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The Gods are dead. The Magelord Salazar and his magically enhanced troops, the Augmentors, crush any dissent they find in the minds of the populace. On the other side of the Broken Sea, the White Lady plots the liberation of Dorminia, with her spymistresses, the Pale Women. Demons and abominations plague the Highlands. The world is desperately in need of heroes. But what they get instead are a ragtag band of old warriors, a crippled Halfmage, two orphans and an oddly capable manservant: the Grim Company.

©2013 Luke Scull (P)2013 Recorded Books

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A very good and surprising first novel

I have always been a huge fan of grimdark fantasy novels and I had heard Luke Scull's debut was an excellent new entry into the genre. For the first three quarters of the novel I was mildly disappointed because the novel seemed very generic to me. There was a band of heroes trying to overthrow an all powerful mage, and I know we have all heard this story before. However, the final quarter of this novel changed my opinion completely and made the whole wait worth it. SCull took all of the usual fantasy hero tropes and flipped them upside down and tore them apart. I met shock after shock in the last few hours of this book, and I couldn't have been happier. Another note about this novel is Scull writes very well detailed fight scenes with plenty of gore, whitch is very typical of a grimdark novel. There is a fair amount of bad language, but not too much, and little to no sex. The one serious downside to this listening experience is the fact that the narrator is very average and does not do a very good job differentiating characters. Overall, this was a very good debut by a talented author and I look forward to the next book.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Pretty bad, but not actively terrible

What would have made The Grim Company better?

Interesting characters. Dialogue that's not just info dump. All the dialogue goes like this:<br/>Character 1: We have to cross the sea.<br/>Character 2: But nobody has crossed the sea in hundreds of years! As we all know the not-elves (wink-wink) did something and some other things happened so we're all very scared of doing that! I don't even know why I'm bringing it up!

Has The Grim Company turned you off from other books in this genre?

No, it's just dull. The characters are all dull and one-dimensional. None of the characters will do anything that surprises or shocks you, you know, the way real people do. Let me reiterate that almost all of the dialogue is either terrible, or full of tedious background. <br/><br/>There's Fake Logen Ninefingers, who's the best character just by virtue of not being as awful as all the others. He's still boring, but at least he's not a terrible person. He just has no personality.<br/><br/>There's Fake Sand dan Glokta. He's a jerk to everybody but only because he hurts inside! Also he has some magic. He'll remind you, the reader, every second paragraph that he's in a wheelchair.<br/><br/>Then there's the dumb kid whose POV takes up too much of the book. He's in his 20s, but he acts, thinks, and talks like he's 13. And he's a relentless, insufferable narcissist. But we, and the other characters in the book, are supposed to be surprised that the female character (she's got a dark past, you guys) isn't interested in him, even though he's one of the most annoying characters in all of fiction. And he has no redeeming qualities at all. It takes him multiple minutes to decide to stop a guy from beating a woman to death; note this happens after his supposed moral awakening.

What didn’t you like about Gerard Doyle’s performance?

He's fine, I guess.

What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

Mostly boredom. It wasn't quite bad enough to make me turn it off. It's just not good in any way, shape, or form. Scull is trying to be Joe Abercrombie, but he's just not, and so all the ways he rips off Joe Abercrombie just make you wish you were listening to The First Law Trilogy, or Best Served Cold, or the weather reports in Nova Scotia, or a stock ticker.

7 of 9 people found this review helpful

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Not bad, not great.

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

It was not a waste of time.

If you’ve listened to books by Luke Scull before, how does this one compare?

No. I thought he did very well.

Which character – as performed by Gerard Doyle – was your favorite?

Brodar Kayne, Jerek, and Eremul.

Do you think The Grim Company needs a follow-up book? Why or why not?

Yes, Kayne has a new, and very important, focus. I am hoping the next book is 90% his story,

Any additional comments?

The premise follows the fantasy recipe. There are some unique aspects to the world. It would have been a better book for me if it would have centered around Kayne, Jerek, Emerul, and Cole. The rest of the characters were just not interesting. I would read any book that was focused solely on Kayne and Jerek with Emerul as a secondary character,

3 of 4 people found this review helpful

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Great Except For One Thing

Overall, this was a great book and a great performance. My only issue was the the narrator kept switching the name of a magical weapon! Half the time it would be correct and the other half incorrect. It took my half the book to figure out what the correct name was. However, that's my only complaint!

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I wouldn't.

I hate to just give a negative review but honestly there was nothing of note here. I gave it a second star because at least I finished it. The plot was formulaic, the characters were boring, uninspiring and forgettable and the performance was pretty drab and softly monotone. As a fan of gritty and dark fantasy, I was excited for this book. Unfortunately, the only thing great about it is the title. There was no point in the entire book where I thought "Wow that was pretty awesome". Most of the ideas seemed to just be thrown in with no clear reason as to why they exist in this world and have to say, it really seemed like the author has a passion for anuses. If things weren't being pulled out of them, or shoved up them, then characters were incessantly being insulted in reference to them. I guess it was the authors way of trying to be edgy and it didn't really work. It just got tiresome.
To be fair and leave this review on a positive note, the last 5 or 10 minutes was slightly intriguing and left me wondering what might happen in the next book. I'm not sure I will invest the time though. Probably not.

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Okay. Forgettable, but worth the time as a filler

The story was okay. The narrator was okay. I will probably forget all about this book in a few months, but it was fine for what it is.

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Uncommon book

Would you consider the audio edition of The Grim Company to be better than the print version?

I think some of the voices given to certain characters are priceless, so yes.

Who was your favorite character and why?

Cole, the true born hero. I laughed so hard so many times hearing him boosting his own deluded hero image.

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

he did a find job, read above.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

the barbarians.

Any additional comments?

This book needs your attention, heard it almost halfway through while doing other stuff, gaming, working etc. Didn't get me, then I decided I should give it proper attention else the story is a bit hard to follow with the unconventional storytelling. I loved it when I did:D

1 of 2 people found this review helpful

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Mediocre

This book was mediocre in it's storyline, plot development and character development. It left a lot of unanswered questions and areas that could have been developed more to give the reader a more vivid view of the world being presented.

1 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Better than some give it credit for, but not great.

I probably started this three times before listening through. The narrator does a fair job, but without much difference in his characters I found it somewhat droll. The story is not full of surprises, but I do think Scull built a cool fantasy world. A lot of the likable things are very Glen Cook like, but there are worse things to be compared to. The first two thirds of the story are unremarkable, but if you can stick with it, the final third is engaging. I will wait for a sale to pick up the next title in the series. I probably would have enjoyed it more if I hadn't read Abercrombie's work first.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful