining clean of overly gory imagery, Elseerian delivers. The combat scenes are perfectly detailed, not creating confusion between geography and maneuverability. I especially enjoy main characters with social disadvantages.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Elizabeth

    Loved the story I like the idea of this story and the characters. The dialogue between characters seemed forced and unnatural. It broke the flow of the story for me. I'm not sure yet if I will continue to read the rest of the books. Loved the story I like the idea of this story and the characters. The dialogue between characters seemed forced and unnatural. It broke the flow of the story for me. I'm not sure yet if I will continue to read the rest of the books.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Ralph Trickey

    Not my cup of tea. I'm 1/3 of the way through it and stopping. A hero who is able to easily do everything and gets magic swords just isn't that interesting to me. Not my cup of tea. I'm 1/3 of the way through it and stopping. A hero who is able to easily do everything and gets magic swords just isn't that interesting to me.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Bran Pendergrass

    I really enjoyed this book. It is easily read and the action keeps going to avoid boring or lagging dialog. The lack of overtly sappy romance and unnecessary scenery descriptions also made me enjoy the book. The author is to the point and describes just enough to picture the scene without making you fall asleep mid minuscule wallpaper or tapestry weaving designs. WARNING: I listened to the book on Audible so if I spell a name wrong please forgive me. SPOILERS AHEAD: The book starts out with the o I really enjoyed this book. It is easily read and the action keeps going to avoid boring or lagging dialog. The lack of overtly sappy romance and unnecessary scenery descriptions also made me enjoy the book. The author is to the point and describes just enough to picture the scene without making you fall asleep mid minuscule wallpaper or tapestry weaving designs. WARNING: I listened to the book on Audible so if I spell a name wrong please forgive me. SPOILERS AHEAD: The book starts out with the ominous death of a hero and the hunt for other would be influential leaders or figureheads. Now I am not sure that Death can be an actual assassin or that he could possibly be killed so that is the main reason I rated the book at 4 stars but there a few other reasons listed below. One needs to hate a very believable villain and if Death isn' the scariest monster out there, then what happens when/if he is defeated? Is that how Zombies are created? Wait- just kidding I am getting off topic. The storyline follows Terran (an orphan with a wild origin story and an even more coincidental family relation later on) and Lyrie (an Elf Princess who is trying to be normal) whose affinity is music... So how is that "gift" in ANY way beneficial to the impending war the book is named for? I guess the author thought so too later on when writing and made her incredibly gifted with a bow. (More reasons for a 4*) There are a few other secondary charters sprinkled in but I can't recall their names because they are similar to the multitude of dead peeps soooo I will not comment too much on them. As I mentioned before, the story constantly has action and progresses on easily. There is a tiny bit of romance as Terran and Lyrie have schoolyard crushes on each other but this book is more of an adventure type story. I use to wonder how G.R.R.Martin could just kill off characters without any type of reluctance but Ben Hale has nothing on him! Terran and Lyrie go on a quest to meet the Oracle (after he climbs a 1000- yes 1000- foot tall wall impenetrable wall with just his hands and no sleep or food in a single day (Not believable so reason 3 for 4*) On the quest he meets and befriends a company of guards over the course of about 1 week. Well, cue death who cuts through the Elf Queen's most renowned brigade like hot butter and the main characters never bat an eye and leave the bodies laying wherever they fall- dysentery anyone? Speaking of the Oracle, she turns out to be Death's main target and is 2 days away from getting her full "power". Oh and has a serious bomb -or 5 - to drop on Terran and crew. The book ends with a great lead up to the next book and the big reveal of the Big Baddie who apparently owns Death and has made him his Biotch. Let's see how the next book handles the fact that the entire world-Man, Elves, Dwarves, and everyone else on this version of Middle Earth has 7 total days of fighting to kill the billions of dark soldiers that Big Baddie Draekon has been making for the last 10 thousand years. According to the Oracle, it doesnt look like Middle Earth will be remain and will indeed become Dead Earth instead. See ZOMBIES! lol

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