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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,422 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Ken Scholes Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki, Scott Brick, William Dufris, Maggi-Meg Reed Publisher: Macmillan Audio Format: Unabridged edition Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Psalms of Isaak Release Date: February 2009 ISBN: 9781427206268
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In Lamentation, the first entry in the Psalm of Isaak series, an ancient weapon has completely destroyed the city of Windwir. From many miles away, Rudolfo, Lord of the Nine Forest Houses, sees the horrifying column of smoke rising. He knows that war is coming to the Named Lands.

Nearer to the Devastation, a young apprentice is the only survivor of the city—he sat waiting for his father outside the walls, and was transformed as he watched everyone he knew die in an instant.

Soon all the Kingdoms of the Named Lands will be at each other’s throats, as alliances are challenged and hidden plots are uncovered.

This remarkable first novel from award-winning short fiction writer Ken Scholes will take readers away to a new world—an Earth so far in the distant future that our time is not even a memory; a world where magick is commonplace and great areas of the planet are impassable wastes. But human nature hasn’t changed through the ages: War and faith and love still move princes and nations.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “This is the golden age of fantasy, with a dozen masters doing their best work. Then along comes Ken Scholes, with his amazing clarity, power, and invention, and shows us all how it’s done. No more ponderous plotting—Scholes barely gives us time to breathe. Yet he creates vivid characters, a world thick with detail, and wonders we’ve never seen before. I wish my first novel had been this good. I wish all five volumes of this series were already published so I could read them now.”

    Orson Scott Card, author of Ender’s Game

  • A 2010 Locus Award Nominee

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nate | 2/16/2014

    " While I thoroughly enjoyed this novel, Scholes needs to lay off the caffeine and let a reader savor the moments. As other reviewers have stated, too many wonderful moments just whiz by. The flip-side to this is that this book is fast-paced and quite the page turner. I really appreciated Scholes crisp, masculine prose. He writes like a pro and avoids the whole D&D dialogue and description style that vitiates so much of the genre. Highly recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aaron | 2/8/2014

    " Purchased this after I heard another piece by the same author read on the excellent sf podcast Star Ship Sofa. I was a bit let down by the novel. What seemed like an elegant, even elegaic tone when listening translated into a more repetitive and shallow style on the page. Mildly satisfying and assured in a comfortable and low key manner. Definitely a cut above the histrionics and caricature that seem to be the keys for success in the glutted (sic?) epic fantasy market. Still, if I do take in more of the series that follows, it will be listened to, maybe on a commute or longer drive, rather than read "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gmhi | 2/7/2014

    " Good world building and character development. But the overall story is just bland, couldn't care for any of the characters or what happens to them. Maybe I'll read Canticle after a while. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carla | 2/4/2014

    " so i would actually give this book 3 1/2 stars but thats not an option so i opted for a 1/2 point higher. very good while still original. characters were enjoyable and while i have heard otherwise i still hope this series stays as good as this first book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Robyn Brown | 1/26/2014

    " Great beginning to a series I look forward to reading! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kiersten | 1/24/2014

    " I liked this much more than I expected to. One of the things I hate about most fantasy novels are the irritating names the authors always give everything--people and places. This book was not an exception. However, I thought it had some interesting twists and turns. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Peterwilliam | 12/27/2013

    " Struggled between "3" and "4" but gave it the benefit of the doubt. Plus, it finished strong - as opposed to how it opened, which was rather south of m'eh. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bukminster | 12/24/2013

    " Smart writing in a well-realized new fictional world. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 MJ | 12/24/2013

    " A good read but not necessarily great. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Stacey | 12/6/2013

    " Wow, I loved this, and can't believe I took so long to start it. Is this what they call "gateway" sci-fi? It's written like fantasy, but the hints and foreshadowing tells me that it's going to get much more... well, science fiction. Love it! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jake | 10/1/2013

    " Audio Book. Very good. I enjoyed it a lot and hope to read the rest of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 David | 5/31/2013

    " I enjoyed this book though not as much as I expected. I would recommend this book to lovers of the fantasy genre but for me its highlighted the fact that my love of the genre has waned. Im looking for something else now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bibliophile | 11/12/2012

    " This was one of the books that got me back into reading for pleasure and not for class. The world building is superb, and the ending only deepens the mystery. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Adrian Phoenix | 9/19/2011

    " I absolutely loved this book and promptly ran out and bought the second one, Canticle. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anastasia | 5/30/2011

    " Awesome epic fantasy. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 justin | 3/28/2011

    " Couldn't finish it. Was 2/3 of the way through and just didn't feel any desire to continue. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brennan | 1/20/2011

    " With Antiphon, Scholes really hits on all cylinders. The last one worked well, but was a bit of a slog for some reason, but this one hums along. Really good, original characters and world. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bukminster | 12/8/2010

    " A great return to form after a realtively disappointing book two. Much wider in scope than the last book, with a compelling narrative. A fun read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele | 12/8/2010

    " a rich alternative world --nearly everything is foreign to the world in which we live. highly developed characters. really tough things happened to folks in this 3rd installment. can't wait to read #s 4 and 5. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Doug | 11/5/2010

    " This has been a wonderful series and the 3rd book is just as good as the previous. Take some time and revel in this well told story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sam | 11/4/2010

    " Fantastic book. The plot keeps getting more intricate and interesting. I was shocked at some of the scenes. Great series overall. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Eric | 9/4/2010

    " Started out a bit slow (or maybe it just took a while to get back into the characters), but picked up steam pretty fast. Really enjoyed the continued mystery of the story and the zig zagging from one character to another as the story reached its apex. Can't wait for the next one in the series. "

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About the Author
Author Ken Scholes

Ken Scholes’s short fiction has been appearing in various magazines and anthologies for the last eight years, including Realms of Fantasy, Polyphony 6, and Weird Tales. He is a winner of the Writers of the Future contest. Ken’s background includes service in two branches of the military, a degree in history, a brief stint as a clergyman, an even briefer stint as a label-gun repairman and over ten years’ experience managing nonprofit organizations. Originally from the Puget Sound area, Ken currently lives in Gresham, Oregon, with his amazing wonder-wife Jen, two cats, five guitars, and more books than you’d ever want to help him move.

About the Narrators

Stefan Rudnicki first became involved with audiobooks in 1994. Now a Grammy-winning audiobook producer, he has worked on more than three thousand audiobooks as a narrator, writer, producer, or director. He has narrated more than three hundred audiobooks. A recipient of multiple AudioFile Earphones Awards, he was presented the coveted Audie Award for solo narration in 2005, 2007, and 2014 and was named one of AudioFile’s Golden Voices in 2012.

Scott Brick, actor, narrator, and writer, attended UCLA and spent ten years in a traveling Shakespeare company. Passionate about the spoken word, he has narrated a wide variety of audiobooks, from thrillers and science fiction to classics and nonfiction. He has recorded more than eight hundred audiobooks and won over fifty AudioFile Earphones Awards and several of the prestigious Audie Awards. He was named a Golden Voice by AudioFile magazine and the Voice of Choice for 2016 by Booklist magazine.

William Dufris attended the University of Southern Maine in Portland-Gorham before pursuing a career in voice work in London and then the United States. He has won more than twenty AudioFile Earphones Awards, was voted one of the Best Voices at the End of the Century by AudioFile magazine, and won the prestigious Audie Award in 2012 for best nonfiction narration. He lives with his family in Maine.

Maggi-Meg Reed has performed as an actress and singer both on and off-Broadway. She is a narrator of many popular audio books, including A Very Long Engagement and The Time Traveler’s Wife.