• The Emperor's Mask

  • Magebreakers series, Book 2
  • By: Ben S. Dobson
  • Narrated by: Travis Baldree
  • Length: 6 hrs and 47 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (167 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

A killer walks among the rich and powerful. Who can the Magebreakers trust? Someone is killing the non-magical members of Senate houses - those who might one day be named Protector of the Realm. And that same someone is leaving behind messages for the Magebreakers beside symbols of the shadowy organization known as the Knights of the Emperor. 

Under suspicion from the constabulary, Tane and Kadka are drawn into the investigation to prove their innocence. What they find is that Audish politics are as dangerous as any Porthaven back alley. Suddenly, they're surrounded by the most powerful figures in the realm, everyone with a different agenda. Telling allies from enemies has never been harder, but Tane and Kadka will have to find someone to trust if they're going to bring the killer to justice. Their lives - and the future of the Protectorate - depend on it.

©2017 Ben S. Dobson (P)2018 Tantor

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Good Arcanepunk Fantasy

It was slightly predictable at times but a great ride! Couldn't stop reading/listening! Great book!

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Killer on the loose. No problem!

The Emperor's Mask
Magebreakers series, Book 2
By: Ben S. Dobson
Narrated by: Travis Baldree
This is another good book with Tane and Kadka, of course they get accused of things they didn't do...I guess they just look like trouble makers instead of Magebreakers. Somebody is killing people in the Senate. Lots of action, magic, fights, new characters, good plot, and plenty of intrigue. I didn't think it was as good as book one but it was still good.
Great narration! Great performance!

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Saw the ending coming far in advance

It was a very good book but unfortunately for a mystery if you can see the ending well before the actual end of the book it can be a little disappointing. I look forward to the next one.

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Mystery is very hard to write

mystery is very hard to write. I got the baddie pegged as soon as we met and the red herring was a nice surprise but didn't last long enough. I hope you can do better next time :) love the mage breakers - generally sword and sorcery is all about power and spells that suddenly do exactly what you want them to (JKR) so I like this series quite a bit

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Great Sequel!!

this was a great follow-up to the first book! Caught on to the killer early, but was nearly thrown off with each turn, wow

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well written fun story

this was a well written story. the fantasy races are familiar with a few new takes in the magic system. the story and plot are well crafted with very likable characters. I love the fact that the two main characters don't have any magic and don't have some overpowered compensating ability like immunity to magic.

the narrator is pretty good. all the characters have distinct voices and there was nothing annoying on his performance.

I would highly recommend this book

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fun book pulp in all the right ways

Travis baldree makes this likely better then it should be but I really enjoyed both the first one and this one. like the Dresden files but way more fun albeit not as well written.

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great.

would love a sequel please.
my kids really enjoyed this.
story was good.
couldn't stop listening
thank you.

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Few surprises but a wonderful story and telling.

I was not surprised at all during the story seeing as it is a mystery I would hope for some. The writing itself and the story were magnificent. I also thoroughly enjoyed the voice acting.

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Author screwed this one up

The villain and his method were obvious from almost the very start, and it was painful to see the MC run around avoiding the obvious.

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  • Jim Brodie
  • 04-28-19

Short, obvious but enjoyable

I enjoyed this book but a brain teaser it is not.

the main chars are fun, the world is interesting but this needed a lot more meat to the story

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  • A.N.Midgley
  • 09-14-21

stroy

predictable but good
so apparently a review need 15 words idk y but there u go

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  • jack
  • 01-12-21

Great book, really enjoyed it

When are the other books being made into audio books? have read both the Flaw and the Mask, need the next ones now!

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  • Brook10033
  • 09-19-20

Very enjoyable

Excellent read. Light drama plenty of action, well described, good dialog lots to listen to and to work on.

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  • Ms. Hazel Perry
  • 06-19-20

A good sequel

Stumbled across the first in the series by accident, I do think it had the better story but that is often the way, perhaps as you have fewer preconceived expectations. Would have liked a touch more development of established characters but the story was compelling and all in all a nice bit of light listening in a well constructed world, if you liked the first one I am sure you will enjoy this too.

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  • Kindle Customer
  • 01-26-20

Highly recommend this series

Very entertaining.
Interesting premise, engaging story and likeable characters.

Looking forward to the rest of the series

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  • 09-20-21

Detective fantasy

I really liked the detective angle in a fantasy world. The story felt a bit less engaging than in the 1st book, but was very enjoyable.