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★★★★★ Great read Highly recommended action packed from beginning to the end and cant wait to get stuck into the next book excellent - Zara
★★★★★ This was an easy 5 star rating for me. This book is fantastic and this is definitely an author to keep an eye on - Scott
★★★★★ This book reveals a fresh new world filled with adventure, romance, myths and magic... Absolutely fantastic and well worth a read! - Natasha
- ASIN : B07QCL3JKZ
- Publication date : April 6, 2019
- File size : 2739 KB
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 312 pages
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- Language: : English
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Lending : Enabled
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- #250 in Angels
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Gabe, a teenage boy, gets attacked by the Naphal while gathering Shrooms for his mother. Gabe is thrown into a boar’s pit where he is left to die. He is rescued by a Hermit, Meciel. A day later, Gabe learns his entire clan had been killed, and his sister was taken captive by the Nephilim. Against all the odds, Gabe vows to save his sister.
Mirah, Gabe’s sister, along with several of her friends are transported to Hermonial by Nate, a handsome sea captain, and Bishnor, Nate’s giant half-brother. Upon the girls’ arrival, they are brought before Shemyaza, where their destinies are dictated: Taphas, Azu, or Chashmalim.
The reader is allowed to see and feel the push and pull of Mirah and Nate’s chemistry: Nate’s desire to protect Mirah. Mirah’s confusion over Nate’s motives toward her.
It’s a story of true love, good vs. evil, with unlikely heroes.
Ms. Mack’s development of the characters, plot, and setting is exquisite. She artfully pulls the reader into each element of the novel. In our mind’s eye, we can see the wielders freezing and moving water, throwing fireballs, and moving earth with the assistance of their amulets. Ms. Mack’s usage of Old English mixed with current English makes the novel an easy, pleasurable read. Five stars!
The world itself borrows from an under-utilized source – Sumerian mythology. As a lover of ancient myths and languages, I personally relished diving into a book that created a new mythos built on the foundations of this undervalued, storied culture. The names will be the first connection, but as you learn more about the peoples and creatures, you will see plenty of things that find pay homage to this ancient people while keeping it as an inspirational source instead of making a copy of it.
I also enjoyed the pacing of the book, though not everyone will agree with me on this. This is book 1 of a series, and you can tell that Cully understands that the characters are going to be what anchor and keep her audience, so she takes time to develop them and have them interact on a personal level. While the book both opens and ends with a battle, most of the conflict centers around individuals or inner turmoil. The pacing is not slow, but it is not breakneck speed either. Rather, it’s much more like long-distance running. The story is always moving at a good pace, just like a distance runner never stops running, but sprinting is saved for when the most benefit from the extra exertion can be gained.
In conclusion, there are two types of book recommendations I give – one is where I recognize there is an audience for this book, and the book was written well enough that people who enjoy books like it will enjoy this one as well. The second is the kind that I bring it up to my inner circle of friends and go, “you guys really need to read this.” I can happily say that A Voice That Thunders falls into the latter. I have already recommended the book to a close friend. Also, the book is one of five by indie authors I picked out to review before the end of the year, and now I wished I had saved this one for last so I could immediately continue on to the next one. But even though I can’t continue on immediately, rest assured I will be getting back to it as soon as I am able. Bravo!
The author builds a fun take on a new world with gods, monsters, and several forms of magic. As an author myself I appreciate that she moves the story quickly, and reveals enough about the world to keep you curious, but doesn't overload you.
The book primarily follows Mirah, a girl who finds herself taken from her home as a tithe to a powerful god. She finds herself a wielder of powerful magic and torn between new love and loyalty to family.
I recommend this book to anyone that likes romance, fantasy, and magic. It is a fun quick read. If anything, I wish the author would have extended the story line. It could have been double the length and still held my interest. The series continues on to A Scream That Shatters (Book 2), and I'm looking forward to reading the whole series.
Top reviews from other countries
There is a lot i could mention about the content (all good) but for now i want to mention this.
The writer has a gift of painting a scene with a few words which even now have left pictures in my mind one of which always makes me smile, one leaves me devastated one...
A great beginning! Stories like this that I've read always have the capture as Prologue and the quest for finding the captured as the rest of the story. This reversal was a little unsettling at first, but I've really came to love it!! A very nice twist to the cliche!
I give five stars for this book. Let me list out why:
1. The narration is heavy where new characters are introduced. Not at all overdone.
2. Ammo's story was introduced at just the right point, when Mirah was out of commission for two days. Very well placed! I also loved how the story kept shifting from one character to another, even when they were all together. Gives perspective.
3. The show-don't-tell aspect had been done very well.
4. Lovely cliffhangers! Absolutely Page-turning!!!
5. I also loved how natural all the characters seemed – even when it didn’t seem apparent in the beginning, especially Nate and Meciel’s behaviours.
6. The descriptions were poetic and fantastic!
7. The villains are scary, but they were epic! I’ll never forget them, just like I’ll never forget Sauron and the White Witch!
8. I love the names of all the characters!! That's one of the best parts of any fantasy - as is for this one!
9. Also: memorable dialogues!
"A Voice That Thunders" was in fact just the kind of fantasy story I wanted to read for a long time. I mean, I could pick my copies of “The Hobbit”, “The Lord of the Rings”, and “The Chronicles of Narnia” any time, but in these days, one doesn’t find such high fantasy stories written by contemporary authors – they’ve always been mixed with contemporary issues. Which is not a bad thing; it just gets cliched at a point.
I liked how, despite the darkness, there are still some elements of humour maintained, which balanced out the story.
My only issue was there could've been more punctuation – as a reader, I find it more appealing that way. Also, there were a few grammar errors. But they don’t lower my rating in any way whatsoever, because the plot and the style and the author’s voice managed to captivate me so much that these errors stopped bothering me early on! I was actually fangirling by Chapter 6! The only reason I had to stop reading was for work and real-life stuff.
The chapter-length has been maintained fantastically - even if some chapters are longer than I'd like, they're not forced - they feel natural – I didn’t feel bored at all. In fact, I didn't even feel the length of the chapter most of the time.
Nate's behaviour gets easier to understand when we start seeing his perspective. It was introduced earlier on in the book, which makes it all that better. Not too soon, not too late!
The ending was fantastic and I simply felt like I wanted to read the next book right away! Unfortunately, though, that will take time. But – here’s the fact: Cully Mack, you’ve got yourself a fan! All five stars! – because, the positive aspects more than outdo the negative ones.
“A Voice That Thunders” is an excellent read and I’d recommend this to lovers of LOTR and the Narnia Chronicles!