- Audible Audio Edition
- Listening Length: 16 hours and 40 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Michael Robb Mathias Jr.
- Audible.com Release Date: March 11, 2015
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00UKE3N0A
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The Wizard and the Warlord: The Wardstone Trilogy, Book 3 Audiobook – Unabridged
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If you enjoy fantasy (Tolkien, especially), you'll love that this book transports you into a fairy tale realm. If you love reading The Brothers Grimm or stories of legends, you'll feel like you're immediately whisked away into a world of adventure, excitement, and danger. While a lot of authors write stories that loosely parallel famous works, this one is decidedly unique. Most importantly - it brings you into a whole new world.
One of the biggest problems that I have with most modern writers is that they seem to be scared to (or simply don't know how to) flesh out their characters. Mathias writes in a way that keeps the story moving, but he also lets you know about each character that you encounter. No character feels pointless or strained in this story. Everyone has their role. Everyone has a purpose. Everyone is vital to the story. Everyone makes you think, question, and feel.
If you're ready to be transported into another realm, into another world full of magic and adventure, take a look at this book. You'll fall in love with Telgra as she questions what she knows about humans and embarks on an adventure that the reader won't soon forget.
Like the first book and the second, this story takes place in the very detailed world created by fantasy author, M. R. Mathias. As with his previous work, Matthias provides a map of the mainland kingdoms, Westland, Dakahn, Valleya, Seaward and Highwander. It is a setting that has been woven in and through the conversations and adventures and, when taken as a whole for the trilogy, is as deep and layered as the characters themselves. Yet, and much to author Mathias' credit, the fantasy world that unfolds in Book Three, is vivid and complete enough that the story can stand alone, while at the same time for fans and readers of Books One and Two, descriptive elements were not repetitive-- not an easy or simple task when you're talking about nearly 1,500 Kindle pages total from three different volumes.
Hyden Hawk Skyler, once again, stands in the forefront as the mighty wizard who joins forces with High King Mikahl in the final heroic battle against Gerard Skyler, Hyden's brother, for the peace of the mainland kingdoms.
Many of our favorite supporting characters are with us in the thrilling conclusion of this trilogy: Oarly the brave dwarf and Phen the magician are two of the many. Some characters have suffered casualties of war; some wounded critically, some fatally. Some are no more, and some continue on, but we are also reminded, "Every gain has a price, and sometimes loss is the cost of that gain."
Anyone who can put together a half a million words in a coherent order deserves to be applauded just for that; however, M. R. Mathias has crafted an elaborate fairy tale that, in my humble opinion, should stand shoulder to shoulder with the likes of Tolkien and others in this genre. I actually liked The Wardstone Trilogy better than The Lord of the Rings (I know I'll get some objections for that statement).
If you haven't purchased them, get Book One, as well as Book Two.
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I absolutely enjoyed reading this book! And, there's plenty of `meat' here for fans of this genre to sink their teeth into. The author is truly prolific and this offers great value for money for those of us who enjoy a `muscular' read.
This absorbing and attention-grabbing work had me riveted from the beginning. The story flows from scene to scene effortlessly, and the author shows exceptional ability when it comes to storytelling.
As much as this genre can be predictable, I found this fantasy tale to be refreshingly imaginative. This page turner will take the reader on a stimulating journey. Also, the writing style is uncomplicated which makes for an enjoyable read.
With so many positive reviews, suffice to say, my input regarding the storyline would seem slightly irrelevant. However, I will comment that the writing style and storytelling ability is truly impressive.
It's one of those rare stories that come along that makes you want to read it non-stop until you get to its final conclusion. I'm giving nothing away here. And this, I hope, will only add to the magical adventure that awaits the reader!
The entire trilogy would be a highly recommended read!
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It is a great adventure.
Not as in depth as other long series. But more than enough detail to keep the readers interest.