Sword in the Storm: Rigante, Book 1 Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
Born in the storm that doomed his father, Connavar grows to manhood among the mist-covered mountains of Caer Druagh, where the Rigante tribe dwell in harmony with the land and its gods. But beyond the border, across the water, an evil force is gathering strength, an unstoppable force that will change the world beyond all recognition. Haunted by malevolent spirits and hunted by evil men, Connavar sets out on a spectacular mission to save his people.
From the master of the genre, this is a tale of love and honour, friendship and courage, as Gemmell explores the intriguing worlds of Celtic myth and earth magic.
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|Listening Length||16 hours and 54 minutes|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||23 November 2017|
|Best Sellers Rank|| 6,712 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals) |
939 in Fantasy (Audible Books & Originals)
1,000 in Military Fantasy (Books)
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Story-telling is of a top-notch quality, the tale is very well structured and executed by the author, and all the characters come wonderfully to life within this gripping adventure.
This series is about Connavar, son of Varracon, a Rigante who's raised by his stepfather and his father's best friend, Ruathain.
At first the tale gives us an account of Connavar's achievements within his own settlement, Three Streams, part of the Keltoi tribe and called the Rigante, who live in the North (of Britannia), which includes slaying a bear, and his friendship with the invalid, Riamfada, by learning him to swim.
His friendship with the Foreigner, Banouin, of the Stone people, will also be very important to Connavar in this tale, because this friendship will enrich his life for the good and bad, for while travelling with Banouin to his land, Connavar will encounter not only the workings and brutality of the Stone people, but also of the other Keltoi tribes.
Sadly his friend, Banouin, will get betrayed and murdered by the Perdii King, Carac, and the merchant, Diatka, and Connavar swears revenge on the whole tribe of the Perdii, which will eventually happen thanks to the Stone people and their conquering.
What is to follow is a fantastic action-packed and fast-paced fantasy adventure, and which is based in my opinion on the Celts and the Romans, but given somewhat different names, and in this adventure Connavar will learn the workings of the world and how to deal with his feelings of love and anger, trust and treachery, and to use his knowledge of the the Stone people in an effort to survive the threat that will come for him and his Rigante tribe.
Very much recommended, for this is the 1st great volume of a fabulous series, and what this episode is concerned I like to call it: "A Magnificent Heroic Opening Scene"!
The book focuses on a young man named Connavar, a member of the Rigante tribe. He is troubled by his father who he believes to have been a coward after dying running in battle which has plagued his upbringing. The book looks a lot not only on him but his mother, step father and the overlooming threat of the Stone Men, an army slowly destroying the different tribes one by one where they won't adapt or fight together. Connavar pledges to stop them and defend the Rigante.
I love the book, Connavar though the hero, is a troubled soul constantly struggling within himself, trying to be strong to defend his people but also hold back the anger he feels at events. His actions are not always good, he isn't some perfect heoro and even commits acts of pure evil yet he is written so well it's hard not to side with him even during those moments. I always liked how David Gemmell's heroes were often flawed though Connavar feels more than most. The story is pretty good following Conn as he gets older, his travels, adventures and how he learns about the Stone Men.
+ Connavar is an interesting flawed character.
+ Well written with great characters.
+ Love the action scenes.
It's setting up a monumental battle between it's protagonist and the Stone army (Roman Empire stand-ins) and has really nicely included the hero fighting for them and learning from their leader. Hopefully this will all be paid off throughout the series.
Some points seem a tad more pedestrian than his earlier works and the hero is not terribly captivating but it all comes together nicely.