She is a Dog - one of the many children and teens across the empire of Ansborn who have been sentenced to fight in the arenas. There they fight in battle after battle until they die for the sport of the people of Ansborn - an empire built atop the peaks of five mountains. But one day she picks up a knife, and everything changes. She discovers she is a Greater Gift - one of a handful of magic users with powers so great they have only two choices: to join the Empire as one of its premier assassins, or die as a threat to the Empire itself. She is no longer a Dog. Now, she is Sword. And she will soon realize that in this Empire, not all is what it seems. Good and evil collide, and she can never be sure whom to trust - not even herself. She holds life in her hands for some. Brings death by her blade to others. She is a killer. She is a savior. She is Sword.
©2016 Michaelbrent Collings (P)2016 Michaelbrent Collings
Yes. The story is great for those who enjoy epic fantasy told with a modernized twist. Audio is always a plus when time for actual reading is limited.
Possibly. I often found the delivery somewhat lacking during climactic moments and the accent/pronunciation was off in a few places. Minor things, but that threw me in the moment. There were also two moments that I can recall where the audio overlapped where it was spliced and a few seconds of dialogue were repeated. Again, minor, but threw me in the moment
The story was good and I enjoyed the experience overall. The only hangups were in the narration itself rather than the story. If you're looking for an epic fantasy with the feel of the thriller and a modernized twist, this is the book for you.
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