Thursday, February 20, 2014

Audio Book Review: Murder at Avedon Hill

Murder at Avedon Hill

By:  P.G. Holyfield

Publish Date:  2008

Format:  Podiobook

Genre:  Fantasy

Series:  1st book in The Land of Caern series

Recommendation:  Yes! A murder mystery set in a fantasy world with magics, gods, Elves, Dwarves, moon beasts, and vampires. The city of Avedon Hill and it's residents are much more and deeper secrets than originally viewed.

Lord Avedon has a problem. Generations of Avedons have watched over Avedon Hill and controlled the only pass through the Lantis Mountains. Traditions are important to the Avedon family, but one tradition has tragically come to an end. Gretta Platt, Housemistress of Avedon Manor, has been murdered. A member of the Platt family has always served the Avedons as Housemistress. until now. Only a handful of people live at Avedon Hill, and most are suspects. Arames Kragen, retired Aarronic Advisor and scholar of prophecy, arrives at the gates of Avedon Hill, hoping to gain access to the mountain pass. Lord Avedon is not in a giving mood, however.

This is the story of Arames Kragen and his attempt not only to discover who killed Gretta Platt, but also to uncover the truth about a town that apparently has more secrets than inhabitants.

The Land of Caern: It is a world where the gods, the Children of Az, can choose to be born as mortals to directly affect events in the world, and often do. It is a world where the Priests of Caern frantically search for the mortal incarnations of any of the Children, in order prevent the Prophecies of Iberian from coming to pass.

Welcome to The Land of Caern... Welcome... to Murder at Avedon Hill, the podcast novel by P.G. Holyfield.

First Sentence:
Gretta Platt sat on a well-crafted stone bench in the southern quarter of the open courtyard.

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*I listened to this story for my own enjoyment.

My Thoughts and Summary:
Arames and his student, Arrin Perti, come to the city of Avedon Hill, the city all had to go through to get to the mountain pass because there is no other way around, as they were heading to a conference. Arames's cousin tells him he can't get him granted passage, there's been a murder and the city is closed. Lord Avedon won't let anyone leave until the murder of the Housemistress of the Avedon Manor is solved. Arames offers to solve the murder to open the pass on the opposite side. The secrets Arames unveils on his investigation could prove to be very dangerous to him and Arrin. Secrets worth killing for...

I listened to the audiobook version, and LOVED it! All the voices to many different characters and the background to go with the happenings. I would love to have read this book as well. I know there are a few sections about the gods here that I would have re-read a few times. I know there is a lot of information that goes with the building here and my sticky notes would have been loved so. And I could easily go back to my notes and see about figuring out the mystery too. ;) I did have times where visualizing in my minds eye was a bit hard with the gods information. I think reading would have helped me in these small sections. The beginning of each chapter kind of confused me at times too, these were short phrases about the worlds gods. However, in Chapter 14 P.G. Holyfield explains these are religious text from in the world and will be read by another to lessen confusion. This change helps greatly in listening to the book, in reading it probably won't affect you.

A murder mystery to solve in a fantasy world! Who done it? I like mystery shows/movies but usually struggle with the reads (I love my fantasy and usually not set in a fantasy world). P.G. Holyfield blends all I love here! Yes! Thank you for writing my kind of mystery! And in investigating the murder and along with wanting to know who did it, I became exceedingly curious of the secrets people were hiding. I wanted to know it ALL! And in the end, I do...mostly. ;)

We start in the prologue with being in Gretta's head. Then she is attacked and murdered. We got a glimpse at the killer's thoughts as well. There is a connection here, and I'm curious as to what it is. Then we are with Arames and Arrin, venturing the investigation through both their eyes. The powers Arames and Arrin have are amazing, and they are strong fighters.

As the story goes I become increasingly invested in the secrets Arames and Arrin find along with my growing curiosity as to who and why kill Gretta. What we learn along the way with the gods of this world, as mentioned in the description (they do choose to be born into the world), draws me to the vast world here. We have a vast fantasy world here. There are elves, dwarves, vampires, moon beasts (werewolves), and much magic in different specialties. All of which attract my attention. And then there are the gods and their stories.

We are graced with many stunning happenings in this world. Murder mystery. Secrets of those at Avedon Hill. Action. Supernatural. Magic. And fantasy. I never knew for sure what Arames and Arrin would come across in they investigation, and I looked forward to it! I'm now on the search for anything and all set in this world.

P.G. Holyfield has caught my attention with this world and his writing style along with an amazing mystery story. But in the end, he cinched the deal making me curious of Arrin Perti and the Perti family as a whole. There is more to come, and I WILL be around to see what it is.


Gina said...

Not an audiobook person but how interesting the combination of mystery and fantasy plays out here. Thanks for the rec!

Melissa (Books and Things) said...

OM! You keep finding such great podiocasts! Another great fantasy.

zEmfIrKa said...

Oh! I'm always looking for great audiobook and this one sounds interesting! :)

Melliane said...

Oh I just love love the idea of this one, and you"re right we don't see a lot this mix. Plus, I just love a good mystery!

Jennifer @ Bad Bird Reads said...

This does sound like a great mystery. Happy you loved it.

Unknown said...

Sounds like it has an interesting mystery. Glad you enjoyed the audio book I am still struggling with those.

Bea said...

The mix of fantasy and mystery intrigues me and s does the concept of gods who can choose to be born as mortals. I may have to add this to my wishlist.

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Gina R. I understand that with the audiobooks. :) It's in print (or ebook) too, if you'd like to check it out. :) I'd have loved to have read this one. I'd filled the pages with sticky notes for my own references. :)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

LOL! Melissa (B&T) I've had some amazing people refer me to them. So glad to share them with you all too. :)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Victoria S. I was so taken with this I can't even express enough. Do hope you get to take a look, listen, to this one. :)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Melliane, I loved this blend here. :) Thank you!

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Thank you Jennifer Bielman. :)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Lily B. I understand the audiobook struggling. I've done so for a long time. I found podcasts seem to be easier for me. But this is also in book/ebook format for reading too. :)

Melissa (My words and pages) said...

Oh Bea, do hope you get to check it out. Weeeell worth it. :) Thank you!