11/24/13

A Quest of Heroes by Morgan Rice Narrated by Wayne Farrell

A Quest of Heroes

The Sorcerer's Ring, Book 1
by Morgan Rice
Narrated by Wayne Farrell

9 hours 41 minutes
Self Published

                                       



Wayne Farrell reading A Quest of Heroes
Narrator Wayne Farrell


Wayne Farrellbrings something very special to this uninspiring book. Although the story
is very predictable and been written many times before from biblical times with Joseph of
the many colored coat, to the present, which are to numerous to list. The story is almost a duplicate of another one I listened to a couple months ago.
It draws from many fables, like, Joseph, Cinderella, The Odyssey, David and Goliath, well you get the idea, even the names are not very original, Thor, Argon, The Silver and even the beast is close in name to Cyclops and dreadfully Thor aims his sling and....

Book Review: A Quest of Heroes


A Quest of Heroes is like a cut and paste of many other books I can't say it is even well written to redeem it, but the genre is popular with, more particularly young boys due to the theme of boy overcomes evil caretakers, boy has magical or mystical powers, boy discovers his powers, boy saves, name anything here, princess, land, anything that needs saving. The only thing that is saving anything is Wayne Farrell's excellent narration. He manages with such skill to breathe some life into some fairly unoriginal and pale characters. Without such a fine narration by one of our better story tellers, Farrell does make the book more palatable. Kudos to him for such a fine display of his talents. Always an interesting and engaging narrator.


Thor, a fourteen year old boy is a shepherd living in a village on some planet or dimension far, far, away in some unknown mystical realm. He lives with his father and three brothers and is quite aware that he not only physically doesn't resemble his brothers who are a little older than him but he is different in every way, from his father as well as his brothers. Thor is anxiously waiting for the arrival of the Silver, the royal army that goes from village to village in search for young boys and men who will be selected to join the forces to fight in the legion. He's always dreamed of joining the Silver but his father thinks he's better off staying home and minding the sheep. This is not the life Thor thinks of for himself but when he is jeered at and passed over but the leader of the Silver and they take his brothers and not him, he is despondent.

Later when everyone has gone he argues with his father who's told him to go round up the sheep and Thor leaves in a huff and says he's never coming back. After sulking in the hills that night he wakes next day and looks for his sheep. One is missing he see's it has wandered a couple hills away and its heading towards the forbidden area called the Darkwood. He does go after it and enters the forbidden woods and finds himself eventually on the other side where Argon the kings personal Druid, which means his personal sorcerer, seems to be waiting for him. Argon points Thor, in the direction he should go to find his destiny.

This type book might be your cup of tea but, I suggest that you look elsewhere for something written better, after the one hundredth time of  "Thor just stood there." and "He could hardly believe it" and his constant badgering and well heck Thor, is just one annoying kid, you might throw the book at the wall, or if you're listening to the audio version you might finish the book, as the narrator does an excellent job in expressing what the author should be intending.

There is no comparison to J. K. Rowlings Harry Potter series, so don't even look for it. Her writing is far more enjoyable even by adults, her cast of characters have personality and charm, their adventures are fun and everything is much more original and quirky. Most important of all Rowling's books have a plot. A Quest of Heroes does not. I have not done any reviews on the Harry Potter books because there are already thousands of them and I'd only be repeating what has been said already. I did love the series, and the narrator is outstanding. In fact I tried to read a hard copy when the audio edition wasn't out yet, and gave up, I just missed the voice of Jim Dale.

I can not provide a picture or information about Morgan Rice, there is simply very little information about this author. The link for the webpage is all I can find. There is no way to tell if Morgan is a male or female, or if they are a real person and not a think tank of people who throw darts at a wall that's covered with plots to put the story together.
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