Narrator Chris Chung's youthful, likeable voice quickly makes naive young scribe Arkamondos familiar and sympathetic as he leaves his dull life to chronicle the exploits of a band of rugged Syldoon warriors. In contrast to Arki's thoughtful nature, Chung adds texture and roughness to the voices of the bluff, often-crude Syldoon. Arki's adventure with the Syldoon is filled with bouts of violence and political intrigue, and Chung performs these scenes with energy while keeping Arki's wide-eyed perspective intact. As Arki shakes off his small-town innocence, events unfold that hint at a larger conflict yet to come.
Many tales are told of the Syldoon Empire and its fearsome soldiers, who are known throughout the world for their treachery and atrocities. Some say that the Syldoon eat virgins and babies-or perhaps their own mothers. Arkamondos, a bookish young scribe, suspects that the Syldoon's dire reputation may have grown in the retelling, but he's about to find out for himself. Hired to chronicle the exploits of a band of rugged Syldoon warriors, Arki finds himself both frightened and fascinated by the men's enigmatic leader, Captain Braylar Killcoin. A secretive, mercurial figure haunted by the memories of those he's killed with his deadly flail, Braylar has already disposed of at least one impertinent scribe...and Arki might be next. Archiving the mundane doings of millers and merchants was tedious, but at least it was safe. As Arki heads off on a mysterious mission into parts unknown, in the company of the coarse, bloody-minded Syldoon, he is promised a chance to finally record an historic adventure well worth the telling, but first he must survive the experience! A gripping military fantasy in the tradition of Glen Cook, Scourge of the Betrayer explores the brutal politics of Empire-and the searing impact of violence and dark magic on a man's soul.
©2012 Jeff Salyards (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
"I read 70 books in 2012 and I consider Scourge of the Betrayer to be both Debut of the Year and Fantasy of the Year." (SFSignal.com)
Debatable...I loved the story, having read the book. But I didn't really care for the narrator; also, the audio was mixed poorly, if I'm phrasing it properly...there was faint white noise that I never hear on other books. It would stop and start when the narrator reached a section; I could tell when one recording session started and one ended.
I loved the characters; I like repartee in the dialogue and also mild understatement, both of which were common in this book. I also loved the action sequences. There were not many, and they were not spectacular; they were....real. In a melee, one man protecting himself against five is cause for concern, regardless of his skill. The writing reflects this.
Steven Pacey, without a doubt. Then perhaps Bronson Pinchot or Michael Page. I'm currently listening to John Lee, who is also good.
Chris Chung read with feeling, yes, but his attempts at changing accents to fit the various characters detracted from his narrative. Incidentally, few do this as well as Steven Pacey!
In the topp 3rd. It has some promise and I think that if the author polish up on the plot and worldbuilding a bit, maybe flush out the characters somewhat. Because the action bit is good stuff.Will buy the second installment
I like that you are kept guessing about what our guy with the flail will do next and how.
The action segments were the best
There was some dark humor in it, but the best was the suspence of the elite commando stuff. Some intricate(in a good way) twists in the planing of the ops the unit did.
The Narrator had a killer voice! Mr Chung did a fine job:)
This is an average book with average narration. It is barely good enough for me to get through the book.
It is a story about a mercenary writer hired to take account of the adventure of a mercenary band of group on a secret mission. The mission is so secret that even the reader does not know about it till much later in the book. I think that author tried to follow the steps of ''The name of the wind' in terms of account of events, but quality of writing is not up to standard. I found myself to be dis interested due to over all super secretive theme which though intriguing at the start, became annoying later in the book. Also, there were constant lessons that were given to the writer form the leader of the mercenary which again became tiresome. I barely completed the book. I will not be reading the next book on this series.
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