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Steel, Blood & Fire

Immortal Treachery, Book 1
Narrated by: Christopher Selbie
Series: Immortal Treachery, Book 1
Length: 18 hrs and 52 mins
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On the march, around the campfire, and in the taverns, they tell incredible stories about Tarmun Vykers, the Reaper - how he's never been cut in battle, how he once defeated hundreds of men by himself, how he exterminated an entire people over an insult. These stories make Vykers seem like a god, but he is a man, an arrogant, ruthless, and bloodthirsty man. For all that, he may be the only thing standing between the human race and utter annihilation at the hands of the mad wizard who calls himself the End-of-All-Things. Against this backdrop, smaller, lesser folks struggle to fulfill their own destinies, folks like Aoife, burdened with a secret so dark she is driven to do the unimaginable and seek an alliance with fey powers no mortal has ever encountered.

Are you a fan of Joe Abercrombie's First Law series, Steven Erikson's The Malazan Book of the Fallen, Glen Cook's Chronicles of the Black Company, or Patrick Rothfuss' Kingkiller Chronicle? If so, grab your copy of Steel, Blood & Fire now!

Author Q&A

Is this audiobook appropriate for children?

No, only 17+ please.

What types of creatures are in the book?

Several original creations, plus a few you know. There are ghosts and wizards, but not the typical ones found in most ghost novels and mage books, and the Fey here are more dangerous than in your average fairy books. If you enjoy edgier fantasy novels, then this is for you!

Is this a stand-alone novel, or part of a series? 

This is book one in the Immortal Treachery series. It tells a complete story on its own, but subsequent books help tell a larger story.

©2018 Wendell Allan Batchelder (P)2019 Wendell Batchelder

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Great story...bad narrator

Great story. Incredible really.

However...

weird mouth noises and bad recording. was all I could hear really

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great story could have done with better narration

lots of background audio, story was good though narrator gave almost everyone a stutter for some reason. still worth the credit though.

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Good book!

This had no reviews. So I thought I would give it one. The narrator did a overall good job. He has some weird delays while talking though. But I really enjoyed the story and figured this book needed a positive review. Well done!

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Not for most!

Story Line:
I have read many titles where some of the back story, religion, lore and powers were glances upon to save reveals for deeper into the story but come on! You can’t just throw events into the book that makes no sense with no explanation at all. OK, you do not want to go into detail on why Vykers is so quick and powerful or why he has the need to destroy. Fine, but don’t throw in an immaculate conception Satyr birth and not give me more detail. Maybe he did give more of a breakdown on that and why there were talking animals around but I stopped right after they called her “Mother Sister,” to West Virginian for me.
He had the makings of some cool characters but his story line was something that must have come to him while on a bad mushroom trip.

Also, never compare this to Malazan Book of the Fallen again!

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I feel as if I have voiced my opinion of the book fairly well so now I will quickly comment on the narrator.
He made every character (almost) sound like they were shy and timid. As if they were unsure of themselves while in an everyday conversation.

Also, grab a mouse that doesn’t click so loud. I could tell every time you were changing pages.
I will admit that you made me laugh a few times when you either lost your spot on the page or the pages were not loading fast enough and there was dead air space. I almost choked on a French fry one time when it lasted for 6-7 seconds.

Thanks but no Thanks

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  • Nicko83
  • 09-15-19

A Great Dark Comedy Fantasy

Ok, I was hesitant to buy this audible even though it sounds like just my type of book, because of the other review's. Having finished the book and instantly bought the second I think the biggest problem is people coming at this expecting GoT, LoR and getting a Terry Pratchett/Mark Lawerence adventure instead. So if you like dark, twisted and funny, buy this book.

Now on the narrator.......

Look he takes some getting used to but he does a great job in the end and lends the book the humour it needs. Could clearly be improved with some editing. Not a bid deal in my book.