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  • Ink Mage

  • A Fire Beneath the Skin, Book 1
  • By: Victor Gischler
  • Narrated by: Fiona Hardingham
  • Length: 11 hrs and 11 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 2,163
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 1,984
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 1,991

In the first installment of the A Fire Beneath the Skin trilogy, the city of Klaar has never fallen. No enemy has ever made it across the Long Bridge or penetrated the city's mighty walls. Even when a powerful invading army shows up at the gates, the duke and his daughter, Rina Veraiin, are certain that it poses little threat. But they are cruelly betrayed from within and, in a horrific spasm of violence, the city is brought to its knees.

  • 3 out of 5 stars
  • Good Chars, Weak Story

  • By Jenny on 01-12-16

Interesting concept and to me a pretty great main

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

Reviewed: 10-18-15

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

Yes, but only about 40% as i didnt enjoy following the other characters much.

What did you like best about this story?

The way the ink magic worked

What does Fiona Hardingham bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

Mostly just what any decent narrator does.

If this book were a movie would you go see it?

no, they would screw it up, have no doubts :P

Any additional comments?

I HATE when a book or series or anything skips between characters... its a constant kick in the face to me, just as im getting into it BAM and im kicked out and now following a character that I dont care about, only wishing i could go back and see what happens with the main character instead.

Most of this book is pretty good and while the side characters arent bad or uninteresting, to me its just such a immersion breaker.

19 of 23 people found this review helpful

  • Chained by Darkness

  • Sensor, Book 2.5
  • By: Susan Illene
  • Narrated by: Cris Dukehart
  • Length: 4 hrs and 33 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4.5 out of 5 stars 193
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 179
  • Story
    4.5 out of 5 stars 178

The longer a man lives, the greater the chance his actions will cost him in the future. When that man is an immortal nephilim, the misdeeds can really pile up. Lucas has paid for the crimes of his past for centuries, resisting any close relationship that might make his life even more difficult. Until Melena. Only she could begin to melt the ice shielding his heart, but then he was captured by his greatest enemies - angels.

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Great!

  • By Jen on 07-16-15

Nessessery but not that great

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

Reviewed: 03-08-15

You need this to learn about our lovers past and what happened before the next book, but it wasn't a very interesting story in itself.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Prince of Thorns: Broken Empire 1

  • By: Mark Lawrence
  • Narrated by: Joe Jameson
  • Length: 8 hrs and 57 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 361
  • Performance
    4.5 out of 5 stars 333
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 332

Prince of Thorns is the first volume in a powerful new epic fantasy trilogy, original, absorbing and challenging. Before the thorns taught me their sharp lessons and bled weakness from me I had but one brother, and I loved him well. But those days are gone and what is left of them lies in my mother's tomb. Now I have many brothers, quick with knife and sword, and as evil as you please. We ride this broken empire and loot its corpse.

  • 5 out of 5 stars
  • Dark, violent, sarcastic and unapologetic about it

  • By lum on 08-21-12

If you are tired of the stupid heroes, come here

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

Reviewed: 01-26-14

What did you love best about Prince of Thorns: Broken Empire 1?

that there is no stupid hero who has to save the day just cause they are "good"

These kinds of dark books are hard to find, im hoping to be able to dig up a few others because i heavily dislike the save the world because evil is bad crap.

  • The Black Company

  • Chronicles of The Black Company, Book 1
  • By: Glen Cook
  • Narrated by: Marc Vietor
  • Length: 10 hrs and 54 mins
  • Unabridged
  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars 3,443
  • Performance
    4 out of 5 stars 2,926
  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars 2,930

Some feel the Lady, newly risen from centuries in thrall, stands between humankind and evil. Some feel she is evil itself. The hardbitten men of the Black Company take their pay and do what they must, burying their doubts with their dead - until the prophesy: The White Rose has been reborn, somewhere, to embody good once more. There must be a way for the Black Company to find her....

  • 4 out of 5 stars
  • Hard Boiled Morally Ambiguous Epic Fantasy

  • By Jefferson on 03-18-11

If you are looking for darker stories, look here.

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

Reviewed: 01-23-14

Any additional comments?

There are so few books in the fantasy genre that isnt the glorious hero doing good against evil, and i dislike them all, this one is about a merc band working for a evil side, and i love it.

i hate hero BS where they need to be retards to make the story progress.

Not a lot of action as the book is written from a more behind the frontline point of view for the most part.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful