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"Heroes are more than just stories, they're people. And people are complicated, people are strange. Nobody is a hero through and through, there's always something in them that'll turn sour. You'll learn it one day. There are no heroes, only villains who win."

Rob Sardan is going to be a legend, but the road to heroism is paved with temptation and deceit. Exiled to a distant and violent country, Rob is forced to fight his closest friends for survival, only to discover his mother's nemesis is still alive, and is determined to wipe out her family and all her allies. The only way the Pirate Lord, Mothar, can be stopped is with the Sea-Stone Sword - yet even the sword itself seems fickle, twisting Rob's quest in poisonous directions, blurring the line between hero and villain. Nobody is who they seem, and Rob can no longer trust even his own instincts.

Driven by dreams of glory, Rob sees only his future as a hero, not the dark path upon which he draws ever closer to infamy.

©2014 Sammy Smith (P)2017 Sammy Smith

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  • Ginny
  • California
  • 10-21-17

Great story

This audiobook filled with adventure and will keep you listening until the bitter end. Full of dark and heroic adventure, you grow to feel the emotions of the main character Rob but also of those he friends along the way in this strange world he lives in. But lessons learned for Rob, is it worth becoming a legendary hero or just one who is there to help?

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ok

I think this story maybe wasn't what I was looking for- a bit darker than I was expecting. I did like the action/adventure and the characters were interesting, the story well written and the narration was really well done.


I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review. The fact that I was gifted this book had no influence over my opinion of it.

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A good but dark and brooding fantasy story

I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

This is a very grim look at an adventure story. The story is well written, but things take a turn for the worse for the main character so often it becomes a bit too dark and broody for me. That is most likely what the author was going for, but I like my dark and broody to be balanced by snark and humor so it's not so heavy on the pallet. The narrator did a decent job on the voices, but her voice was a bit too breathy for me for Rob. In my head, I expected a much gruffer voice a fighter like the main character. Again, that's just my opinion.

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  • James
  • Powderly, KY, United States
  • 12-03-17

Lots of adventure

The main character is good and the main story is OK. There's a lot of action in this book, but also a lot of brooding introspection. I did like the narrator, she did a great job.

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Different, but kinda overwhelming.

I received a free copy of this audiobook from the author / narrator / publisher in exchange for an unbiased review.

This book takes the typical "becoming a hero" story and completely changes the treatment. Instead of seeing a "band of brothers" going on a quest and defeating monsters and saving the day and becoming legends, we see the grim reality side of the quest to rise above the mundane. It explores the struggle between good n evil, not only in the world outside but within every one of us. It shows how even if you start with good intentions and give it everything you've got, the outcomes might now always be under your control or be what you expected it to be. We see good turning into evil and struggling to regain some resemblance of civility.

All that said, it does get overwhelming. The numerous turn of events and epic struggles the characters go through weigh heavy on your mind. It is sorta depressing really. You wish the world was a little more cheery. But that would've probably defeated the mood of the storytelling.

I guess people who like to read about struggles in life and grey characters will absolutely love this heavy book. It was sorta too much for me.

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  • Jeff
  • 12-02-17

sea and fantasy

was not what I thought it would be none the less a well written story