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  • Family of Lies: Sebastian

  • By: Sam Argent
  • Narrated by: Cornell Collins
  • Length: 10 hrs and 27 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 631
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 601
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 598

Sebastian Orwell did the only thing a smart wizard could do when he stumbled upon the wounded Crown Prince: He healed him and dumped him in a tavern where he could continue not being Sebastian's problem. Unfortunately, the prince isn't content with being alive, and he hunts Sebastian down to thank him personally. Not only is Sebastian stuck with the prince's unwanted affections, but he's also confronted by growing evidence linking the assassination attempt to someone from his father's past.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • I am impressed.

  • By Belen on 03-10-16

Witty, charming fantasy

Overall
4 out of 5 stars
Performance
5 out of 5 stars
Story
3 out of 5 stars

Reviewed: 08-21-16

I think this book may be a first novel of the author, and it is funny and fully of quirky characters. It is a little slow moving sometimes, and sometimes I struggled to understand what the characters are talking about (you have to pay attention to understand the subtle world-building), but the relationships between Sebastian and his family, Sebastian and Turren, and everyone's fast-paced dialogue make this book very enjoyable for me.

Liked the narrator very much--he adds a lot to the story, which is rich with witty dialogue. His characterizations make the story easy to follow.

One big disappointment: I read the book as an ebook, and I noticed that the audio book does not include the Prologue. This is a real problem, as the events in the Prologue are referenced several times in the book, and scenes in the prologue are the basis of Turren's attraction to Sebastian. Without the Prologue, you don't really get why Turren's gift of the book to Sebastion is so significant, because you don't know what happened to destroy the original book. I think it was a huge mistake to not include the Prologue.

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