• Siege Tactics

  • Spells, Swords, & Stealth Series, Book 4
  • By: Drew Hayes
  • Narrated by: Roger Wayne
  • Length: 15 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (4,687 ratings)

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By: Drew Hayes
Narrated by: Roger Wayne
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Putting the Grand Quest behind them, the party rides onward in search of answers. Between one member's unexpected new condition and the mysteries of the Bridge, their only hope appears to be gaining entrance to Lumal, said to hold the greatest collection of knowledge in all the kingdoms.   

But when a curious path appears in a seemingly uninhabited forest, the party finds themselves in a place set apart from the kingdoms, and the world at large: a hidden hamlet, filled by unusual people, all of whom have long histories of their own.   

Soon sealed inside the town by unseen forces, the former NPCs will have to uncover what brought them there - and who is keeping them trapped - while there's still time to fight back. Because something more is brewing, something involving the very gods themselves. With unknown enemies to the front and supposed allies at their rear, the party will need more than their usual tricks if they hope to see the outside world once more.

©2018 Andrew Hayes (P)2019 Tantor

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So many answers! So many new questions! So good!

If you are considering book 4 of the Spells, Swords, & Stealth Series, I'm going to assume that you already have read books 1-3 and say that you are in for a treat with book 4. Whereas other series may give you questions that are never answered until the very last book, Drew answers many of the questions that have been asked in the previous 3 books while keeping enough behind the screen and introducing logical next steps to eagerly await the next book.
Of course, the highlight of this book is the highlight of Drew Hayes as an author, his incredible character development. These are real characters fleshed out in incredible ways. While it may seem strange to have strong emotional ties with a half-orc or a goblin, by book 4 I was fully invested in these characters and have a deep friendship with them. Their joys and trials are gripping. I couldn't stop listening.
If you like fantasy, this is for you. If you've ever played a tabletop role playing game, this is for you. If you just want a great story read by a talented narrator who keeps the same voices over an entire series, this is for you. Basically, this story is for you. Get it.

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Say "paladin" one more time, mutha....

Great concept. Great story. I love the premise of these characters that defy stereotypes, BUT... You lost me when the paladin began to monologue in the middle of a battle. No, not that paladin the other one.... No, the other other one... No, not the father that was a paladin, the other other other paladin... Oh, hey, is the author maybe obsessed with paladins? Seriously, I wish he'd stop saying "paladin" every other paragraph. If you make a drinking game out of it and take a drink every time he says "paladin" or explains a paladin's motivations (yet again) you're going to end up in the hospital after half an hour.

But if you don't mind the characters monologuing about their motivations, and those motivations being based on their classes instead of their personalities and background, this is a really great story.

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Paladin? Paladin! Paladin!? PALADIN.

I never thought I'd grow so weary of hearing about paladins. Honestly, I just never considered it.

It's a pretty decent book, not quite as strong as the first couple for me, but paladin. When there's so many paladins that paladin is getting paladin then paladin. Am I paladin? Paladin.

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The Good, Bad, and Overall..

The Good: The adventure continues! A lot more character development comes into play with multiple story lines to keep you entertained. At first I didn't care for how the real world player characters story was being revealed, but came to appreciate that they are becoming their own persons and not sock puppets (as in the first books).

The Bad: I really don't like Fritz. Nothing against elves or her herself, but rather how Drew uses her as his go to tool. In Split The Party, Fritz was used as a Macguffin (a little heavy handily) and this time around she has become Fritz Deus Ex Machina. This is better know as the "It just so happens that..." events. Also, there is foreshadowing and then there is being spoon fed (I listened to the book twice to make sure). Listen again and you can almost hear Drew say "Now, I'm going to throw a lot of things at you which may not make sense, so I'm gonna ease you into it". It's almost like being told a detailed history before you can hear the joke in proper context. Not necessarily bad, but defiantly comes across heavy handed. I don't hold the following against the book as it has become Drew's signature in all his books. That would be the long monologues during time sensitive battle scenes where everyone takes 5 so that so and so can give a huge speech of personal growth.

Overall:In the end it is entertaining. I like the characters and blending to the two worlds and their independent story lines. Worth the credit and listen. I will buy the next story to see how our heroes continue their journey of discovery.

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Very enjoyable

Drew continues developing his five main characters and allowing them to grow in expected and unexpected ways!

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A riveting and truly unique adventure story

I am an avid reader/listener of fantasy and science fiction novels, as well as a 20 year veteran of tabletop RPGs like Dungeons and Dragons, 7th Sea, and many others. This series is both imaginative and exceptionally well told. The world goes far beyond what I initially thought it would be. I purchased the first book because I thought the description was interesting enough. Now that I am four books into this series (and eager for the next) I am absolutely enamored by the World building and character development. These books turn tabletop and fantasy cliches on their heads and deliver an impactful and inspiring story of swords and sorcery. The magic of this story truly spreads throughout the full series. I don't believe you have to be a tabletop player to enjoy this series, but I feel like it truly is a set of books built for anyone who has rolled the dice and chose the destiny of a character. Five stars is not enough for this series.

The narrator on the audiobook of this is wonderful as well. He brings the characters to life with uniqu and expressive voices. The narrator accomplishes what very few do, improving on the experience of reading by really bringing the thoughts and feelings of the characters off of the page in a natural and wonderful way.


The plot (just for book 1's beginning)
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The story follows the (mis)adventures of a group of non player characters. When their town is under the threat of retribution by a mad king, this unlikely group of npc's don the equiptment of dead adventurers in order to finish their quest and keep their home town safe. Leaving their mundane and repetitive lives behind, they embark on a journey that reveals the heroes they are meant to be.

At the same time, the real life party of adventurers (whose previous characters died) roll up new characters and begin playing again, intent on completing their original quest and cause as much havoc as they can along the way.


I'd say this is mostly appropriate for younger readers as well, however some tabletop gaming experience goes a long way to understanding the kind of world this game takes place in.





TL;DR
book good. read it. rolling dice good. guy who reads book good. buy book.

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A Step Down

I think this is the weakest entry in the series, which is a shame, tho it is salvageable, I am still interested in the next entry. While I do think that the strengths of the series are still all here (strong characterization, fun action, and a cute premise) it is starting to get bogged down in two departments.

1) I don't really care about the mechanics of the world. The idea that a game mechanic like "Mana" could appear in a magical universe as a constant is fine, but there is just a little too much explaining of the concept. A bit too much explanation is given to the ultra-artifact "The Bridge" too. There is also discussion of the Epic heroes, the afterlife, the villain's methods, there is too much explaining.
I don't mind magic systems with rules floating around in the back of a story (one of the things that bugs me about Harry Dresden is how he can go from knocking around a dozen monsters, to going super saiyan, to flat on his ass way too fast and a more hammered out set of limitations on his abilities would benefit those stories) but I do feel like talking about things mechanically more often just takes away from the story.

2) This is not that big a deal, but I think that there are too many characters. There is the gamer group, the NPC's, the epic heroes, and some tertiary ones. This is not really an issue, as Roger Wayne gives them rather distinct voices, but at times it just feels unfocused. I am torn between liking the variety of perspectives and between just wanting a more straight forward narrative.

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I highly recommend this series.

In my opinion, it's an interesting story, with likeable characters. But, it's not as great as Second Hand Curses, (which is a stand alone story.)

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Call it 2.5 stars.

I don't know if I'd call this the weakest book in this series or if my tolerance for the author's writing style has waned. A minor caveat, I listened to the Audible version of this book so I didn't really have the option of skimming the uninteresting bits.

I love the concept, the setting, the characters and the plot. I really enjoy how the narrator conveyed the different characters. What drove me nuts was all the meta-textual stuff constantly explaining what was going on, and the fact that there was almost no dialog between the characters where we didn't also get a paragraph about what they were thinking while they were talking. It really killed the momentum of the story and utterly sucked the tension and suspense out of the action scenes. This book seems like a classic example of the why authors should "show not tell".
For a typical (non-spoilery) example, there's a scene where the rogue needs to sneak up and jump on the back of a monster while another character keeps it distracted. This is supposed to a suspenseful scene, will he make it? Will the other character survive being the distraction? Will the sneak attack work? Will this end the fight? It turns into almost 10 minutes of over-descriptive and internal monologue narration at the end of which, I really didn't care what happened so long as we could move on with the story.

The series is ongoing and I'd like to find out how it goes but I'm not going to rush out for the next book. I think I have to forget the pain of this one first. Maybe I can find a cliff-notes version that'll be more suspenseful.

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Needs work on pacing

The author likes world building and multiple story lines (good). But the story goes on too long, and the battle scenes take forever

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  • Nighteyes
  • 03-06-19

pretty good

not much to say here, book 4 you already know you want it, you are at most checking if the quality is good up to snuff....
it is...
Drew Hayes delivers on the story...
Roger Wayne hits every voice just as we remember them...

now stop reading this and get to listening

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  • Mike
  • 01-31-19

A bit of a filler

Enjoyable but definitely seemed that it was more of a filler book than the others. The Timiscore sub plot is very good though!

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  • Vic
  • 08-29-22

Another enjoyable romp for D&d players.

Well written and enjoyable with a dropped 4th wall, and a plot all gamers wish they were part of

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-10-22

A fantastic series

Just returned to this series after a couple of years, I found this series through Robert Bevan via the authors and dragons podcast. I have only read books by Steve Wetherel, Robert Bevan and Drew Hayes from that series so far but listening to the podcast I would imagine the others were just as talented. This is book like the others in the series is fantastic journey with completely unexpected turns (maybe that’s just me.). I look forward to seeing where the 2 parties go from here. Thank you.

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  • ben
  • 12-09-20

constant action but slow overall story

really enjoyed being back in this world. lots of action right from the start. but considering how much happens the main story progresses very slowly. now I've finished I want more and need to wait!

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  • Mr WJG Horton
  • 12-08-20

another amazing book

this is a great series. you read these and just remain hungry for the next installment!

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  • Doc
  • 07-02-20

Solid chapter

The continuing adventures of the NPCs!
A decent book, if a little slow in places. The character development is still there in spades though, and I do love these guys. The development of plot 'irl' is also welcomed. Look forward to seeing the next (last?) chapter!

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  • Praise_Gourd
  • 07-23-19

Great book

Second time listened too, love this book, more people should definitely be listening to this series. :)

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  • Ho-Man Yau
  • 07-19-19

another to be continued

I really enjoyed this one and was quite happy with the story. I look forward to the next book in the series.

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  • Arlena_reads
  • 05-01-19

Great story, loveable characters.

Loved this book. The story is engaging and I love seeing the evolution of the characters. Can't wait for the next.

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  • WayneGreenleyAu
  • 06-06-19

Love the series

Can’t wait for the next book. Story is great and the narrator has great dialect.

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  • Craig McSpellcheck
  • 05-06-19

I hated it so much because

Im 40+ and listening to an audio book about D & D.
Im loving it. Im getting upset for the charicters who are not real. Im getting urges to find a group to play d&d with.
I wish i was doing meth instead. At least that's bad ass. F*#@ u Drew Hase for writing this series and making me impossibly more geeker than i allready am, and making each book better than the last.

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  • Embrakh
  • 06-12-19

Amazing Book

An amazing book and series. I just pray we get the sequel in a timely manner considering the previous book was released in 2017.

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  • Alter Ego
  • 02-17-19

Nice continuation of the adventure

Nice continuation of the story, though I'd hoped to see more of the real life players who had no significant role this time.

Audio sounds like it was recorded with a tin can, unfortunately, and some pronunciation has changed from the previous books which I found distracting.