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Publisher's Summary

The epic conclusion to RJ Barker's debut fantasy trilogy, set in a world ravaged by magic, featuring a cast of assassins, knights, and ambitious noblemen.

Many years of peace have passed in Maniyadoc, years of relative calm for the assassin Girton Club-Foot. Even the Forgetting Plague, which ravaged the rest of the kingdoms, seemed to pass them by. 

But now Rufra ap Vthyr eyes the vacant High-King's throne and will take his court to the capital, a rat's nest of intrigue and murder, where every enemy he has ever made will gather and the endgame of 20 years of politics and murder will be played out in his bid to become the King of all Kings.

Friends become enemies, enemies become friends, and the god of death, Xus the Unseen, stands closer than ever - casting his shadow over everything most dear to Girton.

©2018 RJ Barker (P)2018 Hachette Audio

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The Best of the Series and a Satisfying Conclusion

While the books before this were solid, Barker steps it up to another level with the final book in the series. Much of epic fantasy written today is broad in scope, sweeping across different lands and settings, shifting from character to character. One of the things I particularly like about The Wounded Kingdom Series is the much more intimate, focused story we're given, with one of the most satisfying, emotional and, at times, tragic character arcs I've read in fantasy in recent years. In spirit it's reminiscent of Robin Hobb's original Farseer Trilogy, (though with different beats) and that has long been a favorite of mine. Like that story we get to see the maturation of the main protagonist from boy to young adult and finally a more experienced man. There's humor and heartache, mystery and suspense, heroism and tragedy, and very satisfying conclusion to the book and the trilogy. To say much more I think would spoil the story, but it's a world with characters I'd happily return to, and a series I'm sure I'll want to reread over and over again, which I think, is one of the best marks of a good story.

Joe Jameson as narrator was once again fantastic, with lots of range, and an emotive voice that added depth to the story and characters.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Thoughtful and Realistic character development!

What astounded me, and what I appreciated most, is how thoughtful and realistic the character development was throughout the series.

By spacing out the timing between each book the author was not required to create artificial setbacks for each character to overcome. In each subsequent book characters are older, if not necessarily wiser. This also allows the reader the ability to truly immerse themselves in the narrative.

Characters are allowed to grow and develop between books. Relationships are allowed to change. They mature. They sour. They are mended. I could not more highly recommend this series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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A good ending

The author was able to create new twists as he spun his way to the end of the trilogy which kept my interest level high throughout. Even so, there were a few areas that were glossed-over in such a way that while providing closure on some primary characters relationships, didn't provide a plausible explanation for it. Also, the title didn't seem to match what transpired in the novel.

Still, it was a solid book and I'd recommend it and the series for those who might be interested in a woeful and somewhat dark story.

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  • D. Dial
  • Warner Robins, GA United States
  • 11-08-18

Great series

I travel 50k miles a year and listen to many books on tape. This was one of the best series I have listened to.

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entertaining ride

Engaging well developed characters dealt with in an empathetic narrative in a fascinating world. Joe Jamison delivers the narrative expertly, you focus on the characters not the narrator.

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  • 09-14-18

The Best of the Series and a Satisfying Conclusion

While the books before this were solid, Barker steps it up to another level with the final book in the series. Much of epic fantasy written today is broad in scope, sweeping across different lands and settings, shifting from character to character. One of the things I particularly like about The Wounded Kingdom Series is the much more intimate, focused story we're given, with one of the most satisfying, emotional and, at times, tragic character arcs I've read in fantasy in recent years. In spirit it's reminiscent of Robin Hobb's original Farseer Trilogy, (though with different beats) and that has long been a favorite of mine. Like that story we get to see the maturation of the main protagonist from boy to young adult and finally a more experienced man. There's humor and heartache, mystery and suspense, heroism and tragedy, and very satisfying conclusion to the book and the trilogy. To say much more I think would spoil the story, but it's a world with characters I'd happily return to, and a series I'm sure I'll want to reread over and over again, which I think, is one of the best marks of a good story.

Joe Jameson as narrator was once again fantastic, with lots of range, and an emotive voice that added depth to the story and characters.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • @tone0189
  • 08-10-18

Thoughtful and Realistic character development!

What astounded me, and what I appreciated most, is how thoughtful and realistic the character development was throughout the series.

By spacing out the timing between each book the author was not required to create artificial setbacks for each character to overcome. In each subsequent book characters are older, if not necessarily wiser. This also allows the reader the ability to truly immerse themselves in the narrative.

Characters are allowed to grow and develop between books. Relationships are allowed to change. They mature. They sour. They are mended. I could not more highly recommend this series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Sailfish
  • 12-12-18

A good ending

The author was able to create new twists as he spun his way to the end of the trilogy which kept my interest level high throughout. Even so, there were a few areas that were glossed-over in such a way that while providing closure on some primary characters relationships, didn't provide a plausible explanation for it. Also, the title didn't seem to match what transpired in the novel.

Still, it was a solid book and I'd recommend it and the series for those who might be interested in a woeful and somewhat dark story.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • D. Dial
  • Warner Robins, GA United States
  • 11-08-18

Great series

I travel 50k miles a year and listen to many books on tape. This was one of the best series I have listened to.

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  • Sally Wagle
  • 10-18-18

entertaining ride

Engaging well developed characters dealt with in an empathetic narrative in a fascinating world. Joe Jamison delivers the narrative expertly, you focus on the characters not the narrator.

Sort by:
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
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    5 out of 5 stars
  • Avid Books and TV
  • AUSTIN, TX, United States
  • 09-14-18

The Best of the Series and a Satisfying Conclusion

While the books before this were solid, Barker steps it up to another level with the final book in the series. Much of epic fantasy written today is broad in scope, sweeping across different lands and settings, shifting from character to character. One of the things I particularly like about The Wounded Kingdom Series is the much more intimate, focused story we're given, with one of the most satisfying, emotional and, at times, tragic character arcs I've read in fantasy in recent years. In spirit it's reminiscent of Robin Hobb's original Farseer Trilogy, (though with different beats) and that has long been a favorite of mine. Like that story we get to see the maturation of the main protagonist from boy to young adult and finally a more experienced man. There's humor and heartache, mystery and suspense, heroism and tragedy, and very satisfying conclusion to the book and the trilogy. To say much more I think would spoil the story, but it's a world with characters I'd happily return to, and a series I'm sure I'll want to reread over and over again, which I think, is one of the best marks of a good story.

Joe Jameson as narrator was once again fantastic, with lots of range, and an emotive voice that added depth to the story and characters.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • @tone0189
  • 08-10-18

Thoughtful and Realistic character development!

What astounded me, and what I appreciated most, is how thoughtful and realistic the character development was throughout the series.

By spacing out the timing between each book the author was not required to create artificial setbacks for each character to overcome. In each subsequent book characters are older, if not necessarily wiser. This also allows the reader the ability to truly immerse themselves in the narrative.

Characters are allowed to grow and develop between books. Relationships are allowed to change. They mature. They sour. They are mended. I could not more highly recommend this series.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful

  • Overall
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
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  • Story
    4 out of 5 stars
  • Sailfish
  • 12-12-18

A good ending

The author was able to create new twists as he spun his way to the end of the trilogy which kept my interest level high throughout. Even so, there were a few areas that were glossed-over in such a way that while providing closure on some primary characters relationships, didn't provide a plausible explanation for it. Also, the title didn't seem to match what transpired in the novel.

Still, it was a solid book and I'd recommend it and the series for those who might be interested in a woeful and somewhat dark story.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • D. Dial
  • Warner Robins, GA United States
  • 11-08-18

Great series

I travel 50k miles a year and listen to many books on tape. This was one of the best series I have listened to.

  • Overall
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Performance
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Story
    5 out of 5 stars
  • Sally Wagle
  • 10-18-18

entertaining ride

Engaging well developed characters dealt with in an empathetic narrative in a fascinating world. Joe Jamison delivers the narrative expertly, you focus on the characters not the narrator.