• The Traitor's Son

  • Path of the Ranger, Book 1
  • By: Pedro Urvi
  • Narrated by: John Banks
  • Length: 11 hrs and 59 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (910 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A kingdom in danger, a great betrayal, a boy seeking to redeem his father's honor. Will he succeed in exonerating him and saving the realm from an enemy in the shadows before it’s too late?

Lasgol is the son of the traitor; the man who betrayed the kingdom and tried to kill the king. At the age of 15, he has endured a hard childhood. In his small village in the North, where he’s cornered and hated, his only companions are the mountains and ever-present snow. Yet he refuses to believe that his father is guilty, even though the king himself was a witness to the betrayal.

Lasgol is determined to clear his father's name, and to do this, he has only one option: attend the School of Rangers, a secret place where the respected and feared defenders of the lands of the kingdom are trained for four years. Going there is insane: Hate and death await him. But as the son of a Ranger, he's entitled to attend.

At the Camp he will find himself involved in political intrigues, disloyalties, and fights. He will encounter hatred and fearsome enemies, but also a handful of friends; other novices who are out of place like himself, determined to do whatever is necessary to make it through the first year alive.

©2020 Pedro Urvi (P)2020 Podium Audio

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Plot holes abound

The quality of the writing is good and some of the characters are great. But the world building and the logic of the world are terrible. Everyone is terrified of magic but tons of people use magic so basically everyone is a whiny scared pathetic hypocrite. It’s like the author started writing one story then switched it half way into a different story and it happens so fast it gives you whiplash, the personalities of most of the side characters switch on a dime in the most unrealistic way and it’s just brushed off like it’s normal.

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Strong narration for weak story

Clean — no sex or swearing. The narrator is quite good. The story is just barely okay, in my opinion. Too bad, because I sometimes like this genre. Here we have simplistic and superficial characters, inconsistent plot, and lame dialogue. Humor is attempted frequently but alas....it feels fake and silly (sticking out tongue, tripping over your own feet, etc.). The mean-spiritedness of the instructors, fellow villagers, and ranger initiates was over the top. Specific scenes focused on developing ranger skills primarily involve running laps and term test sessions.

The hatchling creature has potential, though. And the story ends on a hopeful note.

I much prefer the Ranger’s Apprentice series by John Flanagan. Highly recommended.

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Scratches the itch “battlemage” left me

The book was good but it does have its flaws. But first off, the narrator was great. Nothing kills an audiobook faster than a bad narrator. Secondly, after the exposition, the book flowed well. Too many fantasy authors like to flex their flowery vocabulary which ends up slowing the pace to a crawl and ultimately doesn’t advance the plot.

The book also did a good job introducing concepts so that when certain events happened down the road, it didn’t feel like it was pulled out of thin air. On that note, there’s a decent bit of questionable logic. SPOILERS

Turns out dominator mages was a thing and the MCs dad was dominated. The king had found many agents with the same runes and everything. They knew about dominator mages and yet they didn’t even think about investigating this possibility before hopping on the traitor train. In fact the king is a king and should have had access to lots of resources to investigate the runes. Instead it took an unrealistic monologue from the corrupt mage for them to figure out which was stupid imo. A smart person would have kept quiet about the domination so the agents could sow paranoia into the king. He wouldn’t know who was good or bad but now the king knows that those controlled were innocent.

Aside from that I can safely say that I’m continuing with the series.

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Good Start Coming of Age Fantasy

This was a good book.
I generally enjoy books where the characters are sent to some sort of academy to learn magic/how to fight, so this was quite a nice little read.
The main character is a likeable youth who was often bullied for his father's betrayal.
I think that the only complaint I had about this book was that the main character did not have more ranger-like skills. His father was one of the best, after all, so it is unrealistic that he did not teach his son any other skills. He did have some - he could track game well, but he was a poor shot with the bow, and was not a very compitent hunter.
This is still a 5 out of 5 for me. I can't wait for book2.

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fabulous read. entertaining.

Couldn't stop listening. Very fun. Loved the characters and story. As engaging as Harry Potter.

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more like 4.5 stars

solid coming of age story. good characters. good atort. some good twists.
my only complaint. about 2/3 through there is an event that happens that kinda breaks immersion. but it resolves soon enough.
worth the credit.

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really good

Awesome. totally recommend. I would not buy for 25 dollars. you can get 3 credits for $33 way better

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Enjoyable...

No doubt there are similarities with Ranger's Apprentice, Botherband and even Harry Potter stories. I see is as if Skandia (cold lands) now had their own Rangers, and had a special school for their apprentice like in Brotherband and Hogwarts with different master instructors and houses (teams).
With that being said...its kinda the same but totally different. There is a bigger plot that involves the whole kingdom and the rangers seem to be the first line of defense for the king. I did find this story and (book 2) as fun and fresh. Just my knowledge of the other books mentioned gives me a better understand of how things work. I would not say its a bad thing being similar to the others.

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Good read

Loved the book good narrator to. Great plot I can’t wait tell the next books come out.

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I really liked it!

I liked everything about this book except for a bit of foul language here and there. I prefer no cursing at all but otherwise I liked the story line, the characters and the narrator did a splendid job!! I’m starting book 2 right now!

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  • emrys
  • 07-11-21

Wonderful Story.

I enjoyed every minute of this audio book. The story is good and well developed as well as very creative. The narrator brings the book to life - better than many other books I have heard. I really am looking forward to the other books in this series.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-04-20

when ulis the next one out

This book reminded me of the Rangers Apprentice but more adult themed in the sense that he didn't come across as as a early teens book

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  • Kian-amen Kian-amen
  • 09-11-22

Deja vu?

Too much harry potter for me, a young boy under the parents' shadow going to academy, passing each year through challenges. It's not for me.

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  • Ian Rider
  • 09-03-22

hidden gem.

What a brilliant book, thoroughly enjoyable, a definite page Turner. I couldn't stop listening to it.
I would 100 % recommend this book.

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  • Davis Stognijenko
  • 08-11-22

Absolutely loved this book so I am buying the next

For some reason this book made me think of the Harry Potter series on several occasions whilst listening. It might be due to the amazing narration by John Banks or it my just be due to the story itself.
Now that I think on it more it must be the story. Don't get me wrong the stories are nothing alike besides the obvious fact that there are kids going to a secret place to learn about these secretive subjects and there is a mystery to solve. It's just that the kids in the book feel like very similar to the trio from JKR books. Also some of the ways the author describes things and people does feel alot like JKR did.
Overall this is an amazing book and I am happy I gave it a try.

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  • Rosie
  • 07-27-22

enjoyable

interesting start to a series. there are some bits in the book that made me cringe about some of the characters but if you skim over those bits its an enjoyable story with good ground to be a good series. I have purchased the 2nd book and looking forward to seeing what that has in store.

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  • MJE
  • 07-24-22

YA series

This is very much a YA series, book two actually appearing to be aimed at a lower age range than this first book . Whilst the characters In book 2 (The King’s Secret) should be a year older and wiser the writer treats them as younger, more naive than this first book. The writer appears to have decided in book two that his audience is in age group 8-12 rather than teens and dumbed down the content accordingly. For pre-teens this is probably a thrilling series but I just wish it was classified more accurately namely book one may be suitable for teens, book two is clearly for a younger audience.

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  • zac
  • 07-06-22

Great book , great narrator

I'm currently on book 9 really great series I'm not a big book person more of a TV person but it's really easy to follow with a great story also a really good narrator

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-24-22

redemption

a kid looking for redemption and the truth. honestly a pretty decent story with some very likeable characters

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  • nigel wood smith
  • 06-23-22

A retrospective look at all the current 13 books

Having worked my way through the series during lockdown. I am starting again. What a wonderful world.

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  • Jaki GT
  • 08-05-22

enjoyed the story but dialogue and writing clunky

I enjoyed this book and am going to get the next one but the writing was clunky and juvenile at times and the characters seemed to lack basic awareness a lot. the prejudice gets tiring at times but the saga itself and the great performance from the narrator made it worthwhile for me.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-24-22

Decent Plot but Horrible Characters

This was one of those books that was a challenge to finish listening to for a couple reasons.
-1 Dimensional characters that are PAINFULLY naive and oblivious, so far there are only 2 or 3 side characters that have a little depth to them.
-The overarching plot of this series is obvious from the get go and everything that happens is predictable.
-Multiple minor and major plot holes and inconsistencies.

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  • Miss Amanda M
  • 09-04-22

Solid entertainment

The story was lacking in a little banter but it was easy to put on and follow while doing other tasks. I’ll likely get a few more in the series for this reason

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  • Tigerfly
  • 09-04-22

What exactly does an Editor do?

I enjoyed this book for the relative wholesomeness. Cussing, sex and excessive violence are detractors for me. But quite frequently I found myself rolling my eyes and going down a mental rabbit hole as I imagined what I would do differently if I were the editor of this book… I mean did they even read it?
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There was this one scene where the snow panthers were being questioned after an assassination attempt by the school leaders. And after they all give their account of events the school leaders launch into this long discussion of state affairs, war drama and the like and I was left wondering if I’d missed something… were the kids still in the room? Surely the adults aren’t discussing this in front of them… but no, turns out they were there, soaking it all in. Okay, implausible but fine, this should advance the plot at some point. Then not a few chapters later one of the Panthers responds cluelessly to a friend mentioning the war rumors as though none of these state secrets were just spelled out in front of him. So clueless he was that I was waiting for either the punchline of a terrible joke or some clever explanation for why he’d pretend not to know something that was explained to his whole group. Or! Was this a mistake missed by the terrible editor who didn’t read the darn book before rubber stamping his approval?!

Oh! And one more that grated on me was the revelation of ability. We first get an inkling of it during his encounter with a wolf, where the writer gives the impression that this is as much a surprise to the character as it is to us. Cool we’ll go on the journey of discovery with him☺️. Then many chapters later we learn that it’s not a surprise after all, no he’s known about it since he was 5. 🤔😐🫤. Ok so, a competent editor would catch this and alert the author that he can’t have it both ways. Either the character does or he doesn’t know about his abilities. If he knows, his reactions to many situations he’s put in make ZERO sense. 😑 heavy sigh. I’ve always assumed it’s the editors job to read and catch mistakes. For that failure, it’s the plot holes and inconsistencies that stand out and have me imagining rewrites in my head.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 04-01-22

The book

This is the best book I’ve ever listened to because it is a great story.

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  • Lindsey
  • 01-27-22

Excellent fantasy

This highly under-rated series has almost everything you could want in a fantasy - action, magic, mystery, friendships, danger, romance...the list goes on. I particularly enjoy the world building in this series. I'm still amazed that I hadn't heard of it earlier, but once I started listening, I wasn't able to stop!

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  • MR ALEXANDER WISHART
  • 12-27-21

A good story

A good story at time it can be hard when listening all the MC face so much hate and even at one point it got a little boring then they turn it all around and made it better and got me going straight to the next book it has plenty of good character with there own personality

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-08-21

I loved this book!

I'd recommend this series to any young listener. a stroy line that isn't always predictable keeps you on the edge of your seat!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 01-18-21

Great!

This book was very entertaining, but followed the same basic story as most books from this genre, an underdog who is called on to became a hero in the attempt to discover the truth of his fathers death.
The world building is very interesting and exciting to listen to, and the characters all interesting in their own way. The question, however, still looms, was the Lasgol’s father really a traitor?

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