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Years ago, when violent purges plunged Dún Aulin into chaos, Warden Esben Berengar was sent to restore order by any means necessary. He did so with such brutal efficiency he became known throughout Fál as the High Queen’s Monster.

All is not forgiven.

When the hunt for a mysterious enemy leads Berengar back to Dún Aulin, an old friend’s request thrusts him headfirst into danger. In the Ceremony of the Cursed Blade, the sword used by the Lord of Shadows in his conquest of Fál will change possession, and it’s up to Berengar to keep the blade from falling into the wrong hands.

To do that, he’ll have to survive vengeful goblins, bloodthirsty monster hunters, Leinster’s powerful Thieves Guild, and worse.

Much worse. 

©2019 Kyle Alexander Romines (P)2020 Kyle Alexander Romines

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Another solid entry in Warden of Fál series

I have to say that with each new entry in the series both Berengar and Kyle Romines mature. I find that the writing, plot, and overall maturity of the story gets better each time. I think this story is my favorite overall, and I said that last ti the last book as well. While the story itself is quite stand-alone, you are better off going in order so you can understand all the nuances and references.

Benegar, his wolfhound, and Morwen all are on another journey, although I didn't hear enough about his hound as I would have preferred. I like how the three of them play off each and how they act like a family. I especially liked some of the new characters that team up with them. The goblin was by far my favorite, possibly because Addis voiced her perfectly. I also enjoyed the side story of the King, very much like the story of The Beast from Beauty and the Beast.

All around I felt like this story was darker and more intense. It really hit the ground running and just picked up steam from there. I really like how this series is progressing and look forward to seeing where it goes.

Matt Addis pulled out all the stops for this narration. He continues to provide a great accented narration, but really nailed the character voices. There were a few he did that completely impressed me and I kept waiting to hear more. Excellent job.

I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator, or publisher.

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Solid story. Very good. Gimme more!

This series is just getting better and better. There are bigger stakes and bigger monsters, and you better believe nobody is who they claim to be. Berengar is asked to preside over one ceremony, simple, right? Well... not when it's Berengar, who seems to attract complicated plots that need uncomplicated solutions - his might and his axe. Morwen is still soldiering on, trying to keep Berengar from killing absolutely everybody, "because it's easier". He is the hero that Dun Aulin deserves :)

Matt Addis is brilliant, as always. Oh my. Love that voice.

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Book 3 in this Fantasy 'Detective' Series

The City of Thieves is another great installment in this great Fantasy 'Detective' Series. Berengar and Morwyn return and their chemistry continues to grow stronger. The story progresses nicely and you get even more backstory and what makes Berengar the way he is even as you see him continue to change because of his relationship with Morwyn. There are great new characters as well and the detective and fantasy aspects are still there as well and are done extremely well.

The narration by Matt Addis is again done superbly and really brings all the characters to life. There are so many cool little side characters and storylines but they all come together very cohesively.

I don't know if it is just me but I find some similarities in a good way between Berengar and another detective from a different book series the Cormoran Strike Series(The Cuckoos Calling, The silkworm, Career of Evil, Lethal White) . They are both smart very tough badasses who are gruff but definitely have a softer side and that side is especially brought out by their side kicks. I think that the fact that this is a Fantasy series first but has a pretty strong detective/mystery aspect to it works so well.

If you liked the first two books you should definitely get this one since it is probably the best in the series so far, I can't wait for what comes next.

"Please note I was given this free review copy audio book at my request and have voluntarily left this review."

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The Third Fantastic installment in Warden of Fál

First, to get it out of the way, I was given this book in exchange for a honest review.
That being said, this installment is by far the best to date. Kyle Alexander Romines not only hits a home run with this one, he has hit it out of the park.The characters not only come alive in the story, but also draw you into their deeply enriching world.
This world has that lived in feel that makes it seem more real. the characters are not the two dimensional archetypes so common in many of the genre.
The only downside to this book is that you cannot start the series with this one. You will never fully enjoy this amazing tale without first listening to the first two. The great news though is , you will not regret going back and enjoying the first two.
Matt Addis returns as narrator for The City of Thieves and is the perfect fit for these tales.

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Bazinga

Another great book! Kyle Alexander Romines is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. I've finished the first three in the Warden of Fál series. Matt Addis is the perfect choice to narrate these. He does a great job and has different voices for various characters. I am looking forward to more of Warden Berengar's adventures. I see there is a fourth book in the series on Kindle and hope it comes to audible soon. Before the Warden of Fál series I'd only read The Hobbit. I am now a fan of this genre and am increasing my collection. I am planning on relistening to this entire series again.

Disclaimer: I've been listening at 2x speed for so long anything else sounds like slow motion. My enjoyment of the narrator is based on my listening speed. I only leave 5 stars for books I've listened to multiple times.

I requested this book from the author, narrator, or publisher in exchange for an honest, unbiased review.

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Berengar is back!

Warden Berengar is back, accompanied this time by his faithful wolfhound, Faolán, and by Munster's former court magician, Morwen. This adventure lets us peak into some of Berengar's history to see a large part of why he is considered the Ice Queen's monster. Berenger has to return to Dún Aulin, a city and surrounding kingdom that has no love for the warden. This book is once again packed with lots of action, mystery, twists, and a great plot. Thoroughly enjoyed seeing the changes that Morwen has on Berengar's character. Can't wait for the next book!

Disclaimer: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Fantastic Dark Fantasy

The Great Bear Warden is at it again, solving mysteries and stopping demons across Fal. This is another strong installment with great writing and fantastic narration. I highly recommend this series. Do yourself a favor and start it today.

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Another great installment!

The Warden of Fal series is quickly becoming one of my favorites. The story is rich in detail and character development. Action, intrigue, love, and magic what more can a listener ask for.
Mr. Addis delivers another flawless narration and truly brings the story to life.

Thanks for the opportunity to listen to this fantastic audiobook which I received free at my request for this completely unbiased review.

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Warden Berengar The Queens Amazing Monster!

I was so excited to be offered another opportunity to journey with Berengar and Morwen some more! They make the perfect pair! I was gifted this book for my most humble thoughts, which are that I just really enjoy this series! As the battles raged and the plot thickened I worried for both main characters all the way through this read! They accomplished so much greatness and suffered so much pain for it but its all of those things that make them such great characters. Skillfully written this story will make you laugh and if you're like me cry a little, then be overjoyed. Matt Addis brought these characters to life in the best of ways and made me stay up well past bedtime to listen to just a little more lol! If you are reading my review then let me highly recommend you also read the series. I am certain you will enjoy them as much as I do.

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Esben Berengar is back :)

My return to Fal after quite a while has been a very entertaining one; I just love the series and Esben Berengar has become one of my favourite characters: ambiguous, secretive, with so many layers to his personality that you discover yet another one with every next book...
This time Berengar has to come back to the city which has no love for him; on the contrary, it seems that everyone there wants to see him dead. They call him the Queen's Monster - but sometimes it takes a monster to kill other monsters... And sometimes the Monster turns out to be the most humane among humans...

Berengar is one of the most complex characters I've met in the fantasy genre. He's ambiguos, brutal and cruel on the surface and surprisingly deep, compassionate and loyal when you look behind his mask of the Queen's Monster. He's surrounded and accompanied by a whole bunch of characters who are as surprising, as devious, as secretive as he is himself.

The plot is equally complex; on the surface it's a tale of Berengar trying to save a kidnapped king and recover a stolen powerful rune while making sure a magical artifact doesn't fall into the wrong hands, but underneath this fantasy adventure it's also a tale of what ails the modern world: corruption and abuse of power, racial prejudice, broken aliances and general distrust towards (and even hate of) everything that is different from what we consider "normal" or "civilized"...

As for the interpretation of the book, the series couldn't have a better narrator. Mr Addis does a fantastic job, bringing not only the characters but the whole story to life. I especially like the voice he gives Berengar - his deep, growling baritone matches the strong warrior exceptioanlly well. It's a wonderful interpretation of the tale.


DISCLAIMER: I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • J Smith
  • 07-14-20

“Do it and you won’t live to regret it”

Thoroughly enjoyed this series so far. A great fantasy adventure with plenty of action and great characters! I really hope there’s more coming soon and I’d love to see a Shadow War prequel are some point!?
Matt’s narration fits so well with this book. Great voices and pacing throughout; I’m a big fan!
This is my honest opinion on a free review copy.

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  • Panos
  • 06-23-20

Best one so far!

I received this title for free in exchange for an unbiased review.

Narration 10/10
Well I'll just go ahead and repeat myself on what I said about the narration on the previous two books in the series since it's exactly the same:
The narration is spot on. Everything about it is the way it should be and I can't imagine it any better. For me it really brought the story to life and kept me engaged. The voice tone, the expressions even the narration speed (one of the few books I actually listened on x1.00 and didn't have to speed up to make more manageable) are just perfect.

Story 9/10
When I started the series I didn't expect much and my expectations were low, but it turned out to be really really good and I enjoyed the previous books a lot. This one though, was the best in the series so far.
After a powerful artifact is stolen from them Barengar and Morwen will enter the City of Thieves to recover it. There their adventure will start, in a treacherous place where non humans are hated and magic is forbidden. But there is more going on than meets the eye.
We get to tap a bit on Barenger's past this time around and the character build is pretty good, We also get to see some more of the world, the non human creatures with their grudges and their relations with humans and among them.
The whole story is well written and fast paced and during the last part you won't want to stop until you get to the end and see what happens.

Overall I really enjoyed this book and I would suggest it to all fantasy lovers. I'll be looking forward to the release of the next chapter to the series.

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  • A Bolton
  • 06-11-20

Best in the series!

To me, this book was the best of the 3 so far, a wonderfully written fantasy with a very good mystery storyline. I highly recommend it. I will definitely be keeping an eye out for any more books set in Fál.

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  • Layla
  • 05-28-20

Epic Read

The narrator and the story go well together. As soon as I started listening to the audio book I got sucked into the story. I would highly recommend this narrator, one of the best that I have listened to so far.
Like the previous books in this series, City of Thieves does not disappoint. There is plenty of action, suspense and adventure.
If you love The Legend of the Gods by Aaron Hodge or The Witcher (just without the sex or nudity) than this book is for you.
It had a bit of Lord of the Rings feel to it, as in a group (not chosen but more shoved together) have to find someone.
There is no sexual content or profanity but it does have some viiolence.
Can't wait for Book 4
Would highly recommend the audio book.

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  • Jonathan
  • 05-15-20

The journey continues

I recieved a review copy of the book. The excellent story continues as we follow the main characters from the last book as their journey continues. This time the warden's past comes back to haunt him in more ways than one as a new city presents new mysteries.

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  • David Munch
  • 06-04-21

Very nice fantasy and narration

City of Thieves is the third book of the Warden of Fál series, written by Kyle Alexander Romines. Warden Esben Berengar has now been joined by the magician Morwen in his travels, and they are now traveling back to Dún Aulin, where they find themselves cast into a mystery that draws threads to a sinister plot regarding a missing king, a magical sword, and a bigger threat than they have faced in the previous books.

The third book was as well written as the previous entries, and the plot is somewhat more complex this time around. While the book starts out small, with Berengar and Morwen traveling and coping with minor issues, it soon develops into a larger mystery which makes for a great story, as there are many facets. We delve into racial issues and get a better understanding of more of the non-human species in the world of Fál, all of which is quite well handled by the author, and that made for very nicely done world building in my opinion. It fleshed out the world more, and made it stand out more in the sea of standard fantasy tales out there. My only major complaint about this entry, is that the ending, bad guy related, was VERY similar to the previous entry, The Blood of Kings. I would have liked a very different outcome here.

I listened to the audiobook, and Matt Addis was again amazing.

All in all, a great story that will keep you focused all the way through, and even if you read the previous entries or jump directly into the series, you will enjoy it.

I received this audiobook for free in return for a review. I have no affiliation with the author, the narrator, the publisher, or their pets (Although I am sure the latter are quite nice!).

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  • Angela
  • 06-22-20

For Fans of Skyrim...

I have thoroughly enjoyed this trilogy from Romines. Fun fantasy/grimdark series and action packed. Characters and world building are explored and enriched throughout all three books and there is plenty of scope to add more books within this world.

I had requested this, the third book, to listen to as it looked like it could be read as a standalone, and Romines very kindly gave this and the previous two with absolutely no prompting, which is incredibly generous of him.

I do think this could be read as a standalone but it reads better as part of the series, and in order. Although action packed, previous adventures and character observations/progessions aren't reiterated, so reading as a standalone could be frustrating for a new reader.

Reading these I have really wanted to replay Skyrim, but alas I cannot as the xbox is at my partners and covid lockdown means I haven't seen him or the xbox for over 3 months now.

I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request via Audioboom and have voluntarily left this review.

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  • John Mckeown
  • 06-17-20

Action packed

Once again Kyle Alexander Romines action packed story of berenger the bear warden leaves up to the pace and action of the previous books.

These story’s of the warden of fal are surprisingly well written and doesn’t stall along the way.

Matt Addis performance is real well played giving each character its own personality that you can easily pick up and leads to the story telling and easy in the ears.

You won’t be disappointed with this and well worth the listen.

I’m eagerly waiting for the next instalment and hope this becomes one of many more to come.

John J McKeown