• Tongue Eater

  • Mage Errant, Book 6
  • By: John Bierce
  • Narrated by: Ralph Lister
  • Length: 20 hrs and 2 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (543 ratings)

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Tongue Eater

By: John Bierce
Narrated by: Ralph Lister
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Publisher's Summary

Kanderon Crux has fallen.

The traitors who brought the powerful sphinx down have fled with plagues and other magical weapons stolen from Skyhold's Vault, intending to use them against the Havath Dominion, no matter the cost to the rest of the Ithonian continent. Havath teeters on the edge of collapse after their failed invasion of Skyhold, and the nations and monsters of Ithos circle like vultures. The Dominion has no interest in going down without a fight, however, and there are few depths they're unwilling to sink to for survival.

Kanderon's surviving allies are working desperately to stop both the traitors and the Dominion, but the situation is worse than they know. The traitors didn't steal plagues at all. They stole the Tongue Eater, a weapon capable of devouring entire languages, and unless they're stopped, it threatens the fate of the entire continent. Hugh Stormward and his friends are the only ones who know the truth, and there's no one they can trust with the knowledge. Even with the fate of the continent on his shoulders, however, Hugh doesn't care about any of that.

He's convinced that Kanderon is still alive, even if no one else believes him, and he's willing to do whatever it takes to help her.

Includes bonus story, Gram of Clan Castis and a special note from the author.

©2022 John Bierce (P)2022 Podium Audio

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Nothing happend.

I love this series, but this book was a huge waste of time. 4 hours was spent describing a new world the MC's traveled to for a couple days, then they left. Their travel through the labyrinths was utterly uneventful. A 10 minute synopsis of this book is all you need to prepare for the next installment. skip and buy the next one unless you have 20 hours to kill, because this book did almost nothing to advance the story arc I was looking forward to.

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genuinely didn't realize the book was over

I thought I had accidentally skipped to the end of the book when I thought I had 2 hours left. I didn't feel like the book had enough substance to it...

Love the story but disappointed by this entry.

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Disappointing

Yet another author dragging out a story needlessly just to rob people of their money by writing an entire book about a side quest that could have been covered in 2 chapters. Literally nothing happens in this book, the plot has ZERO progression. The entire book was just a build up to the next book. Extremely disappointed. If you want to waste 20 hours listening to some random details and story line that has like zero to do with the main plot then I guess this book is for you.

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Mostly filler

I was overall disappointed with this book after enjoying the others so much. I feel that roughly 80% of this book can be skipped without missing anything important.

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A slog to get through

The story just didn’t resonate with me, especially after the last two novels. This one seemed to be in a holding pattern, but hopefully the next book ropes me back in.

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A lot of mispronounciations

Every time I hear the reader say metastable I want to throw the phone against the wall, you'd think editors would catch these repeated mispronounciations.

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Deeply disappointing side arc

As many others have pointed out, the book would have made for a wonderful side story novella. As an actual inclusion into the main series though it felt like a huge slog.

Nothing happens. No cliff hangers. You can skip this book and miss very little. There’s probably an hour or so of actual content here.

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Filler

Very enjoyable series but this book was just a filler. waste of time and money.

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Not what I hoped for

I don't review books often, but I've been invested in this series so felt the need to share my thoughts. Really disappointed in this book. No conclusion to speak of (not even a cliff hanger) just half a story with filler that was totally irrelevant to the series for about 50-70% of the content that I found myself not caring about at all. Other than the big event which occured in the first 1/3 of the book there was almost no character or story progression to speak of. Even the title of this book is not relevant to it's content. Every other book the title was the "problem to solve" or climax, but in this book it was just a tease. Really sad to give a 2 star review of this, but I honestly don't think it deserves any better. I rarely finish a book mad about how the author played us, but I did in this book.

PSA, the last 3 hours of this listen are not this book. They are a short story set a few books back that don't give you any contentment towards how this story actually plays out. This reminds me of Dresden files book 16. Half a book and not something I will ever listen to again without immediately following up with the next book (if it's good) if I can avoid it.

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Narration 5/5, Book 3/5, Novella Very strong 4/5

This is, in my eyes, the weakest book in the series so far. It's not a bad book by any means, but it's clearly here for dealing with the aftermath of the previous book and setting upp the next.

I wouldn't go so far as to say that it's purely filler, but most of it could've easily have been done in a montage like chapter, or in a time skip fashion without much being lost in terms of continuing the story. What's here though, is a lot of world building and some new viewpoints on the universe that John Bierce has meticulously created.

But in the end, I would've preferred this book as a 5.5 book instead of a 6th in the series seeing as it barely progresses the storyline at all in the end.

What did impress me was the Novella at the end though! I went into it with fairly low expectations, as many authors tends to really like a character and write stories about them that nobody else likes to read (looking at you especially Patrick Rothfuss). I'm very glad to say that I was definitely proven wrong, and the 2 hour novella at the end was without a doubt the best part of the audio book! It was a joy to listen to from start to finish!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-01-22

Good read, would recommend.

All of the books have been good, but this book I finaly gott to see the main protagonists grow up. Well in a sense, they have been growing upp trou out the series. But untill this book I only saw them as teenagers and at one point in the book I started to see them as more adults than teens. When I realised that I gott sho exited.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-21-22

NOOO!! it ended

Amazingly done, the characters go through so much, and the for shadowing was so amazing. god i love this series.

way to shot though.

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  • 11-17-22

Great story and series

I like the story and series. Characters are well developed. I like that they have flaws and their reactions to events are appropriate to their characters. I like that they have agency in the latest book and make their own decisions about events and figure things out on their own.

I do not enjoy that the author keeps working in references to the characters “being in one of talias terrible novels” or “if I was a character in one of your novels” or “I’m not a character in a novel”. It’s like the author is trying to wink at the reader through the character but i find it disengaging and it really breaks me out of the book. It breaks my willing suspension of disbelief.

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  • Joshua Jones
  • 10-14-22

A return to form

Tongue Eater manages to bring back the feeling of exploration and adventure that carried the first 2 books while keeping the momentum of the story and characters going. IMO, it's the best entry in the series so far.