• The Song of the First Blade

  • The Bladeborn Saga, Book 1
  • By: T.C. Edge
  • Narrated by: Steven Brand
  • Length: 28 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (425 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An ancient evil. A treacherous king. A mystery going back to the fall of the gods.

In the heart of Vandar, as dark forces close in, Elyon, a gifted Bladeborn knight, fights for his family's survival in a world on the brink of war. In the beleaguered northlands of Tukor, a servant girl with a mysterious past is forced on the run by a treacherous lord, propelling her on a journey that will change her world forever. From the Shadowfort, an ancient power is unleashed, one that will set into motion a series of events that will bring the world to its knees.

With the world on the verge of chaos and countless lives at stake, a new First Blade must be selected, but obstacles stand in the way. Alliances are broken. Enemies are born. Only the strong will survive.

Follow this epic tale where the battle for land, power, and the divine gifts of the Fallen Gods will shape the fates of all.

©2021 T.C. Edge (P)2021 Podium Audio

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Wow, this was a chore.

Firstly, I give credit for professional & functional writing. (No severe grammar issues or jarring anachronisms. - You might think that doesn’t need to be applauded, but today, it does. — TLDR: This review will now declare that the book should be avoided because it is shockingly slow, the author violates show-not-tell with gusto, the endless world descriptions do not serve as a surrogate for innovative worldbuilding, the book does not even pretend to conclude or resolve a story… the narrator is sloppy with character names and… there are no dragons. (Yes. The cover was absolutely chosen to trick you.) — That said here are the crimes: 1) Knowing the difference between worldbuilding and world describing. This book is largely comprised of the latter. Endless descriptions of the world nobody called for, not in service to plot, and unnecessary, as they are definitively generic. Worldbuilding is the off-page work that serves the mechanics of the on-page world. Not this. 2) A close cousin to crime number one: Show Not Tell. — The sheer number of “conversations while walking” / “conversations while riding” / “conversations while fireside” that exist to TELL the reader what type of person a character is or what type of terrain a land has is disastrous. 3) The first plot event happens 5 chapters in. There are about 5 true plot events in about 60 chapters. Most chapters are just conversations. 4) The book does not resolve. It is essentially an intro… the events are set in motion, and this book ends. No bow. 5) The character names are dangerously similar to each other for audio… which many authors simply choose to avoid… in this case it puts an extra onus on the narrator to pronounce the names clearly and carefully… but… this narrator actually pronounces several of the names in completely different ways in later chapters from how he pronounced them in earlier chapters… all told it becomes a disastrous mess.

If you are a reader who has completed many of the truly great epic fantasy series you can tell from a mile away which authors this writer is extracting direct influence from… and I wish I hadn’t begun this particular journey because I actually read those authors. And it’s almost unreasonable to read them first and then transfer over to reading this.

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The 10% of this where something happens is good…that’s 3 hours out of 30.

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Good storyline

Well written, good storyline. Steven brand is my favorite narrator. What else can I say?

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Excellent

The narrator is excellent.

The story was engaging and the characters well developed.

It got a little bit slow in the middle, and at times it seemed like some characters’ actions were not consistent or plausible, but overall I thoroughly enjoyed it.

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Slllooowww

when you listen to books to get lost in the world but look back and it is nothing but a white static.

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Blades that give God like powers!

First installment of the Bladeborn saga. Very good world building and character development. Story follows three main characters. Three generations of a family that currently holds one of the God inhanced blades. A shadow Assassin and a group of Knights who travel to the southern Kingdom who is their greatest enemy. Well worth a credit. Try it and you will not be sorry.

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Entertaining but not a lot of detail

I like the book except he didn’t going to detail at times and then it revisit the same topic over and over again in the same chapter I’m going to try the second book when it comes out it’s at least worth that

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good story will hold your ear.

very good story, good plot. well read by the reader. will hold your interest till the end just hope the next book is out soon.

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This is a really enjoyable gritty fantasy.

I really like this book, I'm only halfway through so I can't speak on the entirety, but you know when an author has a writing style that you like and T.C. Edge definitely has my attention and I feel immersed in story.

The multiple plot lines are all interesting and as they start to merge together I really enjoy the different perspectives from opposing sides.

I would definitely recommend this book and for those who binge fantasy and are running out of material I would highly recommend it most definitely!

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Starts slow…

Worth the wait. Strong characters, intriguing plot, great narration. Every storyline feels well formed and purpose driven. I look forward to the rest of the series.

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  • andrew berwick
  • 08-04-21

love it

can't wait for the next part really good story and well told not predictable

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  • Elliea
  • 06-30-22

Slow at first

It seemed a bit slow at first, as there are so many characters with stories, really enjoyed it and then it ended! Look forward to the next.

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  • Grant
  • 07-01-22

This book was AWESOME

I drive to work at least 45 minutes each way. I really, really looked forward the drive so I could listen to this book.

The character development and progression of the main characters is so engaging. Full of intrigue and a mixed of mythology and medieval.