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Death and Glory

By: Luke Chmilenko,Chris Harris
Narrated by: Luke Daniels
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Publisher's Summary

Gavin fights for freedom, Sadira for glory. Together, they will face death.

Together, they will seek ascension.

In the Domains, those born with magic have only one place where they can prove themselves worthy of it: the brutal pits of the arena, where they will either grow in power and build a following with every victory, or risk dishonor and death in defeat. For these “Gladiators”, the ultimate prize for their struggle is a place among the Chosen, the immortal rulers of that vast and decadent empire.

Gavin is an unlikely warrior trying to find his place in the savagery of the arena. Sadira, a star Gladiatrix already favored by all. When happenstance brings them together, the pair set out to earn themselves a place at the Grand Championships, vying to see their names carved in the annals of history.

With survival and immortality on the line, can they hold together against the vicious realities of the fighting grounds and the machinations of the Chosen?

Monsters and magic await them.

The white sands call for blood.

©2022 Luke Chmilenko & Chris Harris (P)2022 Podium Audio

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Could have been better

Start things off I like Luke Chmilenko books. I like Luke Daniels narrating.

My expectations were not exceeded and this is right on line with a middle of the road story. It’s not bad it’s just not exceptional.

A lot of stuff happens in this. Stuff being keyword. It’s magically enhanced gladiators that can use magic spells. There are a lot of misses in this story which are so many it’s hard to pick and choose them.

There seems to be a lot of unnecessary conversations.
There is allusion to techniques but no description or training or learning of them.
The fight scenes are left wanting.
The whole story seems to be left wanting.

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A lot of nothing

Usually enjoy this author (not this time). Negatives: story jumps months at times between chapters with little explanation. MC is a boring class defender gladiator (chose this life) whines about harming things through matches. Little to no magic or skills development in story. Sex scenes are ridiculous. Battle scenes lack excitement. Story just rambles on a path to no where. One of those books you keep expecting to get going that never does.

Positive: Luke Daniels

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Disjointed. Incomplete. Messy. Editor!?

For the parents: This one isn’t for the kids! Very adult content. Don’t listen with your 10 year old in the car.

Side Note - The audio book literally had 2 5 star ratings within a few hours of release… somehow. The book is 20+ hours long.

Up front: I support Wraithmarked on Patreon. I have been waiting for this to drop on Audible. I pre-ordered it within an hour of it appearing online. I own every other Bryce book and every other Luke book. Some in both Audible and physical format. I bought my daughters a copy of Stormweaver for Christmas. I’m a fan.

Straight away. This book is NOT good. It could have been. It should have been. Its just not. (Obviously this is MY opinion. It’s a review!)

First let's get to what IS good:

• The narration between the dialogue is excellent. Luke Daniels kills it in Stormweaver on all fronts. I love the narration here. The character acting not so much.
• A lot of the descriptive writing is solid.
• Its 20+ hours for a credit.
• The cover art is LEGIT awesome.

Now – the bad:

• It has no beginning at all. It feels like about two hundred pages are missing from the beginning of this book or maybe you accidentally bought book 2 and missed the entire introduction to … everything. No introduction to the main character. No explanation of the magic system. Some odd vocabulary about the magic you’re just supposed to latch onto and figure out as you go?? I guess? If this is an experiment on a new way to structure books – it failed.
• Generic this and generic that. Orphan? CHECK!! Oppressive government!? CHECK!! Irrational love interests? CHECK Over-the-top bad guys? CHECK
• The story almost makes fun of itself with how much it skips around. Its like a massive collection of short stories about a character who you barely know much about even though months and months pass between chapters.
• It is eerily similar to Stormweaver in some of its design: Armor that grows, School of combat, Fighting styles with particular instructors in those styles. Arena Combat. Government that controls the most powerful form of combat. Yet it lacks almost everything that makes Stormweaver so delightful and fun. You hear about armor that grows with the wearer – in passing. Then you don’t hear about it for a long, long time. Then you hear about magic types – then somehow new magic types just show up at random and you’re just supposed to take it all in stride. Political strife comes and then is forgotten. Two people meet and somehow fall in love despite being under-developed caricatures.
• Bad guys are cartoonish. They almost literally wring their hands as they plot out loud about how evil they are…. They explain their dastardly plans. They are so blatantly evil and yet somehow nobody, but the MC has ever noticed.
• Sex is extremely prevalent in this book for some odd reason. I don’t mind sex in novels at all – I think if done well it can make the novel more adult feeling and it can make relationships carry more weight. But for either of those two things to be present you’d need for the book to not be cartoonish and for the relationships to have actual development in other areas as well. The book has neither of those things.
• Things are generic sounding. Want armor and runes? Go to the armor and runes shop where the owner is apparently a Skeksis from the Dark Crystal. At least that’s how she sounds thanks to Luke Daniels.
• It feels like Luke doesn’t know how actual combatants prepare for fights. If they know who their opponent is ahead of time they research the hell out of them. They know their tricks and they know their strengths and weaknesses. Yet this MC shows up to fights nearly clueless despite his opponents being known far and wide. Its baffling. The best part – his opponents don’t research him at all either. You have X spell that you literally use in every combat? I had no idea!! What a surprise! Now I feel like I’m nit-picking. I just expected more.
• I’m not a fan of some of the voices used for the MCs and even some of the side characters in the book. This is 100% my preference but the more I listened to Luke Daniels make Gavin sound like an evil side character – the more it all made sense. Gavin has as much development and background as most evil side characters.
• I don’t know who wrote this book. The new trend with Wraithmarked is to name two authors. I can tell Bryce’s voice, so I know which ones he writes well. I have no idea who Chris Harris is and how much he contributed to this book. Its unnecessarily confusing and I’m not a fan of the dual author trend here.

I was not a fan of Savage Dominion and I’m not a fan of this book. Both should have been solid outings since I’m a huge fan of Luke’s work with Ascend. I hope he corrects the course, or I sincerely hope I’m an outlier and everyone else loves the book.

If this were any other company I would return this book for my credit.

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20+ hrs of meh

Luke Daniels as a narrator was great. the story switch so many perspectives and led to truly no conclusion or useful set up. you find yourself wondering what did I just listen to for 20 hrs. There is truly zero character development in all that time for the "heros" of the story. The magic system is barely explained let alone the reader has no idea how one develops and improves magic or levels, let alone how you get to become a chosen. There are a vast amount of tangential threads that elude to similar relationships between our heros and more note worthy characters, but that is literally touched on early fast forward 10 hrs later never comes up again. Sigh it's just this story is so disjointed honestly not worth the credit even with the hrs of word vomit.

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Don’t let the bad reviews sway you

Really loved it CANT wait for part 2 only bad thing is I just needed a lil something more from the MC but it’s really worth the credit

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A combination so great you know it’s going to be good.

I just got the notice from Luke Chmilenko’s Discord page about this new book. Already I was excited to know that one of my all time fav authors had a new collaboration out but then to find that it’s performed by Luke Daniels on top of it?! INSTA-PURCHASE!!!

(I’ll update this with an actual review when I’ve finished listening to it.)

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Fight then fight and fight with a fight fight

The subject says it all. There is almost no plot. There is no character development. It a bunch of characters you don't really like going from fight to fight. I would guess that 90% of the entire book is descriptions of fights and not much else. No mystery, no suspense. Just fights. Please don't waste your credits on this one. Luke Daniel's could not save it despite his best effort. I'm a big Luke Chmilenko fan so it's even more disappointing. Possibly the worst book his name has ever been associated with. Do not buy this.

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thank god it's over

20 hours of tediousness

normally love Luke's books. but man this one was pretty bad.

fight scenes were mostly boring. the magic system is incredibly lackluster and bland.

arguably the main character turned out to be a boring and unexciting defender class. not only that but he was basically demoted to being nothing more than a simping beta male support character throughout most of the story. and constantly whines and cries about having to kill monsters.

with minor hints of him actually doing something special or his history somehow being unique. but they never really give us any real insight.

and also, nothing much happens! there has been no intrigue or overtones of what the main plot of the book is supposed to lead towards. some didnt like how the timeline jumped in large leaps with little explanation and often times you werent even aware so much time passes until later. I'm not sure I'll bother with book 2.

oh and the narrator. every one of his female character voices were terrible in this book. normally love his work too but yikes.

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Excited to see

Excited to see this book out! Can’t wait to see how it turns out. Will update after finished so far good!

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Great Narration but Sub-par Story

Luke Daniels is one of my favorite narrators and do a great job in this book, however the story was so bland that I couldn't even finish the book.

It was weird, the battles were very entertaining to listen to! My ears perked up as the protagonist would start to duel, however, once it was over, the story seemed dull and I just couldn't feel anything for the characters.

I started this books in hopes that it would hold me over until the sequel of Iron Prince was finished but I guess I'll have to find something else.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 11-01-22

magic gladiators

what's not to love about magic welding gladiators? quick paced and well written action as well

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  • Mansoor
  • 02-02-22

Such a shame

I am such a huge fan of Luke Chmilenko and this is a really really bad story basically someone narrating WWF. Waste of a book and also a huge waste of the talent that is Luke Daniels.

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  • Eli
  • 10-05-22

not that good

feel like we get dumped into the world. maint characters suffer from protagonist syndrome. they overcome ever obstacle. main char is forgettable. female serves as male fantasy. drab and boring. no colour to the story at all