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The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches II

The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches II

Written by Robert Stanek

Narrated by Karl Fehr


The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches II

Written by Robert Stanek

Narrated by Karl Fehr

ratings:
3.5/5 (4 ratings)
Length:
5 hours
Released:
Jan 1, 2008
ISBN:
9781575453446
Format:
Audiobook

Description

THE #1 BESTSELLING SERIES FROM THE AWARD-WINNING, BESTSELLING AUTHOR! Unleash the power of your imagination and enter a world you've never dreamed existed. Best-selling author Robert Stanek delivers an epic fantasy adventure that will open your mind and your heart. Perfect for the young and the young at heart, this refreshingly unique fantastic adventure’s only limits are the limits of your imagination. Inside, you'll discover the breathtaking world of Ruin Mist where the mystical and the magical abound, and you'll fall in love with three heroes: a boy who would become a mage, a princess who is fleeing a dying kingdom, and a warrior elf who undertakes an epic journey.
Released:
Jan 1, 2008
ISBN:
9781575453446
Format:
Audiobook

About the author

Robert Stanek also writes as William Stanek. Mr. Stanek has been writing stories for over 40 years. In 2020, he celebrated the publication of his 250th book and 20 millionth reader. That's a lot of books, a lot of years of writing, and a lot of readers, making him one of the most prolific and popular writers of all time. His books have been published and/or distributed by every major US publisher, including Prentice Hall, Simon & Schuster, Penguin Random House, Macmillan, McGraw-Hill, Hachette, HarperCollins, Pearson Education, Cengage Learning, Wiley, and HMH, and over 100 other publishers globally. Robert's forefather, the Pulitzer prize-winning author and National Book Award recipient, Wallace Stegner, who is thought of as the Dean of Western Writers, once called Robert one of the most versatile and naturally talented writers he'd ever met. Like his forefather, Robert is an American novelist, short story writer, historian, conservationist and memoirist. Like his forefather, Robert is a gifted and distinguished writer, a respected and skilled teacher and someone who operates against the grain. Robert became the first breakout author of the digital publishing movement. The first to serialize an ebook, the first to e-author a bestseller, and the first to e-author a digital audio bestseller. Robert is the recipient of multiple awards recognizing his outstanding contributions and excellence in writing, and a recent nominee for a Lifetime Achievement award. Today, writing as William Stanek and Robert Stanek, he has over 50 #1 bestsellers to his credit. As a partially disabled veteran and father of a child with disabilities, Robert is a strong supporter of related causes and charities. In the military, Robert served as an intelligence analyst working with the NSA. His military career took him to multiple combat zones and duty stations in Europe, Asia, and the Pacific. His distinguished service earned him many commendations, including the Air Force Distinguished Flying Cross.


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  • (3/5)
    worth sticking with. Plot moves jerkily but battle scenes and unfolding drama of the roles people play in a conflict between peoples is worth reading on for.
  • (1/5)
    I confess I bought this book after being persuaded by the dozens of excellent reviews at Amazon, even though I'd never seen it recommended anywhere else. I should have searched through and read the negative reviews. My three children (12, 10 and 8) are sophisticated listeners and fantasy-genre afficionados and we could barely get through this book as a readaloud. The author has clearly taken great delight in constructing a rich and complex fantasy world. However, he's an appallingly poor tour guide. The prose fails to flow, connections between characters, storylines and geographic locations are difficult to discern, and character development is capricious and unconvincing. The subplots don't resolve, and the characters in the separate storylines never meet, nor are the connections between them anything beyond the vaguest hints. We've read hundreds and hundreds of books together over the years, many wonderful and some not so great, but we have never struggled the way we did with this book to reach the end. We made it and feel like we deserve medals.
  • (5/5)
    Robert Stanek is a “wizard” of the written word: his book, ‘The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches’, apparently the first book in a series, explodes with action and excitement, but still with that requisite emotional gravitas that makes even the most fantastic tale worth reading. If you’ve finished reading some of those Terry Pratchett or Neil Gaiman or even Tolkien books and you’re looking for a new author to enjoy, then make it this one: you won’t be disappointed.Like many unforgettable fantasy tales, this book is mostly about an epic journey, an unlikely band of heroes, and a beautiful world to be saved. An interminable darkness blankets Ruin Mist, mostly because of a solution that turned out to cause more harm than good: to heal the physical and spiritual landscape, the land’s rulers ban magic. But a powerful and evil Lord manages to take advantage of the magic-free (and therefore vulnerable) Ruin Mist, leaving its people with a single, although complicated, solution—and one that requires much sacrifice. In this situation enters three characters coming from different walks of life who—against the overwhelming odds—must soldier on in an all-or-nothing bid to save their world—and that’s only for starters.Stanek vividly paints a world so stunning in its beauty and breathtaking in its magical possibilities that you can “see” everything in your mind’s eye. Clearly, Stanek is at the height of his literary powers, and he wields it with panache and vision rare among self-published authors. I highly recommend ‘The Kingdoms and the Elves of the Reaches’ to any fan of the genre—you won’t be disappointed. Get a copy of this book today—it’s also a perfect gift to like-minded friends and loved ones.