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Publisher's Summary

A rotten thief. A stubborn knight. Only together can they save a broken kingdom.

Self-proclaimed "World's Greatest Thief", Whitney Fierstown, has yet to find a trinket or treasure he couldn't steal. He nearly pulls off the heist of the century by snatching the Glass Crown off the dying king's head until rotten luck throws him into the path of Torsten Unger, a steadfast knight determined to save his vulnerable kingdom. 

Torsten offers this ultimatum: rot and die in a dank cell or join him on a dangerous expedition and put his skills to good use. The Queen's treasonous brother has cursed the Crown Prince by taking a piece of his soul and hiding it in the haunted Webbed Woods. Only a master thief can steal it back. 

Rebellion building in the south. Madness seated upon the throne. Famine and death spreading throughout the land. The kingdom is in peril.

If this unlikely pair is to thwart their devious target, save the prince, and survive the horrifying monster lurking in the darkness, they must first put aside their differences...or die trying. 

"A gritty, dark fantasy disguised as a lighthearted epic. I am looking forward to the sequel!" (David Estes, best-selling author of Fatemarked)  

Web of Eyes is the exciting first book in an epic fantasy adventure series perfect for fans of R.A Salvatore, Brandon Sanderson, and Nicholas Eames.

©2018 Aethon Books (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

Critic Reviews

"Fantastic world building and masterful prose. Definitely a must read for Epic Fantasy fans." (Brian D. Anderson, best-selling author of The Godling Chronicles)

"An interesting and exciting start to a series. I'm looking forward to reading what the authors come up with next!" (Dakota Krout, author of the Divine Dungeon Series and winner of Audible Top 5 Fantasy of 2017)

 “Bruno and Castle built an epic fantasy world that captivates the imagination and brings the reader on a thrilling adventure that will leave the devotees of fantasy eager for the next tale." (Jason Anspach, best-selling author of the Galaxy's Edge series)

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I loved this book!

OMG, this book is amazing. I chose this book because Luke Daniels narrates it, so I knew I would enjoying listening to it but I was beyond surprised on how good this story is. I already added the next two volumes to my wish list (coming out in December 2018 and January 2019).

The characters are wonderful and the combination of the head of the Royal Guards and a boisterous thief was fun to listen to. Their characters stayed true to who they are while working together. The dialogue between the two was fun. The other characters added perfectly to the story. The world was well thought out and I liked how the authors combined the traditional fantasy aspects into their story without make it seem like all the rest. I cannot wait for the rest of these books to come out on audible. We'll see if I can wait long enough to do it or if I will be buying the books as well, I think I remember how to read :O)

This book was given to me for free at my request and I provided this voluntary review.

9 of 10 people found this review helpful

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Whitney Firestone is My New Favorite Character

I really enjoyed this story (and the narration by Luke Daniels). It had an interesting magic system, an epic plot and amazing characters. Whitney Firestone was my favorite because he was the perfect mix of hilarious and cocky. He could talk his way out of any situation (most of which he talked his way into) which only helped to inflate his already enormous ego. I seriously laughed out loud several times at his hubris and his witty comebacks.

I thought the authors did a great job in keeping any acts of heroism or escapes in character without resulting to deus ex machinas which added another level to the story.

I can't wait for books two and three and hope they're also narrated by Luke Daniels.

3 of 3 people found this review helpful

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Excellent

Web of Eyes is the opening book of what looks to be an epic series in the making. A dying king, a distraught queen, a kingdom in crisis. I absolutely loved this book. In Web of Eyes Bruno and Castle have crafted an incredible world, with memorable characters (Whitney the their is my favorite), and a tense, action-packed story. And that ending! I can't wait to see what comes next.

As always, Luke Daniels does a spectacular job with the narration. He brings the characters and world to life, and this is yet another example of why he is one of my favorite narrators.

I received a copy of this audio title in exchange for an unbiased review.

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Enjoyable

Loved this book. Luke Daniels was amazing as always. Looking forward to the next one.

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A thief a mage and a knight walk into a lair

The fantasy version of a punch line or the essence of a good fantasy story. We have the self proclaimed greatest thief in the world a knight in disgrace and a blood mage with a taste for doing good in the world. An unlikely group if ever there was one. This is the story of how they became who they are how they met and the adventure into the webbed woods to defeat the spider queen an evil blood mage and recover a doll. Great fantasy adventure would do and d&d fan proud. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy audiobook by the author, narrator or publisher

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Excellent Narration of Entertaining Fantasy Series

I received a free copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

This is a story of a Thief, a Knight, and a Blood Witch who go on a quest to reclaim a doll which the Queen states contains a "piece of the soul" of the Crown Prince. The setup to this story is a bit slow, but once the adventure starts, the story picks up and goes at a good pace. There are several witty moments mostly thanks to the Thief and a few good twists. The character development of our three adventurers grows throughout the story. This is the first book in a series and while this can be a stand alone story, there are definitely elements at the end which foretell a continuing saga. I look forward to continuing with the series and would recommend it.

The narrator, Luke Daniels, brings an energy and enthusiasm to this story which is infectious. However, when I first heard the voice of the Thief -- I have to say I was reminded of the Leprechaun from Lucky Charms commercial. But the more I listened, the more it grew on me. A large part of the enjoyment of this story was, for me, the narrator. He had different voices for the creatures, the characters and and our main adventurers. It was very easy to understand who was speaking.

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Luke Daniels is SO good!

This is a wonderful fantasy book with great details in the writing and wonderful characters. The world has gritty real feel and the story is gripping.

The narration by Luke Daniels is amazing and moving, increasing just how enjoyable this book is exponentially with his talent.

Highly recommended to fantasy fans of all ages, you won't be disappointed!

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And I'm Not Even a Fantasy Fiction Fan!

Once this story got going, I found myself on a ride I didn't want to get off of. While it does wrap up some major plot issues by the end, there is enough left over to make you want to continue the series. To the authors I say, Darn you. Now I’ll have to read Book 2 to see what happens next. And I’m still not a Fantasy fan.

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I loved it!

The story was super solid from beginning to end. Luke Daniels... narrate an eye chart and I’ll listen.

This book sets up a series nicely and I can’t wait for it. Already preordered the next two.

7 of 8 people found this review helpful

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A fantastic start to a fantasy epic

I feel like I can say that I was pretty confident going into this title that I would definitely enjoy it. If Bruno and Daniels aren't a powerhouse duo of creative talents, then I don't know who would be. And, while I have to admit that I'd never heard of Castle before this book, I feel like his contribution may be one of the reasons it struck such a cord with me (sorry Rhett). My expectations vs what I got were completely dashed - and for the better! - the moment I started listening to Whitney's drunken tavern bragging, something Daniels is absolutely brilliant for by the way. He's a lovable rogue type character and he's not going to be breaking any long held tropes any time soon, but there's something to be said about perfecting them. He's great at his job and loves throwing jabs or one liners at his opponents as much as they love throwing him in jail. The same can be said about the rest of the cast for that matter. We've got a stoic Knight/Paladin character, wholly devoted to his god, and who is forced to put up with a thief's antics and a mage's heresies to save his kingdom. And, we've got the strong willed female lead who plays our heretic mage. They're not laying new inroads in character tropes, but they do hold up to some of the most entertaining I've seen.

What I expected coming in was a more serious outlook on the classic fantasy. A lot of Rhett's work often has a very strong masculine set of (male and female) characters in bleak kind of introspective settings. I think these touches really come out in the overarching narrative of the story. There's definitely a feeling of import to what's going on, even when the focus tends to be mostly on character building rather than world building. Where Rhett excels to me is in making those climactic moments feel impactful. Where (I have to assume) Castle seems to excel is in the light hearted banter and character driven enhancement in the story.

I'm realizing I haven't said terribly much about the actual plot, and I think that's part of the point here. There's a lot of lore out there for fantasy characters traipsing into dark forests to find hidden treasures or fight off strange beasts. And that's what you get here. If you like fantasy plots, something along the lines of a Salvatore, then you'll most definitely like this one as well. You've got a city in trouble, a King's life on the line, and a cast of characters trying to save their kingdom in the best ways they know how.

If you're looking for something that I wish my D&D sessions could match up to, narrated by someone who makes you feel like there's at least 3 other guys reading this out to you (Just how many people are you really Mr. Daniels?), then this is a series you should pick up. I've spent the past few days going back and forth on whether to buy more credits just to preorder the last 2 in the series and I don't think I'll make it all the way to March without caving in! This has seriously been one of the best introductions to a new series I've had in a while. Do yourself a favor and take a chance on this one.

6 of 7 people found this review helpful

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  • Simon
  • 11-14-18

A Web of Accents!

I enjoyed this story, it's a decent fantasy yarn even it doesn't stretch the genre in any sense. A cheeky thief, a sulky female mage and for us old gamers a Palladin in a fast-moving adventure with plenty of action. The story is well constructed and this first volume builds the world and its background very well.

I do hesitate to recommend it though because of the narration. Some people will love it but Luke Daniels really does go to town on the character accents and while for example he gets the tone just right with Torsten, our paladin. some of the other minor characters are almost unintelligible. Our young thief Whitney actually sounds like a seventy year old leprechaun and I'm really not sure what some of the other characters are meant to resemble though when excited some of them start sounding Irish too! It's a very enthusiastic performance but the character voices are maybe just a bit OTT a lot of the time.

The good news is that the audio sample will show you all you need to know and if you are happy with the narration then this one has a decent story to follow and we get a complete story arc plus the setup for the remainder of the series.

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  • jim.a
  • 11-23-18

A book I could not but fall in love with.

I have never heard a narrator become so immersed in a character, I not only pictured Whitney in all his roguish annoying glory. but I also could picture the fun Narrator Luke Daniels had. The story and a full story (sometimes it can be frustrating when a story just ends to open the door for a sequel,, but in Web of Eyes, what Rhett C Bruno and Jamie Castle has successfully done is open the door to books that could travel forward and backward and to the side depending on the character you followed. (I thing Sir Knight may be busy a while.
The story was swift and entertaining, never in your face more sit back and watch in your mind as The. Worlds professional Theif. (not so professional priest) gets on with it, of as I recal, Plan, prepare, fail - improvise . Good book a definite time zapper.
Jim

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  • Scott R
  • 11-17-18

A Compelling tale

This tale is either love it or very good as we go on an unusual quest through a new land facing thieves to goddesses to save a kingdom.
Although this is very well written a few might find one of our main characters Whitney a bit too much although the talents of Luke Daniels make him quite tongue in cheek and very engaging. This is a great piece of work by LD but attention is needed for some of the more minor characters as the accents cam be a little too thick for easy listening. I will be keeping a keen eye out for the next in the series as i found myself having a wry smile by the end as i bonded with the writing and the story.
Overall the story is 4.5 and narration brings this up to a 5 .
I requested this audio and have left my thoughts on this for you to peruse.

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  • IOI-655321
  • 11-13-18

Just couldn't get on with the narrator

The story seemed good and the narrator read clearly and did some voices well but the 'Oirish' accent used for the thief was just grating to me and I couldn't keep listening.

One for me to read and not listen to I think.

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  • Morris
  • 12-10-18

4.5 solid fantasy book

This is a book for all. It starts off slow but the pace picks up further along the story. The narration is amazing and there is a solid plot. The characters are entertaining and show great character development. The world is filled with magic and mystery, betrayal and friendship. The author has done a brilliant job setting the scene and as a result I will be continuing on with the series. I can't wait!

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  • Eugene Hughes
  • 12-04-18

A good light-hearted fantasy story

I do try and keep an eye out for books narrated by Luke Daniels as he usually has a good range of voices for the characters. Overall it was a pretty good story and well narrated. Im looking forward to starting the 2nd book :-)

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  • Caroline Richardson
  • 12-04-18

Not a bad story but rubbish narration.

The narrator is very annoying...accents were terrible and distracted from the storyline, the performance often made it hard to understand and follow the plots

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  • MR
  • 12-03-18

Great fantasy story

I really enjoyed this story, it balanced a detailed world with fast action and fun characters. I really liked the thief character (Whitney) and the way that he was able to annoy everybody around him. Luke Daniels performs to his usual high standards and continues to be one of my favorite narrators. I have not read/listened to much of late but I really enjoyed this and I look forward to continuing with the series.

Please note that I was provided with a free copy to provide a non-biased review.

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  • C. Rowlands
  • 11-25-18

Solid start to series with entertaining narration

Initially this feels like a fairly conventional fantasy novel, you have the main party being built along lines to carry out a vital quest for their monarch that will be familiar to anyone even vaguely familiar to the genre, but a conventional start can also be looked at as a solid foundation and that is what it seems to be with this one with the characters having enough characterisation to avoid simply being their archetypes of rogue, caster etc.

As this is the first book in a series there is obviously a fair amount of world-building going on, to establish things like the mechanics of the magic system, the people, history and geography of the world, but this is done in a fairly organic manner without disrupting the flow of the main story itself.

On the whole the narration of this book is extremely good, with the narrator giving drastically different voices for all the main characters to the extent that it is more of a performance. A couple of minor criticisms that I have, the accent he chose for Whitney, the rogue was a bit too over the top and could grate a little at times. Also, since his voices were all so distinctive there was no need for him to have read out what I can only assume were chapter headings put in by the author, they have their purpose in a text edition but not here as they disrupted the immersion created by the range of voices.

Overall, this is an enjoyable first book in the series that still manages to be a complete story in its own right too, so you do not feel like it has suffered to setup the rest of the series.

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

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  • Ralph Kern
  • 11-23-18

Fantastic Book

I’ve long been a fan of Rhett Bruno and Luke Daniels, and newly acquainted with Jaime Castle’s work, who is equally impressive.

The story itself is a compelling epic fantasy, with the innate complexity to the world, and weight of history as say GOT, but crucially has the readability that series (for me, anyway) lacks.

The story itself has rolls between an almost heist style quest, and the shenanigans that brings with the undertones of something darker going on.

A word on the characters, and a compelling reason to listen to this on audio. Whitney, is a Sarcastic rogue - somewhat reminiscent of the Bard in, well, a Bard’s Tale. This is wonderfully balanced by Unger - the straight man. A fun dynamic adding levity to what can be a dark story at times.

Luke, as ever, is not just a simple narrator - his voice acting is truly excellent!

A great read / listen.