Review: Son of the Black Sword by Larry Correia, read by Tim Gerard Reynolds

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51PO+t-vpGL._SX327_BO1,204,203,200_I finished listening to Son of the Black Sword: Saga of the Forgotten Warrior. book 1 three days ago and I keep thinking about it ever since.  

The story revolves around Ashok Vadal, the most renowned warrior in the Protector’s Order and he defends The Law! The Protectors are called in to defuse conflicts between the Great Houses, they fight Sea Demon’s and, from time to time, they hunt down and execute traitors and religious fanatics. The Law is the most important thing to Ashok! He will never do something that goes against the letter of the law! Everything is black or white, there is no middle ground, no excuses, no exceptions. If someone breaks the law, Ashok will be there to deliver the appropriate punishment, and yet, all he knows to be true is a lie… it’s against the law.

This is a World filled with swords, warriors, casts, slaves, politics, magic, wizards and shape-shifters. It’s history is as impressive as that found in The Wheel of Time series of A Song of Ice and Fire aka Game of Thrones. The book is fast-paced, the action switches between Ashok and some other important characters and the story is nothing short of amazing. Although Ashok is a coldblooded murderer, I really cared about him and I absolutely loved the entire idea… Don’t want to spoil anything for the potential readers. I added the Publisher’s Summary below for those wanting to read more about the World and the history of Son of the Black Sword.

The audiobook version of The Son of the Black Sword is narrated by Tim Gerard Reynolds. He delivers a great performance bringing all the characters to life with his refined British accent and a huge array of different voices and tones. I haven’t listened to Mr. Reynolds before, but I really enjoyed his work with this book. Looking  forward to the next one…

Larry Correia created a fantastic World for his new series. I haven’t read anything from him before Son of the Black Sword, but he just became one of my favorite Fantasy authors, alongside George R.R. Martin and Robert Jordan.

If you like A Song of Ice and Fire and / or The Wheel of Time, you’ll LOVE The Son of the Black Sword, the 1st book in the Forgotten Warrior Saga. 

 Son of the Black Sword: Saga of the Forgotten Warrior, Book 1
Written by: Larry Correia
Narrated by: Tim Gerard Reynolds
Length: 16 hrs and 26 mins
Series: Saga of the Forgotten Warrior, Book 1
Unabridged Audiobook
Release Date:10-27-15
Publisher: Studios

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Publisher’s Summary

Audie Award Finalist, Fantasy, 2016 

After the War of the Gods, the demons were cast out and fell to the world. Mankind was nearly eradicated by the seemingly unstoppable beasts until the gods sent the great hero, Ramrowan, to save them. He united the tribes, gave them magic, and drove the demons into the sea. Ever since, the land has belonged to man, and the oceans have remained an uncrossable hell, leaving the continent of Lok isolated. It was prophesized that someday the demons would return, and only the descendants of Ramrowan would be able to defeat them. They became the first kings, and all men served those who were their only hope for survival.

As centuries passed, the descendants of the great hero grew in number and power. They became tyrannical and cruel and their religion nothing but an excuse for greed. Gods and demons became myth and legend, and the people no longer believed. The castes created to serve the Sons of Ramrowan rose up and destroyed their rulers. All religion was banned and replaced by a code of unflinching law. The surviving royalty and their priests were made casteless, condemned to live as untouchables, and the Age of Law began.

Ashok Vadal has been chosen by a powerful ancient weapon to be its bearer. He is a Protector, the elite militant order of roving law enforcers. No one is more merciless in rooting out those who secretly practice the old ways. Everything is black or white, good or evil, until he discovers his entire life is a fraud. Ashok isn’t who he thinks he is, and when he finds himself on the wrong side of the law, the consequences lead to rebellion, war – and destruction.

©2015 Larry Correia (P)2015 , Inc.

What the Critics Say

“This book has everything I like in fantasy: intense action scenes, evil in horrifying array, good struggling against the darkness, and most of all people – gorgeously flawed human beings faced with horrible moral choices that force them to question and change and grow.” (Jim Butcher, creator of the New York Times best-selling Dresden Files)

“I loved the book, it was great, fast paced, with wonderful characters, and also a lot of wonderful scenes that screamed to be painted.” (Larry Elmore, legendary, award-winning artist and cover artist for Son of the Black Sword)

“Correia skillfully sets in motion this story of plots within plots, revealing complex, sympathetic characters and black-hearted villains with equal detail and insight. Full of action, intrigue, and wry humor, this exciting series launch promises many more thrills to come.” (Publishers Weekly)

 


Son of the Black Sword: Saga of the Forgotten Warrior #1 by Larry Correia

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Son of the Black Sword: Saga of the Forgotten Warrior #1 by Larry Correia
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        Pros

        • Original
        • Immersive
        • Brilliantly Written
        • Great Performance

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        2 thoughts on “Review: Son of the Black Sword by Larry Correia, read by Tim Gerard Reynolds”

        1. John in PA says:

          And, if you loved Tim Gerard Reynolds work on SOTBS, check out the phenomenal trilogy from Michael J Sullivan, Riyria Revelations. Some of Tim’s best work, coupled with one of the best trilogies and terrific character development with a story line that can’t be topped. First book in this series is “Theft of Swords”, then “Rise of Empire”, last “Heir of Novron”. Mr. Sullivan also has a series, Riyria Chronicles, a prequel series to Revelations that was written after (still in progress) and probably best explored after reading the original trilogy.

          1. Admin says:

            Thank you very much! I’ll look at those.

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