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The Grim Company Audiobook

The Grim Company: The Grim Company, Book 1

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Publisher's Summary

The difference between a hero and a killer lies in the ability to justify dark deeds. But this is the Age of Ruin. And there are no heroes...

Five hundred years ago, the world was destroyed in the celestial Godswar. Seeking to throw off the shackles of the deities who created them, a cabal of mages rose up and made war upon the Gods. Though they won out, it was at a great cost: the ensuing cataclysm brought forth the Age of Ruin to the world.

Five hundred years later, the world limps on, seemingly winding down to an inevitable end. Dystopian city states have arisen, each presided over by one of the Magelords who first made war.

Corrupted, near-immortal, and far too powerful, those wizards who once sought to free the world now make war upon each other, while the helpless populace limp on from day to day.

Into this blighted world, steps Davarus Cole, a boy obsessed with notions of heroism and adventuring, who burns to do great deeds. One night, in a reckless act, Cole gets himself into a brawl with the authories. He quickly finds himself sent away from the city, where the world still groans from the ancient cataclysm, and the corpses of Gods lie deep beneath the bedrock, leaking wild, uncontrolled magic into the world.

Luke Scull lives in Warminster in the UK, and is lead game-designer at Ossian Studios, developers of computer role-playing game, The Shadow Sun. Luke began his career as a hobbyist game designer, being headhunted by Bioware when one of his mods for their game, Neverwinter Nights, became a hit in the online community. Since then he has worked as designer on the Neverwinter expansion, Mysteries of Westgate, and an unreleased expansion for The Witcher role-playing game. The anti-heroic The Grim Company is Luke's debut fantasy novel.

©2013 Luke Scull (P)2013 Audible Ltd

What the Critics Say

"Luke Scull looks to be a writer who will hit the fantasy Genre like an augmented Hammer. His writing is compelling, exciting and engaging, it drags you off to experience life in the city of Dorminia in very short order." (Robin Carter at Parmenion Books)

"His book is amazing, wonderful, compelling, exciting, sarcastic and magical. His writing and style will drag you into the story and make you feel like you are living in Dorminia. There are far too few words in this post to explain you how amazed I was with this work." (Maja Majdak at Booktoreview)

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  • Martie_T
    5/3/17
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    "An action packed story well told and well read"

    I tried the sample of this book first in Audible and didn't think I'd like it, but decided to give it a go.
    The world that Luke Scull has created is a fascinating one and the potential for the story to develop is fantastic. The narrator is also excellent and kept me listening in rapt attention. And, as always with a good story, I found myself caring about the characters and wanting to know what happens next...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • diamondoll
    4/4/17
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    "Very entertaining"
    Where does The Grim Company rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    One of the best books I have listened to in a while.
    Joe Jameson is an excellent narrator ( my favourite after Stephen Pacey, who is second to none).
    Highly recommended if you are a fan of the genre. Avoids the common cliches, and the characters are well developed.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Mr. W. Inskip
    Uk
    3/8/17
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    "Fantastically grim."

    Felt a lot like a Joe Abercrombie, which in my opinion is a great compliment. All the characters are deliciously flawed, and no one is a goody or badie. Plenty of story driven violence and whole book is pretty sweary. Would definatly get an 18 rating. Some pretty sad bits and deals with adult themes.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Graham G.
    London, UK
    2/2/17
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    "just lost interest"

    a review requires at least twenty words. why? I haven't got any idea. just an arbitrary number.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Stephen P.
    1/10/17
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    "Very well performed"

    Very well performed! to the point where it outshines the story a little. impressive work

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Dwiver
    London
    1/2/17
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    "Not sure... about this series"

    This is without doubt an epic fantasy. It's huge and contains twists and turns, various characters, magic and everything you could expect from fantasy. The narration was excellent and I have no complaints and listened to all of the books. However, in my opinion, I wonder if the author has tried to do too much. There's just too much fantasy and not enough substance. Which, I felt, made it difficult to have a relationship with the characters.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Apollon
    Caterham, United Kingdom
    12/13/16
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    "Excellent epic Grim fantasy."

    I enjoyed the story from start to finish and was a little surprised at the end. Looking forward to book 2.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Demi
    5/13/16
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    "The grim company 5*"

    Slow to start but good characters decent story I loved it can't wait to start book 2 narrator also very good

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Christopher
    Telford, United Kingdom
    9/11/14
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    "Not quite like Abercrombie as I was hoping for"


    Story – 3.5/5

    The story is quite entertaining – it is action packed and full of casual brutality like any decent grim fantasy should be. The battle at the very end is what fully redeemed this from just getting a mediocre review. It was extremely epic, and described well which kept me hooked long after I was supposed to switch it off and do other stuff.

    The main issue with this story is the characterisation. You can definitely tell that Luke Scull is a computer game writer, where characterisation is less of an issue as long as the action (and the gameplay of that action) is done quite well. It wasn’t completely amiss; I just didn’t finding myself caring enough about any of the characters so the twists and turns (which were also plentiful near the end) didn’t have anywhere near the impact they could have.

    The plot is quite good, but is nothing new and innovative. The story felt like it borrowed a lot of ideas from other writers such as Abercrombie, Sanderson and Lawrence. I started getting a better feel of Scull’s own ideas towards the end in the final battle, so I hope he uses this side more in future novels.

    It was a good enough debut that I will purchase future books by Luke Scull, especially as most authors improve following the criticisms of their first novel.


    Performance – 4.5/5

    As with the Broken Empire trilogy, Joe Jameson was excellent. Each character had a distinctive voice (there were plenty to do), and the action was narrated in a way to add to the excitement. Joe Jameson gets better and better the more that I listen to him.


    Overall – 4/5

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • me
    5/20/14
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    "Zzzzzzz"
    What aspect of Joe Jameson’s performance might you have changed?

    I felt Joe Jameson voice was to young for this book just didn't seem to gel with the story. I felt he was a bit detached from the story, and never managed to draw me . His characterization of gruff older males just didn't seem right. Female voice was good but after awhile they all sounded the same. lost track a few times of who he was meant to be.


    Was The Grim Company worth the listening time?

    Meh


    Any additional comments?

    I was really looking forward to this one, but oh my what a disappointment. I really struggled to get to the end of this . Found the plot to be a tad convoluted, and lost track of what was going on so many times. I had no empathy with any of the characters and felt they were all a bit mediocre, and It wasn't until the last few chapters that I actually started to "get it" But too little too late, For me it's the first audio book that sent me to sleep, but I don't even feel like I missed anything. A forgettable listen.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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