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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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! "

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