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Fallen Blade
1 : Broken Blade

by Kelly McCullough
Sep 14, 2015
7 Hours
Ages 18+
Once a fabled Blade of Namara, Aral Kingslayer fought for justice and his goddess alongside his familiar, a living shadow called Triss. Now with their goddess murdered and her temple destroyed, they are among the last of their kind. Surviving on the fringes of society, Aral becomes a drunken, broken, and wanted man, working whatever shadowy deal comes his way. Until a mysterious woman hires him to deliver a secret message-one that can either redeem him or doom him.

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Director & Cast

Director Ken Jackson
Starring Ken Jackson as Aral Kingslayer, Rebecca Sheir as Maylien Tal Marchon, Matthew McGee as Triss, Kenyatta Rogers as Devin Nightblade, Julie-Ann Elliott as Captain Fei, Tracy Olivera as Sumey Dan Marchon, Christopher Davenport as Harad and Christopher Graybill as Heyin. With Scott McCormick, Chris Genebach, Doug Brown, James Lewis, Rick Rohan, Nick De Pinto, Michael John Casey, Patrick Bussink, Jonathon Church, Terence Aselford, Nanette Savard, Colleen Delany and Rose Elizabeth Supan
Book Adapted for GraphicAudio by Alexx Wittenberg
Dialogue Editors Brian Rogers and Justin Wortz
Sound Designers Brian Rogers
Original Theme Music John Glennon
Cover Illustrator Jahbulani Ori
Producers Richard Rohan and Duane Beeman
Executive Producer Anji Cornette


Good series by Denise (Posted on 2/9/2019)
I like this series each one starts off from where the previous left off. You never know where good ends and evil begins. The shades are the most interesting characters.
Good story/voice acting, sometimes distracting music by Amanda (Posted on 8/9/2018)
This book sets up many promises and much potential for the series of The Fallen Blade, while also being it's own story. We follow Aral the Jack, a broken man who is likely seeing the bottom of the bottle more often than the light of day, and does "shadow jack" work for his money. He used to be an honorable assassin for the Goddess of Justice, and among the best of the Order of Blades... until tragedy struck and his order destroyed, goddess murdered, and the other blades and trainees killed or scattered. Now, he'll commit petty thievery for a coin.

This installment in the series, to me, is essentially him learning to become self-motivated and self-reliant, coming to terms with the fact that though the Goddess is dead, justice isn't... but justice still needs to be carried out. A problem introduced in this installment that is carried on through the series, though, is this: what /is/ justice? What is right, what is wrong, what is good, and what is evil? This book spurred my sister and I to listen to the rest of the series, wanting more of this world and to watch Aral's development into something or someone more.

As a side note, though, the music sometimes got too loud or distracting from the dialogue, or doesn't really fit the moment of what's being said. Adding music to an audiobook is likely a different kind of art than adding it to movies, where in a movie, the rise and fall and tone of the music not only sets the atmosphere for a scene, but matches the action being witnessed (music getting louder the instant a punch is thrown, for example, then resuming normal volume).
Book 1 by ryan (Posted on 11/26/2017)
An alright start that clearly is meant to set up for future books. Personally I have always liked the idea of a fallen hero or someone who was once the best at their craft only to become a washed up nobody. Sadly thought there is a fine line between a fallen hero and a whiny one and Aral tends to lean more towards the whiny end of the spectrum. Never enough that I was ready to quit but certainly enough that I feel he is by far the weakest character in the book.
Okay, Story. Not So Good Mixing. by Frankie (Posted on 3/24/2017)
The story was okay and kept me listening.
However, the sound effects was horrid, voice acting was actually not too bad. I did hate how the Narrator was the same voice as the heroine. Like I said, not that the acting was bad, it just kept bringing me out of the story. And the sound effects… bad. Sometimes sounded like a cell-phone ring tone when trying to use their magic. Overall decent story but not worth the audio effects.
Fallen blade by Terry (Posted on 3/17/2017)
Love the story continuity
Great entertainment by Noah (Posted on 12/29/2016)
I really enjoyed this book once I listened for a while and better understood the land it takes place. There are Mages and of course "blades". At first I had trouble following the different types of people/orders/classes but once I got into it...I could not stop listening. This is definite worth checking out. Others may not have this stumbling block if they are more well read in the fantasy genre.
interesting by Bos (Posted on 12/7/2016)
the story was ok. it dragged a little for me in the beginning but gradually got more interesting.
Fallen Blade 1 by Kyle (Posted on 10/31/2016)
I loved it. I really like the relationship between Aral and triss.
Fallen Blade by VooDoo Dragon (Posted on 6/23/2016)
A gripping story that drew me in. I really enjoy the interaction between Aral and his shade. Kelly McCullough created an interesting magic system and a world that feels new and interesting. Definitely worth a listen or even a read.
great by douglas (Posted on 5/18/2016)
this book was great i like the dragon
Not to shabby by Jesse (Posted on 3/29/2016)
The description truly doesn't give the story any justice, now that I finally have began listening it's so addicting. The music flows well with the story
Great Start by Travis (Posted on 3/25/2016)
I was unsure at the start, but as I listened more and more, I really grew to like the story and the characters. Graphic Audio's production is, as always, brilliant and top notch. They really do make good on their slogan of making "a movie in your mind." I really do GA's adaption of all these fantasy stories.
Nice Series Start! by Armand (Posted on 3/13/2016)
Great story, I agree the background music is a bit too loud much of the time. Other than that, has good mix of story, drama, and action. It is a bit slower going, but with so much background and character development, it takes time. Enjoyed it very much!
Love it by Bryan (Posted on 3/10/2016)
i don't know about you but the intro to ANY GA books puts huge smile on my face.. that being said i love this book. The story is amazing
Awesomeness! by Shanro (Posted on 3/7/2016)
The description doesn't give this book true justice. This was probably why I waited so long before getting it. But I'm glad I did. It is one of the best fantasy books Graphic Audio has produced. Action, adventure, plot twists. Its all here. And yes, there's even a little romance for those who need that sort of thing.
The Fallen Blade 1: Broken Blade by Dorothy (Posted on 1/2/2016)
The story is interesting, but the background music is so overwhelming that it is hard to focus on the narrative.
Brilliant by Jo (Posted on 12/12/2015)
Very well written and acted, the story was fast paced and kept me hooked very easy to get into, with any fantasy series it has its own world and lore but there were no overbearing dynamics that would confuse you and need to look up.

With characters as likable as the main two, I can't wait to hear more of Aral and Triss' adventures.
It kept me interested. by rafael (Posted on 12/9/2015)
I thought it was well done for an opening story. I'm looking forward to the next book. I do hope there will be more action but even more I can't wait for the true story of how and why the Goddess was killed.
Book 1 by justin (Posted on 12/8/2015)
This is a good series you should check it out
Fallen blade by leo (Posted on 11/24/2015)
I love the flow of the book that by the end I couldn't wait to buy the next book in it love action and magic I loved the way if made me feel
Impressive by Helgi Gunnar (Posted on 10/23/2015)
Kelly McCullough knows how to create interesting characters, and is very good at writing dialogue. Still, the plot did not grip me as firmly as I would have liked. Still, it was an entertaining read, and the climax is very interesting in my opinion. I will continue to listen to this series sometime.

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