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Path of a Novice

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: R.K. Lander

Narrated By: Daniel Thomas May

Date: February 2019

Duration: 9 hours 24 minutes

Summary:

A fearless warrior. An implacable traitor. The path towards a destiny only a god foresaw.

Fel'annĂ¡r is a gifted immortal warrior embarking on his first patrol into the Deep Forest. Half-Silvan, half-Alpine, he battles the enemy from without, and the prejudice from within. But he learns more than just warfare when an arcane power begins to emerge, one he cannot control.

While friendships are forged, a destiny unfolds, one that is tied to a past he knows nothing about. For others though, it is only a matter of time before the truth is revealed and the danger becomes real.

If you love high fantasy worlds with compelling characters on a dangerous mission, you can't miss Path of a Novice, Book 1 in the epic fantasy series, The Silvan Saga.

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  • Ein L.

    So, I got this as my free VIP book for this month, and hmm. Where to start. The narrator is good, with clear enunciation and varied voices, if some of them a bit dull. The contents of the book itself though... I wanted to like the book, being a big fan of fantasy and sexy elf dudes but I can only describe the book as trite. All the most generic and overused tropes used to poor effect. The politics in the story (where most of the intrigue/plot comes from) is shallow and extraordinarily uninteresting, so that leave the characters. And characters they strive to be, because my goodness, Felannar is a Gary Stu for the ages. I can't recall a more boring and generic character in recent memory. He's bland as white bread, his personality can be summed up as "goody-two-shoes who does the right thing but his ONE BIG FLAW is that he has a slight temper when insulted!" (the temper, incidentally, results in no consequences ever, and eventually falls to the wayside as he becomes even more passively agreeable throughout the story). He's gorgeous (or "pretty" as several characters have pointed out) with a unique trait (his eye color, go figure) resulting in looks that nobody can stop staring at? Check. He's so young, but already has perfect martial abilities? Check. Everyone around him worships/is infatuated with him because he's so strong and perfect and gosh-darned *special*? Check. Even the way Felannar talks is bland beyond measure, as he's literally characterized as having grown up trying to never draw attention to himself (because something something danger? shrug). Giving him an arrogant streak where he'll eventually be taken down a few notches as he learns his lessons would have been an improvement, but nah he's already perfect(ly bland) from the start. (but it's ok, he's special) None of the characters ever do or say anything remotely interesting, since they're mostly too busy fawning over their precious perfect protag. The characters also all start to blend together after a while, since everyone's just kind of "okay" in the book, no one's antagonistic, or flamboyant, or wild, or larger-than-life, or fun, or funny, or witty, or mysterious, or interesting at all. They're all just, exist, which is.....fine. There was a climactic battle and I'm having a hard time remembering what any of the characters did. Now for some thoughts on the prose. It's inelegant. The writing is serviceable, but the combination of clunky writing and ham-fisted, cheesy characterizations (the characters tend to react very dramatically to everything) had me rolling my eyes. A lot. Especially toward the end. I think it's a common problem where writers describe the characters with words and then forget to actually write them as described. Like, don't *tell* me that a character is strong, or that they're wise because they have wise face or something. Show me! Let them do things that describe them better and more memorably than adjectives could. Additionally, the author has a tendency for constantly explaining everything a character in a given dialogue scene was thinking/feeling as they said something, and every other character's reactions to those words. It's alright to leave some things unsaid - people can read between the lines. Leave some room for subtlety, don't need to bludgeon readers over the head all the time making sure "ya got that, right?" I'd also be passed out on the floor if I took a shot for every "albeit" and "shrewd" and "bolster" that showed up. It's a strange case of simultaneously over- and under-using the thesaurus. Odd, that. All in all, I couldn't find myself caring for the characters or the plot of the prose. I'll add one star for pretty elf boys, despite them being really boring/bland ones. 2/5 stars

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    one of the listens that I have ever heard

  • Alan C.

    Written for a 13 year old boy, and quite possibly by one as well. Simplistic and bland.

  • Johnny J.

    I enjoy the ride, looking forward to the next book.

  • Anonymous

    Excellent story. Grabs your attention from the start.

  • Brenna T.

    Wonderful listen. Clean but one word. Must read/listen. Narrator is fantastic!

  • Lisa L.

    Worth the time.

  • Anonymous

    Love love loved this book! Cannot wait for the next!

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