- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 17 hours and 25 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Hachette Audio
- Audible.com Release Date: January 5, 2012
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B006U2CT0Q
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Seven Princes: Books of the Shaper, Volume 1 Audible – Unabridged
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There's no long, slow, deliberate build-up at the start of Seven Princes, no setting out of rules, no recounting of myths, legends and prophesies. The book's prologue sets the wheels in motion in a dramatic and bloody fashion, as the kingdom of Yaskatha is overrun by a powerful sorcerer and his hoards of living dead. King Trimesqua is killed and his son Prince D'zan is forced to flee and seek help from the neighbouring kingdoms of the North to face the dangerous threat that the kingdoms of the South now pose. It doesn't slow down there either as the book begins proper, the dark forces that have been unleashed seeming to cause ripples in the other regions - and there are a wide variety of exotic lands and undersea kingdoms in this book - but most notably with King Vod and the Giants of Udurum, with his sons of mixed Giant and human blood, and with his other children, who see their father abdicate and walk to the kingdom beneath the waves to almost certain death.Read more ›
Meanwhile on the other side of the world, King Vod rules the city of New Udurum where Giants and Men live peacefully together. Vod was born a Giant but became human to marry Shaira, Princess of Shar Dni. Their children are a new breed: Princes Tadarus and Vireon have the shape of humans but the strength of Giants. Prince Fangodrel, on the other hand, is pale of skin, addicted to the bloodflower drug, and lacking the strength of his brothers. Princess Sharadza rounds out the set of royal children, a young girl with a taste for ancient stories, especially the ones told by the mysterious Storyteller who simply goes by the name of Fellow. When King Vod leaves his court to atone for an ancient misdeed, he leaves the queen in charge of New Udurum, which angers Prince Fangodrel, his oldest son who was expecting to become the next ruler...
In Seven Princes, John R. Fultz has created a complex fantasy world with a wide variety of settings. His cast of characters is larger than the brief synopsis above indicates. The history of his fantasy world is deep and includes now-legendary events as well as more recent conflicts that play important roles in shaping the current story. As far as world-building goes, Seven Princes has a lot to offer.
Unfortunately the novel didn't work for me because of two significant problems: forgettable characters, and prose that's too flowery.Read more ›
Now, most fantasy fans are battered with tons of epic "I wanna be the next Tolkien/George Martin" books full of excessive descriptions and stuff that seemed to be from online RPG generators and the plot as thin as the slightly thicker paper on the cover... Well not this book - check out the negative reviews from obviously people who wanted that, trying to insult it based on what it is not. This is closer to "Old School" fantasy, full of heroic warriors, luscious women, drama, adventure, trechary, monsters, wizards, etc. Modern stuff has crept in in that the women have more roles than wenches, slave girls and dragon bait, but it's not gunshot forced political correctness here and doesn't hurt the story, thank da gawdz.
Overall it's a grand play - a very rich and interesting fantasy world with a long history and many cultures is torn by war and many stories within of the characters triumphs and tragedies, their choices and experiences. I truly did like and feel for these characters and the plot was in no way linear or easily predictable. The themes beyond the story seem to be in a way a Vedic attitude that while war is evil it is right to do what is necessary and destined in the pursuit of peace and good. Also the characters change and grow based on their experiences in this grand drama and that is the story as much as who used what sword on what monster helped by what wizard, etc.
Anyone who wants a good long sword and sorcery adventure that isn't going to batter you should get this - yes it is chock full of adventure, not pages of wasted history and character discription padding.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Seven Princes, breakout novel by John R. Fultz, beings with a bit of grim-style tragedy—the murder of King Trimesqua at the hands of Emhathyn, a powerful necromancer, followed by... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Wade
The Author Interview was a nice extra in which Fultz acknowledges the authors who inspired him, namely Clark Ashton Smith, Tanith Lee, and Darrell Schweitzer. Read morePublished 9 months ago by S E Lindberg
Really enjoyed the story. Now I have to read the other two booksPublished 13 months ago by Vic Alarid
An ok read but did not grip me and draw me in. A book in the style of the Game of Thrones genre.Characters not well defined and remain two dimensional.Published 16 months ago by Ramdas Menon
This book started out ok but it became formulaic. I lost interest but continued to read it. In the end, all I can say is "Meh."Published on May 16, 2014 by Carl Jones
I'm old so I found this a Good v. Evil retread with way (way!) too much repetition. That said, I went ahead and picked up Seven Kings afterward, I can't leave a reasonably good... Read morePublished on July 25, 2013 by Teri Starr
I've been reading Fantasy for years. I started with David Eddings' Belgariad and was hooked. Seven Princes has that same kind of magic. Read morePublished on July 24, 2013 by County Line Man
Was compared to the L.O.T.R. books a lot. Has a similar feel but I disagree, this is it's own thing, worthy of accolades across the board. Read morePublished on July 1, 2013 by Amazon Customer
SEVEN PRINCES, by John R. Fultz, was, in many ways, a traditional fantasy story. I often felt like I knew what was going to happen in many of the key points. Read morePublished on May 15, 2013 by Jacob Donley