• Legend of Tal

  • Volume I: Books 1-2 (Legend of Tal)
  • By: J.D.L. Rosell
  • Narrated by: Derek Perkins
  • Length: 24 hrs and 14 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (1,370 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

Contains books one and two of Legend of Tal, a sword-and-sorcery, coming-of-age adventure. 

A King's Bargain, book one

The legend of Tal Harrenfel is sung across the Westreach, and with each telling, the tales grow taller.

Though he's declared a hero by his king, Tal has never claimed to be more than a man. After three decades of fighting warlocks, killing mythical beasts, and hunting enchanted treasure, Tal has had enough. Running from the deeds of his past, he retreats to his home village under a different name and meets an unlikely companion: Garin, a village boy who dreams of making a name for himself and seeing the world beyond their sleepy town.

When Tal receives a mysterious visitor, both he and Garin find themselves thrown into a sojourn across the kingdom. Soon, they become embroiled in the plots of monarchs, on the frontlines of an ancient war, and at the mercy of a fabled sorcerer. Now Tal must live up to his legend, and Garin must discover his own power, to survive the forces pitted against them.

A Queen's Command, book two

The legend of Tal Harrenfel lives on, and a new song spreads across the Westreach.

Though Tal and Garin overcame one enemy, victory promises to be short-lived. Garin struggles with his inner demons. Tal is haunted by enemies and memories alike. And a long-kept secret has torn a rift between them.

But circumstances force them to continue their travels together. The roads from Avendor to Gladelyl, once the safest in the Westreach, are rife with danger. And Tal is bound to the commands of the Elf Queen whose intentions are unforeseeable. But reaching the elven realm is only the beginning of their troubles, for Gladelyl is in turmoil. The nobles grasp for power. The underclass and Eastern immigrants seek new rights. And an ancient enemy takes advantage of the chaos to turn them all against each other. Now Garin must come to terms with his demons.

©2020 J.D.L. Rosell (P)2021 Podium Audio

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seems like another weak spineless mc novel

ok so I'm about an hour or two into this book. 3 characters are traveling together. the "Legendary" Tal, a super powerful mage on direct assignment from the king sent to retrieve Tal from his self imposed banishment, and the young apprentice/friend/maybe son or close relation to the Legendary Tal not sure yet but tal seems to have a connection to him that hasn't been revealed yet. ok so these bird snake things show up in a flock and attack. they get their weak asses kicked and the snake chickens go after the cowardly apprentice (that ran like a coward) then the only thing that saves him is this evil spirit that has managed to hitch a ride in the cowards mind because he is a weakling with no will power. what is with all this weakling trash being peddled. the most badass dude in the land who the whole first chapter is dedicated to telling us all these badass things he has done and his name is feared and hated by the entire world gets his ass rolled by some snake chickens in the first couple hours screw this I'm out

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spellbinding characters, fast moving, can't wait to devour the next installment
great read for sure

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Worth the credit for 20+hrs

Great listen, I hope that more purchase so we may hear more from this author.

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Great series right up there with Ryan, Abercrombie, Hamilton and Cobble!

Great new series that I would rate in my top 5 authors. I truly enjoyed the book and the orator was exceptionally good. I really enjoyed the first 2 books and can’t wait to start the third.
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Wonderful traditional fantasy adventure

Yes, it is in many ways a story that is familiar, but the world building and character development is great. I like the familiar feel of a traditional epic in a new place. I have spent a couple years trying to enjoy books that kept falling short. For me this one got everything right. The characters feel like home.

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crasp and crude

I am glad this was free because i would want my money back. It was not as interesting as i thought. The story didn't grip me as other similar stories have, and this book should have a rating so that I and others would know that this author likes to throw out the f bomb plenty. Once is too much. After the first book i just could take the f bombs and immoral evil king. I guess I will have to be more careful next time to find a book that entertains on my standards.
And the way their magic works and is looped.into thr story is too limiting and uninteresting.

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Enjoyed this read!

it has a lot of common fantasy novel narrative but....... I really enjoyed it about the second book and continuing on. it is filled my last two weeks with very pleasant storyline. the good guy wins just at the right moment! it's so hard to find stories that don't have graphic sex and ludeness. I'm not a prude but I just don't want to get that out of my fantasy novel. I'd rather hear about dragons and swords and heroes. Not all this other stuff that I get every day in the media.

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I could not connect to the characters

not a bad book at all. i struggled to complete it as i just could not engaged or connect with the characters. i hope others enjoy it more than me

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Teenage ravishment

A series of rote monster attacks spliced with a lusting after another teenager. Not my style.

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weak main characters and disjointed developments

I would not waste your time on this book! while the over twenty hours of free story may seem tempting, just don't. firstly the main character Tal has power consistency problems. he struggles in fights the he should win easily and then casually dances though fights that should be a struggle. secondly Garen is a weak pathetic baby with no spine. After near 13 hours of listening I was happy he drew his knife when threatened rather than cowering on the ground. After weeks to month of daily sword training he is almost killed by a weak zombie with a knife while all of his companions cut them down with ease. Garen is also scared of everything. this man was afraid to cross a bridge being guarded by three thugs. meanwhile he has Tal a living legend and an elven mage to gaurd him. I'm all for a steady biuld up of strength for a main character but there comes a time when you have to stop describing him as soiling him self at the smallest threat of danger

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  • jason
  • 06-07-21

Entertaining

Fantasy how it should be . Well paced and entertaining . Well written and excellent narration . This story is very worth a credit and your time . Good for those who love fantasy or just a good story .

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  • Diane T
  • 06-09-22

Just excellent!

I have not been sleeping well and this book was included with Audible, and I thought I would let it play in the background. My plan didn’t work, because it proved an wonderful story and Derick Perkins is a fantastic narrator. I gave up listening at bedtime and gave it my full attention during the day.

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  • Mr Shaun E
  • 06-07-22

A proper page turner.

It has been a while since I listened to a fantasy book. This has reignited my passion for this genre. Great story, amazing narrator. Can't wait to start the next book.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-09-22

High fantasy with enough to keep listening

The story seemed overly predictable and most of the lead characters were hard to warm till. certain timings of happening feels rushed especially when it came to action. but generally a good listen for those that want a book to get through a work pass

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  • Shani
  • 04-05-22

Brilliant

This book grips you from the beginning.
So much intrigue, friends enemies demons and of course magic.
If you need a book to spellbind you this is it.
Brilliantly narrated by Derek Perkins who brings all the characters to life.

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  • owen harkin
  • 04-04-22

Decent although derivative

Hard as it must be for any fantasy writer, to not plagiarise Tolkien, this book should have themes familiar to any Hobbit.
That said, it's still a good story, and one I will continue with purchasing the next volume.
Oh, I nearly forgot, the narration is tip top.

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  • symro
  • 05-29-22

Very good

Extremely satisfying, at times I was lost and had to go back but it was mostly about the protagonist who had so many different monikers. Narrator was excellent.

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  • Colin
  • 05-12-22

A yarn for the dreamers and the escapist

The story is one of sorcery and the development of youth. Its a book keeps you interested from start to finish.

The narration by Derek Perkins is exceptional and his voice and expression lends life and reality to the tale.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-11-22

Very entertaining

After reading some remarks both good and bad I had to dive into the story myself. After finishing the first book I can say that i really like the performance of narrator - kept me focussed on the characters and give them some extra dimension. Overal i liked the story and will continue listening to it - yes I read better fantasy with stronger story lines and better character building. But for me the story and characters worked nicely. If you’re up for some easy fantasy entertaining nicely told then this will not disappoint.

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  • Lomas Theon
  • 05-10-22

Exactly what I needed.

I needed well written, exciting Fantasy, with interesting Characters and a world I wish I could visit.
I received exactly this.

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  • Vanessa
  • 09-29-22

Love this series

A great listen, Derek Perkins always does a great job narrating. It's an interesting world with all the fantasy characters you could ask for - elves, dwarves and beasts - but with a twist. Garin can be a bit whiny at times and his storyline is a bit slow to develop but Tal is such an interesting character!

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  • Catherine Webb
  • 08-15-22

Immerse yourself in a new realm

To my mind the test of a fantasy novel is simply that I go there. I often wonder how fantasy authors function in the real world, when they obviously live somewhere else.
Loved the two protagonists and the unpredictable plot.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-21-22

wonderful thrilling adventure

About to start book 3 and I hope book 4 will be coming to Audible soon

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-04-22

Elven Reader

I did love this book an hope to see it continue..
Other characters have their mystery to be unfolded.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-23-22

Enjoyed listening

Really good adventure book. Great story line, captivating. Performance was great: clear voice, clear change between different characters. The only nuance was - it took me a couple of chapters to get used to the reader's voice- to be precise - main character sounded much older then his age in the story.

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  • Dave Purse
  • 05-15-22

Enjoyable

I got books 1 & 2 free and enjoyed enough to purchase the following books. Narration was excellent as always from Derek Perkins. Thanks for introducing a new author to me.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-12-22

More for early teenager than adult reader.

I struggled to finish book 2. The magic system seems underdeveloped and character relationships lack layered complexity. Book audience is likely early teenager.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-12-22

👍🏻

the narration is amazing. really enjoying the story and the world that's been created

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  • Charm Harris
  • 05-09-22

Slow to start and hard to get in to, but got there

Excellent narration, a bit dark and slow at first, but a decent story overall. Still not ENTIRELY sure I've got a grip on everything going on, but will continue on and hopefully all will be resolved by the end.

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  • Dave
  • 04-13-22

great story line

Narated very well, which makes all the difference. I cannot wait to listen to the 2nd volume.