Narrator: Danielle Cohen
Series: The Sword Chronicles #2
Published by Self Published / Indie on 17 January 2017
Length: 15 hrs and 14 mins
Genres: Epic Fantasy
Source: Author, Submitted
Sword thought it was over.
She thought that when she killed the Chancellor and ended the corrupt reign of the Emperor, that everything would get better. That the suffering would end in Ansborn. That the people would be free.
But now a new terror has been born. A trio of warriors who live only for vengeance, who know only hate, have set their sights on Sword and on those she holds dear. They are powerful, they are deadly, and they are impossible to kill.
And worst of all, they are but harbingers of what is to come. Because after 1,000 years, the unknown enemy that lies below the mountains of Ansborn is at last on the move. And it is coming for them all.
Death from among them.
Death from below.
And only one person - one Sword - has any chance of stopping it.
©2016 Michaelbrent Collings (P)2017 Michaelbrent Collings
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Child of Sorrows is the second novel in the series called the Sword Chronicles by Michaelbrent Collings. Unbeknownst to the empire at large, Sword and her team have replaced the emperor with someone who will care for the people and make the empire less corrupt, but they have discovered that that is much easier said than done. Every progressive change is met with both joy and resistance. While trying to successfully create a better empire, a new enemy has appeared – a trio with great power committed to creating anarchy. Also, an old enemy has reappeared. Sword and her team must figure out how to balance these threats and protect their empire and try to make it a better place.
This second novel picks up where the last one ended, approximately. It is interesting to see the characters trying to deal with this new series of challenges, especially that of governing the empire. The new trio of the old man, the little girl, and the mentally challenged young man are not that interesting and mostly felt like a distraction. At some point Sword begins to understand their motives and they become slightly more interesting, but I just didn’t find them particularly compelling. The return of the main enemy from the first novel came a little later than I would’ve liked and it felt like it should have been the main focus on the story. There were also a lot of isolated chapters that set up future events where characters were introduced only to perish, which was a bit aggravating and probably unnecessary. I did like how the main characters began to interact with regular people in a meaningful way and the end of the novel was really good. The end reveals a big piece of information, setting up for the next novel, hopefully.
The narration by Danielle Cohen was okay, like in the first novel in the series. The tone of the narration was so deliberate that it made everything seem falsely dramatic. The dialogue tended to be fine, however. The production quality of the audiobook was good. I would recommend this story to anyone who enjoys epic fantasies that have violent political upheaval.