Narrator: Noah Michael Levine
Series: Chronicles of the Black Gate #1
Published by Audible Studios on 14 June 2017
Length: 16 hrs and 45 mins
Genres: Epic Fantasy
Source: Narrator, Submitted
The first audiobook in the new epic fantasy series listeners are comparing to David Gemmell and Raymond E. Feist.
r/Fantasy 2016 Stabby Award Finalist
2016 #SPFBO Finalist2016 Indie Spotlight - BestFantasyBooks.com
A war fueled by the dark powers of forbidden sorcery is about to engulf the Ascendant Empire. Agerastian heretics, armed with black fire and fueled by bitter hatred, seek to sever the ancient portals that unite the empire - and in so doing, destroy it.
Asho - a squire with a reviled past - sees his liege, the Lady Kyferin, and her meager forces banished to an infamous ruin. Beset by tragedy and betrayal, demons and an approaching army, the fate of the Kyferins hangs by the slenderest of threads. Asho realizes that their sole hope of survival may lie hidden within the depths of his scarred soul - a secret that could reverse their fortunes and reveal the truth behind the war that wracks their empire.
Unpredictable, fast paced, and packed with unforgettable characters, The Path of Flames is the first installment in a gripping new epic fantasy series.
©2016 Phil Tucker (P)2017 Audible, Inc.
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I don’t even know where to start with this book. It is truly the new gold standard by which I will compare fantasy books. I just could not put this book down. It got to the point where I was hoping for more driving at work, just so I could put it on and listen to it some more. I wanted more work to listen to this book! The only thing I have with the book, which isn’t even a bad thing, is the multiple points of view of the various characters. It took me a while to get used to, but I wish some of the characters showed up more, and some showed up less. I’m particularly fond of Tharok and Audsley, but they didn’t really get much time in the book. Maybe in the next one.
Phil Tucker really broke the mold on common fantasy. I truly enjoyed reading all the fantasy tropes, that were twisted into something unique and fresh. There is everything from 1 on 1 duels, to big army battles in this book, with magic weapons, spells, and artifacts that no one understands, but it’s the way these things are written that really made this book for me. So many different characters, all with their own voice, their own personality, and their own morals. Phil Tucker has a very strong chance of becoming my favorite author with this series and I’m dying to start the second book in this series.
Hats off to Noah Michael Levine, This man brought this book to life. His variety of voices, everything from smooth caramel, to rough gravel, to soft and dainty, truly shows his mastery over narration. As long as he is narrating the Chronicles of the Black Gate, I will absolutely go out of my way to listen to them. Honestly, I want Mr. Levine to read me a bedtime story at night. There wasn’t any stuttering or stumbles over any of the many odd names in this book, and the audio quality was spot on. Overall, it was just beautifully done, from the writing to the reading.
In conclusion, this book, to me, was a work of art. I highly intend to collect all of this series on a physical copy and share it with all my friends that it might bring them the same joy that it brought me.
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