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D'Shai

Narrated by: Ray Chase
Length: 8 hrs and 22 mins
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Kami Khazud is a member of an acrobatic troupe led by his famous father. While Kami is a fine acrobat, he knows this is not his "kazuh", his spirit force, special talent or destiny. In this elegant feudal society, where nobles have absolute rights over the peasant class and intrigue is a way of life, Kami and his troupe must walk more than one kind of tightrope to survive…

When a noble known to have abused Kami is murdered, Kami must first prove his innocence and find the murderer. D'shai presents a fascinating, dangerously subtle society whose complexity is reminiscent of medieval Japan or the Byzantine court.

Author of the New York Times best-selling Guardians of the Flame series, D'shai and its sequel The Hour of the Octopus present a colorful world and sympathetic characters that will appeal to fantasy and mystery listeners.

©1991 Joel Rosenberg (P)2012 Audible, Inc.

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A mystery set in a fantasy world. Simply Superb.

This is a great book. It is a mystery novel set in a richly painted land. One of the best fantasy settings I have ever read, and surprisingly not a lot like it. The magic is minimal, and the people and characters seem a bit more real for it.

The story revolves around a troupe of acrobats and the sections describing them performing in castles and courtyards, accompanied by musicians playing instruments that sound like something I've heard of before, vivid visuals along with great, fleshed out characters...the book has a flavor. A wonderful flavor.

The whole world of D'Shai is fleshed out, from the constant fear that a noble will decide you have offended them and simply have you killed, to the castle guards who sing every announcement (right down to alarms in four-part harmony).

The narrator does a good job (not great) still no complaints there. Finding this available was one of those things that 'made my day'. If you like this, there is one sequel, Hour of the Octopus. Highly recommended.

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  • Barbara
  • San Antonio, TX, United States
  • 01-22-19

A Favorite. No, really, a FAVORITE.

I only recently found out this was available on Audible and I am so happy. This is one of my favorite fiction books of all time. The story takes place in a feudal society where people have talents that are of a supernatural nature. There are Runners, Soldiers, Swordsmen, Guards, and dozens of different crafts, each with it's own practitioner who uses their very specific kazuh to raise their craft to miraculous levels.

The main character, Kami, is a juggler, a very good juggler, but he doesn't have the juggler "kazuh" or talent, so he will never be the juggler his father is. Kami thinks he doesn't have a kazuh. Not every one does, after all.

During the course of the book, Kami finds out what his kazuh is. It is unique. He is, as far as anyone knows, the only one.

Like I said. I LOVE this story. I hope you enjoy it too. The sequel is Hour of the Octopus. That is also a wonderful read. Have fun!!

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Glad he has better books

I listened to it hoping it got better. It didn't. wish it were over sooner.

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  • Andi
  • 03-14-17

Rosenberg is a great story weaver

Love the author, his development of a story and its characters, his use of language, his imagination.