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Rodrick is a con man, as charming as he is cunning. Hrym is a talking sword of magical ice, with the soul and spells of an ancient dragon. Together the two travel the world parting the gullible from their gold and freezing their enemies in their tracks. But when the two get summoned to the mysterious island of Jalmeray by a king with genies and elementals at his command, they'll need all their wits and charm if they're going to escape with the greatest prize of all - their lives.

From Hugo Award winner Tim Pratt comes a tale of magic, assassination, monsters, and cheerful larceny, set in the award-winning world of the Pathfinder role-playing game.

©2015 Paizo Inc. (P)2015 Macmillan Audio

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Same quality hi-jinks, different narration

After listening to Liar's Blade, I immediately bought this and another Tim Pratt novel because I was so impressed. It is easily one of my favorite listens in my library now and recommend you listen to that first above any other Pathfinder Tales novels.

The story is still good and liked it, but Liar's Blade I felt was better. Roderick again gets involved in situations that relies heavily on his charm, wit, and bluffing to keep his head. Most of these situations find him, but he hardly needs it as he already has a reputation and many enemies by his past deeds.

Cons: I expected the same narrator, William Dufris. Steve West's narration only made me wish it was still Durfis because he was perfect for the part and is one of the reasons it sold me on Liar's Blade. West had a very narrow range of voices whereas Dufris' was far more distinct and added so much more to the characters that brought them to life and made the story that much better. I hope there will be more adventures with Roderick and Hrym, but PLEASE bring back Dufris!

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Gold, treachery, and magical talking swords!

A solid little adventure set in the Pathfinder Role Playing world. You don't have to be a fan of the game to enjoy the tale of Rodrick and his sarcastic magic sword, Hrym. Great narration.

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good book

Loved it really like the ending. Hope we hear more from our 2 heros Thanks

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The stoet wasslow in the beginning but worth the wait for that ending. I didn't find myself laughing out loud like I did in the first one.

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Never trust a knife in the dark!

This is the second Pathfinder story that I have listen to, and the second story involving Roderick and his amazing sword Hrym. I have read and listen to various books from the wizards of the coast forgotten realms and I must say that this is a refreshing change because of the amount of intrigue backstabbing and more authentic storyline that seem to parallel some of the role playing experiences that I've had.
The only issue I have, is that the narrator was to flat, and it was hard to distinguish between his portrayal of Roderick and Hrym.

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Story great, don't like the reader.

I enjoy the Pathfinder Tales and the voices they used for Roderick and Hrim in Liars Blade was perfect. Steve West's performance leaves much to be desired.

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Excellent

Good story good narrator.
You wont be dissatisfied at all. I will add this author and narrator to my hit list for looking at new books to buy

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Change in Reader

I love this series and these characters. However the reader, while good, pales in comparison to capturing the main characters as the first book did. It took me a long time before I was able to settle in and just accept the fact that the reader sounds nothing like i felt the characters would.

Luckily for me I had gone through something similar with a previous series and was already used to the readers voice and cadence.

The story itself was great and gave a huge tale with many twists and turns that kept me guessing, but also feeling like I was there.

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Narrator change was a very bad idea

While for another book I might like the new narrator, for this book he was a bad choice. It totally changed the feel of the book, and characters. The story was also too much of a change, and author should have left more of a mystery around MC nature.

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Good story bad narrator

They should have used the narrator from the previous book. This narrator sucked. You could not tell who's character was talking becase he did not change his voice much. The story was good but not as good as the book before. The ending was flat and a disappointment.

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  • M CRANEY
  • 07-17-17

a definite read

good book. great story. love the characters and their interactions with each other. very funny at times.