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
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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.
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?
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!
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This is a very good excerpt to what I can imagine is an intriguing story. Descriptive and accents well defined.
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.
this tripe from my device and it wont budge...i hate it even more now....please go i dont want you
so in all honesty I can not comment on this story, or the writing. I'm sure its very good but sadly after only a few minutes in I could take no more of the terrible narration.
In the past I have struggled with some other performances but who ever this woman is she should not be allowed to massacre any more books. Slow, unsure and with some of the most terrible characterisation I've ever had to listen to in my life it completely ruined the short experience I had with this book.
Please, please, please can producers be more picky with there narrators. That can make or brake a book.
Having listened to this free extract makes me want to put the whole book on my wish list. I really want to know what comes next it is all very atmospheric.
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