Author: Kim Fielding
Publisher: DSP Publications
Narrator: Joel Leslie
Ennek, the son of the Chief, and Miner, a former slave, have escaped the totalitarian city-state of Praesidium and remain fugitives. Having defeated two mighty wizards, they begin to realize that complete freedom can be as dangerous as absolute power.
In this final book in the trilogy that began with Stasis and continued with Flux, Ennek and Miner face battles, corruption, and further journeys through lands both new and familiar. As they grow more secure in their relationship with one other, they’re also learning that the greatest challenges sometimes come from very close to the heart and that everything of value has a price. With the help of a few allies, they seek equipoise—a balance for themselves and for their world.
First and foremost, this book is book three of a trilogy and should not be read as a standalone—mostly because a reader would be lost—but honestly? Why miss out on the heartwarming and gut-wrenching saga that is the story of Ennek’s and Miner’s journey to happiness? Read all three! Or better yet—listen to all three audiobooks.
The second most important point in this review is that this is an audiobook review and if you haven’t already read one of my audio reviews you likely are among the minority who don’t know that Joel Leslie is the epitome of a professional voice actor, in my opinion. This man of a thousand voices provided another outstanding and enjoyable saga here that I found easy to follow since he portrayed the characters in individual and unique voices at a good listening and comprehension pace. I’ve said this before but it bears repeating—the only thing that makes Kim Fielding’s work as a storyteller and writer extraordinaire even more outstanding is listening to the voice of Joel Leslie as he brings her story to life.
In the conclusion of their journey, Ennek, brother of the current chief of Praesidium, and his lover, Miner, a former bond slave, realize they need to return to Praesidium if there is any hope of bringing a measure of peace to his former land. With help from Hills, his childhood friend, and the magic that remains after several struggles that take place early in the story, he at least gets to see his homeland. More detail would spoil the adventure.
Let’s just say that there’s plenty of exciting action throughout this book and, most important, there is love—lots of love—both between Ennek and Miner and for friends and family members. Ennek’s heart is so big that his love for his fellow man guides him in his decisions and frequently gets him in trouble, but it is also his most endearing quality and shines throughout this story.
I love the way the author took a measure of history and a measure of fantasy and wove the two together. The love Ennek and Miner share is the core of the story, but the balance is a very clever tale spawned from the author’s vivid imagination. The conclusion was unexpected but very satisfying. I can’t recommend this audiobook highly enough. Fantastic is too mild a word.