If you’ve been around for a while, you might have seen my reviews of Rise of the Shadow Stealers and The Nemesis Charm. They’re both part of The Firebird Chronicles series by Daniel Ingram-Brown, and I really like them!
So, when I found out that there were going to be extra short stories, I couldn’t wait to read them. Then, I also had the chance to listen to the Rise of the Shadow Stealers audiobook!
Free Short Stories!
There are two short stories, and they both fit in between book one and two. They’re both little glimpses into adventures that Fletcher and Scoop get up to outside of the main books. Even better, they’re free to download! The stories are called The Gell and The Imp’s Possibility Bird. Here’s a tiny review of them both, without giving too much away.
The first thing I noticed was that the main story was introduced very well. It was recapped with as much detail as you need to remember the setting and the characters, without going into mind-numbing depth. It can be very annoying when you read a short story, and half of the word count is taken up by a huge recap. So, I appreciated that the recap only covered a couple of paragraphs. It did it well enough that the whole world came flooding back in a few sentences!
I really liked this little adventure, and the elements of Peter Pan that crept into it! The story was a lot of fun, too. Fletcher and Scoop are in danger, and they’re suddenly met by the Gell – a mysterious bird who helps them find their way home.
You can find out more about The Gell and download it for free HERE.
The Imp’s Possibility Bird
As soon as I heard about this, I was so intrigued by the name of this story! I love the cover, too. (I love all of The Firebird Chronicles covers!) This was another fun short story that fits in between the first and second books.
It followed Scoop and Fletcher on another adventure. This time, a baby is suddenly bestowed upon them by their mentor, the Yarnbard (who I love – if you’ve read my reviews of the books, you’ll see that I talk about him a lot). They’re told that they must meet him in exactly an hour. After a lot of confusion and danger (as usual – it wouldn’t be the same without danger!), they’re lead to the mysterious Imp and his Possibility Bird.
We learned a little more about the characters and the world they live in. We even learned a little bit more about inside Fletcher and Scoop’s thoughts, and how different they really are. Another great short story!
Read more about The Imp’s Possibility Bird and download the free eBook HERE.
Rise of the Shadow Stealers Audiobook
I’ve really started enjoying listening to audiobooks recently. I’ve been taking advantage of my Audible free trial over the past month, and I’m so tempted to carry on with my membership! I love to listen to them whenever I’m busy and can’t physically hold a book, or when I’m lying in bed.
When I was contacted and asked if I could listen to the audiobook to review it, I couldn’t wait to try it! I downloaded it from Audible and listened to it over Christmas. It took a few sittings to finish it (sometimes I fell asleep, but that’s nothing to do with the quality of the audiobook. I should probably stop listening to them just before I go to sleep!)
What did I think?
It took me a while to get used to the narrator’s voice. I thought it seemed a little too ‘faux posh’ and clipped. Although, I think this is mainly down to the fact that I’m just used to other types of voices. This is the first audiobook in this genre that I’ve listened to, however, and on further listening, I realised how perfect her voice was for the story. It was such a mysterious and fantasty-like voice, and it matched it perfectly! She was great at doing other voices to bring characters to life, such as Grizelda and the Yarnbard.
The only possible negative I may have is that she read some parts very quickly, with hardly a pause between sentences, so it was a little hard to follow. It seemed so fast that I had to really concentrate on listening. In some parts, though, this added to the tension as the story raced along with the adventure.
I couldn’t help being sucked in to the story, even though I’ve read the book before. The audiobook really brought the story to life, and it was great to listen to!
Thank you to Daniel Ingram-Brown and Leodis Media for sending me a copy of the audiobook to review. You can download a copy of the audiobook on Audible.
The next thing I’m eagerly waiting for from Daniel Ingram-Brown is the third installment of The Firebird Chronicles series! I’ve been chatting with him quite a bit, but I don’t know anything about what’s to come in the world of Bardbridge. I can’t wait to see what happens to Fletcher and Scoop next!
Have you read any of The Firebird Chronicles books? Let me know if you have!