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Twenty years ago, his father saved the world. Or so the history books will probably say once someone gets around to writing them. All Mihalis knows is the world he has been raised into. It's not a bad world, as things ago, he has a big and loving family, but there is the ongoing "war" that promises to be on-going for a good many years to come.

Raised to the blade by his mother, and taught not only her ways as well as a good many of the ways of her people, but also the ways of his father's other wives, as well as the ways of his magic, Mihalis has had a very thorough education. Even if a fair deal of that education is in the arts of war.

But all he really wants to do is to prove himself. To go out into the world and show that yes, he is his father's son, and that yes, he is his own man, to find his own way in the world.

Warning: Mihalis does contain many of those things that the previous series was known for: bad jokes, poor modern culture references, obscure song references, violence, and yes, what you've all been waiting for: sex. Now some people don't seem to understand that these warnings are done as much as a joke as a spoiler alert, to alert the prudes that yes, like all modern science fiction and urban fantasy stories, there is sex in the story! Heaven forfend that these quivering fragile flowers should listen to any modern romance! I dare say they'd die straight away from the nonstop kinkfest that is modern romance!

There is all sorts of sordid and kinky stuff that's been done while I wrote this book and most of it was done by you! You dear fans! So let us not go into this cold dark night alone or afraid! Because we know what that dreaded noise in the shadows is! That moaning and groaning and the rattling of chains! That noise is US!

(Have fun).

©2022 Jan Stryvant (P)2022 Podium Audio

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 12-06-22

Get a different male. voice

You need to bring back the original voice actor that performed in the first Valens series to voice the male characters

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  • chris laird
  • 01-06-22

love the story

Love the story. Love the author. not a fan of the narrator primarily because the narrator for the previous series did such a better job this one completely comes in changes all the voices accents and everything else for all the characters please bring Leland King back as the narrator

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  • Marcus
  • 08-06-22

Be prepared!

If you are a diehard Leland King fan then you may have some issues with Chris and Jess’ take on well established voices by LK. I miss Callie. BUT…if you let that go as I had to it’s still an awesome story, very well done and is definitely a new great start on hopefully another lengthy Valens saga!

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  • Jonathan C
  • 04-06-22

Great story, Threet A+, Boucher s#!ts the bed!

If you listened to the Valens Legacy and loved it then do yourself a favor and wait in the hopes that this gets rerecorded WITHOUT Christopher Boucher who I will from this day forward, in my head at least, call Christopher the Butcher for his butchering of wonderful stories with his horrible narration!!!

Overall I love the story and I'm extremely glad that I read the book long before I listened to this majority train wreck! Also I expected it to feel shorter than previous audio books from this series given that previously all but 2 were a 'publishers pack' and thus had 2 books in one. First of all I'll say that for the female characters Jessica Threet did a wonderful job and the only thing I found odd about her performance was that the Valens elf sisters all seemed to have at least touches of a Dutch/Swiss accent to things like their pronunciation of things like the letters V and W being inverted to American norm, then again they could have picked that up from their mothers, when they spent time traveling to their homeland with the mothers or both in which case it would be odd that Mihalis doesn't have that trait. That said I'm never buying another book with Christopher Boucher involved at all if I can avoid it!!! His performance outside of words that are an every day part of his lexicon is beyond atrocious! He puts zero effort into proper pronunciation of Germanic or other non American sourced words, every word he says other than the pronunciation of 'djevels' is pronounced as if a kid from the USA just sounded it out and made no effort to know where the heck the word comes from or how it's supposed to be pronounced which to me in the world of audio books is an unforgivable sin. Any narrator preparing to undertake work on an ongoing world of content should either go back and listen to examples of how words were pronounced by those who held that post before them or else be fired summarily for failure to even TRY to prepare. I was hoping it wasn't the case when he did that to the pronunciation of the first kind of djevel introduced which was newly named in this book but then he went and did the same thing to EVERY OTHER WORD that wasn't inherently American in daily usage! Even worse beyond pronunciation is his use of accents to try and differentiate between characters which is perfectly fine when done in general and the author doesn't specify an accent but makes ZERO SENSE when applied to a FAMILY having seemingly random accents for NO REASON!!! Mihalis is obviously just his normal speaking voice and thus a relatively generic American accent then Mihalis elven sisters who would have been raised in the exact same sets of environments as he was for some reason speak with as mentioned previously slightly Dutch/Swiss Germanic lilt and the inversion of the W and V sounds as has been typified in American media for such characters, Then his brother Troy who the only thing he might have been excluded from, but knowing the family probably not, would have been the trips to Denmark/Norway to get to the dark elf/goblin realm to visit their mothers' homeland to know their roots, and yet for absolutely no reason he talks like fracking Antonio Banderas, I mean his mother is a native of Nevada just like his father, NO ONE in any of the earlier books either had or was described as having an accent from Spain and yet this kid does, I mean even if he talked liked freaking Speedy Gonzales that would have made more sense given he's a super fast cheetah lycan but then again why should I expect anything like logic or background knowledge from Boucher at all at the point you meet him which is at least half way through the book. Honestly the ONLY reason I'm not instantly returning this book for being the audio dumpster fire that Christopher Boucher has made it into is the combination of not wanting to hurt Jan Stryvant and the remote hope that Podium will see the light on the fact that they put ZERO thought into their selection for a male narrator for this series!

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  • Arun Gupta
  • 03-08-22

Bring back the previous narrator

Storyline was very good. Christopher's narration was quite good. Jessica's narration I could not understand. It was too heavily accented and was not clear at all.

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  • moze
  • 22-06-22

A solid new entry, but held back somewhat..

In this pool of reviews you have a lot of folks who are Leland King purists and you have others that seemingly will turn a blind eye to a subpar performance for some reason. This is going to fall into TL;DR territory, so if you want short and sweet? Go no further, I'll leave you with the fact I do recommend this book. Even with the shortcomings.

I'll go straight for the throat on this one.. the narration is the issue with this audiobook. And no, it's not because it's a new pair of narrators. A change in voice is a given and generally this pair does great work. The big issues you can find in other posts, and it's not unable to be fixed in future books.

It's the accents.. Primarily the "Norwegian" characters sound suddenly like bad B-tier horror vampires.. even if those characters, save for their mothers and aunts would have been born and raised in Nevada. But again... substituting Norway accent for Count Chocula accent for the Dark Elves is odd when it is cannon for the Norwegian accent. This would have taken a little bit of research.. primarily just listening to each accent before used.. and honestly it should have come from the author I feel. Also, no.. with the animosity between those elves in Norway and their home realm and House Valens.. I doubt they would go there to get to their "roots".. their kids would likely have more Americanized accents with traces (perhaps) of their mothers... maybe. Also, Troy has no reason to share any accent with the the dark elf mothers and aunts.

Another odd accent is another two Nevada natives sound like they are from Boston or were extras on Jersey Shore. It's just a bit immersion breaking when off the wall accents are used. It feels lazy to me.

Now, I'll play devil's advocate a bit, because the two didn't do a bad job narrating.. they just didn't dig into the background of any characters and went their own way. One thing is, it does differentiate characters. The sound editing in this audiobook is among the cleaner I've heard from these two.

Again, I'll say you should give this book a listen.. and don't be fooled by others saying to wait for Leland King to redo Boucher's part. That would be a big hit to the sales profits. And would be so much that I'd not even suggest it to the author. I can just hope Boucher and Threet see these and can identify the root cause of the frustration. I have full confidence they can do far better in the upcoming books.

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  • STEPHEN PESSOTTI
  • 27-09-22

the story continues to be great

I loved the orginal series, I won't lie when I saw this I was concerned the author was going to mess it up. however Jan stryvant proved me wrong and has made a great sequel.

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  • Hume W
  • 12-09-22

Great continuation of the world, but

The story is a great continuation of the world. As usual, the author is able to draw the reader (at least in my case) into the story and feel the emotional turmoil of the MC. I understand it is not always possible to have the same reader for a long story line, especially when there is a major break in the story, but I found the use of non US accents for most of Sean's kids jarring. While some of the mothers rightly have foreign accents, why would the kids since they all grew up in the same household? It is especially jarring that Mihalis' sisters have very strong accents when he does not. And why does Troy, son of Roxie, have what sounds like it is supposed to be an African accent? It almost seems that most of the kids have the accents of their mothers heritage, even if their family has lived in the western US for generations.

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  • Michael
  • 28-08-22

New Series

I enjoying the new series. I like that the new narrators give a break between the series.

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  • Lanouar
  • 12-08-22

Excellent story, cringe-worthy performance.

Mihalis is a very promising character, with a larger-than-life, very endearing personality.
His adventures and evolution highlight and justify the term "heritage" as the reader who is familiar with his father will appreciate the skillful way in which the author manages to instill them into his son. I mourn the departure of Leland king on the series and URGE THE PRODUCERS TO KEEP LOOKING FOR BETTER ACTORS for the doubtlessly upcoming n°3 of the "Heritage" series. For now, our ears are bleeding and our love for Jan Stryvant is cruelly put to the test...

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  • Mr GRees
  • 29-06-22

Yes a good start to a new legacy

Great work better than when I read it. It's a shame Leland King isn't involved and that the pronunciation of djeval types is different, but it's still great I've got the next in the Heritage booked already can't wait for SJ. A must for any fan of urban-fantasy Shapeshifter Magic action.

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  • Shane Miller
  • 17-09-22

no King

it was good hearing from Jan again just wish they got Leland King in again it's strange after so many hours not hearing him narrate the story