Thursday, February 14, 2019

Audio Book Review: Witchbreaker


By:  James Maxey

Publish Date:  February 21, 2015, Audiobook Release September 12, 2018

Format:  Audiobook - 12 hrs 21 mins
Narrated By:  Jake Urry

Genre:  Fantasy

Series:  3rd in Dragon Apocalypse series; Book 1 ~ Greatshadow, Book 2 ~ Hush

Impression:  Following the connection to Rott the dragon.

Five hundred years ago, the famed Witchbreaker, Lord Stark Tower, launched a war against the cult of witches, nearly wiping them out. Today, only a handful of women still practice the craft in secret. A young witch named Sorrow has dedicated her life to changing this reality, vowing to wipe out the Church of the Book and launch a new golden age of witchcraft. In pursuit of her goals, she bonds her soul with Rott, the primal dragon of decay, giving her nearly limitless powers of destruction. Unfortunately, tapping this power comes at the cost of her humanity, leading her into a desperate quest to find the greatest witch of all time, Avaris, in hopes of mastering her dark magic before it destroys her. But she's not alone in hunting Avaris, as fate throws her into an uneasy partnership with a man who wants to be the new Witchbreaker. Can either of them survive their mutual quests when their journey leads them into battle with Tempest, the primal dragon of storms?

First Sentence:
Sorrow shivered as she opened the blanket clasped around her shoulders long enough to feed the last shards of the kitchen table into the stove.

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My Thoughts and Summary:
*I was given this free review copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

If feels fitting, yet I felt unsure to have Jake Urry return to voice the story. Unsure because Stagger is not telling the story this time. But it fits as Jake has voiced these characters in the previous two books. He fits the same tone and personality to the characters we have become use to, easing my worry with quickness. Once I got over Stagger not being the voice of the story, I was happy to have Jake back to tell the tale of Sorrow's adventure. As usual, Jake's narration is clear and full of life for the characters.

Sorrow has a plan. She wanted to find the lost witches graveyard to learn more about putting special nails in her head to get more power. Now, she has more to fuel that desire. She needs to learn how to control the new power she has with a part of the dragon Rott's tooth in her skull as she's slowly turning into a dragon.

We meet Sorrow in the previous book and learned how and why she has a piece of Rott's tooth in her skull. It is fitting for the story to follow her next, as it's a series of the Dragon Apocalypse and she's now connected to a dragon. Sorrow has her vision set on what she's going to do. But her friends open her eyes to somethings she didn't see about herself. This is Sorrow's journey in what she wants and what she learns, sometimes they are connected but don't lead to the same result. I found I felt as though Sorrow's ending fits what she learns of herself and sees of the world and those around her.

Sorrow knows she needs allies, and picks up a few along the way. We reconnect with friends we made in the previous books. Brand and Bigsby. And we spend most of the book with the sea fairing Romer family. I enjoy the special talents and how the Romer family is a tight knit family. We have a new character as well. I very much like Slate. He's a new friend we find in this book. He's got a different look on things than Sorrow has. He gives Sorrow somethings to think about. He's a mystery for us for most of the book, but we do find out about him. These are all great friends that stick with Sorrow through the thick of troubles and help her see more than what she was seeing.

I found I enjoyed the beginning and the ending of the book. Even much of the meat of the story. But there were times I felt like I didn't have to listen to every word to know what was happening. I don't know why this is as we learn details that all build on each other as the story goes. I can piece back to where we learned details and even drew conclusions as to what would come to pass, which does.

This story finishes the troubles of Sorrow's, but it leaves us with new troubles in the world that need to be tended to. Cool.

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