The Dragonglass Bowl

13 CDs. HighBridge Audio. Oct. 2018. 15:30 hrs. ISBN 9781684411061. $44.99. digital download. F
An apprentice scribe with a mysterious past, Bhryen finds himself moving from anonymity into the spotlight as he and those in power discover that their lives are threatened by an arcane darkness. Though his sister and his protectors attempt to hide him from view, his gift of dream-walking slowly emerges. Thibeaux borrows from a variety of literary and historical sources to build a world on the verge of both physical and metaphysical war. Only the Dragonglass and its powers may be able to turn the tide. As the author describes history, beliefs, and current events from several points of view, a huge cast of virtually indistinguishable clergy, warriors, statesmen, servants, and others progress through the first scenes of what will doubtlessly be a multibook series. Reader Ramon De Ocampo's performance is uneven. While his traditional style is well suited to the discussions of state, war, and political maneuvers, it seems out of place in the more personal thoughts, reminiscences, and interactions with friends. Though the reader makes slight changes in character voices, overall most characters sound the same, which can cause confusion for listeners. Additionally, while in some instances he pauses unnecessarily, in others he runs thoughts and sentences together.
VERDICT An unexceptional addition to an already bulging collection of fantasy series.

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