In a land of eagle-riding knights, bloodthirsty beasts, and a ruthless prince, no border is safe for long. And as smoke billows from the only blockade standing between the great city of Korindelf and certain doom, young Morlen races to escape the inevitable siege. Thrust from the chaos with thousands of snapping jaws on his trail, he discovers that the abilities he's buried all his life are awakening - and it could not have happened at a worse time.
War has come, and he doesn't dare rely on his untested talents after stealing the coveted Goldshard, which makes strength and invincibility just a panicked whisper away. His dependency on it carries him through many dangers, until it becomes an enemy far worse than those he must fight hand-to-hand. And the allies he meets on his quest are just as troubled: a legendary warrior too afraid to leave his sheltered paradise, a wizard tormented by his past, and a disgraced king who has lost any hope of saving his people.
A Facet for the Gem is a coming-of-age fantasy that brings Morlen from distant kingdoms to sprawling airborne battles, into the fiery breath of a stony dragon and side-by-side with a lady knight who is the last person in need of rescue. Follow him as his epic adventures culminate in a final showdown against swords, fangs, and greatest of all: his own fear.
©2016 C.L. Murray (P)2016 Podium Publishing
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5 out of 5 stars
By Jason E. Berry on 14-12-16

A superb fantasy tale!

First the story itself:

With names such as Morlen, Felkoth, Nottleforf, and Roftome, and items such as the Goldshard, the Crystal Spear, and the Dark Blade, and enemies known as Shriekers and Ferotaurs, you are immediately thrust into this superb fantasy tale!

Beginning with a fragile alliance between the city of Korindelf and Veldere, where the Eaglemasters reside, and with war brewing along their borders, you have no choice but to hold on for this ride!

Now for the Audio:

Murray's vivid descriptions transfer wonderfully to audio. The narrator, James Foster, does a great job bringing this story to life. His tones and inflections raise the story to a different level, rather than being monotonous; especially during the more emotional elements of the story and the battle scenes.

Now, let's hope that the next phase of this story is a live-action movie!

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5 out of 5 stars
By Christine D on 07-12-16

A entertaining fresh new fantasy world.

If you could sum up A Facet for the Gem in three words, what would they be?

Roller coaster ride.

What was one of the most memorable moments of A Facet for the Gem?

Felkoth had stabbed the eagle Roftome The Untamable with the evil black blade and was wounded. "You are wounded" said Morlen. In his deep voice Roftome said " I know that." "Do you wish to be helped?' asked Morlen. " Do you wish to help me?" Asked Roftome. pg 166-168

Which character – as performed by James Foster – was your favorite?


Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

In the cave when Morlen had to overcome his own fears.

Any additional comments?

My son and I listened to the Audio version together and we loved it. I can't wait to get the next book.

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