The rebellious son of a long line of pureblood cartographers and diviners, Valen has spent most of his life trying to escape what society - and his family - have ordained for him. His own mother has predicted that he will meet his doom in water, blood, and ice. Her divination seems fulfilled when a comrade abandons Valen in a rainy wilderness half-dead, addicted to an enchantment that converts pain to pleasure, and possessing only a stolen book of maps.
Offered sanctuary in a nearby monastery, Valen discovers that his book - rumored to lead men into the realm of angels - gains him entry into a world of secret societies, doomsayers, monks, princes, and madmen, all seeking to unlock the mystery of a coming dark age. To his dismay, Valen must face what he fled so long ago, for the key to Navronne's doom is buried in half-forgotten myth and the secrets of his own past....
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Great Tale Ruined :-((
The book, I would most definitely recommend. I would definitely NOT recommend this audio book version to someone I considered a friend. The narrator spoke in a flat noninflected voice, which made it difficult to tell when one sentence ended and the next began, or distinguish between the various characters.
I didn't get far enough into the audio version to find a character I liked, and it would have been difficult to pick one out of the morass of atonal babble anyway.
NO! I only listened to the first three chapters, and I felt that I could have spent the time better. Watching paint dry, or the lawn growing, perhaps.
I am heart sick that yet another favorite book has been destroyed by a poor narrator. I would urge "Audible" to consider reworking those audio books that receive poor reviews due to the narrator's deplorable efforts. I will be returning this and its companion book (it is the first in a duology) and getting something better.
- CeNedra Red