Khaavren of the House of Tiassa is a son of landless nobility, possessor of a good sword, and “tolerably well-acquainted with its use.” Along with three loyal friends, he enthusiastically seeks out danger and excitement. But in a realm renowned for repartee and betrayals, where power is as mutable as magic, a young man like Khaavren, newly come from the countryside, had best be wary. His life depends on it. And so does the future of Draegara.
©1991 Steven Brust (P)2012 Audible, Inc.
This book, Phoenix Guards, is an homage to The Three Musketeers by Dumas and the romantic writers of that time. I have always loved this book, and the sequel: 500 Years After, because Three Musketeers has been my favorite book since I was a kid.
I had given up hoping that Phoenix Guards would get released on audio, when this came out! Then, I was cautious, because I wasn't sure they would find the right reader.
BEST READER EVER! My husband and I both, spent two days listening to, and laughing out loud in delight at the amazing job that Kevin Stillwell did reading all the different characters! The comedic timing of his pauses - he made a brilliant book BETTER!!!!!
I have already purchased 500 Years After, and can't wait to share it with my husband.
Be aware, that this is written in a very stylized manner = an unusual, non-modern style. I take great delight in it and recommend that you wait and listen to the authors' bios at the end. It will totally make you laugh!
If you aren't familiar with the Vlad Taltos series by Brust, that is OK. Read this if you loved The Three Musketeers. If you are a Brust fan, as I am, you have to buy this now and read it ASAP!
I want to thank Audible Publishing, for doing a brilliant job, and for Kevin Stillwell, who is just a genius!
Swashbuckling Fantasy Adventure.
I nearly think Kevin Stillwell was exactly the right choice - his narration is outstanding and enhances an already excellent book.
A swashbuckling fantasy adventure in the style of the three musketeers.
There is a certain amount of content which regards the nature of history and fiction and the writing thereof. I recomend you expect and enjoy these digressions. If you have not read any of Mr. Brust's novels in the Jhereg series it might be prudent to read at least the first book of that series before starting this series. Although chronologically the events in the pheonx guards occur long before the events in Jhereg.
Tells a tale of four friends as they try to make a name for themselves and determine what they want to do with their lives and try to settle what has happened to them in their past's. Interesting story the only problem I have with it is that when the author could use one word he uses four. Story is good enough to overcome the number of words written to tell it.
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