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Monsters come in all shapes and sizes, and not all of them have sharp teeth and beady red eyes.

New London. A thriving metropolis at the forefront of technological advancement and a shining gem of civilization.

Faeries. Whether they come off cute and cuddly or downright predatory, they all bring misfortune or are heralds of it.

Experience is a harsh taskmistress, but her lessons sink the deepest. Having been taught the lesson at a great cost, Kal’s rules for dealing with faeries are simple: Don’t talk to them, don’t look at them, don’t give them the time of the day. 

So, when the Other Side comes knocking one fateful, stormy day, Kal, at first, pretends not to notice. Was forgetting this rule his folly? 

His way of life is in great danger. His little sister, Sammie, a natural mage, is taken by Ouroboros, a criminal organization made up of raving lunatics that profit off the misery and suffering of others, and have everything to do with all the crimes of magic in New London. 

Kal will go to any lengths to save his sister, even to his death. Accompanied by his sylph companion, a mischievous pest, Kal dives deep into the dark underbelly of the city. But, are his hands enough to dig his sister out from the muck?

©2019 Derek Edgington (P)2019 Derek Edgington

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An Action packed Dark Fantasy

This was a dark and gritty urban fantasy. Ouroboros, a magical mafia vs. Faerie with Kal and his sister Sammie caught in the middle. Kal is aided by a blood-thirsty fairy named Bell. Their interactions and banter provide some much needed humor. The story is quite action packed and full of interesting people and places. All very well described and imagined. The only problem I had with the story was that you had no idea why Ouroboros suddenly wanted Sammie or why Faerie was taking a personal interest in Kal. I even went back a re-listened to the first couple chapters thinking I had missed a key point. All is finally revealed in a plot twisting final chapter that sets up the next book,
The narrator Greg Patmore’s performance was amazing. He gave each character a completely different voice. His pacing and tone set the atmosphere and truly enhanced the story.
I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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Be Prepared to Move On to Book Two

Right off, this book doesn't end in a cliffhanger per se, but it does make you want to move on to the next book in the series.

There's No Such Thing as Monsters takes place in New London with a brother and sister struggling to make a life. The mundane and Otherworld overlap a bit, with some people gifted to see fairy beings, but most not.

The adventure begins when a curious fairy explores the mundane world. And, this is a grand adventure! The world building is huge and colorful, mean and petty. It's glorious!

Narrator Greg Patmore is extremely talented, and the story lives the author's words through his rendition. It is like he is an ancient bard, telling the tale, and not reading from a manuscript. *bravo*

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An Enchanting Adventure!

Great story and narration!

Kal and his sister Sammie are orphans struggling to survive in a world where magic is real. Kal can see the unseen creatures that everyone else is oblivious to. A fairy, a criminal organization, a kindly priest, all play a part in this incredible tale of discovery, a brother's love, and the truth of the world in which they live.

Fantastic - I really enjoyed this one!

I can't wait to find out what happens next!!!

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the lies of faerie

This book was a little Tam-lin, a touch Carvival Row, with a bit of illuminati thrown in for good measure. I loved the way that your expectations are being subverted and the faerie myths are blended into this Dickenson story. I cant wait for the next one! I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

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First of the series

Greg Patmore does a masterful job narrating this story. The writer is quite talented in his wordsmithing in painting certain visuals especially the battles. The story is solid enough, however, I wish it would have given more background and backstory. While I liked the main character, I still don't know much about him. Why did the relationship with the Silthe cement so quickly? Did she seek him out? Would like to know more about the "big bad" as well. who are they? Why are they so powerful?
Overall, the book was enjoyable but vague. I'm hoping the second book answers my questions.

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AMAZING

Ren Ryder is a wonderful new author & the narrator is perfect for this book!
The world building is dynamic, the characters are fantastic & the story is top notch.
There are many surprises along the way as well. Some awesome & some truly heartbreaking. It's a story worth listening to or reading, without a doubt.
I can't wait to listen to book 2 & then book 3!!! 5 stars just is not enough.

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A well-written story from a good author

There's No Such Thing As Monsters (Gaslamp Faeries #1) (Audible Edition), my first read/listen from author Ren Ryder and the first book in the Gaslamp Faeries series“I received a free Audible copy of this book and am voluntarily leaving a review." The gifting of this book did not affect my opinion of it. Greg Patmore's entertaining narration made the book flow smoothly & quickly. I look forward to reading more from this author and in this series. (RIP Marley January 20, 2014 - July 24, 2018).

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Awesome

Really great story and characters. The narrator is perfect for the part as well. Recommended.

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Enjoyable

I really enjoyed this book. It was clever, intriguing, and kept me captivated throughout. There's a death in the first five chapters and I teared up, so clearly I was emotionally invested. I'll be reading the second one just as soon as I'm able to get it! Looking forward to seeing what else this author puts out!

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A good introduction to a new author

First to get it out of the way, "I was given this free review copy audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review."
That out of the way, There's No Such Thing as Monsters is a good,solid first story for a new author with apparently quite a bit of potential.
I personally found this story an entertaining distraction on my hour long trip home from work. The story does have a few rough spots, but nothing that will detract from the listener from enjoying this tale.
Ren Ryder is an author to keep an eye on and I look forward to more from him.
Greg Patmore is a surprisingly good choice for this story and brings an extra layer of enjoyment .

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  • Helen
  • 03-13-21

Amazing

Amazing audiobook can’t wait for the nested book in the series
Experience is a harsh taskmistress, but her lessons sink the deepest. Having been taught the lesson at a great cost

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  • happy reader
  • 02-17-20

Magical

Firstly, I was so impressed by Greg’s narration , love all the different accents he really brought this story to life.
The story was good and I was interested until the end. Shame about the odd swear word which was unnecessary in a children’s book.

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  • Tracey
  • 02-17-20

Fabulously entertaining

Set in alternate London, this book is engaging and has lots of action. Fairies are not as you expect. The narrator is excellent at different voices. Well worth a listen

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  • J Smith
  • 12-07-19

Brilliant

Magic, fights, underground rebellion... and a funny little fairy!
Fantastically narrated, Greg really manages to pull off great voices and adapts to the circumstances in the book.
Was disappointed when it ended, but hope another’s on it’s way soon!
This is my honest opinion of a free review copy.

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  • Mr. R. Esdaile
  • 11-26-19

Monsters Are All Around Us

A wonderfully atmospheric tale set in an alternate London. Voice work on the characters is excellent.
I received a free review copy of this audio book and am voluntarily leaving a review,
The story building is well done and you learn to love the protagonists. But never trust a fairy.
Definitely worth a listen

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  • ChaosKay (Audiobook Obsession Reviewer)
  • 11-24-19

Fab dark fantasy

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

Kal goes in search of his little Sister Sammie who is a Mage and has been kidnapped by a criminal organisation called Ouroboros. He has the help of a fairy called Belle who isn’t the sweet fairy we all presume.
Greg Patmore is brilliant at narrating all the characters .

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  • katkab
  • 11-24-19

There are such things as monsters!

There are such things as monsters and they are brilliant!
I received a free review copy of this audio book and am voluntarily leaving a review, BUT I would have happily spent a credit to get this book. The world building in every detail is amazing and we l thought out, I felt like I was in that world, and in my opinion that is the true test that a book is something special. I am definitely going to spend a credit to get see where the story goes next. The narrator does a excellent job, every person (or fairy) is distinct. I thoroughly enjoyed this story and can't recommend it enough.


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  • The Bearded Bookworm
  • 11-19-19

Interesting

Interesting book though a bit more worldbuilding is nedded. the narator does an excellent at all the different voices. Deffinitly one I'll be following.

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  • Ian
  • 10-31-19

not to shabby

I was given a free copy of this book and I'm leaving an honest and voluntary review on audible once I'm done.

I quite enjoyed this book, it's nicely done and well thought out.
The narration is superb giving each character individualailty.

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  • Curly's Ramblings
  • 10-28-19

Entertaining

There’s No Such Thing As Monsters is a teen/ YA fantasy book involving a young man who tries to protect his younger sister. The story has plenty of action and creatures. The characters are interesting and entertaining. The plot has twists. There were a few areas in the story that I wanted to goose the hero so that he’d make a decision. The narrator did a great job! I received a free copy of this audiobook at my request and have voluntarily left this review.

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