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On Ludus, life is often cheap. Nora's childhood hadn't given her many options. With nowhere else to go after losing her family, she joined an old friend in a street gang and found an unlikely home there. 

But unfortunately, tragedy is about to befall Nora. Grudges from the distant past and movements of shadowy organizations may take away everything she is familiar with and all that she holds dear...possibly even her life. Danger has never stopped her before, but survival may require escaping her old life and embarking on an insane, desperate journey. On the way, she might even accidentally stumble into both an incredible opportunity and an incredible burden. Unfortunately for her enemies, Nora was no pushover before...and that was before discovering super powers! 

Contains mature themes.

©2018 Blaise Corvin (P)2018 Tantor

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Ludus Lady lashes out!

I make no exaggeration in stating that Delvers LLC is one of my favorite series, and that I was miffed when I learned that the master craftsman, Blaise Corvin had decided to shoehorn this series in between the next Delvers book. Still, I trust that Corvis is going to craft a tale that will make me happy in the end, and so I got the first Nora Hazard book.
First of all, I can see that Corvin has finally crafted a character that he can appreciate. Nora is a streetwise, tough as nail, knife fighter. Anyone who knows Corvin will recognize his penchant for blades, and Nora is his valkyerie warrior maiden made flesh. The only umbrage that I had anywhere in thebook came from the overly emotional reaction that Nora experiences from a loss early in the book. It really colors everything that she does, and only when she frees herself from its constraints that she fully embraces her destiny and potential. Of course, that is something that every character in every book has to face, but she is just overly whiney about it. That, however, is a minor detail. I have to point it out, otherwise I'm not doing my job as a reviewer properly.

On the upside, the book has a ton of fantastic stuff going on including magic knives, superpowers, naughty drakes, and evil villains. Corvin can most assuredly cast out a vivid battle scene, one full of blades, fire and death. He also manages to bring in one or three faces from Delvers for us to clap at when they appear. Nora is a complex and riveting character whom you will automatically empathize with and want to succeed. The woman's story is one of tragedy and loss, but with an unrelenting perseverance that pushes her forward. Her attitude and grit will keep you listening as the story goes. The final show down between the White Shadow . . .no. . .White Darkness . . .um, Eggshell and Nora is epic, and it shows that ingenuity and the ability to keep going can be unbeatable at times.

Emily Beresford does an incredible job narrating, right now she is in my top three for lady narrators and with good reason. She fuels every step that Nora takes with emotion and gravitas. You bleed right along with her, your eyes water when she cries (if you are nancy boy wimp, that is. I had dust in my eyes). You can feel the heat from her rage, and the strength in her resolve. Beresford knows how to pace a story, and speeds up ans slows down naturally. She really makes storytelling seem effortless.

I will say that I am not a fan of the cover, Nora hiding from pursuers is NOT what I would have put front and center for my story. There are a lot of fight scenes that would have served far better here than this. I joke that the yuse a shot of her backside because Nora is not supposed to be too pretty, but the truth is, a kicking up dust battle scene would have rocked out here better than her peering through the foliage.

Corvin most certainly stepped out of his comfort zone to pen this amazing book, and he nails it like he was hanging a Picasso. This is an excellent addition to the world of Ludus, and really serves as a prequel to Jason and Henry arriving. If you have enjoyed Delvers you will love Nora Hazard. If you like strong independant female leads you will love Nora, if you are fan of action, adventure, magic, knife fights, sword fights, monsters, hidden dungeons, intelligent weapons, crazy priestesses, and Dolos Orbs then this is not something you will want to miss!!!

If this review helped, please press the YES below. Thank you immensely!!!

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  • Houston, TX United States
  • 05-17-18

Kind of like a freight train. A real big one.

Nora Hazard is not the type of hero most people expect. She is not a beautiful, much beloved friend of the people. She’s a wolf pack leader with much compassion for her pack, even the psychos. The rest of the world, however, is on its own.

When confronted with a most despicable evil, Nora is changed from her narrow, not-my-problem worldview to become an inescapable force of avenging judgement. .

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Nora is an amazing character!

This time around, we get a native Ludan perspective to flesh out Corbin's Ludus world, and she's quite likeable. If you've read Delvers LLC, I recommend you give this a try. The beginning of the novel may be a bit overwhelming, as you get a lot of information about people you don't yet know and you get it very quickly, but by the second chapter, Corbin's amazing storycraft kicks into high gear. The narration is superb as well.

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More than worth the credit. (Or money)

I love the Delvers series. It really is one of the best this genre has to offer. Which is saying a lot. The originality is outstanding. So I was honestly worried about this series for 2 reasons.
1. Different main character. Same world. I was worried it wouldn't stand up against the other series. It does. In spades.
2. The Narrator. I love Jeff Hays and had no clue about Emily. And thankfully... She killed it. In a good way.
In my opinion Mr. Corvin has completely delivered. This book is really good. Wonderful world building, cool magic/power system, and of course deep characters. Read Delvers. Read Nora Hazard. I absolutely enjoyed this book from beginning to end. Can't wait for book 2.

All hail Lord Dolos the almighty and king of our hearts and minds. Stupid terrans. bwahahahahaha

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Mitigating Risk- Too short want more.

I want to start off by saying that I've read this book before I listened to it. I read it back and forth twice, and greatly enjoyed it.
There were some key points I thought were worth mentioning about this book.

1. It functioned very well as a stand alone. I know a lot of readers are going to be coming here from Delvers, and that's great. But if you hadn't read delvers, this book is a great starting place too. The reason I mention this is I had read Delvers, but my wife hadn't. We were listening to the same book, she seemed just as happy with it as I was.

2. Risk existed. I know it's the name of the title, but the number of times I was honestly worried (and for good reason, as you'll find out very on) whether a character made it were plentiful. It added suspense and tension to a genre filled with ease and relaxation. I thought it was very well done, but this is one of the most stand out features of Blaise.

3. Character development. Loved it.

4. well thought out power system, interesting choices from protagonist. Snarky ai style character. Loved it all.

That said, the voice narrating was different than the one I had in my head, so while I gave her a 5 star, it was just because I was worried that my bias had tainted me when I thought about giving her a 4 star. So I let the wife pick and she said 5 stars.

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A Strong Story With An Exciting Character

First of all, the narrator was amazing and I am super picky about narrators. I grew up as an orphan and the author was scary accurate about the anxieties only orphans can feel, that need for survival battling against the luxury of trust. After that, it's an insane ride. So, buckle up.

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Blaise strikes again!

I loved this book and the unique fighting style.
The main character gets down on herself so much it can be a bit off putting, but overall this book is just a smashing good time. The voiceover was fantastic and had me shouting along. Hazzard!!!!!!!

Good job everyone involved, I loved you story.

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great sideline story on ludus

The story started slow and initially the main character seemed to be a clueless dumbass. This changed after her best friend dies. She then goes on to grow and become who she truly is instead of hiding.

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Great Listen

The book started kind slow for me ,but man it took off. The finish was awesome can't wait to hear the next one.

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great story

the story is great. it is a fresh angle on litrpg with the use orbs to level. the world building and mythology are intriguing. there is enough to get you interested and wanting more in book two. the mc is a strong female who has to work to get where she is.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-03-18

Build that world.

I love the delvers LLC series and it is great to get a book in the same world but from a new perspective. Especially that of a native as opposed to an outsider. Nora is a great main character who is powerful but also doubts her self in a way that is very relate able can't wait for more.

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  • Trent Cook
  • 05-31-18

a Brilliant addition to the Delvers world

Only complaint is that it's over before you know it. Provides a different perspective and a rich story.