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The Wrath of Lords

By: Kyle Alexander Romines
Narrated by: Matt Addis
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The job sounded simple enough. Rid the village of an ogre and rescue the girl. In return, the local lord would overlook that ugly business in the church. It was nothing he hadn’t dealt with before.  

That was before he heard the howls coming from the Bog of Móin Alúin. Before he crossed paths with the headless rider. Before he woke to find the witch’s crooked fingers on his face.  

Now, Berengar must unravel the labyrinth of secrets and lies surrounding the village before a deadly curse claims his life, all while a darker evil looms in the shadows....

©2019 Kyle Alexander Romines (P)2019 Kyle Alexander Romines

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Engrossing.

The cover of this book is what caught my eye initially, and then the synopsis just made me want to read it more, but it was the fact that this is set in Ireland that made me really eager to read it. I'm Irish, so I love finding a fantasy book set here!! I wasn't sure what to expect with this book, but I didn't expect to love it as much as I did. I was totally engrossed the whole way through and didn't want it to end.

We start with a brief history lesson about the Kings and Queens of Ireland and how Queen Nora became the High Queen presiding over the rest. We are then introduced to one of Queen Noras' Warden, Berengar. Known as the Warden or the Bloody Red Bear, he is feared, hated and respected where ever his job takes him. His word is law and he is sent by the queen to be her enforcer. On one such hunt for the leader of The Black Hand, a band of killers, something happens that causes him to become beholden to the Lord of Kildare, and the only way to get his freedom is to kill the ogre that took the Lords' niece. Berengar has no trouble with that but his journey isn't as simple as he thinks and there is more going on than meets the eyes.

The plot of this was richly detailed and complex. What starts out as a simple task for Berengar, turns into a mystery that needs to be unraveled before Berengar loses everything. There is twists and turns throughout and I had such a hard time putting the book down because there wasn't a moment where the action lets up. Berengar has problem after problem to solve and I needed to see what happened each time. Between Ogres, Goblins, Witches, headless horseman, werewolves and other humans, it was brilliantly written and executed. I honestly devoured it!!

The world building and character development was amazing. Ireland is a beautiful country rich in folklore and the author utilised that. The descriptive writing made it easy to picture the places, plus it helped that I recognised nearly all of them ;) The Bog of Móin Alúin was creepy, and the village and surrounding area was well described. I could picture everything. Each of the characters were well written and developed too. I loved Berengar and his dog (not going to try to spell his name because I couldn't). Berengar goes through the most changes and I can't wait to see what else is in store for him.

In all, this was a welcome surprise. I've never read this authors work before but I will definitely try some of his other ones now! This is going on my favourites list and I can't wait to read the next one.

I'm seriously impressed with the narrator Matt Addis! It's my first time listening to a book narrated by him and wow is all I could think of. He gave a brilliant performance and really brought the book to life. He had an impressive array of voices and gave each character their own one. I had no trouble figuring out who was who. He also impressed me with his Irish accent!!! I will also have to check out more books performed by him.

I was given this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. This in no way affected nor influenced my thoughts.

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The Wrath of Lords

In this audio book, most of the characters in this story are well developed and distinct. The notable exception, unfortunately, is the main character, Berengar. In fairness, he is a complex character with some unique traits All in all, it's an entertaining book

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What a fun read!

What a fun book to listen to! with the video game style storyline where you are given big quest and have to complete a bunch of little quest along the way and then there was the Headless Horseman and a werewolf lol who would have thought it! but I did like it! ** I was given this book for free in exchange for my unbiased opinion**

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Well Done and Fun

Although this book is a bit on the short side, that doesn't keep it from being good. We see in Beranger a character with much more depth than you might expect at the start of the book. Sure he's a bit daft when it comes to figuring out some really basic plot points, but nobody's perfect. :) The book kept me captivated to the end.

Narration by Matt Addis was great, with his voice a good fit for the story and main character. Pacing was good for a comfortable read. Looking forward to following the rest of this series.

I received a review copy of this book for free, in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.

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Irish folklore in the best possible way

I received a copy of this book for free at my request in exchange for an honest review.

This book was so good. Firstly this book is deeply rooted in Irish mythology, Various Fey creatures and hags hounds and werewolves all make appearances in this story. This is close to a more traditional ballad version of the legend of sleepyhollow, if the constable where more like Beowolf and less like Ichabod.

Our main character Warden Berenger is tough as nails and takes repeated setbacks in stride. This is very much the tale of a nearly unbreakable man getting nearly broken over and over, while incidentally putting together the pieces of a mystery, though the "answer" is moderately predictable that doesn't seem to be the point of the story.

Berenger is a likable jerk who is trying to do what is right but sometimes gets a bit caught up in the big picture and misses the local consequences of his actions.

The cast was well designed and all the parts were played beautifully, the narrator is fantastic he gets a deep baritone brogue, he pronounces the Gaelic terms very well. He has a powerful voice that would fit well in Shakespearean monologues.

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Solid Start to a Great Series

The way the story was laid out reminded me of a bit of the TV show Incredible Hulk. I felt like the main character was on a walking quest and while on that journey was picking up side jobs. I think it started out a little slow but picked up speed as it progressed and got me sucked in to the point I listened to the last half more than once. While the main focus was the over arching story, I felt there were a lot a little stories nestled within that. It really made for a story that seemed richer than the actual overall arching story. Part of me thought that this wasn’t really a fantasy story, but more of an adventure action style and that worked really well with me.

Berengar is a really interesting character. The level of growth with his character was great and I look forward to seeing to where he goes. I didn’t really like him as the protagonist at first, but he grew on me as the story continued. The building of the world Berengar is in is great. This is definitely a setup of an environment that will set the stage for the following stories. All the little fantasy side stories that were added made the overall story that much more.

I really liked the location of the story and appreciated the narrator’s accent. He did a really good job with the character’s voices and you can hear the enthusiasm he put into his narration. I look forward to hearing him narrate the rest of the series.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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WOW

can I just say wow no really this book can't be any more perfect than it was just such a good good good story it was a great world build with great solid and wonderful story just so good first of all I was intrigued by the cover but I couldn't imagine what I bargained for it was just marvelous BTW the narrator was amazing and was a great attribute for the book

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Engaging adventure, great worldbuilding

This was an action filled swords and sorcery style adventure. The main protagonist is well written and develops during the story. The main story in the book is well done, even if bits of it are formulaic. The overall world is well written, loosely based on a magical version of Ireland during the dark ages. The narration is clear and understandable. Overall I really enjoyed the book and will be picking up future books in this series.

Disclaimer: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Very intense fantasy!

Exceptionally smoothly flowing storyline. Narration was Professionally accomplished. This story demands a sequel.
I recommend this audiobook for ages 17 and older due to violence and language used in stressful situations.
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swords and sorcery, a witch, and a headless rider!

sleepy hollow meets Chris Fox, werewolves, ghosts, and an axe wielding Scotsman what more could you ask for? A witch? yup got that too, I liked it A lot. I need to mention that I requested a copy of this book and have left this review freely.

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  • Jonathan
  • 05-11-19

Action packed mystery in a fantasy setting

The headline says it all, unlike a lot of fantasy books this one dived straight into the action and never stopped. You can feel the main character coming close to losing control of the events occurring around him as he dives further into the mystery. The book is very much focused upon the perspective of this main character and this includes the world building. Events and people are hinted at beyond the story, allowing you to understand the character’s place within this world. It is a very different style than I usually listen to and I am happy to have found it. There are apparently more books planned that are set within this world, which I am very much looking forward to listening to.

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  • Richard McFerran
  • 01-03-21

Enjoyable...

This book was an enjoyable easy listen, there was a lot going on and it was easy to follow.

It is brought to life by one of my favourite narrators, Matt Addis who is great as always.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 09-20-20

Fast paced action set in a fantasy Ireland

An enjoyable fantasy work which rolls along throughout. The main character will be familiar as the tough, rugged, loner man in black, hero that we need, not the hero that we want but was written in a fresh and exciting way. I was particular interested to see that the author was willing to make his "bad" main character actually behave badly - including one action which in our time would indubitably be a war crime. This keeps the story from falling into an overly predictable pattern.

Fans of David gemmel will feel immediately at home.

The voice acting was immaculate throughout.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-03-20

Just okay. Not bad, but very bland.

The book reads more like a written let's play of a videogame, with the first half of the book being basically collecting quests, subquests, and other typically videogame plot points. Very forgettable. The author said that it was supposed to be a novella, and honestly, it would be much better that way. That said, it's not awful, and if you're looking for specifically Celtic fantasy, it will probably entertain you enough to kill some time.

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  • John Mckeown
  • 06-08-20

Wonderful

What can I say this story to me is a mix of game of thrones meets the Witcher the hero is like dog from game of thrones and the story and plot like something from the Witcher if you are a fan of these works then you would utterly enjoy this story and the following two books after it

The narration is very well acted and gives great depth and character to the parts he plays.

I found myself locked in fascination from start to end and it left me wanting more.

Kyle I salute you in a wonderful written work and imagination.

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  • Bluebell
  • 06-05-20

too short

definitely got that witcher feel,with gerard.
addis does an excellent job,hes in my top five,narrators along with T,G Reynolds.
this book is to the piont ,but with an instant connection with characters.
i need more more more

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  • Concerned Citizen
  • 06-05-20

Fantasy novel steeped in Irish Folklore

This book intrigued me from the off.
It is full of references and nods to Irish folklore whilst still feeling like a wholly different world.
The characters are well built and evolve in an organic fashion even some of the characters you don’t have a huge dealing with.

The story ducks, darts and weaves around giving you a number of unexpected twists and more than a few surprises.

There are a number of things played out very different to how I expected.

The narration is fantastic and the characters are full of life.
I do feel you need to be aware that the whole thing is in Irish accents which for some people it can take some time to acclimate to however you should stick with it for at least 3 or 4 chapters.

I suddenly realised when two characters said the same word in different pronunciations that I had entirely forgotten it was all delivered in Irish accents.

I hope you give this book a chance as it truly does deliver a unique story that will keep you listening or turning the pages.

I received this free copy at my request and have provided an honest and impartial review above.

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  • Panos
  • 05-28-20

Bravo! What a great Fantasy debut for the author

I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

Narration 10/10
The narration is spot on. Everything about it is the way it should be and I can't imagine it any better. For me it really brought the story to life and kept me engaged. The voice tone, the expressions even the narration speed (one of the few books I actually listened on x1.00 and didn't have to speed up to make more manageable) are just perfect.

Story 9/10
I'll be honest, I didn't expect much. I get a lot of review copies and many of them will end up unfinished and deleted from my library that I won't even bother to review. Some others are ok - moderately good, which I'll finish and post an honest review. But this! This was such a surprise! My expectations were low, but unexpectedly it turned out to be one of the best books I finished this year (and I go through 10+ per month).
The story follows the protagonist Berengar, a Queen's Warden with the reputation of a cold hearted man that will get the job done, who, after he beheads a man in a church, is "forced" in a journey to find the local lord's niece who's gone missing,
Berengar is an amazing character, he has his shades of grey, viz, he's not the cold hearted man of the rumors, but he's not your average "white knight" hero either. Instead, he's a well built character with his flaws and contradictions, which are finely presented during the story-line, and affect the turn of events.
The character building is overall well done, and the world is finely presented. The pace is really good, not getting stale at any given point and there is a lot of action, especially during the second half of the book. There are also the occasional twists and unforeseeable events that keep the tension up and make things more interesting.
Even though the seeds are sown for the sequel, the author patches up loose ends and gives a satisfying end to this book as a stand alone novel.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and I would suggest it to all fantasy lovers. Personally I'm definitely listening to the other 2 books in the trilogy in the near future.

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  • David Munch
  • 10-11-19

Great fantasy/mystery novel with awesome narration

The Wrath of Lords by Kyle Alexander Romines is the story of the High Queen of Fáls warden, Esben Berengar, a rough guy who prefer to be left and alone and does not appreciate it when things doesn’t go his way. He’s famously known as The Red Bear, and known for his temper and rough way of handling things. After a skirmish where he executes a bad guy he was out to find, he gets involved in the case of a missing girl in the small town of Aluine. The girl was abducted by an ogre in a swamp, and Berengar is forced to find her. Said swamp turns out to be a place filled with evil, and our warden gets into more trouble than he is used to. Underway in the tale, it turns out that things aren’t as clear as they should be in Aluine, and people appear to have secrets that are not immediately clear.

The book was very nicely written, and kept me captivated all the way through. The writing had a great flow, with good descriptions, and excellent characterisation of the main character and those he came across. The main character was very well portrayed, and you get a good sense of what kind of person he is.
It is your somewhat old school fantasy tale, but despite not being on the epic scale, a very down to earth and believable story. There’s a good array of classic monster/villain arch types, but despite this, it didn’t feel it lowered the quality of the story. While I did only go into it expecting your standard fantasy genre, the book also turned out to be a mystery novel, which I enjoyed very much. It was an excellent mixture of two different genres, and it made for a much more complex story than would first appear.

I listened to the audiobook narrated by Matt Addis, and he did an absolutely fabulous job of it. It is not often a narrator fits the overall setting so perfectly, and does so with such a clear voice, and with distinct tones for each character.

Overall there’s not much to critique about the story, which again lends itself to the great writing. I did find that transitions were somewhat abrupt, and there could have been a line or two more to build up or close down, each scene.
My second critique is that Berengar has a wolf that follows him around, yet the wolf is essentially never there. It is used in a very few scenes, and then only shortly, and it really came out as if the wolf were an unimportant item he had in his pocket, which he just decided to throw at a bad guy twice throughout the book. Had the wolf not been included in the book, it wouldn’t have made a single difference. Could it have been fleshed out much more though, it would have been preferable. Why he has the wolf, is also never explained.
And finally, despite not being too long a story, there were too many character names to follow. I had a hard time distinguishing some of the background characters, until some part into their dialogs, when things that happened previously in the story were mentioned.

But overall, I was very satisfied with the book, and I will most certainly read more in the series! Highly recommended for any fantasy or mystery novel readers. You won’t be disappointed.

I received this audiobook for free in return for a review. I have no affiliation with the author, the narrator, the publisher, or their pets (Although I am sure the latter are quite nice!).

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  • DabOfDarkness
  • 07-15-19

A brute who takes out the bad guys - for fun!

Berengar could be The Hound’s cousin. He’s big, rough, and had some wiggle room in his morals. I love how his character starts out – all unrepentant sharp edges. Someone has to rid the land of scum, and why not let it be someone who enjoys the work. Those that deserve death get it and Berengar enjoys dishing it out.

As the story continues, his character grows a bit. He comes to find that things aren’t always to black and white, people can redeem themselves, that those that might have once deserved death are now willing to put it all on the line to save someone else. Through these experiences, he learns about his own softer side. But don’t think that it gets all gooey! Nope! Berengar might have been altered a bit by the violence and trickery of those around him, but he’s the well armed man who will happily take out a savage brute to save children.

The story has a very Medieval wild Ireland or perhaps Wales feel to it. The moor, the mist, the Hag, the werewolf, etc. It’s a lush world to set this monster hunt and murder mystery into. Aha! Yes, this tale has a cerebral side. We must untangle the mystery, figure out who the real killers are and their motivations. Then we go stand behind a nice sturdy stone wall and let Berengar dispense some worthy justice.

Obviously, I really enjoyed this story. It clipped along at the perfect pace, having a balance of action and introspection. The magic is well matched with real-world woes (like mucking about in the dreary mist). While it appears the ladies need rescuing at the outset, that soon changes. Not all of them are in need of an assist.

The story ends with the mysteries solved and some justice meted out. Berengar is whole enough for another adventure to stumble upon him. I look forward to Book 2! Oh! and I love his wolf-hound too! 5/5 stars.

The Narration: Matt Addis has a great voice and is perfect for Berengar. I love his angry, gravelly voice for the ticked off would-be hero. Addis also voices the ladies quite well too, especially that creepy Hag! And I like his young man’s voice for Allistair (Rose’s love). The pacing was spot on and there were no technical issues with the recording. 5/5 stars.

I received a copy of this this book in exchange for an honest, free review. My opinions are %100 my own.

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