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The Cartographer, Book 1
By: AC Cobble
Narrated by: Simon Vance
Series: The Cartographer, Book 1
Length: 14 hrs and 37 mins
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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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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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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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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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  • Wes
  • san anselmo, CA, United States
  • 09-14-19

Great occult book!

Great book and narration. If you like occult mystery/fantasy/steam punk books I highly recommend. Also not childish meant for adults.

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A great start

I'll have to say this is a great start to a storyline that has mystery, Magic and Technology all in one. The characters are a lot more developed than I thought they would be but the one thing I found to be bothersome was some of the glaring hints that were left behind that weren't picked up on by the characters. If those issues are fixed I think this will be one for the ages. I am looking forward to the next book and hoping the story continues to get better.

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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.