Stormwarden : Cycle of Fire

  • by Janny Wurts
  • Narrated by David Thorpe
  • Series: Cycle of Fire
  • 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

For the first time in audio, the Cycle of Fire Trilogy, a stout and epic tale mixing sci-fi and fantasy by acclaimed author Janny Wurts. This classic fantasy trilogy follows three young people struggling to free the Stormwarden, the last of the elemental power-wielding Vaere sorcerers, so that he can battle the humanity-threatening demonkind.
Far in the future, a human-crewed starship crashes on a distant planet, carrying alien POWs taken to help discover the secrets of a deadly foe, the group mind known as the Gierj. In time, the humans revert to a feudal society, the aliens are seen as "demons", and the starship's computer survives as a "magical" entity known as the Vaere.
In Book 1, Stormwarden, Auskiere, wizard of wind and water, binds the Mharg-demons with the aid of Ivan, master of fire and earth. But at the moment of his greatest peril, Ivan is betrayed and he swears a terrible oath against his betrayer - an oath so powerful that it begins a relentless "cycle of fire".
Janny Wurts is the author of several fantasy series, including the internationally best-selling Empire trilogy, written in collaboration with Raymond E. Feist. She paints all her own covers, depicting her vision of characters and setting. She is also an expert horsewoman, sailor, musician, and archer.
From the author: "Narrator David Thorpe's outstanding characterization enlivens the thrill of adventure, as three flawed young protagonists shoulder the challenge to thwart an ancient threat to humanity. As an author and a seasoned offshore sailor, my delight with Audible's meticulous production has exceeded all expectation."

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What the Critics Say

"This is one of those do-not-put-down-until-finished books, of which there are too few." (Andre Norton)
"The world Janny Wurts writes about is wonderfully vivid." (Stephen R. Donaldson)

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Cycle of Fire Trilogy

What can be said, an exceptional read and thoroughly enjoyable. As usual Janny's mix of characters aids the plot and adds interest and intrigue.

I've bought all her books in paperback and wondered how this series would be just listening. I need not have wondered as usual an amazing work by an accomplished author. Even my kids listened to it and enjoyed the experience. Just waiting for her other books to come out in audio book now. I'd definately buy them :)
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Too Many Long Pauses.

What made the experience of listening to Stormwarden the most enjoyable?

Listening to this book wasn't as enjoyable as I would have wished. Unfortunately the narrator, David Thorpe spoiled the experience by unnecessary pauses after each sentence. It became irritating, waiting for the next sentence to follow, and broke the rhythm of the story.


What was one of the most memorable moments of Stormwarden?

Its difficult to pick out one moment as more memorable than any other, since the narrator did such a poor job of telling the tale.


Who might you have cast as narrator instead of David Thorpe?

Rupert Degas. Andrew Wincott. Simon Vance. Nick Podehl. Victor Bevine. Kevin Stillwell, to name but a few. These are some of my favorite narrators. Any one of these narrators would have given a more enjoyable performance.


Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

No! If it had been read by a better narrator, then the answer would be Yes.


Any additional comments?

I read this book, and the others in this series many years ago. I don't really remember very much about the story, as I've read hundreds of books since then. I do remember that I enjoyed reading the series, and thats why I wanted to listen to the audio version. As with so many of the books I have read and loved, this is another that has been ruin by a poor narrator.

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- CeNedra Red

Book Details

  • Release Date: 21-09-2010
  • Publisher: Audible Studios