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Publisher's Summary

The Underworld rules the city of Veldaren. Thieves, smugglers, assassins... they fear only one man.

Thren Felhorn is the greatest assassin of his time. All the thieves' guilds of the city are under his unflinching control. If he has his way, death will soon spill out from the shadows and into the streets.

Aaron is Thren's son, trained to be heir to his father's criminal empire. He's cold, ruthless - everything an assassin should be. But when Aaron risks his life to protect a priest's daughter from his own guild, he glimpses a world beyond piston, daggers, and the iron rule of his father.

Assassin or protector; every choice has its consequences.

Fantasy author David Dalglish spins a tale of retribution and darkness, and an underworld reaching for ultimate power.

©2013 David Dalglish (P)2013 Hachette Audio

Critic Reviews

"[A] winning combination of A Game of Thrones, sword-and-sorcery RPGs, and vivid description...Dalglish puts familiar pieces together with a freshness and pleasure that are contagious." (Publishers Weekly)

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Tough slurring narration

What did you like best about this story?

The story line is good, just have to get past the narration which is can drone on.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Will
  • Brandy Station, VA, United States
  • 04-08-16

Meant for teenagers

Put me to sleep. Narrator tried too hard with the voices and his delivery was flat. The story was too predictable and slow to develop. I guess the author was going for epic, but for me it just dragged and was filled with too many depressing moments and one dimensional characters. I guess if you were looking for a Game of Thrones type epic that's more appropriate for young adults, this might be good, but I'm gonna to pass on reading anymore of this series.

2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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OK, but I'd like to take a crack at re-writing it

This is a pretty enjoyable book, following a pretty tried and true (if not a bit tired) formula for fantasy novels.

It falls into my "past the time" on the long drive category. It is written for adults and is done well. Didn't really come up with anything original (and missed a few opportunities for an interesting twist on the coming of age story of a young criminal with a heart of gold).

I haven't gone on to the sequel yet. But I'll consider it if I can't find another more interesting option.

4 of 5 people found this review helpful

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The book is good

The story carries it self well can't wait to hear the next book. The narrator talks fast and gives almost all the characters Irish accents. Overall it was an enjoyable book

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  • Adam
  • Corvallis, OR, United States
  • 01-17-14

Did anyone listen to this guy read first?

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

A different reader, I think. Couldn't get into the story because he was so horrible

What was most disappointing about David Dalglish’s story?

Not sure. Couldn't get into the story.

Who would you have cast as narrator instead of Elijah Alexander?

ANYONE. Anyone but him. His accents are terrible, he sounds like he's reading to middle schoolers, he has inflections at all the wrong places.

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

I'm sure the story is good.

Any additional comments?

These companies need to listen to their narrators first.

7 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Very Good Story, Not So Great Narration

A Dance Of Cloaks was another Audiobook where the narrator almost ruined the book. But before I get to that, I want to say that I thought the actual story itself was good enough to keep me going. Dance Of Cloaks begins with the story of Aarron, the son of the leader of a cities thief guilds. The father Thren is a bastard of a character, and runs the city with viciousness. Throughout the book he is not a very likable person. Despite this the book is enjoyable due to a cast of other characters, both good guys and bad, who bring the book to life. The first is Aaron who is torn between his devotion to his father, and his distaste for the things he does. I also liked Sinke, one of Thren's henchmen with a good sense of humor, Kayla the pretty street wise girl who Aarron has a crush on, and Alyssa the daughter of a wealthy merchant and rival to Thren. I also really enjoyed the nuns called the Unseen who were more like ninjas than nuns.The story it's self is interesting and well paced. There is not a lot of world building in this story as it mostly takes place in one city, but it is the first in a series, and will likely expand. Had it not been for the aforementioned narration, this book would have gotten a solid 5 stars from me.

Unfortunately, I really did not care for Elijah Alexander's reading of this book. His main narration is not horrible, or the worse I've heard, but right from the get go I felt he was talking way to fast as if I was listening to a commercial where the announcer was trying to get in 5 minutes of information into a 30 second spot. I had to rewind a few times to get things he had said. That wasn't what bothered me so much though. It was his voices for the characters that were horrible. All of the characters had quiet feminine voices, and for a story that takes place in one city, each had a different accent. Characters had accents reminiscent of British, Irish, Indian, and everything in between. The character Sinke sounded like one of the German guards from Hogan's Heroes. And then when you thought you heard it all, a priest shows up about three quarters through the book who sounds like a hillbilly redneck. I did manage to eventually get used to the voices and Mr. Alexander's speed about halfway through the book.

Overall, this is a very good beginning to a new fantasy series. It would be a shame to miss it due to the narrator, so if you cannot get past the voices, I would suggest you buy the book and read it instead. Or, you can do like I did, and push through and enjoy the audiobook despite it's faults.

10 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Good story, Bad narrator

I really liked the story, if I hadn't I would have stopped to listen after 30 minutes because the narrator was terrible. With another narrator I might even have given the book 5 stars. The story is in the Morgan and Abercrombie tradition, ruthless fantasy.

8 of 12 people found this review helpful

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Great cast of characters, Dynamic narration

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

Would definitely recommend! ... This is one of the best fantasy audio books i've listened to. The story is engaging, and in the style of Game of Thrones, with gritty and sometimes brutal plot twists. And I loved the narrator's performance! This story has a huge cast of characters, some with big personalities. I felt the narrator brought the book to life -- the range of accents he used added a dynamic element that kept me engaged --- also helped me tell the characters apart during fast moving dialog, and quick switches between the 4-5 different story lines. Loved it! About to start the next in the series ...

4 of 6 people found this review helpful

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  • Ryan
  • agoura hills, CA, USA
  • 05-25-17

Good series if you stick with it!

Any additional comments?

The first book is truly the worst in this series. His writing style needed a lot of work, but I'm happy to say that it does get better. I strongly recommend continuing. The future installations are definitely more mature, and by the fourth book... there are some gruesome moments. Definitely not appropriate for children or young teenagers.

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Another series I must have!

I will look forward to completing this series and your others. Need I say more?