Fire on the Mound has been on my radar for around a year. I had listened to the opening episodes a while back but recently made a decision to revisit the show. I'm glad I did. It's a fantasy story written and produced by William J. Meyer and ran from August 2012 through to May 2014.
What's It About?
Fire on the Mound is a large scale fantasy tale with many layers, but much of the story focuses on a young Gaewyn (a mix between a deer and a human) called Pekra and his sister Lely. The pair are drawn into an ancient struggle following the death of their father.
Pekra and his sister Lely race to find the mythical cottonwood tree and protect it from Mtilan and his master Legion — but to succeed they must first befriend their father’s killer — a former knight simply called Fool.
Through tragedy and despair the siblings journey across a perilous island full of mystery and legend. And at the cradle of the world Pekra must face his greatest challenge — can he learn forgiveness?
What Kind of Fiction Podcast is it?
Fire on the Mound has an interesting combination of elements. Primarily it is a podcast novel. It's read to us by a narrator, who does a great job bringing the characters to life. The series actually feels more like an audio drama due to the excellent use of music and sound effects.
This is a risky practice in the audiobook realm. If you don't get this spot on your attempt at soundscaping can be written off as obtrusive, distracting and unnecessary. Far from being an issue on Fire on the Mound though, these elements really take the show to a whole new level.
What do I Like About it?
It's always tough diving into a new fantasy storyworld with strange names and unknown races. With this in mind I feel the story gets off to a strong and accessible start. As more introductions went on I did have to pay attention closely to the different characters and locations, but soon grew familiar with them. After around the third episode I was well and truly immersed in this universe.
Story aside, this is an extremely well produced podcast. The music is fantastic and really sets each episode up with a strong and distinctive theme and score. With some really nice concept art too there's a polished and professional feel to the whole production.
I'd strongly recommend Fire on the Mound to anyone who enjoys stories such as Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, or The Elder Scrolls.
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