• The Sword of Light: The Complete Trilogy

  • By: Aaron Hodges
  • Narrated by: David Stifel
  • Length: 29 hrs and 40 mins
  • 3.8 out of 5 stars (1,678 ratings)

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The Sword of Light: The Complete Trilogy

By: Aaron Hodges
Narrated by: David Stifel
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For 500 years, the Gods have united the Three Nations in harmony. Now, that balance has been shattered, and chaos threatens.

A town burns, and flames light the night sky. Hunted and alone, 17-year-old Eric flees through the wreckage. The mob grows closer, baying for the blood of their tormentor. Guilt weighs on his soul, but he cannot stop, cannot turn back. If he stops, they die.

For two years, he has carried this curse, bringing death and destruction wherever he goes. But now, there is another searching for him - one who offers salvation. His name is Alastair, and he knows the true nature of the curse. Magic.

©2017 Aaron Hodges (P)2018 Aaron Hodges

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A cutting trilogy


Sword of light is roughly 30 hours of pure fun. It is everything you expect in a fantasy world, and that is not a bad thing. Good vs Evil, yeah, that too, of course. This is a complete trilogy, and so far as I can tell no other books have been made in this series, so it is a nice compete series for your enjoyment. I can appreciate when a writer has said all he or she wants to in a particular setting. Never ending series tend to get stale afte awhile. Sword of Light is fresh, fun, and fantastical.

The story begins with a young man, Eric, and a special gift that he has but cannot control properly. This leads to disaster and earnes him an enemy. The only hope he has comes in the form of a wizard who befriends him and helps him to learn about his gift. The series progresses as the characters develop. You get to watch them grow. You suffer their torments and you glory in their triumphs.

David Stifel knocks it out of the park once more; he is a most excellent narrator, and he helps to bring the story to life. I think any book that has him a a narrator becomes better with his reading.

Eric grows as both a character and a mage in the series, he becomes a man and masters his powers. His adventures are fun and have everything from action to a wincey bit of Romance.

This is one of those series that you will find yourself rereading once every year or so. You'll also wish that there was more of it, but to be fair, the story was told and wraps up nicely.




This is an audible book I requested and the review is voluntary. I certify that it has been fair and honest as well.

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Ruinous narration sinks this ship

Narrator is trying too hard. Dramatic flourishes that needlessly distract, reedy whiny female voices and a bizarre sense of word emphasis make this sound like Google translate. I'd actually rather hear Text-to-Speech AI than this.

I'll be frank: the story is...ok. With a decent narrator, it might be decent. I give credit to the author for trying to get world creation, magic systems and gods to work. I could critique those efforts, as I have some opinions about how it doesn't quite work out, but with this narrator there's really no need to go deeper.

I'm not able to finish the series. I'm halfway through book 2, and I give up. It's just not enjoyable in the slightest anymore. I won't ask for a refund, but I won't recommend it either. Avoid. There are better ways to spend your time.

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This is a good listen

I must say I enjoyed this trilogy. To have all 3 rolled up together was a big bonus. Although I liked this trilogy, it started off a bit slow and took some time develop. Once it did, it moved at good pace. It kept me interested and looking forward to what happened next. The characters had good depth and the world building was accomplished without getting weighed down in over reaching detail. At first I thought the narration was going to make me turn it off but David Stifel got into a groove and delivered a solid performance. There were several twists throughout you could not see coming. My only negative aspect of the whole trilogy is there were more than a few situations where the characters were saved by divine intervention. Being saved by divine intervention is believable once but any more than that seems slightly unbelievable and excessive.
I really like Aarons writing style and look forward to reading more from him. In conclusion, this series is a great listen. You won’t be disappointed.

Even though this book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review, my review is honest and from the heart!

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  • RJ
  • 07-29-18

Interesting and complex fantasy tale!

I was able to purchase the boxed set of this series, which includes all three books of the trilogy; Stormwielder, Firestorm, and Soul Blade. Book one: Stormwielder; introduces us to Eric, a young man in his teens who believes he is cursed. Eric wanders the wilderness steering clear of towns and people as much as possible because death and destruction follow him wherever he goes. Forced to enter a town for supplies he is attacked by slavers. Fire begins to emanate from Eric and within minutes the slavers and the town are ablaze. Chased by survivors Eric must run for his life. Another man, Alastair searches for Eric for totally opposite reasons. Once united Alastair begins to answer many of Eric’s questions dispelling his notion of a curse. Book two: Firestorm; enter Enala, the young woman everyone searches for. By blood and birthright she may be the last person alive to wield the Sword of Light. Time runs short, Archon’s forces gather to eliminate the humans once and for all. Eric continues to learn, improve and control his magic. Deception and corruption runs deep in the capital city, not even the King is immune. Book three: Soul Blade; enter the dragons! The gold dragons made their appearance in the previous volume, but now they have been recruited to help the humans repel Archon’s forces. A well-kept secret is revealed to Eric that changes everything in more ways than one. Inken, the bounty hunter, has a secret of her own! Eric’s friend Gabriel is tested, perhaps beyond his ability. The war begins! Will the defenders survive? Will they defeat Archon and his armies? There is yet one massive revelation coming; prepare yourselves for how it all began and the origin of the gods. With that knowledge, welcome to the final battle! This audiobook was given by the author, narrator, or publisher at no cost in exchange for an unbiased review via Audiobook Boom.

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This should be YA

This story hits all the tropes. Spoiler alert: Magic is magic, you get the history of magic in the first few chapters, along with the troubled user who quickly masters his power thanks the ubiquitous avuncular mentor that quickly befriends the troubled youth. Basically this is Star Wars. And a painful listen.

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I tried. lt's not just the narrator.

I tried to like this book(s). I saw the comments about the narrator and figured I could get over that. Those comments aren't wrong. However, the characters are shallow, the narrative weak, and editing lax. Cartoon level plot and depth. The world and magic system are vague and stilted. Writing is a monumental task, and I am sorry to hurt the author. I don't often write reviews and almost never bad ones. Do yourself a favor and wave off. I wish I had saved the credit.

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Would you recommend this book to a friend? Why or why not?

I would reccomend the book but I would not recomend it on audible.

What did you like best about this story?

The story is a great magic fantasy

How did the narrator detract from the book?

The narrator does not make the story feel alive and pauses at strange moments.

Do you think The Sword of Light: The Complete Trilogy needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

No. It is a full trilogy.

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Epic fantasy, dragons, magic, adventure...

The Sword of Light: The Complete Trilogy
By: Aaron Hodges
Narrated by: David Stifel
This is an audible book I requested and the review is voluntary.
This book has all the fantasy I like, dragons, wizards, adventure, touch of romance, good vs evil, gods, supernatural gifts, and more. Book one was a book was a young boy with a gift and it and him coming of age. Learning to control it was a no go without the wizard that finds him. It was a constant adventure, one thing after another, never boring. At the same time, another boy is after the kid for burning down the town and killing his family. The two groups come together at the end and a lot of things have changed by then. The next book continues with the girl with the dragon, the one that everyone has the hopes of the world on. Eric, the boy with the power, is mastering his power. There is also a big surprise noted in this book! They still are fighting demons, helped by gods, and it is still wonderful! The last book, sob, raps up the trilogy well and maybe someday the author will come back and give us more from this world. I liked the world building, the well developed characters, the twists (esp in the last book) and the fun fantasy.
The narrator made the book flow extraordinary! He performed the voices faultlessly. He made the suspense, tension, fighting, and romance seem so real. I felt like I was watching a movie! Great job!

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Pretty good Hero's Journey story.

Firstly this book is a very good value. 3 books for just a single credit is a great deal, and this is the complete series so you know that you are getting the whole story. Book one seems like a fantasy retelling of Star Wars: A New Hope, which is not a complaint. If you like those kind of Hero Journey stories then this is the series for you. Books 2 and 3 take the Hero's journey in a different directions, and become less derivative of the Star Wars saga. I love how they introduce the antagonist of Gabriel and make you really understand and sympathize with him. The narrator has a pleasant voice and brought the story to life. My one big complaint was the epilogue. The conclusion to the story was so beautiful, but then the epilogue comes and just ruins it. Other than that it was a great book and I loved it.

I want to thank the author for providing me with a free review copy of the Sword of Light series.

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If you read this, be prepared to cut your wrist.

The best moment in the whole book was when the old wizard beach slapped (yes, I know) the cowardly idiot punk. I wish I'd have stopped reading this travesty at that point.

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  • John
  • 08-08-18

hard to stick with

found the performance really hard to listen to, gave up in the end around chapter 33, just couldn't keep with it. shame too because the story seemed quite interesting.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-27-18

Weak

A really weak story, bad word choices and a nonexisting wolrdbuild. waste of time and money. I dont recommend it to anyone.
Even as a person who has English as a second language this is irritating to listen to due to all of the inconsistencies.

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