Quill

The Cartographer, Book 1
By: AC Cobble
Narrated by: Simon Vance
Series: The Cartographer, Book 1
Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
4.3 out of 5 stars (247 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The fate of empire is to crumble from within.

A heinous murder in a small village reveals a terrible truth. Sorcery, once thought dead in Enhover, is not. Evidence of an occult ritual and human sacrifice proves that dark power has been called upon again. Twisting threads of clues lead across the known world to the end of a vast empire, and then, the trail returns home.

Duke Oliver Wellesley, son of the king, cartographer, and adventurer, has better things to do than investigate a murder in a sleepy fishing hamlet. For crown and company, though, he goes where he’s told. As the investigation leads to deeper and darker places, he’ll be forced to confront the horrific spectres rising from the shadows of his past. When faced with the truth, will he sacrifice what is necessary to survive?

Samantha serves a church that claims to no longer need her skills. She’s apprenticed to a priest-assassin that no one knows. Driven by a mad prophecy, her mentor has prepared her for a battle with ultimate darkness, except, sorcery is dead. When all is at stake, can she call upon an arcane craft the rest of the world has forgotten?

The fate of empire is to crumble from within. Do not ask when, ask who.

©2019 AC Cobble (P)2019 AC Cobble

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Started slow ended great

At first I wasn’t sure I’d like it however it turned out that it’s one of the best I’ve ever read. I’m old I’ve read thousands of fantasy books. I started reading them in 1973 while in the Marines in San Diego after getting back from the jungle. Thanks

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Gratuitous sex is not a story

That feeling when... ...you want a good story and hope for a new fantasy world to enjoy and the hero first shows up in bed with a naked woman who is begging him for sex. The following scenes include descriptions about how he has to keep adjusting his ----- because he had to leave bed in a hurry. Sigh. Boring. But there's still a chance a plot may develop, maybe the story will be good? ...the most important female character first shows up and you suspect from the way she is described that this book was written by a man with adolescent fantasies about warrior women in leather. And then she's immediately shown having meaningless sex, and you try not to give in to suspicion, but... ...you keep hoping there's a story in there somewhere but it's hard to make out between all the women throwing themselves at the "hero" and begging for sex. And again it's difficult not to wonder how much of this is hetero male wish fulfillment on the page. ...and then there's that one scene where the "hero" suggests he must have turned a lesbian hetero because he used his ----- to penetrate her. What year is it? Seriously? That is the moment at which I gave up on this story. This book is getting returned. If it's ever rewritten as a story, instead of a series of bad porn scenes with dimensionless characters strung together with a travesty of a plot, I might give it another try.

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Soft porn

The sex was unnecessary and too explicit; if that's the sort of story I wanted, I'd read something other than a sword & sorcery book. I was repelled by the female lead, before we even knew anything about her, when she received oral sex by a relative stranger and we were treated to details about how much she enjoyed it. If it weren't for that, it would have been a pretty decent story. I'm reluctant to pick up the second book.

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Great Mix of Adventure and Mystery

Loved the story and the performance. Simon Vance has the perfect voice for this and does his usual excellent work. It's a little bit murder mystery, a little bit high seas adventure, a little bit drunken bar brawl, a little bit epic fantasy, and a lot of fun. I really loved the interactions between Oliver & Sam and can't wait to hear more about them. There is a good bit of sex in the story, so be aware of that if you're coming from the author's Benjamin Ashwood series. I thought it made things more exciting, though, so if that doesn't bother you then jump in with both feet!

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the sex was annoying...

You can tell the smut was only there to up the page count. I found myself extremely frustrated by it because almost all of the sex felt forced and random. The worst part is the this would have been a five star book had the soft porn been cut out. Nevertheless, when the characters aren't attempting to get in each other's pants the plot was truly enjoyable. I guess I'm trying to say I hope book two will be more plot focused

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plot is good BUT

The sexual encounters in the book really foes take away from it. Its so random the woman are extremely loose for no reason. The men are total porn hounds. To certain people it ciuld be called tasteless. I call it tasteless there was no real purpose for it. It doesn't make the story better. I'm no saint by far but, man everytime you read a chapter there it is, but no purpose.

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I never give 5 stars ...

But this story was superb. There was a some sexual content that some might not appreciate, and I was a bit taken aback by it initially, but it led to character development which I think was important in the end. I just figured I’d give people a heads up. I honestly can’t wait for the sequel to come out. Simon Vance was as awesome as he always is. They better get him to read the sequel. It just wouldn’t be right without him. He’s literally perfect for this story.

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Supernatural Horror, Delectable Pacing

I thoroughly enjoyed this title - Simon Vance is an excellent narrator as always! A slow, secret build up of bloody murder, supernatural intrigue and fairly well written (and somewhat subversive) sex scenes. The characterisation at the start might cause a wince, but all the main characters grow on you, and the minor ones are well voiced. If you enjoyed The Aching God, definitely give this a stab.

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Meh, Just Meh

I actually bailed with about 2 hours remaining. Too many glaring plot holes made it impossible to care about the ridiculous characters.

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SmuttyRacy Trashy

Trashsex in the first chapter. My favorite narrator kept the story moving, but I had to keep advancing the chapters. It wasn’t worth the Credit.

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  • 08-10-19

Intrigue, airships and the occult

I was not sure what to expect when I started this it seemed interesting and different and it was. I loved the sense of mystery and intrigue. This is about a murder investigation with links to the occult. The cast of characters is small but we learn about them without too much back story or an info dump, which is good. We know enough but want to know more. I loved the world this book is set in Shillings and airships. I want to learn all I can the art on the authors website was nice to look at. I really like that this was a book for adults no teen drama, or some hero trying to save the world just people doing their job or what they want to. It was dark at times but not too graphic. It took a little time to get into the story but once I did I could not stop listening. The narrator is fantastic and I think he should be used more often. One of the best I have listened to. I think this is the kind of book people will love or hate but I look foward to the next book and I am glad I bought this.

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  • 01-14-20

Enjoyable

Decent world building and good to see a LGBT character in a lead role. Makes a change from so many fantasy stories where every barmaid is a sex worker.

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