The Heir to the North

  • by Steven Poore
  • Narrated by Diana Croft
  • 15 hrs and 14 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

"Caenthell will stay buried, and the North will not rise again until I freely offer my sword to a true descendant of the High Kings, or until one takes it from my dying hands!"
With this curse, the Warlock Malessar destroyed Caenthell. The bloodline of the High Kings disappeared and the kingdom faded into dark legend until even stories of the deed lost their power. But now there is an heir to the North.
Cassia hopes to make her reputation as a storyteller by witnessing a hardened soldier and a heroic princeling defeat Malessar and his foul curse. But neither of her companions are exactly as they appear, and the truth lies deep within stories that have been buried for centuries.
As Cassia learns secrets both soldier and warlock have kept hidden since the fall of Caenthell, she discovers she can no longer merely bear witness. Cassia must become part of the story; she must choose a side and join the battle.
The North will rise again.

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The Heir to the North

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review.

I think I should start by saying that I'm glad this was an audiobook. Had it been a physical book, I never would have reached the end. There are a lot of positives - I liked the story of a young woman setting out to make her name as a storyteller and encountering the usual sorcerers, dragons, curses etc, one might expect to find in a fantasy novel, and also encountering the usual sexism women have always had to battle. In this respect the ending was gratifying too.

It was the narration that kept me listening. Diana Crofts talents for dramatisation, accents and scene setting lent the book the excitement it needed to keep a reader involved. Her portrayal of Cassia as a naive young woman, unsure of her allegiances, working through feelings of abandonment, betrayal, loyalty and love, was beautifully performed and I was impressed by the range of accents and voices - mostly male - that she was able to bring to the book.

What I had issues with was the flow of the story, it lacked an even pace...hard to describe but at times it felt terribly slow then I found some of the action scenes hard to follow, over too quickly to make sense of the meaning the author was trying to convey. I'm not sure I will bother with part two as I don't really care what happens.
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- Cathie

Epic fantasy

What made the experience of listening to The Heir to the North the most enjoyable?

A very likeable main character thrown into exotic locations and a world brimming with magic, politics, intrigue armies of ghosts. Brilliant!


What other book might you compare The Heir to the North to, and why?

Think of your favourite high fantasy series. Think of the first novel. This is it.


Which character – as performed by Diana Croft – was your favourite?

Cassia, our young heroine, is a great main character and by far my favourite. Although who doesn't like a sarcastic dragon!? We have some great characters in the book but the main character steals the show for me.


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

There's plenty going for this book and I hate spoilers so lets go for a simple statement. It's great. Cassia's journey with a great cast of interesting characters takes us on a journey. It twists and turns and the end which sets us up for the next instalment was great. Really good!


Any additional comments?

This audiobook was provided by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review courtesy of AudiobookBoom dot com.

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- Tony Bough

Book Details

  • Release Date: 14-07-2016
  • Publisher: Steven Poore, Kristell Ink Books