Narrator: Luke Daniels, Xe Sands
Series: Seven Kennings #1
Published by Random House Audio on 17 October 2017
Length: 10 hrs
Genres: Epic Fantasy
Source: Publisher, Submitted
From the author of The Iron Druid Chronicles, a thrilling novel that kicks off a fantasy series with an entirely new mythology - complete with shape-shifting bards, fire-wielding giants, and children who can speak to astonishing beasts
Mother and warrior
Tallynd is a soldier who has already survived her toughest battle: losing her husband. But now she finds herself on the front lines of an invasion of giants, intent on wiping out the entire kingdom, including Tallynd's two sons - all that she has left. The stakes have never been higher. If Tallynd fails, her boys may never become men.
Scholar and spy
Dervan is a historian who longs for a simple, quiet life. But he's drawn into intrigue when he's hired to record the tales of a mysterious bard who may be a spy or even an assassin for a rival kingdom. As the bard shares his fantastical stories, Dervan makes a shocking discovery: He may have a connection to the tales, one that will bring his own secrets to light.
Rebel and hero
Abhi's family has always been hunters, but Abhi wants to choose a different life for himself. Embarking on a journey of self-discovery, Abhi soon learns that his destiny is far greater than he imagined: a powerful new magic thrust upon him may hold the key to defeating the giants once and for all - if it doesn't destroy him first.
Set in a magical world of terror and wonder, this audiobook is a deeply felt epic of courage and war, in which the fates of these characters intertwine - and where ordinary people become heroes, and their lives become legend.
©2017 Kevin Hearne (P)2017 Random House Audio
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A Plague of Giants by Kevin Hearne is the first book in a series called Seven Kennings. Fintan, a bard from the country of Rael, settles in a refugee field in the city of Pelemyn in the country of Brynlon, to tell the story of how the war that has displaced the people in the field started. Using a special power or kenning, he takes the form of the various players that affect the war and tells what is happening around the world from their eyes. A race, previously unknown, called the Bone Giants have come to demolish all the populations of the land. The point of views tells the story of those affect by this invasion as well as the perspectives of a normal giant clan moving to invade another area and those affected by that invasion. Some are working to combat these enemies, or just contributing more information about why these Bone Giants have come to the land. Between these tellings of the past, Dervan, a historian of Brynlon, works with Fintan to record the history of the war, but also keep an eye on the bard and his activities. The tales progress together, rushing toward the time when the two tales intersect in present time.
This is an incredible story, built carefully, with a lot of attention to detail. From the beginning, the reader is thrown into it without fully understanding the context, but slowly everything is revealed and suddenly, the reader feels so invested in what is happening. As the story is told from a lot of different points of views, every chapter is a continuation of that character’s story. And with each step forward the whole picture begins to emerge. The characters are distinct and many are still developing both personally, politically, and in the eyes of the audience when this novel ends. Some of the characters’ stories are action-packed, while others move more slowly. Regardless, each character’s perspective and is rewarding. Unfortunately, the end felt very abrupt, but perhaps it was because I was so invested in what was going on. I am looking forward to the next novel.
The narration is done by two different narrators Luke Daniels and Xe Sands. Luke Daniels did an excellent job with the narration. The pacing and characterization was excellent. It was easy to understand what he said. Xe Sands also did an excellent job, but I often struggled to understand her due to her fast pace. The production quality was good as well. I would recommend this novel to anyone who likes sweeping fantasy novels.