The Ballad of Iron Percy


Read by Edward Clark

(4.6 stars; 108 reviews)

It has been twenty years since the island nation of Great Hale conquered the New World and became an empire. Lord Percival Wilmore, the Hero of Naruna Isle, has been the governor of the New Jucata since the war’s end, and it has been his life’s work to make the colony a peaceful and prosperous part of the Halan Empire. By all accounts, he has succeeded. The city-states of Old Jucata have been dominated utterly, the old religion has been completely supplanted by the Halan faith of the White Veil, and Jucatan goods have made Great Hale the envy of the world. He is beloved by the people, and he has ensured that this Halan colony is built to last.

But New Jucata’s future is not as secure as it seems. As the head of state for the colony, Lord Wilmore is the highest legal authority in the land, and he is called upon to try a most curious prisoner. The events and outcome of this interrogation threaten to tear Halan Rule of Law apart and bring anarchy to the region.

Pandemona stands accused of being a Pak Shar - a dangerous and seductive demon previously seen only in Veil mythology. With her scarlet skin, lithe tail, and dainty set of horns, she certainly looks the part. Her way with words and alluring demeanor only serve to underscore this perception. Under Halan law, the punishment for being a demon is death by fire at the stake, but Pandemona is entitled to a fair trial by Lord Wilmore and the colony’s Curate before she can be convicted and executed. This interrogation is her only chance to escape. She must use all of her wit and guile to survive.

Is Pandemona really what she appears to be? What is she here to accomplish? Is she an evil and subversive creature, sent from the Abyss to torment mankind? Or is she simply disfigured and misunderstood? Whatever the truth may be, her presence is not a good omen.

The Ballad of Iron Percy is a song of glorious triumph, written to honor Lord Wilmore’s victory against overwhelming odds in the Conquest War. It is an iconic tune in New Jucata. The specifics of the verses vary in each separate rendition, but the overall tone is one of bravery, achievement, and joy.

Unfortunately for Iron Percy, his Ballad is not yet over…


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Great story with a horrible ending


(2.5 stars)

The Ballad of Iron Percy is really a good story at it's core. It is engaging and some decent characters are developed... until the end. The end of the story devolves quickly as if the author only had so many chapters and realized that there was only one more chapter left in which to wrap up the entire story. I'm addition to that it gives you the impression that someone else came in to finish it up as it felt so disconnected from the rest of the tale. Beyond that, the reader was perfect and I'll look for other books she reads. The production was fine except for the fact that the mix was very uneven. The intros and outros were twice as loud as the narrator track.

A Middling Fantasy


(3 stars)

This is a fair attempt in both the writing and the reading. For the latter, it is clear and consistent, but there were many points where it went back a few words to restart a segment. As for the writing; the author has created an interesting world and compelling narrative, but seems to favor telling over showing, making all the sense of political intrigue seem flat and obvious. The adult topics in this story are mediocrely danced around, and the author seems to give most characters a better sense of memory than can be found realistic. However, the arc and purpose of the story seems solid, though an anti-religious sentiment seems barely hidden by implication. Overall, I would recommend enjoying, but for amusement above all.

I love title and it's relevance to the story line.


(5 stars)

I travel a lot for work so I often find myself hastily choosing a book at a gas station before I continue with my journey. sometimes I pic things at random or just cause the cover art is interesting. I usually give them a few chapters before I decide if I want to continue the whole thing. this book was chosen kind of at random and at first I didn't see myself getting into it and I didn't think I would be finishing it. but I was curious to see where the story was going and I'm glad I did because I really enjoyed it. The story was very well written, so the characters were very well fleshed out and the world the story takes place in was well though out and described. it was also very well read, the reader/voice actress is great. a wonderful listen. I was sad when it ended, I wish there was more!!!!

have earbuds handy


(3.5 stars)

For the first 2/3 of this book the sound is very garbled unless you use earbuds. The story is interesting, though the plot and focus wanders wildly. There were many times characters would ramble & reiterate to the point I was sorry for the dead horse, if you will. But if you're listening during driving or housework, etc., it's not hard to tune out til it's back on track. Don't mistake me - I enjoyed the book & think it's well worth a listen. I especially like the length. So many audiobooks are so short they're over just when you get involved. Again, worth the listen.

great story well read


(5 stars)

have listened to many audio books and this is up with the best,yes it is a little on the quiet side but that does not detract from the enjoyments of the book the narrator I have heard on several books and her character voices are excellent. I have no problem with the odd retake of lines ,this book is very long and you are bound to miss one or 2 in the edit.

I can't say enough good things!


(5 stars)

This is an over the top, extremely well written and captivating book. And the narrator is equally fantastic. Her voice and caractorations make this wonderful book come alive. I wish it was twice as long: I truly hate to see the end coming. My thanks and gratitude to both author and narrator!!


(0 stars)

A great story with a well developed set of characters. I'd agree that the audio had some problems, and even after the problems were resolved I thought that at times the audio was too quiet and would sometimes fade in and out as if the narrator was changing her distance ...


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The writing and story are extremely engaging. Veronica Giguere does exceptional work with characterization. I found the editing (not removing some outakes) more frustrating than audio quality--a striking return from the world of the story to reality. I look forward to more of Ms. Giguere's narration/reading and Mr. Clark's writing. ...