• William Wilde and the Unusual Suspects

  • By: Davis Ashura
  • Narrated by: Nick Podehl
  • Length: 9 hrs and 53 mins
  • 4.8 out of 5 stars (556 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The Chronicles of William Wilde continues! 

William survived Sinskrill, but he’s unable and unwilling to forget what he suffered there. Some hardships endure. And despite his wonderful, new life on the lush paradise of Arylyn, nightmares continue to haunt him. 

But closure will only come if he finds a means to reconcile himself to that terrible chapter of his life. Only then can he save his loved ones who remain on Sinskrill: the wise troll, Travail, and William’s teacher and one-time tormentor, Fiona. Both remain trapped under the boot-heel of the Servitor, Sinskrill’s terrifying ruler. 

William has promised to return and free them, and while he’s gained powerful allies, such as Rukh and Jessira, to aid in his quest, saving Travail and Fiona will only happen when he masters his own magic and summons his own courage. 

But will courage alone be enough against the Servitor’s terrible power?

©2017 Davis Ashura (P)2018 Audible, Inc.

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I enjoyed the character building in this book.

the action was much less in this book but I really enjoyed the growth of the characters. keep it up!

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Not enough to the Story This Time

I think this book is a perfect example how today's author's are falling into the trap of monetizing their work over telling a good story. In this one Mr Ashura realized that he had a lot of work to do with character and relationship development. Unfortunately, when you are writing books of this length (let's call it the under 10-15 hr range) there just isn't time for it unless you really skimp on plot line. This time the characters spend waaaayyy too much time in Arylyn focusing almost completely on settling personal differences and developing their magic prior to a somewhat anticlimactic finale.

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I'm not saying these aren't important elements to include in the story but the outcome is a lot of build up to a single somewhat disappointing battle at the end. My other issue with the book is that the mysterious (if you haven't read Castes and Outcastes) Rukh and Jessira characters take over the real action at the end. Most of the book is spent watching William get over Serena's betrayal and develop and prepare for the conflict at the end. Then at the end instead of getting to test his metal, Rukh and Jessira sweep in and save the day.

If today's author's weren't so obsessed with ending the books as soon as they reach 10 hrs or perhaps 500 pages they could write a more satisfying story arc that includes more than one fairly tepid conflict. I'm not saying a story of this length can't be good. For example, Book 1 had a good pace due to the relentless pressure from Kohl Obsidian and the constant conflict and then in Book 2 the danger associated with slavery on Sinskrill kept the story moving at an invigorating clip. This one just felt a little flat and didn't really do much to move the plot forward for me. If there really is a lot of character development and interpersonal relationship work to hash out I believe the story needs to be longer. Based on the author's current output I think book 3 and what should eventually be book 4 should have been combined. According to the author's blog he is apparently already done with book 4 and planning to have a fifth book, so why not? Look at what Aleron King did recently with his 7th book in the Chaos Seeds series. Book 7 was three times longer than book 6. I think he did it because he realized he had to cover a lot of material to create a good story arc. Anyways, enough of my ranting.

Nick Podehl's narration as always was phenomenal. Overall I'm not saying you shouldn't read the story just a bit disappointed with this book in the series and hoping the next book is either longer or at least has enough plot in it to make it seem like a complete part of the story.

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Truly a gem!

Best book I've enjoyed this year. I will look for more books by this author.

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Author gets a little too optimistic

While I understand the authors need to move the story along. The flippant way he treats what Serena did is pathetic. I'm trying to write this without spoiling the previous entry. Essentially she did something unforgivable and the author tries to make everyone she harmed an apologist for her. Going as far as trying to make them feel guilty for rightfully hating her guts. For comparison, its like a rape victim feeling bad for hating their rapist. Just because the rapist feels bad for what they did. Its sycophantic and disgusting. I understand forgiveness, but the way the author goes about trying to earn that forgiveness is not believable.

The rest of the story is interesting, but its dragged down by the authors need to redeem the irredeemable and his attempts to turn her into "poor me" character. When what she did was disgusting. Personally they could've spent this entire book hating her or trying to kill her and it would've been better than the victimhood the author tries to write her with.

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Love means never having to say you’re sorry?

I don’t know if I can finish this book or the series. I want to as it ties in with his other combined works but I really am disgusted that Serena is made out to be a protagonist. I would have liked the books better if she had remained a villain and a different love interest been introduced instead. I think this would have been easy to do in the second book. In this book after months of petulantly refusing to apologize for constant falsehoods, getting close to people solely for the purpose of selling her friends into slavery where they were tortured, and even participating in humiliating them ( the DONT be such a baby speech a prime example), she gives a one sentence half apology where she’s still offering justifications for herself and now it’s suddenly on William for not forgiving her soon enough. The fact that I know we will soon be told how he loves her is just too much for me. Mr Ashura tends to write shrewish female characters that rant and rail about what’s they see as wrongs and then turn around and do the same thing only much worse. The men in contrast are genuine, compassionate and noble. If I do finish the series it will only be because I know that all three series from the author tie together.

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Training for the rescue

William and Jake have been rescued from Sinscril, but they are now residents of Eralin. While the island is a lace of wonder and beauty, they know that they left their only allies on Sinscril. They need to train hard to be strong enough to rescue them.

I would not call this a filler book, but the majority of this book is a training montage. The relationship between William and Serena goes through different phases as well. I am happy with this book and looking forward to the next!

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Love this series so far

I don’t want the story to end it’s so rich. I love the differences between all the characters and how they’ve all come together. I know I’m getting close to the end of the story but I kind of wish it didn’t come anywhere near to ending and went on for like 15 books hahaha once im finished with this one I’ll definitely look into the authors other series

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fun ride and adventure

fun ride and adventure, good character evolution.. curious to see what happens next for this crew.

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One of many great books.

Another entry into a catalog of great books by an amazing storyteller whilst also making a perfect choice of narrators.

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Fantastic book

Ashura does an amazing job blending the casts and outcasts with this series. & Nick Podehl is definitely my favorite narrator.