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The Charm Runner

Book 1 of the Broken Throne Saga
Narrated by: Stacy Gonzalez
Series: Broken Throne Saga, Book 1
Length: 9 hrs and 12 mins
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Running Black Market Magic Is Deadly....

Winnie Durham just wants honest work in her shop selling charms. 

Then Nils Kane’s Resolution 84 outlawed magic. 

Caught between the law, her mother's escalating medical bills, and a vow to never deal in dark magic, Winnie is given an opportunity that's too good to refuse. 

Will they close Winnie’s shop? 

Can she stay ahead of the law long enough to discover the real reason magic was banned? 

The Charm Runner is the first book in the action-packed Broken Throne series. Enter a magical world with gangsters, crooked cops, and a dark secret threatening to end it all. Join Winnie and her crew and find out what life is like as a charm runner. 

Click and get The Charm Runner now.

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Brilliant Character Driven Story!

I have to admit to not reading a huge amount of this particular genre, reading more Sci-Fi, some Fantasy, and most recently LitRPG. However, several people recommended not just this book, but the Author in general to me, and I have since started reading this series as well as some of his other books. I enjoy character driven stories, ones with good strong characters that you can watch evolve over the course of a book, and if your lucky, over a series as well, and that is exactly what you get in Charm Runner.
Winnie Durham started off as a young 15yr old who inherited her Mom’s shop as her Mom become to ill to run it anymore, and so she took over running the store for her. Winnie has something that other’s don’t though, she has the ability to enchant items so that mundane items will suddenly become much more useful, a hammer will never miss a nail, a razor that never needs sharpening, and never cuts you, salt and pepper shakers that are always full, all sorts of wonderful things, as long as they don’t directly affect a human (such as a pair of running shoes that make you run twice as fast as other competitors).
Winnie’s shop is one of the best in town, and although she is doing alright, she has the constant harassment of ‘The Red Legs’, a Police Force as such that overseas all magical things. Unfortunately for Winnie, she has a particularly nasty person in charge, Victor, who hates her, and magic.
At the start of the story, Winnie is doing alright, trying to survive, taking on enough business to keep her shop, avoid the attention of the Red Legs, and pay the money she needs for her Mom’s medicine.
It all goes horribly wrong for her when the powers in charge pass a resolution that no one is allowed to enchant items anymore, basically putting Winnie out of business overnight.
At the same time, her mothers medicine goes up so much, she can no longer afford it.
It is here that the story really changes from one that was rather interesting, to one that is really enthralling.
Without giving away too many spoilers (you can read/listen to this yourself), Winnie finds herself in dire straits, with no way to help her Mom or keep her shop. To make matters worse, her cousin Joey has been grabbed by mobsters who are going to do bad things to him as he owes money. He has been dabbling in Sable Magic, the dark side of the Magic Winnie uses, and he is in a lot of trouble. Sable magic is addictive, the more you use it, the more you want to use it again, it has a powerful euphoric feeling
Davis has created a clever and very in-depth world in which to tell his story, one with all the things we know, magic and the like, but he has changed it up so that it is different, given it a new flavour and made it interesting. He has done a brilliant job in creating a unique take on an age-old system.
Winnie is approached by a rather nefarious character, Artos Merrilyn, who offers her work, work that will help her Mom, the shop and her cousin.
Winnie quickly finds that her world is spiralling out of control, between Merrilyn and his jobs, trying to keep her shop open, the Red Legs and Victor, the strange rich boy Danny Barber who keeps coming to her shop and to which she is having inappropriate feelings for. And surrounding all of this, people keep going missing, something is going on, and Winnie needs to find out what it is before it is too late for all of them.
This is a really fun, well written story, with exceptional Characters, in an amazing back drop that has taken a lot of time to create. There are so many great characters, Winnie is just so good, but I can’t not mention the villainous Nils Kane, her friends, each so well done, Tris, Cait (who is just awesome), Joey. Her Sister Morgan, even Danny.
The Red Legs Victor is just outstanding as a character, as a bad guy with so many internal emotions, he is so well written.
This is a great read (Or listen on Audible), and well worth the effort, as I said, this is really my first foray into the genre, and I will definitely be looking for more (hopefully they are all like this!), so go get a copy now!!
Stacy Gonzalez has the perfect voice for Winnie, as the story is told primarily from her point of view, you can just imagine her sounding just like Stacy in your head. She does a great job of voicing Winnie. She also does a pretty good job of voicing the other people in the story, both male and female alike. She has a clear and concise way of speaking so you can understand her clearly, making this a very easy audiobook to listen to.
The Narrator has a very pleasant voice, she is easy to listen to, and combined with the high quality story by Davis, this makes it a great Audiobook, and an easy choice to get.

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