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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (228 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Liane Merciel Narrator: Stefan Rudnicki Publisher: Blackstone Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Ithelas Series Release Date: July 2010 ISBN: 9781455198818
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A thrilling new voice in fantasy makes an unforgettable debut with this “intriguingly twisted tale of treachery and magic” (New York Times bestselling author L. E. Modesitt, Jr.). Liane Merciel’s The River Kings’ Road takes us to a world of bitter enmity between kingdoms, divided loyalties between comrades, and an insidious magic that destroys everything it touches.

A fragile period of peace between the eternally warring kingdoms of Oakharn and Langmyr is shattered when a surprise massacre fueled by bloodmagic ravages the Langmyrne border village of Willowfield, killing its inhabitants—including a visiting Oakharne lord and his family—and leaving behind a scene so grisly that even the carrion eaters avoid its desecrated earth. But the dead lord’s infant heir has survived the carnage—a discovery that entwines the destinies of Brys Tarnell, a mercenary who rescues the helpless and ailing babe, and a Langmyr peasant, a young mother herself, whom Brys enlists to nourish and nurture the child of her enemies as they travel a dark, perilous road.

As one infant’s life hangs in the balance, so too does the fate of thousands, while deep in the forest, a Maimed Witch practices an evil bloodmagic that could doom them all.

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  • The River Kings’ Road is the intriguingly twisted tale of treachery and magic behind a brutal massacre and the impacts this unspeakable act has on the two survivors, on those who perpetrated it, on those who investigated it, and on those who tried to turn it to even more evil ends. It’s also a tale that examines unsparingly the issue of to what degree the ends justify the means…or not.”

    L. E. Modesitt, Jr., New York Times bestselling author of The Saga of Recluce series

  • The River Kings’ Road drew me in with the characters, all of whom felt real and reacted realistically for the setting…The heroes are heroic because of the choices they make on their journey, choices that would test the very best…and worst…in all of us…It’s a story where the simplest choice could have drastic consequences, and where the lowliest of peasants can change the fate of a kingdom.”

    Joshua Palmatier, author of The Vacant Throne

  • “[An] impressive epic fantasy debut…Merciel has constructed an inspired new world where unexpected plot twists bedevil strong, clearly visualized characters, in a story that glints with intelligence and hums with life.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Merciel’s fantasy debut imbues standard motifs of the hero’s tale with passionate intensity, bringing her characters vibrantly to life and creating a realistic setting for her story. Strong storytelling makes this a good choice for adult and YA fantasy fans.”

    Library Journal

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 12/20/2013

    " A good match for fans of George R. R. Martin with touches of Tolkien and other high/traditional fantasy. Contains a fairly high level of violence, so not for the faint-hearted. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon Baas | 11/18/2013

    " I enjoyed the book. I read the second book, which now makes a lot more sense. I enjoy this type of book and the sense of mythical history it gives. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Amanda Powell | 10/12/2013

    " loved it very good ending cliffhanger! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katrina Silva | 10/3/2013

    " 1st book in the series. Sets up the political situation in this world. Leaves a lot of questions that aren't answered in this book or the next. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Snail in Danger (Sid) Nicolaides | 10/2/2013

    " Interesting characters, though frankly there are a lot of sociopaths trapped in between the pages of this novel. A little slow to get going, particularly since the first three-four chapters are devoted to introducing separate parties. But interesting once it gets past that. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 ms.pointy | 9/19/2013

    " Boring. So boring. Another book about one of the five allowable plots in contemporary fantasy--right down to evil sorceresses, hell hounds, and chaste, pure spiritual warriors of the light. Never mind all the other cliches; boring the reader is unforgivable. I'm out! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike Casassa | 8/1/2013

    " I am currently reading this book. So far this is a well written adventure story along the lines of Tolkin and Brooks. I am having trouble putting the book down in order to go about my every day life.... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Liviu | 6/28/2013

    " The book has a great first line and it has been downhill for me from there; just nothing of interest in this one, another run of the mill fantasy, though the Marmell one had at least compelling writing while this one just drags on and on... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tara | 6/24/2013

    " This was a very good read. The pacing was pretty strong through most of the book and kept me turning pages, but things got a bit too rushed at the end. Still, I enjoyed this far more than I anticipated and look forward to reading more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Nicole | 5/5/2013

    " The plot and story were a bit scattered, since the narration was spread over quite a few unconnected characters and locations. The basics are good, and I'm hoping it comes together a little more in the next book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 April | 9/18/2012

    " Very much liked this one. Nice twist on an old story. Interesting characters and a plot that moves forward quickly. Really creepy bad guy magic.... Five out of five me thinks. Looking forward to the second one. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Batsheva | 6/15/2012

    " Hit halfway mark. Need more patience, but for those with more staying power a dark character driven fantasy. I just didn't like the characters very much. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Steele | 5/17/2012

    " Well written, very intense "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rob Grymm | 7/8/2011

    " it was good but nothing spectacular. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tbloxham | 6/26/2011

    " I really liked this, a solid yarn set in an intriguing world. The story was resolved nicely internally to some degree, with lots of set up for the rest of the trilogy. I can't wait for the sequels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Hafiza | 2/24/2011

    " Formulaic but entertaining Medieval Fantasy, I think women and YA would enjoy it the most because of some mild romantic subplots. I will definitely be looking forward to the sequel.

    We need a map and list of characters for the next book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joy | 6/12/2010

    " New Author and I enjoyed this epic sword & sorcery (part 1). Good to be bad evil sorceresses, knights with a dark side and knights that are holy and full of themselves. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tbloxham | 6/2/2010

    " I really liked this, a solid yarn set in an intriguing world. The story was resolved nicely internally to some degree, with lots of set up for the rest of the trilogy. I can't wait for the sequels. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Snail in Danger (Sid) | 5/29/2010

    " Interesting characters, though frankly there are a lot of sociopaths trapped in between the pages of this novel. A little slow to get going, particularly since the first three-four chapters are devoted to introducing separate parties. But interesting once it gets past that. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mike | 4/16/2010

    " I am currently reading this book. So far this is a well written adventure story along the lines of Tolkin and Brooks. I am having trouble putting the book down in order to go about my every day life.... "

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