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Publisher's Summary

Get the Fall of Radiance boxed set, featuring all five action-packed books in the best-selling epic fantasy series - including adventure, magic, war, and a bond between warriors that can't be broken. 

Magic has protected Tarsynium for a thousand years, shielding its people from being ravaged by bloodthirsty demons. When a young ranger's apprentice named Owyn Lund discovers that the Arc of Radiance has been breached, he tries to warn anybody who will listen.

But legends aren't supposed to be real.

When a village is mysteriously destroyed, rangers, mages, and rebels all point the finger, blaming each other for the demons' brutality. However, Zara Dennel, a mage's ward, has heard Owyn's tale - and she's inclined to believe him. 

Together, they must prove that friendship is greater than intolerance, unity is more important than division, and that even the most powerful magic can sometimes not be enough. 

Failure means the end of all things. A second - and lasting - Doom. 

Buy this special edition omnibus to experience a saga with something for every fan of epic fantasy. Suitable for all ages, it's perfect for fans of Sabaa Tahir, Sarah J. Maas, and Brandon Sanderson. 

Narrated by the award-winning duo: Michael Kramer and Kate Reading.

Books included in the set:

  • Book 1: Ranger's Oath
  • Book 2: Doom Bringers
  • Book 3: War Echoes
  • Book 4: Exiles
  • Book 5: Prince of Darkness
©2020, 2021 Aethon Books (P)2021 Aethon Audio

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Disappointed by the narrators

The story draws you in and builds well.

The narrators individually are good, however, together are not. They each do the voices for all of the characters rather than having them choose characters and doing them constantly through out the story. As it is, the voices become confusing chapter to chapter. Real missed opportunity and really detracts from the book.

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Horrifyingly Mediocre

The only great thing about this purchase besides the length is the narration. The story is not bad, just uninspired. The characters and their relation to each other is formulaic and run of the mill. Sometimes the writing by the author is so unvaried and repetitive I literally wondered if I was listening to a chapter or paragraph again or if I pressed "rewind" on the audible. The main magic user is quite questionable with how she manages to get out of some fights too. She can do some things that the author literally says "she has no idea how she casts this spell" like she has never heard of it and never knew the words to it but she did it anyway. Far too convenient. That's just the first of many convenient saves she does. If you want something that just takes up time but won't impress you or hardly make you laugh then this is an okay investment.

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Meh...

I've listened to Tolkien, Jordan, Rothfuss, Sanderson...etc... This was a struggle to listen to. Not a huge fan of Kate Redding (female narrator) but other stories have made that not matter so much.
The story had potential. But everything was rushed and half assed. Terribly predictable. Cliches stacked on cliches. Blatant rip offs from more talented authors.
I have to finish a book once I start it. So... If you're like me, do yourself a favor and just don't.
I'm gonna listen to The Wheel of Time series again to wash my brain out.

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So much yes

I read some bad reviews and some good reviews before deciding I usually end up enjoying what others don’t. This was worth the listen all day. Michael Kramer and Kate Reading do a fantastic job as always. If you like The Cycle of Arawan/ Cycle of Galand series, the Licanius Trilogy, Stormlight Archive, then you’ll like this. I’m sure I could find some negative aspects of the story but I’m not one of those people to pick apart a story. I listen to my fantasy audible books so I don’t have to suffer repetitive Spotify playlists. If you’re reading reviews to figure out if the Fall of Radiance is worth the credit, my vote is yes. Now off to find another series!

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The dynamic duo breath life into another series.

The duo of Michael Kramer, Kate Reading do it again. They bring a great story to life. I'm sure these two can read a phone book and it would sound good but when it's paired with a story like Fall of Radiance it makes a good series even better.

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A thoroughly enjoyable series from beginning to end!!

Well written and solid narration by the two narrators. The story moved at a good pace and the character development was rich and detailed. The action scenes were very descriptive and I felt caught up in those scenes. Highly recommended - another hit from the folks at Aethon Books!!

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Still a good listen

I previously listened to, liked, and reviewed the first book. Listening to this collection has not changed my opinion.

I was given this audiobook for free (again) and have voluntarily left this review.

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OH MY GOD

If this wasn't the GREATEST story I've ever read!! The world building the characters are believable and amazing. I found myself outwardly screaming in surprise as well as triumph cheering the characters on at every turn. I laughed I cried. just absolutely THE BEST
10/10 would highly recommend!!!!!

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Each subsequent book was a formulaic plot

I had purchased book 1 several months back and while I felt it had some notable shortcomings, I still felt the series held the promise of righting itself and becoming an epic fantasy. Especially so with considering two renowned narrators in their own right, Michael Kramer and Kate Reading. So, when the series came out in box form, I jumped at the opportunity to purchase the whole series.

While the medieval fantasy series hadn't descended into 21 century mores it suffered from a large imbalance of leadership roles between the sexes. Women were generally the brightest characters and the best leaders while men in power mostly were ruthless and evil, with a few exceptions. Even for the men who were good, they were often portrayed as having significant character flaws. These flaws were focused on so much of the series, I kept thinking I was hearing Michael Bublé in the background singing, "Call me irresponsible, Call me unreliable, Throw in undependable, toooooo ...". Even worse, the primary male apprentice warden, Owen, was a moody, whiny and insecure person making Zarra's fascination with him seem like more of a mothering mate than that of a lover.

Blake Arthur Peel's writing skills are quite good but his decision to write this fantasy as a mixture between adventure and harlequin novel along with the constant repetition of over-used homilies throughout was off-putting.

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Great Listen

This was a fabulous series. I am sorry to see it come to an end. The writing picturesque in detail was performed in such a way that I never lost track. I could see all in my minds eye. I’m keeping this one to listen to again. Thank you so much. T

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  • Sam O'Grady
  • 05-12-21

Couldn’t finish it

Got through the first two of the cooks but gave up on by the third deciding to listen to something I could enjoy. Badly written and thin poorly considered plot.

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  • Kathycrewe
  • 05-08-21

Amazing

Totally absorbed from start to fantastic finish. Highly recommended, an amazing listen. A world I just don’t want to leave.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-24-21

Standard fantasy format

This is basic modern fantasy tale. Mostly suited for young adults or if you are new to the genre. Experienced fantasy readers will most likely find it mundane and lack orginilaity / uniqeness.

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  • Caz xxx
  • 05-28-21

Loved this so much sulking that it's finished

Both readers were brilliant and brought each person to life left me wanting more a sad ending to Owen and Zara and Mages Warriors

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  • dunpony
  • 04-01-21

storytelling excellence

I usually listen to audio books while doing something else but sometimes a story is so compelling that I sit down and listen to it - this was one of those. It's a story of enduring love and the struggle between friendship & duty. Unputdownable

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  • H. Tregidgo
  • 06-26-21

Utterly generic

I purchased this as I had a spare credit and I’ve always enjoyed performances by Michael Kramer and Kate Reading before. As always their performances can’t be faulted but unfortunately the material they had to work with was not great. I listened to the whole thing but at time it was a struggle for all the eye rolling.

The premise is somewhat interesting, but the characters lack depth and consistency, the world building is lacklustre and the many plot points rely on minor characters acting irrationally in a way that was obviously just designed to further the plot.

Added to this that the use of first person narration is somewhat jarring and I just can’t recommend the book at all.

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  • Bluebell
  • 05-23-21

loved it

predictable in a good way
.all the right formular.................
i will definitely look at more books by author




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  • T-rae
  • 08-08-21

All the clichés but no substance.

It takes a loot for me to quit a book, even if it's not great but this is 1 I will be returning. Don't listen to the review that said if you like Sanderson or Sarah J Maas you'll like these as even with 1 of my favourite narrators, I couldn't carry on, try as I might.
It's boring beyond belief; like he took a template of the usual things you might find in a fantasy novel but with no creativity. Nothing happening of import for hours & no personality of it's own, no suspense or anything really. Just 'blah"!
Getting 50hrs is only good value if it's at least passable & this series isn't. Not sure how it's got so many good reviews unless people are bought off by the complete series thing being offered. I'd rather listen to constant re-runs of good authors like Raymond E Feist, Robert Jordan, David Eddings, Brandon Sanderson etc than any of this dire-tribe but each to their own I guess.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-18-22

Stoic beyond belief

struggled to get to the end. twilight type love story meant for love struck teenagers. idea behind story good. 1st person storytelling awful. I stuck with it in the hopes it would improve and got invested in the plot. it was a struggle.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-01-22

Not a good pick

Antagonists cheesy and barely established, characters and motives in general established poorly more often than not.

Female characters often vile and antagonising while male characters just take the abuse like morning cereal.

World is interesting only until you get to find out more about it, after which it falls flat.

Narrators know what they're doing but that's just about the only saving grace, if you want an audiobook narrated by Kramer and Reading, search elsewhere, this series is not great.

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  • Charm Harris
  • 06-14-21

Meh. Narrators did what they could, buuutt..

I DID listen to the whole thing, but by the end it was getting to be a real struggle. Truly awful grammar in places grated on my nerves and pulled me out of the story .. "closed the door/eyes shut" etc., together with another of my pet hates - "off-of" or "bored of" .. like nails down a blackboard, if anyone remembers those. Additionally - a little (or a lot) too "preachy", gauche, naive, ingenuous? .. maybe not the right age group for my tastes perhaps. Also, much as I have really enjoyed listening to Michael and Kate in other books, I'm finding they're all starting to sound the same. Maybe time for a 'palate cleanser' for me. 🙂

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  • Matt Shepherd
  • 07-06-21

Never been so angry or frustrated reading a book

Likeable characters doing stupid things and with sensibilities out of the 1940s "not that kind of girl"

villains and allys so stupid, the only justification is the extent of corruption in the isolated government. let's go to extreme lengths to keep the demons ravaging the world a secret.

A willingness to kill characters akin to that of game of thrones. No plot armour here(outside of the main 2)

Overall it's not a terrible book though slightly cliche.

Michael and Kate put on a stellar performance as always.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-01-21

great idea, poorly executed.

I hate giving a bad review but well what can I say? good story concept, written flatly and sloppy as porridge. Good ending though.
great narration concept, if it wasn't for the near monotone of Kate, it could have made the book.
Sorry but I would say this was a waist of time if it didn't help me go quickly to sleep.
It may be alright for a 10 year old young reader in the original book form.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-10-21

Enjoyable story

Just loved the entire story, the only thing that annoyed me was the 2 main characters romance.. But everything else was great.

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  • Sheree
  • 11-06-21

I enjoyed this series

I enjoyed the story line. the narrator's did a good job. The characters were great.

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  • christian
  • 10-23-21

good value

took a while to get invested in the story but overall quite good and great value for a single credit.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-22-21

wow what a great series

I loved listening to this series. It kept me completely in thrilled from start to finish.
Micheal Kramer and Kate Reading have once again narrated a fantastic performance.

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  • Danielle
  • 10-01-21

Decent story

Decent story, not the best writing but overall enough to keep my interest. Easy to listen to, although as a personal preference I didn’t care for the narrators.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-10-21

Loved it!

I wasnt sure i was going to like this series when i first started listening, but I got sucked in! Now that ive finished it I dont know what to do with my life - I got so invested in the characters and the ending ruined me.

Narrators were excellent as always, i've been following their narrations to choose which books to read. These two are so easy to listen to - particularly their newer recordings - great audio quality and body.

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  • Yvette Olsen
  • 06-14-21

What an imagination...

I absolutely loved this book series. The two readers where fantastic. They did so well with all the different voices; their accents and annunciations where great.
Very enjoyable and really well read.

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