• 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 (572 ratings)

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An Emperor's Gamble

By: J.D.L. Rosell
Narrated by: Derek Perkins
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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 Elendol is in ashes, and its queen has been replaced by one sympathetic to the East.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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The main character Tal and his protégé Garin are both annoying and very repetitive neither seems to learn much of anything from their ordeals. Also the author is pretty repetitive with their jokes and there is way to much emotional talk and detail and not enough actual story in my opinion.

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Everyone is incompetent

The lore and world building a good. But every time a character gains any power they’re somehow stripped of it again. The characters stumble and bumble their way through their adventures seemingly surviving everything by luck. If these characters are supposed to be a skilled or clever I would hate to see the unskilled ones.

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An epic adventure to enjoy

I thought this had a fellowship kind of feeling toward the end but it was a good story. The character build was done well but Garin and Ren kind of annoy me. I have to keep reminding myself of their ages. I dont want to write alot because I dont want to give the story away. I am looking forward to the next release.

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a good read

love all the magic, the twist and turns of the story. can't wait to see what happens next.

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Another Spellbinding Addition to the Series!

An Emperor’s Gamble is led by two main protagonists, Tal and Garin. Both bring critical elements and balance to the series, but they’re also accompanied by a stellar supporting cast. When I consider some of my favorite classic fantasy-type books, one thing most have in common is a diverse group of characters traveling together to do the impossible. By this point in this series, these characters, main and supporting, are beloved, their flaws and failings worn like a comfortable reading robe, though I guess for me, listening robe? Listening steering wheel? Anyhow, lets dig into the characters.

Tal Harrenfel has gone by many names, but this name in particular is legendary, known throughout the lands. He has a dark past that continues to surface and haunt, and we get more snippets of this past sprinkled throughout this story. This works particularly well because we already care about him so it’s not laborious info-dumping, it’s more like sitting down around the fire with some old famous person and asking questions about how they came to be the person they are today. As the story progresses, Tal begins to realize what he must do, his true destiny, his next big purpose in life before he can go back to living the quiet one he so wishes for. In order to accomplish this, he has to place his fate into the hands of the sort of folks you only trust with one eye, while he other remains vigilant against expected betrayal. One such character, Pim, is dynamic and interesting, and while I too remain skeptical about his end game even after finishing book three, I continued to find him intriguing. I really enjoyed Tal’s arc for this book and found myself more in love with him as a character than I already was. He’s the sort of man who can stare death in the face and smile. He literally does this in the book. That’s the kind of guy I’d like to take with me on an adventure.

Garin grows a lot throughout this third installment, and I think readers will find themselves liking him a lot more than in the first two books. Not that he was unlikeable before, I just think Tal overshadowed him more than he does in this book. Tal’s protégé begins to walk his own path, even forced to take on new teachers while Tal remain beyond reach. We end up with a bit of an apprentice-master situation between Garin and a traveling companion, Calaris the Impervious, as he’s called. Calaris is probably my favorite supporting character so learning more about Calaris’ past was a real treat for me. Garin’s love interest, Ren is another really fun supporting character whose actions often put her more in the driver seat than Garin. The evolution of their relationship throughout this book was really engaging. The sort where you, the passive reader, wish you could just climb into this world and shout at them. I felt the tension and understood it from both ends and can see how old wounds if left untended can fester.

All in all, An Emperor's Gamble was another spellbinding tale in the Legend of Tal series. A classic fantasy quest featuring magic, elves, dwarves, golems, dragons, and an engaging plot that reminds the reader that not everyone is safe. Not everyone survives. That aspect alone makes for a more emotional read as danger closes in again and again.

I can’t wait to listen to the next book in this series. Derek Perkins’ narration is superb too!

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I waited to review until I finished this book

When I started the 1st book I was a bit torn. It was a bit confusing in the beginning. I feel like the back story and world building was a bit weak. Now, to be fair, i did listen to it (obviously, Audible) instead of reading and since I listen while I work a lot of that could have been lost. It wasn't until halfway through the 2nd book that I got truly invested. And by the end of this 3rd book I was wishing I could go straight to the 4th. But, unfortunately, it doesn't come out til December 2022.

I feel some of the characters took a long time in their growth but it was on a nice roll by the end. I cant wait for the 4th. Unfortunately, by the time it comes out I will have lost that excitement since waiting is not something an adhd mind does well. Still, fingers crossed I even remember that 4th books release and I can jump right back into it..

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Great

Great book, It’s interesting that characters and storylines are not black and white. There are shades of gray. If you love sci-fi it’s a must read.

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story so far.

love the story so far. I can not wait for the next book in the series.

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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.

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