• Herald of the Storm

  • Steelhaven, Book One
  • By: R. S. Ford
  • Narrated by: David Thorpe
  • Length: 16 hrs and 41 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (95 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Welcome to Steelhaven.....

Under the reign of King Cael the Uniter, this vast cityport on the southern coast has for years been a symbol of strength, maintaining an uneasy peace throughout the Free States.

But now a long shadow hangs over the city, in the form of the dread Elharim warlord, Amon Tugha. When his herald infiltrates the city, looking to exploit its dangerous criminal underworld and a terrible dark magick that has long been buried once again begins to rise, it could be the beginning of the end.

©2013 Richard Ford (P)2013 Headline Digital

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Grimdark and just what I was looking for!

Thank you Richard Ford and David Thorpe!

If you are a fan of the grimdark genre in general and especially if you're a fan of Warhammer Fantasy then you should hear this book. The narrator is magnificent, nothing less; I think this might be the best reading I have ever heard.

This book is all the things you could hope for in a late medieval grimdark fantasy. Courage and cowardice, beauty and ugliness, salvation and injustice, delicacy and gore, profanity and eloquence, redemption and regret, romance and vulgarity, nobles and knaves, mystery and action, horror and humor. This book does a lot of things and generally it does them almost absurdly well, all of them.

This book is so atmospheric, witty and moody that it could probably have gotten away with having no story at all. Rest assured that it does have a really good story though, several of them in fact. You jump from character to character as seen in many other books but it's somehow not annoying at all in this book; there simply aren't any boring characters or story lines, so you never find yourself "waiting" to get back to one of the interesting ones (I'm looking at you George R. R. Martin and J. R. R. Tolkien!).

Some good books are difficult to follow by listening, this good book is very easy to listen to. The chapters are short (but not too short) and the writing comes close to being perfect for listening.

I strongly recommend this book for any non-squeamish fans of medieval fantasy.

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Similes abounding like a torrent

So this book has a simile every other sentence and especially around the character called “River” it becomes extremely annoying. To the point of distracting from the story. Everything is water related/fluid for this character. The other thing that drives me crazy is that the narrator does great at voices when they’re speaking but when narrating the characters thought process he shifts into a radio style monotone that makes telling the point of view apart extremely difficult. I don’t think I’ll purchase the next one on audible because I’m tired of the narration style.

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All I'm going to say is David Thorpe!

There should be more stars available to give to Mr. David Thorpe. I stopped a ¼ of the way through the book to verify there was only one narrator. AMAZING TALENT!!!!

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Like Joe ambercombie get this!

Great gritty dark fantasy. I absolutely loved it and you will too if you enjoy joe ambercombie and similar authors.

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Excellent narration

Another amazing, consuming tale! Couldn’t wait to get back to the story every chance I could. Some of the best reading…many characters/dialects represented in an awesome display of acting! Quickly getting the next!

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  • D. Menashy
  • 05-22-13

Grimdark goodness...

A seriously enjoyable listen, this "heralds" another fab British fantasy series.Like all of this type of book, once the characters and setting have lodged themselves in your head you can relax and let the individual stories transport you as they meander willfully along towards often surprising destinations. These stories come together pleasingly towards the end but full resolutions & further revelations will have to wait further volumes.

Alongside Mark Lawrence and Luke Scull, Ford is ushering in a mini-Golden Age for "grimdark", where things are never as clear-cut as they seem and characters come in several more than 50 shades of grey.... If you're a fan of GRRM (of course you are), Scott Lynch and Joe Abercrombie, here's another name to swell the ranks. Very well performed by David Thorpe, employing a myriad of apt voices; heartilly recommended!

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  • ruth
  • 08-14-13

Steelhaven, war, magic, assassin, apprentice.

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This book could have gone wrong so easily. Take the topics of several favourite fantasy novels, mix it up a little and you could get this book. What saves it from being a pastiche is the really great character and world building and the humour. Some of the lines had me sniggering aloud. There are multiple POVs but, unusually for me, I liked each one although I did favour a few. There is clearly a lot more to come and I really look forward to the next one. Highly recommended.

What other book might you compare Herald of the Storm to, and why?

The Red Knight by Miles Cameron

Which character – as performed by David Thorpe – was your favourite?

Tie between Nobul and Merrick.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

The scene where Nobul buries his son.

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  • colin
  • 08-21-13

Great listen

This is my ideal kind of audiobook. If you enjoy Joe Abercrombie, Luke Skull etc then you will love this. The story is very well written and moves along at the perfect pace. The story is based around several main characters living in the city of Steelhaven. Each characters journey is very different but all cross paths throughout and are connected to the main plot in some way.

Although the story never leaves the city of Steelhaven, the author does such a good job of world building you can clearly imagine the events taking place outside the city walls in far away lands. He has very cleverly left a very large and volitile land to be explored in future books.

As he did with Karen Maitland's books, the narrator, David Thorpe, does a 5 star job of bringing the characters to life and giving them each a distinctive voice.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 03-15-22

the narrator

the story is good, but the narrator has the habot of pitching high at the end of sentences, which makes everything sound like a question. it did not stop me from completing the book, but takes getting used to. his accents are excellent

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  • Arman
  • 01-23-22

plenty of gripping story lines

love the format. never a dull moment with all the lightly interwoven tales. it doesn't try too hard to bring everything together and instead just has each story come to its own conclusion. solid performance, as well

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  • Quad Stomp
  • 12-19-21

A delightful surprise. Entertaining.

We might not always have champagne... but prosecco can serve just as well. Bought this obscure book on a gamble and YES! Well written and with some interesting characters that make you feel for them. Will follow it up as it's promising.

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  • Mr Nightingale
  • 07-19-20

Returned At Second Chapter.

Desperate, lightweight, shrill narrator. I find this narrator very difficult to listen to and I returned the book after the first chapter because of this.

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  • Dreadysays
  • 07-27-18

So many twists and turns to keep you hooked!

Lots of characters all brilliantly woven together to create an engaging and entertaining story. David Thorpe really brings the characters to life and compliments Richard's writing style wonderfully.

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  • people's bank
  • 05-04-15

Good story of

1st book of the series, laying the ground for the next book. A great start.

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  • Jinty
  • 10-17-13

Herald of the storm

Would you be willing to try another book from Richard Ford? Why or why not?

Not really ! Did not hold my interest that much..

Have you listened to any of David Thorpe’s other performances? How does this one compare?

Loads and he is one of my Favourites, he made this story for ..

Was Herald of the Storm worth the listening time?

Perhaps, I Found nothing new or exciting within it..

Any additional comments?

As I have said David made me stick with this book ..and I did finish it. Enjoyable it was not. But that could just be Me..

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