Jezzet Vel'Urn is a trained swordsman.
She has rightfully earned the title Blademaster, and she knows that for a woman like her there are generally just two ways out of most hostile situations: fight or fornicate. All too often for Jezzet's liking, it comes down to some gods-be-damned combination of the two.
In The Heresy Within, Jezzet is chased into the Wild by a vengeful warlord until she finally makes it to the sovereign city-state of Chade. But instead of sanctuary, she finds only more opportunistic bastards waiting to turn her over to her enemies. Also figuring majorly in the story is Thanquil Darkheart, a sorcerer hunter called an Arbiter, tasked with hunting down and purging heretics for the Inquisition. Thanquil is given a task by the God Emperor of Sarth, from which he has no escape. Lastly, there's the brutal outlaw called Black Thorn, best known perhaps for the killing of several Arbiters and possibly being one of the biggest names in the Wild for his proclivities. All three of their fates seem to be converging on the Free City of Chade, and before long Jezzet, Thanquil, and the Black Thorn will have to confront each other as they find themselves facing The Heresy Within.
This is book one of Rob J. Hayes' epic grimdark trilogy, The Ties That Bind. It is intended for mature listeners. This newly repackaged Ragnarok edition has been edited and revised.
©2014 Rob J. Hayes (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
Rob J Hayes' debut novel kicks down the door and takes no prisoners. Its exciting, vulgar, funny, and very entertaining.
The story follows three drastically different people in different parts of the world. As we go, their separate threads begin weaving until we have a single narrative. Not all of our unlikely heroes are good people (quite the opposite, actually), though they are all flushed out and enjoyable characters. The side characters are also very fun (Bones is the best).
Dialogue is also very well done. I could be perfectly content just listening to the heroes make small-talk. Though, anyone that might be uncomfortable around crude language might not enjoy it near as much as I did.
One aspect that I really appreciate is that the book has an ending. Several times this past year I've found myself suckered into reading a series opener only to find that it ends on a chapter break/cliffhanger, leaving me feeling completely unfulfilled and just a little duped. Hayes wraps the story well in this first book, sets the stage for the continuing adventure, but allows a good place for readers that might not want to continue, or might have a while before they can continue, to stop and still feel that satisfaction of closure.
My only complaint with the novel is that the three separate narrative threads took me a little while to get in to, since it took me just that little bit longer to get into each of the three heroes. That didn't last long and once I was hooked I sped through the rest of the novel.
Narrator Gerard Doyle did an excellent job with voices and with his pacing. He added just the right amount of inflection to Hayes' prose to really bring them to life.
I listened to the audio version of this book during my commute to work and while on a trip out of state; it certainly made the time go by quickly!
Action packed and gritty, the characters are more antihero than hero. It took me several chapters to warm up to the characters. At first, I didn't like any of them, but they grew on me as the book continued. I'm looking forward to reading the rest of the series and I've already put them on my wishlist.
This book contains a lot of violence, including several scenes with violence against a woman, so if this is a trigger issue for you, don't read it. I don't think the violence here is gratuitous, though, as it shows that the world these characters live in is very harsh and unforgiving. The characters are a product of their interactions with this world, and their actions and reactions reflect that.
I received the book for free through Goodreads Giveaways.
Pointless, uninteresting characters, hard to follow story line. I really do not get this book. I have to recommend giving this one a miss.
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