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Wake of the Riddler

By: Janet Morris
Narrated by: Alex Hyde-White
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New characters and new mysteries change Sanctuary forever. The immortalized cavalry commander, Tempus, leaves Sanctuary in the hands of Straton, the witch-cursed Stepson; his partner Critias; Sync of the Rankan 3rd Commando, and Kama, Tempus's daughter. Each feels that being left behind is punishment, and may be correct. Sanctuary goes from bad to worse with the arrival of the ominous Shepherd and a disturbing god. Meanwhile two local girls, Shawme and Merricat, find arcane articles on the Downwind beach that few understand but which the Stepsons' mage believes will shape the fate of the Sacred Band.

This classic Sacred Band of Stepsons story, from the 2012 Perseid Publishing anthology "the Fish the Fighters and the Song-girl, is newly revised and expanded by the author and first appeared in somewhat different form in Thieves' World(R), the million-copy bestselling fantasy series.

©2010 Janet Morris (P)2012 Janet Morris and Chris Morris

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Tempus' daughter shines in Wake of the Riddler

Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

This story centers around Kama, the daughter Tempus, the Sacred Band of Stepsons' immortal commander, and the coming of a new god -- or is something worse? -- to the blighted town of Sanctuary. This tale of sword and sorcery has everything -- suspense, humor, and mystical delights. I'd recommend it to anyone who loves heroic fiction, high adventure, and powerful men and women. If you're a fan of the Sacred Band of Stepsons series or Thieves' World(R), you'll want to hear this story told. If you're new to the Stepsons, this is a delectable way to start: dark, gritty, full of enemies, lovers, betrayal and mythic foes. Be warned, though: the Sacred Band never goes anywhere where trouble doesn't follow; this is dark fantasy that turns passionate and violent in an instant. Its mature themes make it unsuitable for young children but a great read from anyone over twelve who loves heroes facing superhuman foes in ancient times.

What was one of the most memorable moments of Wake of the Riddler?

Perhaps my favorite moment is when Zip, a local gang leader, finds out that the mysterious power he's been serving wants its sacred stones moved uptown to the Street of Temples. Or maybe it's when Kama, Tempus' daughter, tries using feminine wiles to get the upper hand. Darkly humorous, always fraught with scheming and dangers, these tales of men and women and higher powers ignite fierce passions and a sense of wonder in the most jaded soul. When Zip gets the stones uptown, he can't reassemble them correctly -- until a very suspicious stranger appears from nowhere to help him...

What about Alex Hyde-White’s performance did you like?

Alex Hyde-White's performance is a delight: edgy, fierce. He voices these characters true to their natures, and never skips a beat. I could see every scene he set, see every character he described. He summons the urgency, the fear, and the humor in these tales effortlessly, and never loosens his grip on your attention.

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