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Legend. Myth. Nightfall has long been rumored to be nothing more than whispers on the breeze.

If only it were so. In those halls of darkness, where children are taken from the world and given to shadow and dust, Asher is destined for that same fate. He will become the myth. He will become the legend. He will become the whisper of Death itself.

That which he was is dead; forgotten. Now he is a blade in the dark, a weapon to be wielded by his masters. A killer.

Yet, despite all his training and years of spilling blood, there is a crack in Asher’s conditioning. Something within him is broken, unbound even. A sliver of humanity has survived and dreams of freedom. Now, standing on a knife’s edge, his mind threatens to unravel, taking him from the only path he has ever known and away from the clutches of Nightfall.

It has never been done. Exile is not a choice. It is a death sentence.

But there is another life that calls to him, a life roaming the wilds and protecting the innocent from the monsters which would prey upon them. Hunting monsters, however, is no easy task, especially when Asher himself is hunted by those who would drag him back to Nightfall.

Back to the darkness.

©2021 Philip C. Quaintrell (P)2021 Podium Audio

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More Asher what’s not to like.

If you’re a fan Philip Quaintrell‘s writing then you won’t be disappointed. Moves at a reasonable pace. We don’t learn much new about Asher except how the Ranger gig got started. Funny thing about the first Ranger Asher meets. If you can do math you are given a strange feeling about the backstory that just doesn’t add up for this character is it an Easter egg I’m 72 years old and I’m not really sure what a Easter egg is. Poor Asher what a life he lived. If you think you have it tough Asher will make you laugh at yourself.

Good story with great plot twists with old and new characters. Prequel books often disappoint not this one. Stephen Brand is one of my favorite readers. Felt like putting on your favorite pair of Blue Jeans.

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Great read

I have listened to the Echoes Saga twice and loved it each time. I was so excited to listen to this start to a new trilogy. Loved this as well. The stories and characters are well written and stories so well thought out! Now I have to try to contain myself for the second book of the trilogy to come out!

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hard to get through

I have not finished the book. I am still trying to get through the first half. I admit it is very difficult to keep listening. The narrator does a great job, but the story is so inconsistent. The main character is supposed to be this top-dog assassin from a mythical order of assassins, trained his whole life to be unstoppable, yet he is making mistake after mistake. He is never winning fights without some last minute attempt at basically getting lucky or just getting beat up until he decides to do something right. it's annoying. I don't expect everything to work perfect in a story, that would also be annoying, but I do expect a guy to do something correct when he has trained his whole life for it.

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Great

Great prequel. Enjoyed it even without the supporting cast of characters from other books. I liked the twist at the end as well

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Not a coming of age story

The story begins with Asher already an accomplished assassin, then chronicles Asher's transition to Ranger. Steven Brand's deadpan style of describing battles is like a sportscaster describing football plays. I like it a lot. But outside the battles his style is lacking. The Asher story is all about battles so Brand works well with it. Also...there is so much treachery in the story that an infinite number of endings were possible. I didn't like Quaintrell's choice of endings.

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a true adventure to take a walk with

I love Asher and all his adventures he will always be a part of me as it should be some of us understand the dark far better than most this character struck a cord in me very well narrated give all these books a read you will not be disappointed

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Only missing a little bit of romance 🤩overall wonderful story and great narration 👊 can’t wait for sequel.

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For every review that says it doesn’t make sense why Asher doesn’t automatically fall right back into his assassin ways for every fight, didn’t pay attention to the story. After he abandoned Nightfall he was trying to find himself fully and was in turmoil the whole time. He also was trying to punish himself as well as try to atone for the things he had done. It shows actual character growth that most people don’t seem to understand nowadays because they want everyone to be one note. This book is great and I am ready to get onto the main series about Asher and I’m hoping it is just as good as this book. This is totally worth the credit.

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Good but painful

So your gonna go after a monster and you know it's poisonous and not take the stone that can cure you? no no wait until after it nearly kills you then spend a chapter describing how sick you are trying to get to that same stone. yes it's a painful listen

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Epic!

Steven Brand brings to life a wonderful story!

As a 170+ Audible listener> I gives this a perfect score in all sections. reminds me of a perquall to Anthony Ryan's: Blood Song. due to the same Narration and similar Assassin themes.

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  • 06-28-22

Amazing!

Great story as always, a lot of twists and turns and a great finish too! So much to enjoy with these amazing books and endless monsters/bad guys can be added to Asher’s life.

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  • m. kav
  • 05-21-22

brilliant

as always asher and his exploits never fails to impress,
looking forward to book 2

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  • Macmedal
  • 03-24-22

Like a pair of comfortable shoes

Asher without doubt was the best character within the previous chronicles. This further exploration of his past is a very welcome addition and doesn’t disappoint. Fast paced and with some good plot twists thrown in. A very welcome and comfortable addition to the series can’t wait for the next book !

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  • C Carey
  • 03-14-22

Enthralling

Cant wait for the next one. Always too much time between each book. C x

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  • Alexander Betz
  • 02-22-22

hooked afresh

After following the echoes saga as soon as the next books were released I was not sure how Philip could keep up the spark and fire of the characters in the prequels, after all their individual history and previous life was already told to good depths. Yet here we are court of assassins caught me right from the start and put me back in the familiar names, places and sounds while telling so many new things about the characters and places I am already waiting for the next book.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 02-20-22

Fantastic expected no less

Can’t wait for the next one. Loved all the books with Asher in. Maybe see Pig again in the next book.

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  • Ben Duffy
  • 02-09-22

A masterpiece

I'm a huge fan of the echoes saga and this book gives u a more in depth knowledge of how asher began his journey to becoming a ranger. Can't wait for the next book

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  • Stuart Kennedy
  • 02-05-22

brilliant, simply brilliant

I love the work of philip, Asher is such an interesting character. I thought his story was to progress as a sequel to the previous saga. I hadn't guessed it would be a prequel. just simply brilliant. Steven Brand again brings a book and the characters to life. fantastic work.

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  • Andy wood
  • 02-02-22

what an amazing character he is.

can't wait to hear more from Asher's past. Great character and great story telling. the narrator is good but I'd prefer a bit more differentiation between characters.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 02-01-22

Expected more

On its own this is an excellent book but it unfortunately fall short of the high standards that Philip had set for himself with the previous Echoes saga books and especially with the character Asha. This book just seemed to be rushed? Although in saying that if there is another book in the pipe line that furthers Asha,'s store and introduces some of the other rangers and characters from the Echoes saga, Then I will be first in line to get it.......

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  • Grant
  • 03-08-22

Outstanding

Loved it. Another brilliant book from Phillip. He never fails to deliver. A great prequel for the Echo's series

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  • Boris
  • 01-31-22

amazing

great prelude to the main series, I believe this story is superior to the main storyline

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  • Rhys H.
  • 01-29-22

Great start to a prequel series

I mean it's more Asher, what's not to love.

It's also very friendly for people that haven't yet read the Echoes Saga, and doesn't require any prior knowledge

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  • 01-28-22

More Asher is always a good thing

Very enjoyable, looking forward to the rest of this series!

if you enjoyed the echoes saga, this is a good back story.