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The Wrath of the Orphans. What do you do when everything you've ever known is ripped away from you, leaving nothing but ashes, and charred memories behind? You get angry. So very angry. Malwynn and his twin sister Umaryn live in a small town in northern Varrland. In idyllic New Picknell nearly nothing happens, and when their day to day routine is interrupted by a skirmish between an invading patrol of the dead from The Amaranth Empire and a defending force from Varrland, their world begins to come undone. With international war looming on the horizon New Picknell becomes the center of quite unwanted attention, and the twins have their world shattered.

With nothing left to lose, they set out on a mission of vengeance that will take them to places they'd never dreamed of visiting, discovering mystical powers in The Way that will change their lives forever, and revealing dark knowledge best left undiscovered. The Wrath of the Orphans and the world of Elmoryn are filled with elements of dark horror, steam punk, and sorcery. It is an ancient world filled with heroes of immeasurable valor, and and ancient secrets tearing at the past to be known again.

Written by the author of the internet phenomenon Adrian's Undead Diary, The Wrath of the Orphans is the first book in a sprawling dark fantasy epic trilogy that is sure to thrill, charm, and disturb. Reviews from Goodreads. Both are happy and looking forward to a peaceful future. Tragedy strikes while the two are away on a stroll in the mountains. Their entire My original The Wrath of the Orphans audiobook review and many others can be found at Audiobook Reviewer. Their entire village is burned to the ground, everyone, including their parents and little sister are dead. Their lives are destroyed and their grief is unbearable.

They vow revenge, no matter what the cost, even if it means traveling to the northern Amaranth Empire where zombies and necromancers reign. Some kind of plague on the planet of Elmoryn struck almost years ago. Anyone who dies, either becomes a zombie, or has their soul released into a kind of twilight world where they can be called on for magic and healing.

Wrath of the Orphans is a cross between zombie and fantasy novels which is in itself is pretty intriguing. The story is linear, unfolding in a straightforward way, from challenge to challenge, solution to solution. Help, healing, magic and friends arrive at the perfect moment each time. There is plenty of action, but little in the way of suspense.

The story is performed by Kevin Collins. His voice is pleasant and his character voices are easily discerned. His reading style is to dramatize every sentence which can be distracting, but eventually the listener gets used to it. The voices of the villains are the most developed and compelling. Overall a good performance. If you are looking for a new twist on zombies and fantasy, Wrath of the Orphans is worth a listen. There is nothing all that groundbreaking here, just an entertaining story with a straightforward plot. Note: The teenage characters and theme make this story a good candidate for young adults.

Be warned there is strong language. Audiobook was purchased for review by ABR. Ebooks and Manuals

Well I'm the author Please let me hear your feedback on the story here and on Amazon! View 2 comments. Jun 24, Emily Ross rated it liked it Shelves: reading-challenge , reviewed , free-for-reviews , audiobooks , audiobook-boom. I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. I loved the relationship and interaction between the two main characters, Malwynn and Umaryn, twin siblings. The emotional depth of the characters was amazing and I would recommend this book based on this aspect alone. However, they seemed rather fortuitous with the situations they faced, especially with foes that were much better prepared and better equipped than the siblings and their friends.

It jus I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. It just seemed really easy to me. Definitely a winner This is going to be a great trilogy I just know it,from this first book.

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The characters and the way the storyline is written sucks the reader in, hook, line and sinker. You can't not love the Orphans. Jul 21, Heidi The Reader rated it liked it Shelves: fantasy-and-sci-fi , first-reads-giveaway. I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads. FTC guidelines: check!

This was an interesting little fantasy. I thought it was a cross between Sweeney Todd and the Count of Monte Cristo with a magic system and twins in the mix. Like the revenge scenarios of Sweeney and the Count, the twins lose everything that they hold dear and they vow to pay back the people who wronged them. The story then details their trip to the home city of their enemies, honing of martial skills, and t I received a free copy of this book through Goodreads First Reads. The story then details their trip to the home city of their enemies, honing of martial skills, and then confrontation of the man they believe to be responsible for their misfortune.

The strengths of this book are in its magic system and dungeon crawl scenario before the big confrontation scene. The gamer background of Chris Philbrook shines at these moments. The weaknesses of this story were the seemingly random use of profanity I don't mind if it is in the character's nature, but I dislike when it is used for descriptions outside of the dialogue and the occasional misspelling or lack of commas. When characters address each other, it is common to put a comma before the name or noun used to name the person.

An example from page 10 in my copy: "How long has she been gone Nickolas? I would have written "How long has she been gone, Nickolas? A small thing, I know, but it bothered me. I also didn't like how easily Malwynn embraced the magic of his enemies when his own mother spent her entire life preventing that magic from spreading across the world. I know that he was out for revenge "at any cost" but that's still a huge character shift, especially when you consider how he was raised and what he was taught to believe.

All of the twins' other actions in the story were believable, except that one thing. I enjoyed The Wrath of Orphans and it ended on a fairly exciting set up for the next book in the series. I think that fans of pulp fantasy novels may like it too if the reader is willing to overlook a few publication errors and, perhaps, an unbelievable plot twist. Nov 10, Heather rated it it was amazing. I admit this is my first book with Zombies in it and not my usual genre, but I really enjoyed it.

Chris Philbrook did an excellent job of bringing the characters to life The Wrath of the Orphans is both enchanting and captivating. Twins Malwynn and Umaryn live a peaceful simple life in the small town of New Picknell, until one day their world is flipped on its axis. When everything they love is snatched away from them they are left with little option but to wither away to nothing or seek venge I admit this is my first book with Zombies in it and not my usual genre, but I really enjoyed it.

When everything they love is snatched away from them they are left with little option but to wither away to nothing or seek vengeance to give their lives purpose. What follows is a journey of justice, determination and will as they track down those who harmed the ones they loved. Philbrook is an amazing world creator.

The dark world full of magic and The Way jumps off the pages. The characters both good and sinister are enticing. The Wrath of the Orphans is a page turner as more details of the story unfold to leave clues as to who was accountable for the fatal day in New Picknell. You'll meet Ivar the grave undead warrior who wishes to protect his family from beyond the grave and who can take down living warriors like a spider devours flies; Dram, who is mysterious and just may or may not be trustworthy; and a host of other interesting characters as Malwynn and Umaryn progress on their journey.

It's a fascinating story of the undead, a nation captured under a mysterious Queen, and the motivations of the living who have nothing left to lose. I can't wait to read the next book in this series! Nov 11, Joshua Christensen rated it it was amazing. I recall many nights waiting for the newest entry to drop online. Some time during the year or so that followed, I decided to begin reading Chris' other work Elmoryn online.

As I read through the first chapter I was not hooked to it and I gave up. Fast forward to this year when Chris announced that my beloved epic Adrian's Undead Diary was going to be published. Chris was scrounging for funding to get it in to print and I figured I could help out a bit by picking up Elmoryn in paperback. I received it and it sat on my book shelf waiting for AUD to be published. During the short stint in between, I began Elmoryn and had to grind through the first two chapters and was still on the fence.

That brings me to this month. I am so glad I did! After a slow start in which Chris had to set the scene and introduce the characters, things really took off. I read Elmoryn every night for the last week or so and always could not wait to get back into it. I hope Chris is working on the next Elmoryn book as I type because I want more. Trust me, get Elmoryn and give it a chance to begin, once it does you will be addicted.

Oh yeah, Get book one of AUD also! Nov 10, Haus rated it it was amazing. Easy to love this. It's unique, it's intriguing, it's well written, and it's just getting ramped up! Not to mention there are zombies. To write a story is an amazing feat. To write a story that generates, depicts, and explains its own world all while building interesting characters, imaginative creatures, and an entirely new view on magic is genius.

This is fantasy redesigned, and Mr. Philbrook does a wonderful job creating this unique world in your mind. The glories and horrors of this book put y Easy to love this. The glories and horrors of this book put you right into the thick of the Elmoryn world as the story takes you through one adventurous turn after another. I completely recommend this to anyone looking for a brand new spin on fantasy fiction.

And it's a trilogy so we can look forward to more! Oct 30, Kat rated it liked it. This book reminded me a lot of Unbinding the Stone by Marc Vun Kannon in the way that it was written. It is a fantasy tale that has an interesting plot behind it. For a fantasy, it does have realistic situations however, some of the happenings seem like the characters have too much good luck and somewhat takes away from the conflict of the novel.

Yes, they are still going after the antagonist, however, the road to get there was somewhat paved out for them. They didn't face too much adversity and This book reminded me a lot of Unbinding the Stone by Marc Vun Kannon in the way that it was written. They didn't face too much adversity and even despite facing monsters and soldiers that were certainly more equipped for a fight still managed to overcome them somewhat easily.

But the characters were easy to relate to and the emotional aspect of their situation was portrayed excellently. Overall it was a good read. Oct 24, Kandi rated it it was amazing. I absolutely love this story.

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I say love because it's book one of a trilogy so it isn't over yet yay! This is a classic grand adventure with characters that will pull you in from the very first, magic and evil bad guys. Write faster Chris.. I cannot WAIT for book two! Dec 09, Micah Davis rated it it was amazing. This puts zombies magic and mythical creatures into a whole different light!

Very creative and refreshing twist on these subjects!!! This is another book I will read over and over! May 08, Bud rated it it was amazing Shelves: chris-philbrook. Audiobook Good story, enjoyed this one. Not the norm of what i traditionally listen too. I never heard of Chris Philbrook but a pop up on audible convinced me to listen to Adrian's undead diaries. That was a winner so checking all his books out. Now on to book two of the kinless trilogy. Jan 05, Delaina rated it it was amazing. Another great book by Philbrook!

I'm usually not into fantasy such as this, but just like with his other works, the author drew me in. Oct 11, Sharon Sanders rated it it was amazing. A must read book hard to put down once you start to read it! Oct 17, Carey rated it it was amazing. What an amazing epic journey this book takes you on.

I recommend visiting this authors websites and learning more about all of his stories and his writing. Jan 04, Regina rated it really liked it. This is an extremely well written and plotted story. The characters are nuanced and detailed in a deep, authentic way. Worth a credit? You bet! You will want to get the all of Chris Philbrook's other books as well. Malwynn and Umaryn live an idyllic life in a farming community called New Picknell. They have status in this small community because their mother is an apostle and can release the dead so they do not rise as undead after death.

The undead rise within hours of death so the ritual to sav This is an extremely well written and plotted story. The undead rise within hours of death so the ritual to save their souls must be done very soon after a person passes. The twins' lives seem set as Malwynn is about to propose marriage to a village girl and become a farmer like his father while Umaryn is apprenticed to the village blacksmith and is learning to use 'the Way' or magic in this world. Ebooks and Manuals

That all comes to a screeching halt one afternoon when everyone in New Picknell is slaughtered and a good portion of the dead are taken away to a distant land to serve as undead. This tragedy puts Malwynn and Umaryn on a path quite different from the one they envisioned just a short time ago. They vow vengeance and to do whatever it takes to find out who murdered their parents and young sister. Their journey begins Whether they retain their humanity is yet to be seen. I did not dislike Kevin Collins' narration as others did. However, I did find it a bit distracting to begin with and never quite got used to his cadence and tone and the way he voiced the characters.

It came off as stilted and a little awkward to me. In fact, I may buy the kindle versions of the other parts of this story instead of listening to them.

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I received this audiobook for free through Audiobook Boom! A couple commutes and evenings. I found I enjoyed the world, the magics, and also some questions I found I was asking. The world is a bit different. No spoilers Necromancy is almost a dominant magic. Our protagonists stumble intro trouble, come of age in their way, and then seek to unleash their Wrath.

I really enjoyed the setting and methods these things came about. I was not blown away, but I was definitely entertained! I am looking forward to the 2nd book. I haven't personally found books that explore Necromancy very much and I really like the expansion to the typical magic world by having Necromancy at the forefront of this world. I like where Chris Philbrook has us pointed at the end of book 1.