REVIEWED BY: Christie
TITLE: On Wings of Thunder
AUTHOR: M.D. Grimm
NARRATOR: Pavi Proczko
PUBLISHER: Dreamspinner Press
LENGTH: 5h 26m
RELEASE DATE: January 26, 2017
Trystan is an unchosen angel – shunned by society, bullied, and without a future. In a hidden well, Trystan discovers a carving of a dragon, who were once the commanders of demons and now believed extinct. But Trystan learns the carving doesn’t depict an ordinary dragon. Stories tell that millennia ago, the great dragon Asagoroth and his demon army nearly conquered the three realms but was killed by the five elders. The powerful angels combined their life forces to cast a spell, sacrificing their lives.
But history is full of falsehoods. The five elders only managed to imprison the dragon, and Asagoroth had cast his own spell – one of releasement. It only needs the blood of an angel to liberate him from his cage….
Asagoroth, enemy of angels, conqueror of realms, is free. But even as the angels prepare for war, the great dragon surprises them with an ultimatum: hand over the angel who awakened him or face annihilation.
After reading the blurb for On Wings of Thunder, I was quite intrigued to see where it would lead. Especially since this version is in audio form. And, I must say that the narration is fantastic.
Trystan is a creature of extreme beauty, yet he is constantly bullied because he is considered an Unchosen angel with no future or function within society. At the age of 5, he was cast out of his home and may as well be considered an orphan, tho he actually comes from a large and powerful family. Except that he is still close to one of his sisters.
One day, after a thrashing from his usual bullies, Trystan falls into a hidden well and discovers a magnificent and very ancient carving of the most powerful dragon to have ever existed. Asogoroth. But, he is believed to have been defeated by five powerful angels who gave their lives up in order to cast a spell to destroy Asogoroth.
Unfortunately, this is not quite true. Asogoroth was merely put into a sort of stasis, needing only the blood of an angel to wake him. And, after the thrashing Trystan received, he is most definitely bleeding.
After rising from his imprisonment, Asogoroth threatens war once again with the angels. And the only way to stop him is by handing over the angel who awakened him.
Okay, I loved the narration. A lot. Pavi Proczko is excellent. The story? Eh, there were parts that interested me, and many parts that pulled me right out of the story. It was hard for me to suspend reality at times. Especially when modern day curse words are used, even tho this is supposed to be more of an ancient tale. But honestly, that’s just me.
Is it a bad story? No, not at all. In fact, I have listened to this audiobook multiple times, and enjoyed it more each time I hear it. The concept of On Wings of Thunder is quite interesting. Thank you, M. D. Grimm, for writing it. And thank you, Pavi Proczko for bringing this tale to life with your excellent narration.