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FREE STORY: The Relic Guild Audiobook

FREE STORY: The Relic Guild: Hemlock

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Publisher's Summary

Hemlock is a free, short introduction to the world of Edward Cox's The Relic Guild, a debut fantasy novel that is also available from Audible. This exclusive prologue is only available as an Audio download.

Charlie Hemlock, an out-of-luck minor criminal has been hired by a mysterious and terrifying stranger to kidnap a young woman, for purposes unspecified. But the Labyrinth is a dangerous place, and Charlie and his companions may find that not everyone is happy with their work...

To find out more about the Labyrinth and its mysterious inhabitants, be sure to download The Relic Guild

Listen to the rest of The Relic Guild.

©2014 Edward Cox (P)2014 Orion Publishing Group

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    Charlie 06/03/2016
    Charlie 06/03/2016 Member Since 2015
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    "Not a story"

    Just an excerpt, without much story. Barely more than a normal audible preview.

    Ends on a cliffhanger, presumably to get people to buy the books. A very unsatisfying listen.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    A Person UK 05/01/2016
    A Person UK 05/01/2016 Member Since 2013
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    "Irritatingly slow"

    Irritatingly slow narrator so couldn't follow the story! Glad it was a freebee, maybe listen again when in the mood to give it another chance?

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Trialia England 11/03/2015
    Trialia England 11/03/2015 Member Since 2015
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    "An uninspiring & potentially triggering short."

    It's pretty obvious this is meant as a near-time prequel to the full-length fantasy novel "The Relic Guild", by the same author. Unfortunately, it's not nearly as interesting as it could have been, and in some ways I find it extremely off-putting.

    To have violence against two women within such a short piece, one kidnapped and tortured while the other is casually murdered, says a lot about both the author and the universe for which the short story was written. Women in refrigerators, anyone? If this 'verse doesn't yet have a page on TV Tropes, I think I may have to create one myself.

    Both of the aforementioned scenes are very central to this short, and both potentially triggering to any survivor of similar assaults, though fortunately low on the detail (I believe this to be due to the length, which is another reason I'm not particularly tempted to try out the novel).

    I don't judge the writer personally on his choice of content - after all, a character and an author do not necessarily share all the same views - but I can't help but be wary of any story that has such a violent, misogynistic kind of beginning.

    As for the narrator, she mispronounces a word or two in this book, but she's quite good at accents, it would seem. I think I might enjoy her reading something else. I certainly wouldn't recommend <i>this</i> piece. I'm glad it was free!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Emily 15/05/2017
    Emily 15/05/2017 Member Since 2017
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    "Dissatisfying and Distressing"

    This was quite a dissatisfying read. It's short and almost immediately there's extreme violence to two women, which is particularly distressing. Does not entice me to read the rest of the series.

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    jesjaspers Suffolk, UK 05/03/2017
    jesjaspers Suffolk, UK 05/03/2017 Member Since 2007
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    "good hook for the series"

    loved the naration Not normally a fan of female narrators who are usually pitched too high for me but Imogen Church impressed. The prequel story seems a good hook to get you to read the books. Not sure why it gets such poor review scores on Goodreads I think it deserves better and I notice the series which I have not yet read gets increasingly better scores as each vilume comes out.

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    Culwen 07/12/2016
    Culwen 07/12/2016 Member Since 2014

    A social butterfly in the LGBT community of London. Always seeking culture and fitness. Listening to books is just so much easier!

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    "Narrated wonderfully."

    This is a very good excerpt to what I can imagine is an intriguing story. Descriptive and accents well defined.

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    Graham 12/11/2016
    Graham 12/11/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "Good short story"

    Worth a listen, not sure if it is stand alone or part of a bigger world, I'd like to know more. Which surely is what these free short stories are for.

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    Mooncat 08/08/2016
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    "utter rubbish...i have spent days trying to remove"

    this tripe from my device and it wont budge...i hate it even more now....please go i dont want you

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    Harrison 02/08/2016
    Harrison 02/08/2016 Member Since 2016
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    "It was the worst book I ever read"

    The story is bad every thing about it is bad I hate it no one has to go through what I did

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