• Bond of a Dragon: Publisher's Pack

  • Bond of a Dragon, Books 1-2
  • By: AJ Walker
  • Narrated by: Ben Farrow
  • Length: 22 hrs and 58 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (1,262 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Contains books one and two of Bond of a Dragon, a fast-paced adventure fantasy series featuring fierce dragons, powerful magic, and a hero fighting for justice.

Zahara's Gift, book one

Nineteen-year-old Anders lived a fairly normal life until the only family he had was taken away from him. When he finds himself forced to embark on an action-packed adventure, he discovers there is more to the world than he was told. The magical force that flows within everything around him becomes revealed. Dragons, elves, orcs, and goblins lurk around nearly every turn along the path as he pursues his two kidnapped cousins.

As Anders discovers more about his family’s past, he learns of their involvement in the War of the Magicians and the circumstances leading up to the attack of his hometown. When Anders is told about his potential involvement in a prophecy involving dragons and their powerful magic, he will need to make a difficult decision. Will he continue to follow the path that is laid out for him, or can he make his own destiny? Will he ever be reunited with his family again? And if he succeeds, will he ever be able to return to the life he once knew?

Secrets of the Sapphire Soul, book two

Anders knows the war to stop Merglan from reclaiming his grip on the world is just beginning. With no certainty about where or when Merglan will attack next, Anders and his companions must take action to stay one step ahead of the cruel sorcerer and his evil dragon.

As he searches for ways to stop Merglan’s domination of their world, Anders discovers more than he expected. With several nations of Kartania on the brink of collapse, he must make a difficult decision. Is the young rider ready to deal with the consequences he’s facing? Can Anders overcome the odds and unravel the secrets of the sapphire soul?

©2020 AJ Walker (P)2020 Podium Audio

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Not bad but feels like i have heard it before

If you have learned to Eragon series it has the same basic premise. It's still pretty good though.

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Just....bad.

I'll keep it short sorta or it will turn into an angry rant. The narrator is bad with accents. The elves sound like someone trying to do a German or Austrian accent with something stuck in their throat it's the same with the Islanders.

There are so many elements to this book that are either cliche or if you've read/listened to other fantasy books, you will tell where he's taking stuff from. So basically near no originality and what is there feels like the type of writing that's meant to fill the checklist of what should be there rather than creating a good story.

I could go on and on but what bothers me the most about this book is that it proves you can't trust the stars rating on audible. Of it was honest, this book should have 2 stars at most.

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Dragon Copy

The writer most likely read eragon while writing this book. It is most unoriginal material. The main character is boring, way too over powered, and has no development.

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Feels too Predictable and Generic

Many other reviews are correct; this is VERY close to Eragon's plotline. I would like to point out a few other issuess that are less mentioned:

-The dragon herself is incredibly underdeveloped and uninteresting. She is barely in the story; appearing for key plot devices only as a Deus ex machina to the protagonist's problems.

- We spend a great deal of time being given exposition. Some times about species/places that hold no relevance to the current story objectives. Other times to just explain important plot points in the quickest/easiest way possible.

Overall, this story feels like a DnD homebrew that was turned into a book. It SOUNDS great in someone's head, but on paper, it fell apart for me.

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the worst performance of an elf voice ever

the pace of this book is soooo slow. the elf King's voice was rough and gravelly not like what you would think an elf to speak. and of course everything is kept secret and not being told to the main character cuz that would make the reader where what's going on. could not finish it with love to finish it but I just couldn't pick up with the ignorance that was going on it was too frustrating

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Not quite a copycat series

I read a few reviews that mentioned, “...they heard it before...”. Yes, some of the names are similar to the Eragon series, and the dragon, elf, orc, and dwarf history certainly sound like characters developed by Tolkien. But that is the magic of this series. It follows what we have heard before but with interesting fully developed different characters. It's not all lace, diamonds, gold, and crowns. The banter is real, the emotions are accurate; you want to just keep listening. Initially, I was annoyed by the narrator's attempt to add different voices for each character, because I was not convinced he could maintain them. However, he soon changed my mind as I found myself waiting for more updates on what was happening to each of them. I did hear him yawning a few times in the audio...it was a reminder that his amazing acting skills were from someone entirely real and human himself.

I am grateful for this level of detail by the author. It reminds me of Paolini’s work which in my opinion is Tolkien-level.

Now I just need more credits!

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Bad Recording

Good book. Bad recording. Kept fading in and out and pausing. Would love to hear it again with better recording.

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Fantastic!

Dragoon fans will love this series! Action packed. Hope there are more of them.

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Great narration of a very good story

I had just finished the third in a very convoluted fantasy trio for every chapter as from the point of view of a different character and it was hard to keep anyone straight. This book was refreshingly straightforward. The narrator been Farro

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Diet Eragon

It’s the most 5/10 book you’ll listen to. Nothing really bad, but I never really felt invested in any of the characters. Similar premise to Eragon but the character development felt a bit lacking.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-28-22

Overall well worth a listen

Let me get the negative out the way... the negative being about 50% of book one. This took so long to get any sort of traction to move the story along in a meaningful way. Once the story develops it slowly starts to grip hold of you.
By book 2 its flowing at a steady pace and builds nicely. Again sometimes it seems the writer looses the momentum by jumping from one point to another.
but the end i would be quite happy to listen to book 3 and 4.
The narrator is well above average and makes the difference between quitting or sticking with it.

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  • Craig Brown
  • 08-17-22

Almost plagiarism

This is way way way to similar too the Inheritance Cycle (by Christopher Paolini) , An almost exact copy of the story lines even the name of the dragon try writing something original.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-28-22

Somewhat similar to Eragon

Styre is somewhat similar to Eragon, don’t know which was first so I only know one of the writers got much from the other.
Story is good but i don’t like the made up voices from the voice actor, it sounds like most of he characters has a speaking disorder that is hard to listen to in the lenght.
Well worth a listen though.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 07-21-22

Entertaining

Good story with a somewhat surprising plot twist. Narrator did a good job with some strange accents that helped to distinguish between myriad characters. Bit too much detail on the swordplay for me though others may enjoy it. Otherwise a very good read.

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  • Mrs. M. Freeman
  • 07-07-22

a long read

i took many days to listen to this tale but is a good take and worth the time. now I want the rest of the series.

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  • Garion
  • 06-16-22

Epic Book!

This is one of those books that will have you listening through the small hours. Every single sentence is packed with action and theatre. I give it full 5 *****

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  • Terry
  • 07-21-22

shadows of tolkein

thoroughly enjoyed this remake of lord of the rings.
amovie in the making.
great book.

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  • craig allen
  • 07-18-22

Honestly horrible to read.

i read and listen to many books. this was the worst one i have ever had to struggle through. the world and story have potential. However the characters come across as simple. Made worse by expaliantions that make.the reader feel as though the author thinksmthay are stupid. Story has no pace and events occur with little buildup and no real sacrifice. i will not try this author again. Painful experience.

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  • Kim D
  • 06-25-22

Not the best but worth it

There are far better stories written out there and I won't complete the series. However, I'll give credit where it is due.... Half way through the 2nd book, I became very interested in the story and not switching off mentally. The story writing just needs a little more.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-09-22

loved this!!!! absolutely fab

fast paced great storyline recommended for those who like sorcerers dragons elves and more! You name it these stories have it!

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  • Amy
  • 06-06-22

interesting story but some editing required

Needs some editing to flow better. story was interesting but it was hard to concentrate on it with some of the grammatical and flow issues.

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  • Tony
  • 05-17-22

Not bad but not for me

Storyline felt a bit simple and predictable. Entertaining enough but just not my cup of tea. I prefer characters to be a bit more complex and I didn’t connect with the mains in this case.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-13-22

great story!

not wasting any time at all flying into the action. good characters and plot. right up there with some of the best fantasy books iv ever read.

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  • Lorna
  • 04-30-22

Needs a good editor

Only my great love of dragons and the narrator kept me going with this one. Predictable story. Unbelievable characters (a girl raised in a farm doesn’t know wild horses are dangerous? Really?) Dialogue driven but the dialogue is t really that interesting or clever. It was free otherwise I’d send it back. Elves with German accents. Sailors with South African accents. Welsh dwarves. At least the accents were good.

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  • Sandra Hoffmann
  • 04-30-22

Barely worth listening to for free

Poorly written and full of cliches. For example characters explain what has happened in the preceding chapters in plodding detail to each other, for no good reason. I've read / listened to a lot of fantasy, and this is the least original plot I've ever come across.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-27-22

Gave up at Chapter 10

This just wasn’t for me.

This book seems to have the makings of an interesting story, but I found I didn’t have the tolerance to keep going. Might be good for the YA listener instead.

It has mystery, destiny, adventure and dragons so there’s potential.

It just felt a little like listening to Thomas the Tank Engine in the story telling as it’s somewhat stunted and the accents used were a bit off for me, especially when one character was not supposed to have as strong an accent as her companions, but did anyway… The character development seemed off and it was hard to like some characters.