This is a great classic fantasy book.it contains the first two stories of the series. it is a fun easy read. It feels like an early book for the author. So good things are to come I hope.
First of all this is not one book, but two, following the same characters in different events.
The books follow the two "charming?" rogues Hadrian and Royce and you get thrown right in to the action. The main characters actions aren't motivated from some greater good, but rather from basic human feelings like compassion and revenge. Nor is there any specific evil to fight, although the Hadrian and Royce always feels like the good guys. They are both extremely likeable without being too good.
The language is light but not meagre and the story is fast paced, also the narration is quite superb. The world and character building is perfectly moderate which keeps the books very interesting throughout. The story moves on at a very good rate at the same time that you're given bits and pieces painting up the characters and the world around them.There is some parallel storytelling in the books, but all these are equally interesting which I personally find extremely rare.
Even though the main characters are male, there are also a few strong interesting female characters in a mostly patriarchal world.
There is no super powerful entities in the story and only a little bit of magic, the main characters rather depends on guile and skill in their success. The story is quite unpredictable without being improbable and you rarely feel completely certain on who to trust. The occurrence of "magical" creatures is quite scarce, but there are both elves and dwarves in this world, with well known features from other fantasy worlds. Very little time is spent on writing the history of these other races which is a strength rather than a flaw in this particular series.
There are few, to no gruesome descriptions of violence in the books and sexual acts are at most implied so if those are a must for you, these books won't appease you. Even without those this feels mostly like an adult fantasy novel.
One of the best I've read/listened to in quite some time, I'd say.
I enjoyed the story so much I had to listen to it again (and again). The quality of the narration truly adds to the stories' enjoyability. Bravo to the author and narrator!
What a wonderful book! It keeps you engaged the entire time and you end up falling in love with all the characters. Don't tell my husband but I definitely have a love affair with Hadriane. 😉 Tim Reynolds does an exceptional job with all the voices. I am looking forward to book 2.
The story was easy to follow; not beleaguered by too many unpronounceables (ie. Throngy Thingalborn of Franalap Funrripler). Engaging, simple but still many surprises. the narrator makes definitely elevates it. Excited for the next in the series.