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Alynd

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  • Hex Appeal

    • UNABRIDGED (13 hrs and 8 mins)
    • By Jim Butcher, Carrie Vaughn, Ilona Andrews, and others
    • Narrated By Jennifer Van Dyck, Marc Vietor, Gayle Hendrix, and others
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (304)
    Performance
    (255)
    Story
    (265)

    Fall under the intoxicating spell of their hex appeal…In the magical world that lies hidden beneath our own, witches and conjurers play deadly games. They know just the right spell to kill a man with one kiss—or raise him back again. And they’re not afraid to exact sweet revenge on those who dare to cross them. But what if you’re the unlucky soul who falls victim to a conjurer’s curse? And if you had the power to cast a magic spell of your own, would you use it?

    Shay Bella says: "Good Format, Good Stories"
    "Jim Butcher 5/5 The rest were disappointing"
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    What disappointed you about Hex Appeal?

    I love Jim Butcher and have read all of the full length Dresden books. I was hoping to find some new authors to read/listen to. No luck.


    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Riddle in Stone: The Riddle in Stone, Book 1

    • UNABRIDGED (15 hrs and 24 mins)
    • By Robert Evert
    • Narrated By Fleet Cooper
    Overall
    (70)
    Performance
    (67)
    Story
    (68)

    Long after the last of the great heroes of old has died, the Undead King is stirring again, amassing a goblin horde ready to sweep out of the mountains and destroy all of humanity. The only thing preventing utter annihilation is Edmund - a stuttering librarian who knows a secret, a secret that every thief, assassin, and king would kill to have. Fleeing from relentless peril, Edmund wages a solitary battle against an ancient evil. But how can one man succeed when so many before him have failed?

    r. says: "Excellent story."
    "Unforgettable Hero"
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    Any additional comments?

    A dash of humour, a dose of suspense, twists and the right amount of grit delivers a great "non-traditional" fantasy tale that has you rooting for the hero. The book kept me wondering what Edmund would stumble into next and how would he make out.

    This book and it's sequel has put Robert Evert into my list of favourite authors along with Kevin Hearne, Brandon Sanderson, Jim Butcher, Peter V Brett, Patrick Rothfuss and Michael J Sullivan. If you enjoy their books, you should check out Riddle in Stone, book 2 Betrayal in the Highlands and book three which I hear will come out this summer.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Betrayal in the Highlands: The Riddle in Stone, Book 2

    • UNABRIDGED (11 hrs and 43 mins)
    • By Robert Evert
    • Narrated By Fleet Cooper
    Overall
    (32)
    Performance
    (32)
    Story
    (32)

    Edmund’s old, boring life is gone forever. Knowing the answer to a cryptic riddle that, if in the wrong hands, could destroy all of humanity, Edmund is hiding in a sleepy coastal town as far from the frozen mountains of the Undead King as possible. For a moment, he believes he’s finally safe. Then he learns that Molly, the woman he’s loved since childhood, is telling stories about him - stories that will get him and his friends killed.

    Alynd says: "More fantasy books should be written like this"
    "More fantasy books should be written like this"
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    If you could sum up Betrayal in the Highlands in three words, what would they be?

    Unforgettable non-traditional hero


    Any additional comments?

    Betrayal in the Highland was a great continuation of the first book in the series Riddle in Stone. The hero Edmund definitely grows into his hero shoes in this book, but he is definitely still not your typical cookie cutter hero. The antics of Edmund and his eclectic group of friends kept me interested from start to end.

    The right amount of humour, grit, adventure and goblins left me with a book that I did not want to put down.

    This series has put Robert Evert into my list of favourite authors along with Kevin Hearne, Brandon Sanderson, Jim Butcher, Peter V Brett, Patrick Rothfuss and Michael J Sullivan. If you enjoy their books, you should check out the Riddle in Stone series.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Prince of Thorns

    • UNABRIDGED (9 hrs and 19 mins)
    • By Mark Lawrence
    • Narrated By James Clamp
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (525)
    Performance
    (483)
    Story
    (489)

    Author Mark Lawrence has won over audiences everywhere with Prince of Thorns, his exciting debut novel. Nine-year-old Prince Jorg is forced to watch as his mother and brother are slaughtered. Fleeing the palace, Jorg joins a bloodthirsty band of thugs. But he’s determined to take back what’s rightfully his, so he returns to the castle a few years later - unaware of the dark and powerful magic that awaits.

    Alynd says: "Could not find anything to like about Jorg"
    "Could not find anything to like about Jorg"
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    Has Prince of Thorns turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No... this has not turned me off fantasy or even gritty, dark fantasy... but it may make me hesitate next time I read such conflicting reviews about a book. I assumed as I love such authors as Abercrombie, Peter V. Brett, Martin, Stephen R Donaldson etc who are all reputed to write "gritty" fantasy, that I would love this book too. I even bought King of Thorns before I had started this one. I really enjoy the anti-hero; the conflicted and complicated characters; but I guess in the end I personally need at least a spec of redemption. I forced myself to finish listening to the book, but in the end decided that though I found Jorg morbidly interesting and compelling, that I really did not care enough about Jorg or the story to find out what happens in the next books.


    13 of 15 people found this review helpful

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