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Publisher's Summary

War sweeps the land as the sons and daughters of the late King Marcus battle over who will claim their father’s throne and able-bodied men and women flock to one cause or the other in the hopes of a better tomorrow. At least, most of them. 

If life has taught the jaded sellsword Aaron Envelar anything, it’s that hope is for fools and causes are a sure remedy for breathing. But when his latest job leads him to the corpse of a prince and a conspiracy that threatens to destroy the entire realm, Aaron is forced to choose sides in a war he doesn’t want, between forces he doesn’t understand.

Thrust into a world of mythical assassins, a madman with superhuman strength, and a nagging ball of light with a superiority complex who claims to be the embodiment of compassion, Aaron takes on his hardest job yet - staying alive.

This debut novel from Jacob Peppers is a new entry in the great epic fantasy tradition of Brandon Sanderson, Patrick Rothfuss, and Joe Abercrombie.

©2017 Jacob Peppers (P)2018 Podium Publishing

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A wonderful collaboration between author&narrator

My second read from author Jacob Peppers. I'd gotten the Kindle edition for The Silent Blade back in April and never got around to reading it until the author gave me an Audfans audible edition fot it, after reading/listening to it I went right out & bought A Sellsword’s Compassion while it was on sale, then I went & got the Audible edition since the first narration was so good. Owning both the Kindle & Audible editions I was able to follow along while listening. Great read, great narration, Steven Brand has become the voice of Aaron Envelar! What other blurbs can I use to describe these books? Oh well, buy the book, read the books, get into a good author and some good characters as I have. On to book #2. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

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My favorite new author.

I listen to audiobooks every day for at least 4 hours mainly historical fiction and fantasy. My favorite authors are Larry Correia, Bernard Cornwell, Jim Butcher and Vince Flynn and Brad Thor. But I've listened to alot of George Martin, Kel Kade ,Anthony Ryan, Ra Salvatore and many others this author is by far my newest favorite his characters are interesting and the dialogue is great. the story along with a solid performance by steven brand make this well worth listening to. the only down side is there is currently only about 10 hours of stories available . I can't wait for the next listen.

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Amazing New Series

Great story. Great performance. Can't wait for the next book to make it to audio.

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loved the flow & the readers voice. <br />

the story is hiw we.all wluld look at a situation when we have seen the worst.

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Can't get better than this !

I loved this in print and the audio version is amazing! Can't wait for more from Mr. Pepper's!!!

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Not enough meat on the bone

It was good but not great. I liked the characters and narration. Needs world-building.

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Pretty good

this book is definitely worth a try, I enjoyed the storyline very much, ad well as the main character.

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Can't wait to start Book 2!

This is a great read/listen. I read the book and then got the audiobook. I am not much of a reader normally but this one kept me interested and wanting more! Great job to the author and the performance by Steven Brand!

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A sellsword

Great story! The character seem real with some of the same faults and dreams that plague us all. A little foul language, a little sex, and a little remorse.The hero seems to be in his late twenties to me...

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Very Good First Book, A Few Plot Holes

This was a good start to a promising series. It's a bit clumsy transitioning the Main Character to different Mental Phases of his life, and there are a few GLARING Plot Holes (IE: Fighting in an Arena with acoustics designed to let EVERYONE in the spectator crowd hear the slightest WHISPER of "Yield" from a combatant, AND allow "The Powers That Be" to hear EVERY word said by ANYONE in the crowd.. Yet, later, NO ONE can hear the assassin confessing everything to the Main Character in the fighting arena while baiting him)... Overall its a GOOD listen, and I'm sure the "Mental Transitions" made by the Main Character will smooth out, and the holes in plot-lines will tighten up, in future books.

Steven Brand does his usual FANTASTIC Job of Narration!

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Greater than the sum of it's parts

Great narration from Steven Brand, lifts an already exciting novel that subverts a expectations and concludes in a satisfying way.

Great characters, world building and *magic* - can't wait for the next in the title.