Cephrael's Hand : A Pattern of Shadow and Light

  • by Melissa McPhail
  • Narrated by Nick Podehl
  • Series: A Pattern of Shadow and Light
  • 32 hrs and 5 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"All things are composed of patterns...." And within the pattern of the realm of Alorin, three strands must cross.
In Alorin...300 years after the genocidal Adept Wars, the realm is dying, and the blessed Adept race dies with it. One man holds the secret to reverting this decline: Bjorn van Gelderan, a dangerous and enigmatic man whose shocking betrayal three centuries past earned him a traitor's brand. It is the Adept Vestal Raine D'Lacourte's mission to learn what Bjorn knows in the hope of salvaging his race. But first he'll have to find him....
In the kingdom of Dannym...the young Prince Ean val Lorian faces a tenuous future as the last living heir to the coveted Eagle Throne. When his blood brother is slain during a failed assassination, Ean embarks on a desperate hunt for the man responsible. Yet his advisors have their own agendas, and his quest for vengeance leads him ever deeper into a sinuous plot masterminded by a mysterious and powerful man, the one they call First Lord.
In the Nadori desert...tormented by the missing pieces of his life, a soldier named Trell heads off to uncover the truth of his shadowed past. But when disaster places him in the debt of Wildlings sworn to the First Lord, Trell begins to suspect a deadlier, darker secret motivating them.


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Customer Reviews

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Mixed feelings

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Only after warning them that it had weaknesses, however it's not a bad story and is very well narrated.

Would you recommend Cephrael's Hand to your friends? Why or why not?

I was happy listening to it as I was doing so in the garden or doing jobs - if I'd sat to listen to it, I should have got very irritated by the writing style and given up.

Have you listened to any of Nick Podehl’s other performances? How does this one compare?

No, I don't think so but it was the performance that kept me listening.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

No, not really - found bits of the parts with the pirate amusing though.

Any additional comments?

This book really needed a severe editing. Lots of cliches and over-use of adjectives/adverbs, sometimes oddly - weird use of the word 'subtlety' and lots of repetition. An over fondness of elaborate description and names, both of which are pretty unoriginal holds up the narrative. The basic story is quite good but the writing is a bit ponderous. Hence I shan't follow up with the next volume as I don't care enough about the characters to persist with the heavy narration style.

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- prior.mary


Having read the rave reviews for this, and the other books in this series, and even waiting for the fourth book, before I started listening to it, I expected it to be spectacular. I was so disappointed. I know that sometimes a book can start slow, and build, but having listened to this whole book, I just don't see why it gets the credit it does. I was utterly bored, and couldn't even like any of the characters (in truth, I can't even remember any of the characters). The only highlight in this experience was Nick Podehl. But as wonderful as he is as a narrator, he can't do much with poor material.
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- CeNedra Red

Book Details

  • Release Date: 26-07-2016
  • Publisher: Podium Publishing