Elbryan Wyndon and Jilseponie Ault are two young friends who are living a dream life of fun and exploration when their worlds are destroyed. Their village of Dundalis is destroyed by Goblins, who kill everyone, including the two friends’ families. The two are separated during the battle, and it will be years before they will come together again.
Once again, I was treated to a Graphic Audio performance that really brings you into the story. The combination of sound effects and artistic vocal performances creates what Graphic Audio calls a “Movie in your Mind,” and that is truly what The DemonWars Saga: The Demon Awakens – Part I is.
A second storyline has Avelyn Desbris, a pious man who enters the monastery of St.-Mere-Abelle in order to study and to serve God. He begins learning the use of the powerful gemstone magic, but over time begins to question his faith as he comes to know more of the world and comes to terms with the all-too-human brothers of the Abellican Church and the myriad injustices they cause.
Elbryan finds himself in the company of elves who give him purpose to life and train him for something that is much greater than his own existence. Jilseponie, who suffers from memory loss due to the catastrophic events, makes her way to the city of Palmaris, where she is raised by the Chilichunks, a husband and wife who own a tavern in the city. For all three, there is something bigger.
All the while the Demon Dactyl, Bestesbulzibar, and his dark force of goblins, powries and Fomorian giants are intent on taking over the world.
While it started off a bit slow, I liked the pacing and the edginess of the story. It keeps you on the hook, waiting for the next thing to happen as it builds the tension. I really cannot wait for part two. If I had one complaint, it is that I wish that it was released as one complete book as opposed to three parts of one book. It should be put together as one of Graphic Audio’s Long Haul packages.
The quality of the story and performance are the reason that I will be coming back to Graphic Audio products. By using a whole cast, over 20 performers, you don’t get one person trying to sound like many different voices; you get unique individual characters. It is this that makes it great.
You can also check out some of their other series as well. If you want you, can listen to a sample, or purchase the GraphicAudio Book from their on-line Store. The story comes three ways: standard CD (the version I reviewed), MP3 CD and downloadable WMA with digital rights management.