• Flames over Frosthelm

  • Inquisitors' Guild, Book 1
  • By: Dave Dobson
  • Narrated by: Simon de Deney
  • Length: 13 hrs and 21 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (20 ratings)

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Sometimes, your case takes a left turn. Or three or four. Marten Mingenstern and Boog Eggstrom are provisional inspectors, fresh out of Inquisitor’s Guild training and eager to prove themselves. Assigned the mundane task of tracking down stolen jewels, they instead uncover a mysterious cult set on destroying the city. After a thief explodes, they earn the enmity of a vicious noble, the Chief Inquisitor gets bought off and goes rogue, they are seized by barbarians, and they are sentenced to death at least a couple of times. In a final, frantic race with prophecy, they face ruthless fanatics, a city turned against them, and terrible forces long buried.

Flames over Frosthelm is the first novel about the Inquisitor's Guild, the investigative arm of the government of Frosthelm, a medieval city-state where criminals thrive, nobles scheme, and dark secrets lurk. Expect intrigue, mystery, swordplay, adventure, politics, romance, and the strong bonds of friendship. And a little magic along the way. Described as Princess Bride meets CSI, this new novel is a tale of classic adventure with a healthy dose of humor.

Flames over Frosthelm is a full stand-alone novel. Beginning, middle, and end, and no waiting for sequels to find out how the adventure ends (hear that, George R.R.?). There is swordplay, violence, death, and some romance, but the audiobook does not include anything terribly hardcore. Think PG13 or Harry Potter and you're probably in the right place.

©2019 Dave Dobson (P)2021 Dave Dobson

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I went for a drive, just to see what happened next!

I thoroughly enjoyed the audio version of Flames Over Frosthelm. The story was riveting, and the narration was excellent. I only find time for Audible in my car, so I looked forward to my drives to see what happened next. I very strongly recommend this book. I look forward to reading Mr Dobson’s other books.

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Loved it



This was a very enjoyable. The story is unique because it is humorous but still serious. (If that makes sense.) Marten & Boog are fresh out of Inquisitor's Guild training. They are eager to prove themselves. These two are so funny. They each have their own quirks but work well together. As the case they are assigned to goes out of control, their training will kick in or it won't. Their journey through lies, deceipt & sometimes battles is hilarious and full of snarky humor. They have to rely on each other no matter what.

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A fiery fantasy adventure

Received as an audio review copy from Story Origin, this is an honest review. Narrated beautifully by Simon De Deney, brings to life this intriguing and complex fantasy journey. Friends Matern and Boog are just about to begin their careers as provisional inquisitors in the city of Frosthelm but things didn't go as planned when they are painted for murders by their Chief Inquisitor, who has traded bringing criminals to justice for power. Now Matern and Boog race throughout Frosthelm piecing together what is truly happening within the city's walls... and it's even more insane as paranoid individuals desire to bring a powerful being out of its slumber, wickedly coinciding a coming eclipse. Wondrously intense with detailed, memorable characters, packed with action and snarky situations, delivering a great adventure. Highly recommended.



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Magical fast paced mystery

Parents: fun mystery appropriate for those over 13
Language: PG 13 (no Fbombs)
Violence: lots of murder but not ultra descriptive in terms of gore
Sexual content: none

The story is a fantasy-esqu who-dun-it of sorts. Medium paced, likable characters, and several solid twists that you might not see coming. Characters are well developed, the world is well described and obviously full of magic.

This was a fun listen that was relatively fast-paced despite perhaps an obvious main story… more of several story tendrils that intertwined but happened to follow two people primarily. I would recommend this especially if you enjoy mystery novels and magic, I promise you will have an enjoyable experience!

Narrator has a really good difference between characters and was fun to listen to.

—I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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A great book 1 in the Inquisitors' Guild series.

Dave Dobson did a great job with Inquisitors' Guild book 1, Flames Over Frosthelm. The characters and plot were well developed, there were great times, good times, fun times, and sad times. Overall I would recommend this adventure! Audio Version: This was the first time I have listened to anything narrated by Simon de Deney and he did a wonderful job.

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A good fantasy land mystery novel

This is a good and fun fantasy novel with good characters and interesting twists along the way. At its heart it's a detective mystery and a pretty good one at that.

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This is a really long book. I’ve been listening to it for the last couple of days. It’s been an enjoyable few days for sure, but I’m very ready to move on to anything else.

The storytelling reminds me a lot of Bloodlines Reforged saga. It feels like a “buddy cop” (inquisitor) story set in a medieval fantasy world. It’s comedic at times, but it’s not a comedy. The characters are likable, determined, loyal, persistent. Despite bumbling around from one terrible situation to the next, they just keep going. Gotta give ’em credit for that.

The book rarely feels like it has a primary story. It kinda takes a back seat as the protagonists just keep moving from one encounter to another. Think of it like a TV series where the main plot plays out in the background over a number of episodes.

The author did a great job describing the world. The world and the combat are extremely descriptive. Often times I’d pause randomly, do other stuff or sleep for a few hours and pick up where I left off. The world is so well described, I was always quickly able to remember where I was in the story without missing a beat.

I did have to hear the narrator say “onvelope” one too many times. I’m going to lazily recycle this bit of my review from All Your Twisted Secrets: The narrator repeatedly says “onvelope” which drives me crazy. Envelope – envelop. If something were to be enveloped in darkness, you wouldn’t say onveloped in darkness. If you think I’m being nitpicky, you’re goddamn right I am! I can’t stand when people who are supposed to be professional narrators mispronounce basic words. Just search my blog for my mentions of “acrosst”, “carmel” or “farmiliar” to see other examples. I’m getting seriously sick of listening to people mispronounce basic words.

Aside from that annoyance, the character voices are all top-notch. They’re easy to tell apart, each character has their own, distinct voice to fit their personality. The narrator did occasional (rare) sound effects which were nice for immersion, but so rare that it seemed pointless. Maybe sound effects is the wrong word. When a character was spitting out grass or dirt (can’t remember), he made a spitting noise to accompany it instead of just saying it.

NOTE: This copy was provided to me free of charge as a digital review copy. The opinions stated in this review are mine and mine alone, I was not paid or requested to give this book a certain rating, suggestion, or approval.

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Entertaining Story

Good Concepts, and entertaining Story, Main Characters were easy to relate to and very likable. I felt the book could have been shorter and there were places where the story got slow, but mostly a Excellent read. This author created a interesting World with magic through it and in it. Narrator did a good job with the voices of the characters and the entire storyline.

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Fun Fantasy Adventure

This was my first experience with Dave Dobson's work and I enjoyed it very much. The story revolved around two provisional inspectors who just graduated from the Inquisitors' Guild training. The book related how a simple case of stolen jewels grew into so much more. The tale had twists and turns, magic, humor, adventure and just a touch of romance. I am looking forward to the next book in the series. I recommend this story to others who enjoy this genre. Simon de Deney's narration was great and added entertainment to the story. I was given a free copy of the audiobook and I have voluntarily left this review.

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A thoroughly enjoyable mix of humor and magic

Skillfully blending humor with deadly serious sorcery, this is a thoroughly enjoyable fantasy that's set in an intriguing, medieval city-state. The characters are vivid and idiosyncratic, and they provide many laugh-out-loud moments as they pursue their suspects, unravel the mystery, and venture into a little shy romance … all on the way to saving the world. There's plenty of action and wide-ranging adventure. Plus, the story's unpredictable magic allows for an interesting, well-thought-out dialogue on the cosmic tension between order and chaos. The narrator is perfect for this story, with great pacing and a style that suits all of its elements: The fight scenes are delivered with energy, and the comic punch lines get exactly the right touch of dry wit, perfectly reflecting the self-deprecation of the lovable main character, Marty. I'm delighted to have discovered the work of this author and this narrator. They're a great team.

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  • Fred Jones
  • 10-28-21

A wonderful saga

This is a wonderful saga, with a lovingly created world, great real characters, ,lots of intrigue and treachery, magic and mystery, courage and fortitude, a slow burn romance, a world ending conspiracy based on an ancient prophecy. Two trainee inquisitors investigating a theft uncover a huge conspiracy involving the highest nobles, framed for murder they are forced into the borderlands. I loved the story, the world that the author has created and the characters. This is a long story but it is always engrossing, detailed and involving. The narration is good, the narrator has a good voice and range but is a little stilted sometimes with his delivery but this is not a major thing. I received a complimentary copy from Storyorigin and am leaving a voluntary honest review