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All good things come to an end. And this is it: the last stand of the Ketty Jay and her intrepid crew.

They've been shot down, set up, double-crossed and ripped off. They've stolen priceless treasures, destroyed a 10,000-year-old Azryx city and sort-of-accidentally blew up the son of the Archduke. Now they've gone and started a civil war. This time, they're really in trouble.

As Vardia descends into chaos, Captain Frey is doing his best to keep his crew out of it. He's got his mind on other things, not least the fate of Trinica Dracken. But wars have a way of dragging people in, and sooner or later they're going to have to pick a side. It's a choice they'll be staking their lives on.

Cities fall and daemons rise. Old secrets are uncovered and new threats revealed. 

When the smoke clears, who will be left standing?

©2019 Chris Wooding (P)2019 Orion Publishing Group

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Just nitpicks

I loved the story and the acting, for the most part. Frey's American accent wasn't consistently expressive enough for me. Also, the volume of the recording was too low. Those are nitpicks. I really enjoyed it!

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Magnificent!

I loved every moment of this book! Yet again, Chris Wooding does not fail to deliver something extraordinary!

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The best series I have listened to.

Loved every minute of it. Great story, great characters and great narration. Will definitely be looking out for more books by this author.

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  • Pushkyn
  • 11-20-20

Can't praise this ...

Can't praise this enough. Great book. Great story. Great narration. It's a real shame there are no more: looks like I'll have to try and find something else to breach the gap!

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  • Alexander Betz
  • 09-28-20

A treat to listen to

The tale of the Ketty Jay comes to life with Rupert's voices. Awesome story line with unexpected twists, witty humour and loads of atmosphere. Loved all four books.

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  • Claire D.
  • 07-28-20

Noooooo don’t end!!!!

Fabulous adventure; funny, engaging - have done no work for days! Love the ketty jay and all her crew x

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  • Sestra
  • 07-18-20

Utterly Brilliant!

I'll admit it - I spent the last half an hour or so in tears! I came here for Rupert Degas, and stayed because Chris Wooding's Tales of the Ketty Jay is excellent! The characters are developed so well, it's like getting to know new friends; the plot is fast-paced and original, and, best of all, at the end the author didn't do what you expected him to do ;). Thank you, Mr Wooding, for your wonderful story (any chance you could write some more?). And thank you, Mr Degas, for bringing the Tales of the Ketty Jay so brilliantly alive.

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  • "sharky18"
  • 06-30-20

Tender Hooks through out

What can I say other than this is a perfect ending to a great series. I thoroughly enjoyed this book even though I felt as if Wooding purposely teased us with character deaths. Making us believe in their death up until the point where you begin accepting it... Then he reveals it to be a red herring and your like "URRGGHHH. Damn you." Highly recommend this book and series. Rupert Degas is an absolute legend and my favourite narrator. He gives life to all the characters and keeps you entertained throughout. It's almost a shame this is the last one in the series but a great ending. Will definitely be listening to the whole series again. 5 stars

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  • Nick
  • 03-11-20

This series got better & better.

I enjoyed all of these four novels. They’re each one a superb tale. Violent, mysterious and at times totally hilarious. I shan’t go into ‘spoiler’ detail. Just give you some observations. Malvery has become one of my favourite characters ever. A rotund alcoholic, but a man of great depth, honesty, loyalty and bravery. He is often the funniest of the bunch. I loved the whole daemon aspect. Appreciated the world building. Couldn’t help but visualise Harrison Ford’s Han Solo every time ‘The cap’n’ talked. Was pretty much hooked from start to finish. Found the ending a slight let down. One of the best narrations I’ve listened to. Brilliant accents and really brought the whole thing to life. I’m missing the crew of the Ketty Jay already....

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  • richard james tomlin
  • 02-27-20

End of an era

Gutted this story has come to an end, superbly written and expertly narrated by the #1 Rupert Degas, I've loved every book he has narrated, Chris wooding has really made a bunch of complete misfits into absolute hero's.

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  • Jason Rimmer
  • 02-10-20

Loved it

Well all good things come to an end sadly. I will miss the crew of the Kitty Jay. Sci Fi isn't my favourite genre however this series has become one of my all time favourite reads \listen. Superb characters\world building and great stories, no weak book no weak plots or sub plots, at no time was there an urge to rush through segments, speaks volumes on how good the whole journey with the crew was. Narrator was superb. No one could have done a better job. If you enjoy sci fi, Firefly and just a good adventure you can do no wrong here. In fact I recently listened to a couple of Firefly novels and though good I much preferred the adventures of the Kitty Jay than the Firefly. Highly recommend