Summary

Long ago, the wizards had vanished from the world, and all knowledge was left hidden in riddles. Morgon, prince of the simple farmers of Hed, proved himself a master of such riddles when he staked his life to win a crown from the dead Lord of Aum.But now ancient, evil forces were threatening him. Shape changers began replacing friends until no man could be trusted. So Morgon was forced to flee to hostile kingdoms, seeking the High One who ruled from mysterious Erlenstar Mountain. Beside him went Deth, the High One's Harper. Ahead lay strange encounters and terrifying adventures. And with him always was the greatest of unsolved riddles - the nature of the three stars on his forehead that seemed to drive him toward his ultimate destiny.
©1976 Patricia A. McKillip (P)2011 Audible, Inc.
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5 out of 5 stars
By Amazon Customer on 13-09-12

Fantastic trilogy

This is a fantastic trilogy, one of my all-time favourite fantasy books. I was so delighted to discover that it is available as an unabridged audio book, and read by the wonderful Simon Prebble, that I downloaded the entire trilogy and immediatly started listening to it.

This is not to be missed - a great story that keeps you on the edge of your seat right up to the end.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Michael Clark on 06-05-18

Not what I expected. Fairly disappointed.

I got this book because of its good reviews but I finished the book rather disappointed.

The story boils down to a guy wondering about a lightly described fictional world accomplishing very little. The only interesting thing about the book came at the end where a big twist happens.

Compared to other audiobooks I’ve listened to this book has little description of the environment, leaving much to the imagination. In comparison, I feel other authors take time to describe/introduce places to the reader/listener. If there is an unpleasant city the author will describe exactly why/how it is unpleasant, whereas this book only gives the slightest, smallest description of something then whisks the main character off to a new location.

Similarly, it felt like there were so many non-essential characters introduced that very little time was spent building the main characters. I understand this book is part of a series and some of these characters might return with greater significance but I was left not invested at all in the main characters. So much so that I will not be listening to the sequels.

Finally, I might be splitting hairs or just crazy but it felt like the word “said” was used a lot. Few other verbs were used when in dialogue.

The narration was clear and audible but it was monotone at times. So many characters and very little differentiation in the voice made it difficult to tell who was talking.

I found this book rather disappointing after seeing such positive reviews. Be wary when reading.

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4 out of 5 stars
By D. Scott on 11-02-15

The riddle master of hed

I first read this book when it was published in the 70s.
I listen to it now because of a childhood memory.
The audio recording is good. The narrator does a great job, however the story is a beginners effort in my opinion. her next two books in the series go over much better

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3 out of 5 stars
By Skipper on 27-10-15

Book 3 is better, but do start here

I found my mind wandering a bit, but I hung in there and was glad I did, because book 3 was worth it. I liked the relationship development in book 3. Poignant. There are some scenes of high-octane, adrenaline-pumping survival and grim death across the series, but these books feel more like old-fashioned classic fantasy (whatever that is). The pace feels slightly slower, more mystical, more nature-based, and not as non-stop bloody action-packed as some fantasy series.

This book ends on a cliff. This series includes numerous twists, so it's best to make no assumptions about events or characters.

The audio narration by Simon Prebble was not bad, but nor did it enhance the story. I could barely hear a difference between voices for Ohm, Danan, Har, and Deth, for example.

As with many fantasies, invented names for characters and places are hard to differentiate and remember via audio. In this case, I found it hard to hear the difference between similar-sounding words of one or two syllables: An, Aum, Ohm, El, Iff, Nun, Tel, Tol, Hed, Har, Hel, Herun, Hlurle, Heureu, Rood, Rork, Ymris, Yrth, etc. To better comprehend, I referred to a VERY helpful website: wizzley (dot) com (slash) riddle-master

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