• An Emperor's Gamble

  • Legend of Tal, Book 3
  • By: J.D.L. Rosell
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (332 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The legend of Tal Harrenfel has a new, dark chapter to its legacy, and its hero quests alone into the East.

Though Tal intends to end Yuldor's war himself, Garin and their companions follow closely on his heels. Elendol is in ashes, and its queen has been replaced by one sympathetic to the East. Fleeing the destruction left in his wake, Tal leaves behind all those he loves in an attempt to save them from further harm. His aim is simple: Find Yuldor and claim the Worldheart from him, no matter the cost.

But Garin and the others won't let Tal sacrifice himself so easily. Setting off in pursuit, they intend to offer what help they can. However, not all the company's aims are the same. The East is fraught with imposing challenges, formidable monsters, and dubious allies. And survival is only the beginning, for its Emperor has a scheme in mind that may throw the World off its axis....

©2021 J.D.L. Rosell (P)2021 Podium Audio

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Great

Pleasantly surprised. Once I started this series I couldn’t wait to get to the next chapter. Looking forward to book 4.

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Consistently Awesome

This series delivers the best of all worlds. J.D.L. Rosell and Derek Perkins make a fantastic team. layered and compelling, this is Fantasy gold.

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Gripping Story

This is an excellent series by a talented author. Book three does not disappoint. The continuation of the story has the main group of characters traveling even deeper into “enemy” territory. They meet new powerful allies along the way, but have to question if they are really people they can trust. The hardships they all endure just makes your body ache in sympathy. This book is full of magic, and sword play, and the reader inches closer to finding out what is really going on. I really like how descriptive the author is. He really can paint a picture in the minds of the reader.

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I think I could have skipped this one

To not really spoil anything … I found this story superfluous. I was so engaged on the first book I couldn’t find that same engagement on this one . No character is really engaging. Tal the arguable lead is the only bright spot. I will read the next to hopefully close some loops but that’s only because I’m a completionist.

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Another Solid Addition to the Legend of Tal

Another great addition the series. I
Downloading book 4 as soon as my next credit dome in. No woke BS, just good characters and good story telling. I'm a fan.

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Another great read

So glad to read this series, can't wait for the final book to come out in a few months.

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Tom's Bad Review

Tom failed to grasp some pretty important concepts in book 2 as to why it is that way with Garrin. Freaking amazing book and highly recommend.

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Boils enemy blood in first book?

Now the best Garon can do is send some wind at enemies? Stupid. Frustrating and annoying.

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A tale to remember

Legend of Tal is one one those storys you can listen to and forgot everything, Encapsulating until the end. Narration was spot on.

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Wince wince and wince. And then he winced again!

Story gets very weary with the weak youth protagonist and failure to use a thesaurus.

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  • dominic starkey
  • 05-05-22

When should you abandon a book?

So I obviously moved on to the second book after enjoying the first. Unfortunately I really regret that decision- to the extent where I kept questioning how many hours I was spending listening to this vs something else, should I just stop and write it off, but I kept going till the end. Bad decision. The plot was paper thin, the constant editorialising, glacial pacing, the repetition of phrasing and storylines, the frankly ridiculous secondary characters who offer no value and stretch the incredulity eg Roland the small child taken on a suicide mission, who they all get upset about when he might be in danger. Mythical creatures who all can be killed with a bit of sorcery every man and dog seems to be able to develop with a couple of days of mentoring. The constant use of the word mentor, mentee. Oh, it was just annoying and pants. If you don’t like it after an hour - it doesn’t get better. If you do, then fair play and stick with it.

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  • LindaS
  • 04-12-22

seems to have draggedcout too long

not sure how I feel about this latest book, seems to have dragged with not much meat to the story line. I can't find book 4 on Audible but I'm not sure I'd carry on with this saga anyway.. didn't grip me although I do like the narrator.

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  • Kaz38
  • 04-08-22

What a legend

Absolutely love these 3 books. Great story with magic at its heart. Can’t wait for book 4.

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  • slybauer
  • 04-07-22

disappointing padding hardly anything happens

really how this was made into a book I have no idea. the characters and story are great but there is just so much padding it just feels like the hobbit made into to many films. a lot of pointless stuff and really should have been a few chapters in a book not a book in itself

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  • owen harkin
  • 04-07-22

Something borrowed, something new

Readers of LOTR stuff, Wheel of time, Dune and Kingkiller Chronicles will recognise various schematics within this series.
My own opinion though is that there's no plagiarism, just a decent enough story backed up with a solid narration.

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  • Sean
  • 04-03-22

Angst overdrive

Too much navel gazing. With main characters displaying excessive and irrational remorse.
You could literally half the book if you took it out.
Storyline enjoyable otherwise.

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  • Christine Siobhan barber
  • 07-06-22

An Emperors Gamble, legend of Tal book3

A thoroughly enjoyable and gripping adventure ride full of Magick and Sorcery. Fantastic Brilliant

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  • SB
  • 06-12-22

A good plot

Having been given the first book on a freebie I wasn't expecting that much. But it was a pleasant surprise to have some great characters that developed as the tale went on and see a story evolve into something more. A good listen

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  • Gareth Jones
  • 05-25-22

cracking story

great follow on book
need to make a flim on the legend of tal its would be a huge hit

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  • Roy H.
  • 04-22-22

It's DAMN BRILLIANT.

From start to end.Brilliant.Narated superbly with living breathing characters.Its only shortcoming was that it ended.
I cannot convey how much I enjoyed this book ,this series.
How I wanted to help.How I wanted to go down to Hunts Hollow and journey with the motley crew.
WRITE MORE.🥸

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  • Charm Harris
  • 05-12-22

Mostly enjoyable story

...Just want to beat some sense into the main characters a time or two 😉

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  • Linda Hoskins
  • 06-22-22

binge read books 1 to 3

I found the story/ies quietly called me back to hear the next phase in the characters lives. the story line was intriguing enough to capture my attention and reserved sufficiently that I was happy to set it down without feeling bereft for the loss if listening yet I was drawn along that I wanted to know more to the point if listening to all three books in a row and am looking forward to book 4.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-19-22

Thought it might get better.

I got books 1&2 for free. The story was standardized Retired hero, young boy, a girl and assorted others. As a group they are useless they deserve to die. I thought book three might be better so I paid for it. BIG mistake. Nothing has changed they get beaten up by everyone, get horrific injuries and then get saved and hay-presto they are off again. I fell asleep for about an hour and didn't even notice a gap in the story.
So glad book 4 isn't available so I can even be tempted.
Narration was good, he did the best he could with a repetitive story.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-11-22

Found it hard to get through this story

sadly, this third book was a disappointment . The story became laughable in some places with the hero being constantly captured and tortured.