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Gifted with meta-human powers in a world full of capes and villains, Tori Rivas kept away from the limelight, preferring to work as a thief in the shadows. But when she's captured trying to rob a vault that belongs to a secret guild of villains, she's offered a hard choice: prove she has what it takes to join them or be eliminated.

Apprenticed to one of the world's most powerful (and supposedly dead) villains, she is thrust into a strange world where the lines that divide superheroes and criminals are more complex than they seem. The education of a villain is not an easy one, and Tori will have to learn quickly if she wants to survive. On top of the peril she faces from her own teacher, there are also the capes and fellow apprentices to worry about, to say nothing of having to keep up a civilian cover.

Most dangerous of all, though, are those who loathe the guild's very existence. Old grudges mean some are willing to go to any length to see the guild turned to ash, along with each one of its members. Even the lowly apprentices.

©2016 Andrew Hayes (P)2017 Tantor

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Well written and engaging anti-hero story

Would you listen to Forging Hephaestus again? Why?

When the sequel eventually drops I'll likely give this book another listen. I listen to enough books that a refresher is usually necessary. It would be fun listening again, the book was well written enough to be entertaining even with knowledge of the plot.

What other book might you compare Forging Hephaestus to and why?

Super Powereds, also by Drew Hayes. It's a similar story of anti-heroes gaining acceptance and overcoming adversity. They're both well paced and entertaining.

What does Amy Landon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

The narrator did a great job. The voices were all distinct and memorable. She brought them to life very well.

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

It didn't quite grab me enough to keep me from doing other things, but it was definitely one I looked forward to hitting play on in the morning.

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Would a Guild of Han Solos be so bad?

Unlike his Super Powered series, which leans toward the optimistic side, this is more realistic (as much as a book of super heroes CAN be). The "Capes" get caught up in the glitz and glamor while the "Villians" end up doing the good (but not for noble reasons, just because "chaos" is not profitable). I love the characters and the back stories are awesome! Zealous is a personal favorite!

Keep it up and I look forward to Ivan's tiptoe on a razor's edge of power and sanity! Well done!

4 of 4 people found this review helpful

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marathon it! trust me!

an awesome new series by Drew Hayes.
Amy Landon narrates spectacularly. I turned on the audible and didn't turn it off until it was finished. I wish there would have been more jobs and even though the book was a great length as the chapters ticked away I kept wishing it would not end, as I feel about every Drew Hayes novel.

15 of 18 people found this review helpful

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Another Amazing Super Hero Universe!

It's becoming really difficult to figure out which of Drew's fictional universes is my favorite now. Villians' Code is pretty amazing. Amy Landon's narration is great.

12 of 15 people found this review helpful

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Surprisingly good story and narration

I bought this during the $4.95 sale a couple of weeks ago. The villains side of the super hero genre has been done seemingly to death but since I'd just finished the Sanderson Reckoners series I have this a try. The characters were likeable and had some depth. Since I just finished the Reckoners I was making constant comparisons to that universe and they certainly had similarities but that might just be the genre.

The action is well told. The author doesn't get tied down explaining every nuance of the world despite it being a long book. The character development has a good pace. There are plenty of plot hooks despite having a pretty good resolution. I hope Drew Hayes continues this series.


The reader felt to be a good fit to the female lead in the story.

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A solid story from the villains POV

This is an interesting one in the hero tropes...a book about the bad guys that both exemplifies why they are the bad ones and at the same time, shows you the true human qualities of each one without being one dimensional. Sure there are those who want violence for violence sake but the majority don't head in that direction for some truly logical reasons.
The story is snappy, well put together, and believable in the interactions between the individuals. I particularly like that there is really no true good or bad overall, just an interesting grey of ideals that are dealt with accordingly if crossed (and spectacularly gory in some spots).
And lo to those that bring about the inner demons of some of the big bads and unleash them on others. Fornex can be god damned terrifying when he wants to be.

Highly recommended. Would like to see more of these characters later on in a sequel!

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Being a "Villan", class 101.

I love almost all of Hayes's work and this is one of the better ones.

Great worldbuilding, tons of action, unique characters.

Amy Landon did great as narrator, giving each character it's own voice.

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Amazing book of super hero's and Villains

What a great book! Such a unique and awesome world. Drew managed to write a book about meta humans and include just the perfect amount of humor while still creating an interesting, and very exciting story. I can't recommend this book enough, I loved the range of meta humans. It was far more than your standard, some had some truly awesome powers that I have yet to see in other books or comics which was awesome and refreshing. All I can say is if you don't listen or read this book you're missing out, so many times I found myself actually laughing out loud as well as other times pacing around my living room excited and nervous at tense moments in what was truly an awesome story. Between listening while at work and reading while at home I just couldn't put this thing down.

Amy also does a really good job narrating, there are a TON of characters in this book but you could always tell who was talking as she has a different voice and tone for all of them.

5 of 6 people found this review helpful

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GREAT BOOK

Amy does a fabulously great job. Drew has such a good mind for hero's and villains. He adds so much for the reader/listener to see in their mind as the story rolls on.

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A whole new world to play in

New heros, new villains, and one named Johnny Three Dicks.
Well performed, and engaging. I will definitely be relistening.

8 of 11 people found this review helpful

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  • L. Henderson
  • 04-17-17

Excellent! Enjoyed much more than expected!

Great listen, very interesting to hear from a villains' viewpoint. Loved the humor twined through.

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  • Ho-Man Yau
  • 11-29-17

A nice look at superheroes and supervillains

an enjoyable story from start to finish. I look forward to the next book when it comes out.

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  • Henry Tesei
  • 06-11-17

Brilliant

I enjoyed the super powered series by the same. author this is set in a similar but different universe and is even better. Great characters and we'll paced story.

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  • Amic
  • 04-17-17

If powereds was avengers then this is daredevil :)

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after listening to drew hays other books (which where quite good) i was expecting the modula and episodic writing from his web series powereds, but i was happily surprised. this felt a lot more cohesive than his other works.<br/><br/>the story is excellent the characters relatable and the powers unique and interesting. for me it hits the perfect mix of light heartedness and large epic superheroes/villains both with dark motives. <br/><br/>the performances was well done and very immersive and i hope if the series is continued that Amy Landon will continue to narrate.

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  • M J Gurden
  • 04-04-17

Awesome story

Great job narrator and author. Story is very interesting and would like to know if there is a second book

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  • marcus
  • 03-27-17

a truly entertaining story

I've become an increasing fan of Drew Hayes since I discovered his NPC trilogy. being geeky I enjoyed it greatly and finding he had a new book about the world of heroes and villains from the villains perspective. I wasted no time in scooping it up and I've got to say I'm glad I did as I was as entertained and found myself laughing at points.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 03-22-17

Another great book from Drew Hayes

It's not surprising that he can do super powers well after reading Super Powereds, even in a separate universe with a different system entirely. This is a series I will be looking out for, I can't wait for the next installment!

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  • Andrew
  • 03-22-17

Difficult to put down - great new series

Drew Hayes cements his reputation as he heads in a different direction full of super heroes and lovable super powered villains. He pulls it off in spades, thoroughly entertaining and sets up a great storytelling universe. Can't wait for the next instalment.

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  • Boulder120
  • 03-16-17

I did like the book, unsure about the narrator

I did enjoy this book but the only I didn't like was the narrator. She tried to voice acting different characters and after a while a lot of the characters sound the same. I know I am probably not picking but when you are trying to keep up with the story, this one is a fairly long one, it just seems hard and confusing when the characters sound the same.

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  • Matt
  • 03-13-17

Another amazing adventure

A great listen all around, I'm a fan of drews and even I was shocked how much I enjoyed part one of this new series

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  • Leilani Coetzee
  • 05-27-17

Another great by Drew Hayes

I've only recently noticed that a large percentage of my library is populated by his books. good show indeed.