When the Heavens Fall : The Chronicles of the Exile

  • by Marc Turner
  • Narrated by Oliver Wyman
  • Series: The Chronicles of the Exile
  • 22 hrs and 40 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

If you pick a fight with Shroud, Lord of the Dead, you had better ensure your victory, else death will mark only the beginning of your suffering.
A book giving its wielder power over the dead has been stolen from a fellowship of mages that has kept the powerful relic dormant for centuries. The thief, a crafty, power-hungry necromancer, intends to use the Book of Lost Souls to resurrect an ancient race and challenge Shroud for dominion of the underworld. Shroud counters by sending his most formidable servants to seize the artifact at all cost. However, the god is not the only one interested in the Book, and a host of other forces converge, drawn by the powerful magic that has been unleashed. Among them is a reluctant Guardian who is commissioned by the Emperor to find the stolen Book, a troubled prince who battles enemies both personal and political, and a young girl of great power, whose past uniquely prepares her for an encounter with Shroud.
The greatest threat to each of their quests lies not in the horror of an undead army but in the risk of betrayal from those closest to them. Each of their decisions comes at a personal cost and will not only affect them, but also determine the fate of their entire empire. The first of an epic swords and sorcery fantasy trilogy, Marc Turner's When the Heavens Fall features gritty characters, deadly magic, and meddlesome gods.

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“A splendid launch. Turner’s unquestionably a newcomer to watch.” (Kirkus)

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Complex but could be more original

The story is very well written and having four story streams coming together is very complex. On audiobook this many streams makes it difficult to engage with the characters as each stream has a number of characters to keep track of. However after half way the story begins to meld together. The journeys are adventurous but lack an originality some other writers seem to offer (Abercrombie and Martin say) also seeding contemporary cliches jolts the reader out of the plot. Again, others make their own cliches up...? However as a debut novel this part of a series has a lot to commend it. My main suggestion to the author is to make the next more original than the past masters of the genre.
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- Graeme from Preston

Book Details

  • Release Date: 19-05-2015
  • Publisher: Audible Studios