I listen or read to escape. This book has allowed me to do that. Reynolds does a fantastic job of reading the book, and has me laughing out loud! I can't say enough about Michael J. Sullivan. His characters are great, as is his writing. I listen to the book riding back and forth from work each day, and it just makes the time fly! You won't be disappointed. I sure wasn't!
This is the beginning of a saga set in a fairly typical fantasy world - although there are a couple of surprises. Magic is shunned, and elves are both the enemy and a despised underclass. The two main characters are a pair of rogues who hire themselves out to nobles for odd jobs that nobody else can do. There's a real sense of camaraderie between them, as well as a constant but restrained sense of humor throughout the books.
This audiobook is really two books in one. The first book has a simple, predictable plot with overpowered main characters and two-dimensional villains...but it gets better. The second book picks up where the first left off, and now it really begins to shine. Details from the first book that seemed unimportant or incongruous come back and take on new meaning. The characters from the first book get more back story and personality. While I never quite lost the idea that I was listening to someone's RPG campaign, I ended up enjoying myself quite a lot. It's no grand literature, but what it is isn't bad - a bit like how fast food can hit the spot, but will never replace a fine meal.
I'd definitely recommend this series to a fan of the fantasy genre. It's essentially a buddy tale about a warrior and assassin, each one masters of their craft who make their living as elite thieves. Their abilities are renown and sought by the wealthiest clients, letting the pair rub elbows with upper crust nobility. Yet they also know their way in the criminal underground.
The two have hearts of gold though. So one can't help but grin when their clashing personalities cause them to banter and bicker while they get into and out of trouble, despite being fast friends.
The setting is fantasy-familiar with enough new perspectives on magic, other races like elves and dwarves, and geography to keep things interesting. Add to that murder-mystery intrigue, action-adventure rescues, and a relatively lighter air than Joe Abercrombie or George RR Martin, and this makes for a really nice listen.
An additional bonus is a great narrator, and a pretty impressive length that stays engaging. Add to that the fact that this is only the first in a trilogy, and I think you'll find it's a great deal.
I am a blind lawyer and aspiring writer, trying to read a little bit of everything but partial to sci-fi and military fiction.
Id like to begin by saying I have purchased The Lord of the Rings, and fully intend to read it one day. I came to the fantasy genre by way of Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, which this certainly is not. And let me say, as much as I loved those hefty tomes, I couldn't be any happier about it.
What we have here is a far more straight forward narrative with good guys and bad guys and some people in the middle who'll break one way or the other as the plot requires. It is full of action, people doing the right thing, a touch of intrigue and a dash of romance. It isn't that complicated but it is well-developed and most importantly, it is a whole lot of fun. And when I say it isn't complicated, I don't mean the author hasn't taken his time building this world. You will find plenty here worth your time, particularly a good sense of humor and characters you can't help but cheer for.
This first installment relies heavily on plots involving linear journeys and fairly direct conflicts but does throw in enough twists to keep things interesting, which sets up the characters and overall setting for a much grander adventure. I was incredibly impressed by the narration, particularly the characterization of the two heroes from the sample alone and am not surprised that it has since garnered an Audie nomination.
It's hard to express just how much I enjoyed this entire series. I can only hope the author continues to put out such great stories and finds the right vocal talents to bring them to life.
Professional truck driver. Avid reader. I love series. I love long books.
The story was pedantic, boring, predictable. There was nothing original about it. As I listened I kept feeling that I had heard this story a thousand times before, but done poorly. Character dialog was stiff and stodgy. It had no flow and didn't have a natural rhythm. It wasn't clever. Better similar story lines would include The Princess Bride or The Lion King. It seemed really juvenile to me. I couldn't even finish listening to it. The narrator was okay. I don't think he is to blame for not bringing the story to life, I just don't think there much there for him to with which to work.
What a great series!! It's a complex story with very likeable characters who come to life with believable emotions and lots of humor. Plenty of twists and turns that keep you very interested for many, many hours. I was sorry when Volume 3 ended.
I Loved the narrator, very talented!
An avid reader of History and dabbler in a bit of epic adventure. Louisianian tried and true.
A Delightful listen. Some of the best character development I've seen in years. You quickly come to love Royce and Hadrian and the bad guys are easy to despise. While those caught in circumstances were ... well ... interesting people and played their parts in character.
Tim Gerard Reynolds does a fabulous job of catching the character nuances, with just enough voice inflection and variation to help differentiate between the characters without distracting from the story.
I liked that you could sometimes surmise what lay beyond the next corner. Sometimes - and then only just before turning the corner. Even when one does anticipate what is going to happen, Sullivan still makes it fun, exciting, thought provoking.
I like books that make me smile or that make me say, "Oooh". Royce and Hadrian kept me doing the former while the yarn itself increased the latter.Case in point: Royce's wit is defined very early in the book with this response to Alenda, "Oh, I'm sorry. Did I say your father? I meant the other marquis, the one with the appreciative daughter." And Tim Reynolds makes it sting. "Ouch!" I found myself talking back to this audiobook quite often.
All in all, a wonderful adventure. Absolutely Wonderful!!
What a great read! I am thoroughly enjoying the trials and tribulations of Royce and Hadrian as they conquer the evils placed before them. This is one of those series that I go right from one book to the other and it has been so good that I got the audible version and the book and have been using both so I don’t miss anything, no matter where I am. Great fantasy, great read!
This is a wonderful tale of swashbuckling heroes in the style of the Three Musketeers. Our amiable rogues have the standard sorts of adventures with narrow escapes from death, encounters with ancient sorcery, encounters with beautiful women, and the every present trope of a prophecy nearing fulfillment. Yet, even though you know how it's all going to end, it's great fun!
The light hearted humor and fast paced adventure.
Reynolds is a splendid reader! His character voices are spot on, and his expressions had me laughing so hard that I had to pull of the road while driving.
There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on treasure island.(Walt Disney)
I`m happy to have discovered this new author,in the caliber of the best authors in fantasy(sword and sorcery). I find this series more mature in the writing,there is not much magic but i prefer a story somewhat realistic and the characters are all very engaging and close to reality in the middle ages,i also like the bit of humor. Really great story and narration!