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The Mortal Tally

By: Sam Sykes
Narrated by: Edoardo Ballerini
Length: 24 hrs and 27 mins
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Acclaimed author Sam Sykes returns with the second thrilling novel in his Bring Down Heaven series.

The heart of civilization bleeds.

Cier'Djaal, once the crowning glory of the civilized world, has gone from a city to a battlefield and a battlefield to a graveyard. Foreign armies clash relentlessly on streets laden with the bodies of innocents caught in the crossfire. Cultists and thieves wage shadow wars, tribal armies foment outside the city's walls, and haughty aristocrats watch the world burn from on high.

As his companions struggle to keep the city from destroying itself, Lenk travels to the Forbidden East in search of the demon who caused it all. But even as he pursues Khoth-Kapira, dark whispers plague his thoughts. Khoth-Kapira promises him a world free of war where Lenk can put down his sword at last. And Lenk finds it hard not to listen.

When gods are deaf, demons will speak.

©2016 Sam Sykes (P)2018 Recorded Books

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Splitting The Party Never Works Out Well

Hemmed and hawed to myself about whether this was a 4 or 5* book and decided on 5 for a few reasons... Primary of those is the fact that I finished it straight through w/ 3-4 separate sittings... After that, bc of some simply superior character development and interpersonal relationships... Then, the dialogue and banter which is freakin’ awesome... Enjoyed it more than the 1st book, which was uber entertaining, and appreciated the subtle, and not so, mirroring of recent/current history in our own non fantasy world... Also captivated by the off center quirky approach to the genre... Definitely not light fantasy, and is a little bit out there, but I expect the fantastical when I read fantasy... Mordant wit, exquisite pacing, and vivid imagery... Love the narration too, but thought the narrator from the 1st book fit the story better...

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Great Middle Entry

The Mortal Tally does an excellent job of continuing the story of Lenk and his adventurer friends throughout this fully fleshed out world. excellent world building and excellent progression help bring you to the end of a book that leaves you wanting the third volume immediately.

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Great Story and great voice actor.

Ruined civilization, demons, resurrected god demon and drug addict mages defending whore houses from crusader soldiers. I mean what else do you want, elven empires reduced refugees? wait that's in here too