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Siege of Talonrend

The Goblin Wars, Book 1
Narrated by: Bryson David Hoff
Series: The Goblin Wars, Book 1
Length: 6 hrs and 41 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (14 ratings)

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Lady Scrapple lurks in the depths of Kanebullar Mountain, building her army of mindless slaves and waiting for the perfect moment to strike. As the final pieces are about to fall into place and secure her victory, an anomaly is born. One of her goblins, an incredibly powerful shaman, stands free of Lady Scrapple’s iron-clad hive mind.

A few miles west of Kanebullar Mountain, the frontier city of Talonrend perches dangerously on the edge of anarchy. King Lucius Firesbane has disappeared without an heir and left the city leaderless.

In the face of chaos, a disgruntled paladin sets out to find his king.

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Of hive mind

A goblin on a mission that soon realizes hes different than the rest, he has free will. What will he do now that hes an outcast.

A former paladin, now pit fighter sent on a quest by the prince's guard. How will their paths cross.

The backstory is well done, leaving you to wonder and try to piece the story together as you go. There is so much detail in the world and all that its contents, you can easily visualise it. I really liked the characters storys and the twist to the goblins society.

It was really entertaining. Filled with battles with dark magic demon things, mindless goblins and necromancy. I had a hard time wanting to stop listening.

I cant wait for the next book.

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Good, but not exceptional

I'm about half way through the book so far. The writing is a bit clunky, and the book doesn't seem to have a primary or main character on the human side of things. There is a main character who is a goblin, but he seems .... well... honestly he feels like a bit of a male marry sue... He just got this uber-mench type goblin power, and im' sitting here like.... two seconds ago he was going to kill a petty rival... what the heck? But the goblin is by far the most sympathetic character so far, though I do like the prince character though from what I understand he is NOT the main human character. Haven't finished of course, but so far thats kinda been the case. There are also a couple of plot points that just don't seem to match up, like the next kingdom over is a total ruin but the main kingdom doesn't know it. and its been like six months... your telling me no one bothered to ride over and visit their friend or relative, or even bother to communicate with the other kingdoms king over anything? Just seems a bit unbelievable.

Over all its an interesting story though, and really interesting concept of a "goblin god" type hive mind thing. it plays on the old school fantasy tropes but in a way that doesn't seem copy pasted, but rather at least somewhat organic. Kinda cool.

In terms of the performance, it was about the same quality as the book. Okay, but not fantastic. The audio editor needs fired though, there are times in the audio when it skips back a few seconds and has a different version of the same voice over, kinda distracting. Also, the over all audio quality is below professional level. If you try to use high quality ear buds you will get a little bit of static as the narrator speaks.

I would recommend as a short distraction but don't expect too much from the book.